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Shane Warne: Are Juice Diets any good?

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Australian cricket legend Shane Warne died from natural causes last Friday.  It has been reported that he was on a liquid diet to try and lose weight quickly.

In the weeks leading up to his death, the cricketer had announced that he was 10 days into his diet, and the goal was to get back to his shape from a few years ago.  While the BBC reports that friends and family say he has been on this diet before, studies have shown that an all liquid diet can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.

You may now be wondering how safe these diets are, and what their effects are on the body?
When it comes to diets, there are many different ones but they all have the same goal – to lose weight quickly and get you to eat fewer calories.

These liquid diets range from the celebrity favourite of fresh fruit and vegetable juices that promise to detox your body, to low-calorie shakes and soups.

Experts are now warning that these extreme low calorie diets come with health risks, and are unsuitable for most people.  The NHS recommends that their 800 calorie a day diet is only for the obese and those who are managing type 2 diabetes.

This diet while it is tried and tested comes with lots of support and medical supervision, while most other juice diets don’t have that.

In a comment from Aisling Pigott, of the British Dietetic Association, she says, “Juice diets appeal to people because they want a quick fix – but dieting is really hard.  There is a role for them – but it’s not one size fits all.

“It’s concerning when they are marketed at people who are a healthy weight.”

Fruit and vegetable juice drinks do provide lots of nutritious minerals and vitamins, however they contain little protein or fat.  They also don’t contain much fibre leaving you feeling drained and exhausted after a week.

As a diet, it doesn’t provide your body with all of the nutritional balance that you need, and can leave long term side affects.  As the iron reserves in your body are used up, it can lead to anaemia in women along with muscle mass depletion.

Other less glamorous side effects can include dizziness, extreme tiredness, diarrhoea or constipation.

While you may want to lose weight quickly, this isn’t the route that many dieticians would recommend.  Weight loss is a slow and steady progress, and these quick fixes never seem to work.


What are your stable diet go to’s?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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