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'Slim chance of success' for dieting quick-fixes

A senior NHS doctor has warned New Year dieters against quick-fix solutions, which can lead to heart problems and even unplanned pregnancies
A senior NHS doctor has warned New Year dieters against quick-fix solutions, which can lead to heart problems and even unplanned pregnancies

By Laura Parnaby

A senior NHS doctor has warned New Year dieters against quick-fix solutions, which can lead to heart problems and even unplanned pregnancies.

Professor Stephen Powis said diet pills and detox teas have a "slim chance of success" and can cause serious complications.

Going on a diet is the most common New Year's resolution and, while the NHS endorses getting in shape, Prof Powis advised against using diet pills, "tea-toxes" and appetite suppressant products, which can be harmful.

Products promising quick weight loss by reducing appetite and fatigue can have damaging side-effects, ranging from diarrhoea to heart problems, and can even interfere with oral contraception.

Prof Powis advised those wanting to shed a few Christmas pounds to lose weight "gradually and safely".

He said: "New Year's resolutions are a great time to make a change, but the reality is there's a slim chance of success with diet pills and detox teas - and people could end up doing more harm than good."

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