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Popular diets - what is the evidence?

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Thistle Hotel Euston, Euston, London NW1 2LP

BNF held a half-day symposium on Wednesday 8 January 2014 at the Thistle Hotel Euston, London on the topic of 'Popular diets - what is the evidence?'.  A number of experts in this area looked at the evidence base for weight loss and weight management in a selection of the most popular diets including intermittent fasting, low GI, paleolithic, high protein/low carbohydrate and low/very low calorie. A panel discussion was also held to provide an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

The event was chaired by Sue Baic, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. The speakers that presented were Dr. Michelle Harvie (Research Dietitian, Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre), Professor Gary Frost (Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Imperial College London), Professor Mark Berry (Head of Plant Biology & Biochemistry Unilever R&D), Dr Alex Johnstone (Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health), Professor Anthony Leeds (Central Middlesex and Whittington Hospitals and Medical Director of the Cambridge Weight Plan).

 

Live recordings of presentations

The introduction to the symposium plus four of the presentations were broadcast live online. The recordings of these are available to view below.

Introduction - Sue Baic, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Intermittent fasting - Dr. Michelle Harvie, Research Dietitian. Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre

Low GI - Professor Gary Frost, Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Imperial College London

High Protein/Low Carbohydrate - Dr Alex Johnstone, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

Low and Very Low Calorie - Professor Anthony Leeds, Central Middlesex and Whittington Hospitals and Medical Director of the Cambridge Weight Plan

Programme

Chair: Sue Baic, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

13.00 Registration and coffee

13.30 Opening remarks

13.40 Intermittent fasting

Dr. Michelle Harvie, Research Dietitian. Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre

14.05 Low GI

Professor Gary Frost, Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Imperial College London

14.30 Paleolithic Diets

Professor Mark Berry, Head of Plant Biology & Biochemistry Unilever R&D

14.55 High Protein/Low Carbohydrate

Dr Alex Johnstone, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

15.20 Low and Very Low Calorie

Professor Anthony Leeds, Central Middlesex and Whittington Hospitals and Medical Director of the Cambridge Weight Plan.

15.45 Panel Discussion - Untangling dieting myths and misconceptions

Chaired by Sue Baic, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

16.30 Closing comments

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