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As the new year dawns, so does a new fad diet. The months spent before January, in which the majority of us consume more carbs in the space of a month than we do in an entire year is then suddenly met with a guilt-stricken need for a panic reset button. If you’re into your social media then you’ll probably have noticed that the latest trend is of 2019 is the raw celery diet.

 I don’t know about you, but the only part of my diet that I tend to see celery in is when it acts as a stirrer in my Bloody Mary. So why are more and more people becoming obsessed with the latest craze of drinking raw celery juice?

The theory is, that celery is a form of negative calorie food, meaning that it takes more calories to digest it than it contains and because celery is made up mainly of water and fibre, it has become renowned as the most popular type. The celery is blended up and mixed with water, then consumed and we must say it doesn’t sound all that appealing.

Rumour has it that the celery diet is aiding with weight loss and even curing acne, however celery as diet food is not exactly a new notion. Numerous celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Gwyneth Paltrow have long been promoting the health benefits of this nutritious plant and now more and more celebrities are jumping on the band wagon, with some even claiming that by eating celery at night it aids in flushing their systems of toxins more effectively.  

As for the Science...

Many scientists are however, rather sceptical of this new craze due to a lack of scientific evidence and if anything, are recommending that eating the celery as a whole is more beneficial than it is to drink it. This is due to the belief that by juicing, you are reducing the amount of your fibre intake which is considered beneficial for your bowel health and gut microbes. Let’s not forget that because this is a craze diet, it is not sustainable in the long run and it is most likely that weight would be gained once the dieter started eating properly again.

 

The Answer

Ultimately the key to successful weight loss is by implementing a healthy lifestyle that embraces a sensible diet and consistent exercise. A diet craze such as this one will most likely result in you feeling hungry, fatigued and fed up. Skipping meals and not eating properly is never an answer, and before making any major changes to your diet it is always important to speak with your doctor.

Our suggestion is that you eat healthily and if you want to have a guilt free meal with fewer calories, we have a range of fantastic meal replacement shakes available which will help you get rid of those hunger pangs so that you don’t even feel like you’re dieting.