ITV Tonight – Diet Fact, Diet Fiction (2015)


The UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe, and in response a billion pound dieting industry has sprung up with a glut of advice on how to lose weight. But there are questions over the effectiveness of some diets: are they based on myths rather than science? And could some diets lead us to cut out important food groups? In Tonight’s programme, Diet Fact: Diet Fiction, Coronation Street’s Cath Tyldesley investigates the diet industry. Cath, who plays the fiery Eva Price in Coronation Street, knows what it’s like to have your image and appearance constantly scrutinised by the public and the media. She’s now a healthy size 10 but back when she was 17, she was a size 22.

In Tonight’s programme, Cath meets David and Beverley, who are trying a new programme commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council. Both David and Beverley are currently obese, and have had little success with other diets. However, their current programme aims to deal with their psychological relationship with food, which could help them maintain weight loss.

To wade through the mountain of conflicting information on what we should and shouldn’t eat, Cath consulted expert Tim Spector, a Professor of Genetics at Kings College London. After a personal health scare, Tim decided to research into diets, dieting and food.


34 thoughts on “ITV Tonight – Diet Fact, Diet Fiction (2015)”

  1. That small little bit with that Professor about juicing was ridiculous and does not in any way shape or form represent what juicing really is about or should be used to accomplish. I make 2 to 3, 12 to 16 ounce ( half liter )vegetable juices everyday because it would be very difficult to actually eat that same amount of vegetables in a day. For me and countless others it's never about detoxing. Juicing and so-called detoxing have nothing to do with each other 95% of the time. The guy was going on like they re synonymous which they are absolutely NOT.

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  3. There are three factors in weight loss – exercise, diet, and motivation.
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  4. I thought this was going to be a crap video for some reason. I thoroughly enjoyed the non-biased and balanced approach. Will subscribe.

  5. What a heavy(tee hee) load of fatlogic. People complaining about gaining weight after a diet are like gambling addicts saying "Yeah I tried stop going to the casino, of course I had more money in my account. But once I went back to the casino my problems came right back! So that method clearly failed!"

  6. first off there is a huge world wide misconception that you should eat until you are full, you eat until you are satisfied.
    second diets don't work because you need a lifestyle change not a quick fix. if you are on a diet that restricts your diet and it works go you butwhen you are at your goal you can go back to a normal diet which is where the problem is. you didn't learn how to eat right just how to lose weight, very easy to go back to old habits.
    eat right and exercise. end of story

  7. I feel like I need to clear up a couple of misconceptions about Veganism. Some people have made comments about Veganism which are not supported by the Vegan society.

    a) Veganism is not a diet it is a lifestyle based around strong beliefs. For this reason Vegan employees are protect from discrimination in the same way as Christians, Muslims and Jews. If you don't believe me do the research.  IT IS A BELIEF SYSTEM. Diet is the bit people zone in on but it's much more complex than that.
    b) Vegan diets are usually healthy BUT there is such a thing as an unhealthy Vegan and telling people that if they switch to Vegan cheese, Vegan ice-cream and Vegan cake they will be healthier is absolute rubbish. Junk food is junk food Vegan or not. A healthy vegan diet is based on; grains, pulses, beans, lentils, grains, fruit and veg and unsaturated fats. And treats are just that; treats.

    Not eating meat, dairy and eggs doesn't make someone a Vegan. Vegans don't wear leather, wool or silk. They do not use words such as bitch or cow as insults (we have others to choose from). Every part of a Vegan's life reflects on their belief that it is wrong to exploit animals or harm the planet. We tread softly on the earth.

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  8. I'm not fat. But my weight is always in change. There are times when I'm gaining weight, and are times when I'm losing. It's all about the food that I'm eating. When I eat correctly and avoid all that contains sugar and white flour, and fats (veg and animal), eating seeds, my weight is going down.

  9. No one is drinking just one glass of wine, no one is eating just 2 squares of chocolate, that just does not happen, that is unrealistic. And no one's spending time on the broccoli when there's cheese and chocolate, wake up! The only hope is with the nuts, those have some fatty luxury going on in them.

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  11. Whatever happened to willpower….? Just wondering…. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips-> keeps me on the right track…! And buy a couple of life size mirrors too: they never lie…!

  12. I find it interesting that he was against juicing yet he was all for red wine. You get all the benefits along with fibre if you eat the grapes instead of juicing them into wine.

  13. There are 3 rules for weight loss; eat less, eat better, exercise. Nobody wants to hear that they want a magic wand or magic formula.
    The 3 rules for weight maintenance are; eat the correct number of calories for your size, gender and lifestyle, eat healthy, exercise.
    Simple that's it. Do this and you will loose weight and maintain the loss, BUT humans are complicated creatures food isn't just fuel it's used for comfort, socialising, celebrating. This is where it all goes wrong.

  14. I'm for healthy. Don't watch stupid Coronation Street or any other Television. It's poison to your soul and body too. Exercise, eat unprocessed and raw whenever possible. Avoid sugar like the plague. It's simple. There's no philosophy around diets. Listen to your body.

  15. I lost 2 kg in 2 weeks without exercise. It really depends on your body. But for me I did high protein, low carb and fat. It really works, I love carbs so much, so I do eat it but not to much. I eat what ever I want just healthier. We should be able to enjoy food.

  16. Why on earth would anyone take dietary advice from someone who's overweight and looks as unhealthy as some of these so-called professionals? Personally, the only qualification I as patient would need to see is a fit, trim body and bright, sparkling eyes set in a glowing, youthful face.

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