Popular diets – What is the evidence? – Symposium

After my lecture this morning I was able to log on to the British Nutrition Foundation half-day symposium: ‘Popular diets – What is the evidence?’

The event was topical and very interesting exploring the theory behind some of the most popular diets around at the moment. The Programme included the following presentations:

  • Intermittent fasting Dr. Michelle Harvie, Research Dietitian. Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre
  • Low GIProfessor Gary Frost, Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Imperial College London
  • Paleolithic Diets -Professor Mark Berry, Head of Plant Biology & Biochemistry Unilever R&D
  • High Protein/Low Carbohydrate – Dr Alex Johnstone, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
  • Low and Very Low Calorie – Professor Anthony Leeds, Central Middlesex and Whittington Hospitals and Medical Director of the Cambridge Weight Plan.
  • Panel Discussion – Untangling dieting myths and misconceptions – Chaired by Sue Baic, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Each presenter outlined the science behind the diet, making reference to primary research projects and the findings.

The take home messages from the day were that each of these diets are tools that can be used to support weight management, however, the basic rules of thermodynamics still apply – to lose weight you need to take in less energy than you expend.  It was acknowledged that exercise is critical to maintain a healthy weight and we need to continue to provide help and support to individuals to ensure they understand how a healthy BMI can be achieved.

This is the first webinar I have logged on to and apart form a couple of minor technical hitches the event was a great success. I loved that fact that I didn’t have to leave my office, jump on  a train to London, get squashed on the tube and even more amazing it was free.  Thanks British Nutrition Foundation, looking forward to the next.

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