Our expert says:
If your fruit and veg diet contains less energy than your normal diet, you should lose weight on it, otherwise not. You can probably use this type of diet for 1-2 weeks, but if you use it for longer periods there is the danger that you may develop deficiencies (e.g. calcium, iron, protein, vit B12, etc). It is better to eat a well-balanced slimming diet that contains all the food groups including carbohydrates and meat, but has a lower energy content so that it induces weight loss. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a well-balanced slimming diet. Basically you can eat meat and carbohydrates even when slimming, but need to reduce your fat intake. Carbs and proteins provide 17 kJ per gram, while fat provides 37 kJ per gram. In addition fruits and vegetables contain plenty of carbs. Also keep in mind that increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise will promote weight loss.
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