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Dukan, Keto, Atkins, cutting out all fats or just eating nothing but! Everywhere you turn around these days there’s a new diet fad and a glowing testimonial to match. But paid ads, informercials and powdered shakes aside, what does the research actually say about losing weight?

The Conversation’s Alexandra Hansen spoke to Clare Collins, a professor in nutrition and dietetics, to find out.

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Have you been told by your doctor to consider dropping a few kilos? The good news is that often even a small amount of weight loss can improve your health outlook. shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: what science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to

Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation; Alexandra Hansen, The Conversation

A professor in nutrition and dietetics explains.

Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

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Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".

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