In the sixth in our new Health Unwrapped series of podcasts, our host, ex Heart Radio presenter and founder of The Fertility Podcast, Natalie Silverman, speaks to Dr Zoe Williams. Resident GP on ITV’s popular daytime show, This Morning, and respected health educator, Dr Zoe is listed on Pulse Power 50 as one of the most influential GP’s in the UK.
Fascinating and fact-filled, Natalie’s conversation with Dr Zoe on whether there is a ‘correct diet’ looks at the latest trends, eliminating food groups and veganism.
Below is a taster – with five of Dr Zoe’s top tips.
Listen to the complete conversation here.
The Term 'diet'
“I have a bit of an issue with the word diet, we’re talking about a lifestyle. Diets are fine for a short period, there is no problem with this, but a very restrictive diet can be hard to maintain. There are some diets that can become a lifestyle, for example, a low carb way of life.
The word diet can have negative connotations, change is lifestyle sounds more positive, I guess it is about changing your mindset.”
Talking About Fats
“It can get complicated when we start to talk about good and bad fats as there are lots of nuisances. In the main unsaturated fats are good for your heart – and that is the most important element – and saturated fats are less good.”
We’re all individual
“There are no definites, we’re all individuals however most people can’t go wrong with variety in their diets and it is important to reduce the amount of processed food you eat as much as possible. Oily fish, fruits, vegetables and wholegrains are all important elements of a well-balanced diet.”
Eliminating food groups
“Whenever you are about to embark on a big change in lifestyle, I would recommend research. For example, if you are thinking of going vegan, this requires research because if you don’t research properly your diet will be lacking in key proteins, vitamins and minerals and you will need to supplement.”
Obesity is a complicated issue
“Two thirds of the UK population are either overweight or obese and this is a problem that we can’t ignore. However, there are many factors at play here not just diet, which can make it a complicated issue to tackle, including genetics, race, gender, exercise and sleep levels as well as socio-economic status.”