A diet that makes you happy as you get slimmer? It sounds perfect. This is the plan suggested by chef Tom Kerridge who famous shed a huge amount of weight.
The foods promoted in the diet boost dopamine, which affects reward and pleasure centres in our brains.
On the diet you are told to eat dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt, unprocessed meats such as beef, chicken and turkey, omega-3 rich fish such as salmon and mackerel and eggs.
Also on the list are vegetables and fruits, especially bananas, nuts and dark chocolate.
The foods promoted in this diet boost dopamine, which affects pleasure centres in our brains
You should also not eat alcohol, caffeine and processed sugar, as well as starchy carbohydrates.
Top UK nutritionist and Seven Seas consultant dietician Helen Bond said: “Tom Kerridge has had some big weight loss results – he’s lost a lot of weight and that is fantastic for his health.”
“The dopamine has lots of plus points, including a lot oily fish, as we don’t eat oily fish, and especially more protein which we know is filling and satiate.
“The same thing goes with reducing alcohol and cutting down on refined carbohydrates.”
On the diet you are told to eat dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt and unprocessed meats
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However, Helen said some of the elements of the diet worry her.
She said: “Reducing starchy carbohydrates, that’s what worries me. Some people put carbs in the same package but they are not all equal.
The diet definitely lacks hard evidence and some versions of cutting out those carbohydrates should be viewed with caution but you’ll defiantly lose weight because you’ve moved a lot of bad foods out of your diet.”
Tom Kerridge has released “Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight”, published on January 12.
Bloomsbury Publishing said: Most people find it hard to keep to a long-term diet, but this one is different. The recipes feature ingredients that trigger the release of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine in your brain, so it’s a diet that will make you feel good!
“Tom’s ‘dopamine heroes’ include dairy products such as double cream and yoghurt, good-quality meats including beef, chicken and turkey, and even chocolate.”
Dopamine is a feel good chemical in the brain, which sends well-being a pleasure into your body – making you feel happy.
As well as making you feel good, dopamine helps you control weight, energy – as well as helping your brain and your heart function properly.
Dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton, a member of the Meat Advisory Pane, added: “There is evidence to support the dopamine diet and certainly the recommended foods are mostly healthy options. A study in Nutrition Journal looked at the theory and found that eating a high protein breakfast such as eggs, lean red meats and dairy foods was best for reducing mid-morning cravings and boosting dopamine levels. High protein foods contain amino acids which can be used to make dopamine in the body.
“They also help to curb appetite by making us feel fuller for longer. Lean red meat is especially beneficial because it is rich in B vitamins and iron which have been proven to support mental and psychological function.”
Bone broth has been labelled as one of the top food trends for 2017 – but what exactly does it claim to do?
Labelled the superfood of this year by nutritionists, bone broth is said to provide a handful of health benefits.
Also on the list are vegetables and fruits, especially bananas, nuts and dark chocolate
It’s a savoury liquid made from the bones of meat or fish, and while it can be eaten alone, it is most commonly used to prepare other dishes such as soups, gravies and sauces.
And it could help to fight fatigue and boost energy levels, according to Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com.
The warrior diet plan encourages followers to break a lot of weight loss rules – including eating breakfast. The diet plan only allows you to eat in the evenings but promises a lean body and high muscle tone.
Big eaters will feel comforted by the fact that calories are not restricted – however the times when you can eat your food is.
The diet recommends fasting or eating very little for 12 to 16 hours a day – and feasting during a small window of time in the evening, typically four hours.
The warrior diet was created by Ori Hofmekler in the late 1990s.