UK dietary guidelines explained

Dietary guidelines explained

Dietary guidelines is one topic everyone seems to have an opinion on. I mean we all eat right? As a result, UK dietary guidelines frequently come under scrutiny. On one hand, this is a good thing. This is what pushes evidence based research further forward. On the other hand, it means there is a lot of bad advice out there. People like this think they understand nutrition but have no formal training or qualifications. Therefore, they lack that basic understanding of diet and how to interpret medical literature. As a dietitian, trust me, we are aware of the diets and the pros and cons. In fact, I’ve blogged a lot on the pros and cons of different diets. An example can be found here talking about keto diets.

Recently I’ve had a number of debates on social media about the guidelines and what they actually represent. There are guidelines for exercise, sugar, fat, alcohol and many more. How to interpret these dietary guidelines is usually misunderstood on social media and in the media.

Dietary guidelines are all interlinked with the one another. For example, If you aren’t doing enough exercise then you need to change what you eat. Perhaps you don’t eat enough fibre, in which case, you’ll likely overeat on the other food groups. If enough guidelines aren’t met, then I’m afraid it’s Jenga.

Therefore, this video explains in an easy to understand format, how to think about your diet and why you may not be reaching your goals.

Therefore, take 8 minutes out of your day and give it a watch. Hopefully this will help you think more laterally about diet and exercise going forwards. If you have any specific problems, get in touch or consider one of my consultancy based services.

See you next time.

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