Get munching on No Diet Day

2015-05-06 10:51
Wanyne Padayachee from Northdale takes advantage of International No Diet Day today as he digs into a Bar One doughnut.

Wanyne Padayachee from Northdale takes advantage of International No Diet Day today as he digs into a Bar One doughnut. (Jonathan Burton)

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TODAY is International No Diet Day, which means that slice of chocolate cake you have been eyeing can be eaten guilt-free.

The day was established as a “No Diet Day” in 1992, to celebrate that everyone’s body shape is different and raise awareness of health risks posed by irresponsible dieting.

Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Nutritional Information Centre’s Irene Labuschagne, said in a statement most information on nutrition is contradictory so finding the right information on healthy dieting could be quite confusing sometimes.

“In South Africa and internationally, people are constantly looking for that magic bullet approach to losing weight, wanting a quick fix to get the bodies so often seen on TV, in glossy magazines and in social media.

“These diets can come at a price. Not just a financial cost, but there can often be a cost to health if these diets are followed over a period of time,” she said in the statement.

International No Diet Day celebrates all body shapes and sizes, saying that one cheat meal now and again is not necessarily a bad thing.

Pietermaritzburg dietician Sharon Hultzer said she encouraged her clients to have one cheat meal a week, and not to abstain from junk food indefinitely.

“For those who are trying to eat healthily but want a treat that is not too terrible, dark chocolate and home-made bran muffins are not too bad,” she said.

Also on the list of cheat meals that would not throw your diet off too much was home-made custard, home-baked hot puddings, unbuttered home-made popcorn and low-fat ice cream.

She said binge-eating junk food on a cheat day was a big no as it was extremely unhealthy and ruined portion control.

“On your cheat day, you should eat one cheat meal and not binge the whole day. That is extremely bad for you,” she said

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