Editor's note

It’s hard to lose weight and even harder to keep it off. Who doesn’t want an easy fix? Today Professor Clare Collins and her team take a closer look at the new diets on the block and how the science stacks up.

First up, the mono diet. It restricts followers to just one food group, such as fruit, or even just one specific food, such as chicken, each day. You lose weight, of course, because you’re utterly sick of chicken by lunchtime.

Then there’s the charcoal detox. Doctors use activated charcoal to treat patients who have been poisoned or overdosed. But this doesn’t translate to weight loss. In fact, charcoal can leave you nutrient-deficient and reduce the effectiveness of your medications.

But it’s not all bad news. There are some new entrants that aren’t diets, per se, but help followers make healthier choices and support them through the process. Though cost is a big barrier.

Fron Jackson-Webb

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Mono dieters restrict their intake to one food or food group per day. Alliance Images/Shutterstock

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