It seems we can’t resist a diet fad. A recent survey has shown that by the age of 45 the average British woman will have tried 61 diets – that’s two a year from the age of 16! And our obsession for quick fixes means that we’re always looking for a healthy snack or drink that will make us look younger and slimmer without having to put in all that much effort.
So what’s healthy and what’s not? The ELLE beauty team are suckers for a frozen yoghurt or fresh smoothie, and we have new and quirky diet fads landing on our desks nearly every day. We decided it's time to learn the truth about our favourite snacks, asking nutrition expert Amelia Freer and USA Pro Personal Trainer Lucy Wydham-Read to share their insider knowledge and give the thumbs up or down on the latest and most common fads…
Naturally isotonic, it contains potassium, sodium and calcium. Great for rehydration instead of water, and ideal for use pre or post exercise (and when hung-over!).
'Not all of the brands are pure though so read labels and avoid the ones with added fruit, which ups the (natural) sugar content' says Amelia.
Keeping hydrated can help to reduce cravings for foods and is especially beneficial for skins appearance. 'As coconut water is fat free it is fine to drink if trying to lose weight' she adds.
Try Tiana Organic Coconut Water, £1.76, www.ocado.com