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New Year dieters are being warned that quick-fix solutions could cause heart problems and even unplanned pregnancies.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director, has said diet pills and detox teas have a “slim chance of success” and can bring on serious health complications.

The senior doctor explained that side effects of appetite suppressant products can include diarrhoea, heart problems and interference with oral contraception.

Those who want to go on a diet to kick off 2020 are being urged to try and lose weight “gradually and safely instead”.

Prof Powis added: “New Year’s resolutions are a great time to make a change, but the reality is there’s a slim chance of success with diet pills and detox teas – and people could end up doing more harm than good.”

Instead, he recommends the NHS Long-Term Plan – a 12-week weight-loss schedule that can be used alongside an app.

A diabetes prevention programme is also available on the NHS website, along with healthy recipes.

Health professionals recommend the Couch to 5K app for first-time runners, Strength and Flex, and the NHS Fitness Studio apps.

Quitting smoking is the second-most popular New Year resolution, and the NHS Smokefree app can help people wanting to cut down.

The Drink Free Days app is also recommended by the NHS for those wanting to try Dry January.

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