Weight loss is one of the most popular new year resolutions for Britons wanting to get healthier. With conflicting advice online, it can be difficult choosing which diet to follow. But a recent study has found by adding one element to food, weight loss could be achieved much quicker. According to the research, eating “dirt” could be the key to weight loss.
“Dirt” is also known as montmorillonite, a natural clay which is found in some foods and can be bought from health food stores.
According to the study in the Pharmaceutical Research Journal, University of South Australia researchers found it could flush fat cells from the body.
The study analysed two groups of rats; one was fed a high fat diet and the montmorillonite and the other with a high fat diet and a weight loss drug.
Despite both groups losing weight, the group with the montmorillonite lost weight more with less side effects.
The clay has an “unusually high surface area” according to the study which meant it could “soak up digested fats and oils present in the foods we eat”.
It could lead to ways to tackle the obesity crisis by helping to understand and aid weight loss in diets.
Researcher and PhD candidate Tahnee Dening explained the information was accidentally discovered.
In a statement, she said: “I was investigating the capacity of specifically clay materials to improve the oral delivery and absorption of antipsychotic drugs, when I noticed that the clay particles weren’t behaving as I’d expected.
“Instead of breaking down to release drugs, the clay materials were attacking fat droplets and literally soaking them up.”
She said she hoped it will lead to “greater weight loss with fewer side effects”, with clinical trials to start in the future investigating further.
A new diet plan combining the vegan lifestyle and the paleo diet is thought to be the newest method to lose weight.
Dubbed the Pegan diet, it incorporates the best of both eating habits without restricting any vital nutrients and minerals.
The diet includes meat, as long as it is sustainably sourced, as well as non-dairy products such as nut-butter and coconut milks and yoghurts.
It also encourages up to 75 per cent of the diet to be vegetables and fruit, with tomatoes, peppers and broccoli all included.
However, sweet products and processed foods are to be cut out entirely.