How do you diet?

By Amy Lawrenson

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It looks like our view on dieting has finally changed. Rather than opting for diet specific foods - you know the type, cardboard masquerading as crackers and cakes that wouldn't know the meaning of the word if they were slapped in the sponge with lashings of cream - we are filling our shopping baskets with 'super fruits' instead, a survey by Opinion Matters reveals.

Apparently, us women are more interested in the power of acai berries, pomegranates and avocados to help fight off illnesses, than eating foods low in goodness just because they're low in calories.

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On the flipside, it's men who are now the biggest 'calorie counters', 85 per cent of them are eating low-sugar foods in order to stay trim. In my household I'm the one partial to cheese and sweet treats, whereas my boyfriend is constantly counting the fat and salt in every meal he eats, he actually tutts when I reach for the cheese. These days, only 24 per cent of women think a diet should be based on low-fat foods. The tables, it seems, have turned.

In my view, though, it shouldn't be an us (women) vs them (men) situation or a slimming vs immune system-boosting approach, we should all want to be slim and healthy whatever our gender.

Let us know your thoughts – is it more about being healthy or being slim for you? And is your boyfriend more obsessed with calorie counting than you? Comments in the box below please…

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