Debunks: Do diets actually work?

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Over half of us are trying to lose weight, and often we’re told that diets are the way to do it.

But is there any science behind cutting out food groups, or spending hours on a treadmill to try and outrun a can of coke?

In the seventh episode of ‘Debunks’, the new podcast series from the Cosmos newsroom team and Nine Podcasts, science journalist Matthew Ward Agius tries to ‘calories in, calories out’ his favourite food group – cake.

Joined by Dr Evangeline Mantzioris and Dr Fiona Willer, they discuss if diets – especially the way we think of them – are actually a good idea.

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