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.
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