Ashy Bines defends ‘unsustainable’ fad diet

The Gold Coast woman behind the controversial Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge has defended the program.

Ms Bines has come out firing after the challenge was named in the top three worst diets in the country by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

The Lemon Detox Diet topped the list for the third-straight year, followed by SkinnyMe Tea.

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DAA spokeswoman and dietitian Melanie McGrice said the problem with fad diets was they were all about restrictive eating patterns that could not be sustained long-term and could undermine health.

Ms McGrice said diets such as the Ashy Bines challenge often demonised certain foods and made it hard to meet nutritional needs.

But Ms Bines said her challenge included a comprehensive fitness program and had proven results.

She said her team could not understand what the DAA was referring to and her guidelines gave reasonable advice such as eating chicken breast over chicken mince.

“There’s nothing in there I’m demonising,” she said.