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Want to lose weight? Then do NOT follow these diets.

IF you're starting a diet this January, don't make the same mistakes as the celebrities. The British Dietetic Association has released a list of the WORST five celebrity diets - for its tips for healthy weightloss visit its website.

1. THE BABY FOOD DIET: * Celebrity Fans: Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston are reportedly fans of this diet.

What's it all about? This diet calls for eating up to 14 jars of pureed food or baby food every day or mostly pureed food or baby food and one adult meal or pureed food or baby food instead of snacks. * BDA Verdict: The Gaga should be for babies only. * 2. THE RAW FOOD DIET: * Celebrity Fans: Demi Moore, Natalie Portman and Woody Harrelson are reportedly fans of this diet.

What's it all about? It's the practise of eating raw uncooked food and non-pasteurised/ non-homogenised dairy products. Parts of this diet can be used by vegans and meat eaters. * BDA Verdict: The diet is unsuitable for pregnant women, children and other at risk groups. In fact some foods are more nutritious if cooked, like carrots and tomatoes. This diet is also time consuming, socially isolating and you'll have an awful lot of chewing to do.

* 3. BLOOD GROUP DIET: Richard and Courtney Cox-Arquette are reportedly fans of this diet.

What's it all about? This diet is completely based on pseudo-science. It claims that different nutrients are broken down in the body based on the body's blood type.

Blood Group A - No dairy products allowed and a vegetarian-based diet. * Blood Group B - A more varied intake of food and the only blood group able to 'manage' dairy products. * Blood Group AB - Combination of diets A and B (confused yet? Yes or no to dairy?) * Blood Group O - High meat intake, no dairy, no wheat, no grains (think Atkins).

BDA Verdict: Blood and sweat won't make this work. Cutting out food groups is never a good idea.

* 4. ALCOREXIA/ DRUNKOREXIA DIET * Celebrity Fans: It is widely thought that many top models and other celebrities are fans of this diet.

What's it all about? It's when people eat very few calories during the day/ week and think they can save all the calories they have not eaten then use them to binge drink alcohol.

BDA Verdict: You must be blind drunk. Following a very low calorie diet alone is madness, as you will most certainly not be getting the calories, vitamins and nutrients your body needs to survive and function. In addition, you will feel weak, tired, have no energy and will become very irritable very soon. The BDA has received a significant increase in media calls about this diet and it is a worrying trend.

* 5. DUKAN DIET: * Celebrity Fans: The Duchess of Cambridge (and her mother Carole Middleton), Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen are reportedly fans of this diet.

What's it all about? A complicated four-phase diet that starts off with a protein only approach that promotes weight loss of around 7lb per week. * BDA Verdict: The Dukan Diet is offal. There is absolutely no solid science behind this at all. This works on restricting foods, calories and portion control again. Once again, cutting out food groups is not advisable. This diet is so confusing, very rigid, full of very French foods that most Brits would run a mile from like rabbit and offal, and even Dr Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath - lovely!

* For more information and tips about healthy weight loss, visit www.bdaweightwise.

com .

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