The BBC aired a 3-part Horizon special this week called 'What's the Right Diet For You?' This followed a bunch of overweight people as they were divided into groups based broadly on the reasons for them becoming overweight.
These groups were
1. Emotional Eaters
2. Constant Cravers
There's online test you can do to assess which of these groups you fall into. http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2csfg8#zy29kqt Even before I did the test I kind of knew that I was guilty of all three of these failings. And unsurprisingly, although they classified me as a 'Feaster' there's a little bit of everything in the mix.
They then gave the different groups a diet plan to follow for the next three months and set them out into the world to see how they got on. There was a bit of a nod to science all the way through, what with taking blood samples, making people lie down in bubbles and not telling people that they were being watched from Fat HQ while they were eating, but in the end it all came unstuck because they stopped the programme after 3 months.
And my problem with this is that the diets were supposed to be designed to help the people lose weight by addressing the issues that cause them to overeat. But anybody can do a diet for 3 months with cameras watching. How sustainable is a tailor made diet over the long term? And if it isn't sustainable then a tailor made diet is just as rubbish as the next one.
I expect we will find out next year with the inevitable 'What's the Right Diet For You - One Year On'