Celebrity diet secrets are ‘bogus’ according to Exeter Quackbuster professor
A professor at the University of Exeter has described diet secrets used by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue as ‘bogus’.
After several years looking into alternative diets Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, has said there is not one single alternative diet remedy he would recommend.
Professor Ernst, nicknamed "the Quackbuster" for his attempts to expose alternative remedies which do not work, believes the alternative medicine industry is preying on those who are desperate to lose weight and therefore vulnerable.
Amongst the remedies ‘quackbusted’ were green tea capsules, herbal supplements and acupuncture. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Elle Macpherson have all praised acupuncture for weight loss in the past.
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In a study, published this week in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, the professor said there is “overwhelming evidence” that the alternative treatments don't work.
“They are also misled to assume they are risks-free. This latter assumption is false too: apart from the harm done to the patient’s bank account, many alternative slimming aids are associated with side-effects which, in some cases, are serious and can even include death,” he said.
Ernst gave his own secret to weight loss, he said: 'Eat less and do more exercise.'