The rise of the anti-diet

2018 has seen the rise of the anti-diet Dietitians and no-diet Nutritionists as nutrition professionals take a stance against fad dieting.

I agree that fad diets are a waste of time - they vary too greatly from most people’s current regime and are rarely adhered to.

The failed weight loss attempt adds further disillusion to their ability to control weight and whether anything works, or if weight gain is inevitable. 

However, I think this rejection of dieting might be blurring the message.

People associate weight loss with diets, so what happens when a weight loss expert starts saying that dieting isn’t the way to go because it doesn’t work?


The idea of the anti-diet approach is that you will increase the amount of fresh fruit, vegetables and protein sources in the diet.

These foods displace other high-energy dense foods, therefore leading to reduced energy intake and inducing a deficit.

The typical ‘diet approach’ is to remove the high-energy dense foods and replace them with fresh fruit, vegetables and protein sources in the diet.

It’s the same thing, just in reverse.

Driving your car isn’t called anti-reversing, it’s just called driving (although I know some people who are anti-reversing).

Instead of rebranding weight loss, we need to be better at identifying and communicating the key components so someone can understand, recall and implement them.

In my opinion, those are covered in the Rules of Recomposition: Ownership, Energy Balance, and Adherence.

If we can develop a strategy that includes all three, results are inevitable.

Tom Fitzgerald