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Hello! Welcome to BBC Xtra English.

Today Alice and Inas talk about celebrity-endorsed diets.

Many people’s New Year’s resolution is to loose weight and eat better.

The maple syrup diet – nothing but maple syrup, pepper and lemon juice for 2 weeks! Another popular diet this year is the blood group die, which singer Sheryl Crow is a fan of. This is where you have to eat or avoid eating certain things depending on your blood group.

Scientists and dieticians say you have to be very careful with these celebrity diets. Many of them do work in the short-term but can be dangerous because they cut-out some of the major food groups our bodies need to work and therefore aren’t very good for us. Whilst they may cut calories, they will also cut out essentials such as carbohydrates and protein.

In the programme we hear a spokesperson from the charity Sense about Science saying that influential celebrities need to be more responsible and check the science before they endorse certain diets.

The Atkins diet became popular a few years ago with a lot of celebrity followers like actress Jeniffer Aniston. It’s a high protein diet which cuts out carbohydrates like rice, potatoes and bread. It was so popular that one café owner in London started to serve special Atkins diet dishes – he said he saw a gap in the market with this trendy diet at the time.

Other diets we hear about in the programme are the cabbage soup diet, the baby food diet, and people such as former president Bill Clinton becoming a vegan – that is, abstaining from all dairy and meat products.

The advice given by Sense about Science is that there is no quick fix when it comes to loosing weight! People should steer clear of any diet which sounds too good to be true. The best thing is to increase the amount of exercise you do, drink plently of water and get an early night’s sleep!

How about you? What are your favourite ways of trying to lose weight?

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celebrity-endorsed diets

حميات (أنظمة غذائية/ريجيم) تحصل على دعم المشاهير

to lose weight

إنقاص الوزن

blood group

فصيلة الدم

cut out

تستثني

major food groups

مجموعات رئيسية من المواد الغذائية

calories

سعرات حرارية

carbohydrates

الكربوهيدرات/النشويات

protein

البروتين

influential

مؤثر/ذو نفوذ

a gap in the market

فراغ في السوق/فرصة يمكن اغتنامها تسويقيا أو اقتصاديا

vegan

لا يتناول المنتجات الحيوانية في طعامه/طعام يعتمد على الخضروات والفاكهة والحبوب بالأساس

dairy

منتجات الألبان

steer clear

يبتعدون عن/يحترسون من

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