When it comes to long-term sustainable weight loss, nothing is better than a well-balanced, low-calorie diet teamed with plenty of exercise.
But if you’re looking for a diet trend to kick you into active after weeks of champagne and party food, then The Milk Diet could be for you.
It’s fast becoming the big diet trend of 2019, with thousands around the world hooked on the one-month eating plan. Why? Because it’s inexpensive - and it’s actually been proved effective by some nutritionists and diet experts.
The Milk Diet involves drinking two litres of semi-skim milk for four weeks - and that’s it. That’s right, no other food or supplements - just the milk.
Experts say it works because excessive calcium consumption leads to weight loss, as it helps the body rid itself of fat - and in particular, abdominal fat. It also cuts calories while providing the body with nutrients like vitamin D and calcium as well as plenty of protein.
It’s claimed that the diet acts by ‘retraining’ your stomach and given milk is so good for you, the body won’t be lacking nutrients and can lead to weight losses of up to 10kg in the month.
‘Drinking four pints [two litres] of milk a day is almost like retraining your stomach,’ independent dietitian Carrie Ruxton told MailOnline. ‘It can be really hard to cut back on portion size, but if you can be really strict with four pints, your body becomes accustomed to that small volume.'
The expert claimed that the diet is best suited to overweight people, who are looking to lose a good amount of weight.
Ruxton adds: ‘I would say not to try it alone, and to work with a dietitian, but there is nothing dangerous about it.’
People who’ve jumped on the Milk Diet bandwagon have taken to forums to praise the weight loss fad.
‘I only did it for a month and I lost 10kg,’ said one commenter. ‘It was easy, I wasn’t hungry - and I was only spending $2 a day. I wouldn’t suggest doing it longer than that, but it really kick-started me mentally into changing my eating habits. It didn’t make any mistakes, and while the first week was hard it definitely was great after the first week.’
But another diet expert warned that the diet could any fad diet is dangerous to participants. The charity Eating Disorder claims: ‘Juice cleanses, diet pills, metabolism-boosting ingredients, lists of good foods versus bad foods – all of these things are the propelling force behind a vicious dieting cycle and dangerous health risks.’
It’s of course recommended to always seek medical advice before starting on any health regime and if you do embark on the Milk Diet, make sure it's only for a short time as suggested by experts.