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Hit Noughties Show You Are What You Eat Returns Tonight

Ali Condon

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Hit Noughties Show You Are What You Eat Returns Tonight

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

One of the top TV series of the noughties, You Are What You Eat, is making its big return to our screens this evening - poo tests and all!

The programme aimed to kick people's unhealthy eating habits and get them on a better diet in the space of eight weeks.

After a 15-year hiatus, the series is back with all-new presenters and a fresh look.

The show is back with brand new presenters. (Credit: Channel 5)
The show is back with brand new presenters. (Credit: Channel 5)

Those who remember the hit show will likely associate it with Scot presenter Gillian McKeith. But the controversial nutritionist will not be returning to the Channel 5 reboot.

Instead, the series will be hosted by TV legend Trisha Goddard and trusted GP Dr Amir Khan.

They will be joined at the infamous 'table of truth' by Professor Lindsay Hall, who will take on the task of examining the poo of some of the country's most disastrous dieters - though we'd be shocked if she did it with as much enthusiasm as McKeith did in her day.

Gillian McKeith will not be back for the reboot. (Credit: Channel 4)
Gillian McKeith will not be back for the reboot. (Credit: Channel 4)

The original You Are What You Eat series might also be remembered as one of the more controversial programmes that aired on television back in the day, encouraging people to completely shake up their diets and restrict their snacking to get off their path to a literal "early grave."

Gillian wasn't exactly the kindest mentor either - as you can see here:

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Thankfully, it looks like the Channel 5 reboot will be much more aware of itself and its viewers, with less shock tactics and healthier, more conscious approaches to get the UK eating right.

Ahead of the series launch, Dr Amir Khan shared his hopes that viewers will learn their health depends on so much more than just the food they eat.

He said: "It isn't just what you put in your body or how much you move - so many elements of emotional wellbeing factor into your physical health. We even talk about things like spending time with nature and how good that is for you, which I'm a big fan of.

"Being healthy doesn't have to be prescriptive, it's about taking food you enjoy and making healthy versions of that, and it's the same with exercise - it doesn't mean forcing yourself to go to the gym. Find something you enjoy like walking or dancing and do a bit more of it."

His co-host Trisha added: "I never looked at any of the previous shows. I’m more into understanding people.

"TV’s moved on since then. We are more aware now that if someone’s got a problem with food it’s usually a demonstration of something deeper. There’s always a backstory, always, and I think that’s something that had been missed out."

Trisha Goddard has already promised that the series reboot will be quite different. (Credit: Channel 5)
Trisha Goddard has already promised that the series reboot will be quite different. (Credit: Channel 5)

A synopsis of the new and improved health series reads: "In every episode, Trisha and Dr Amir will help two people in desperate need of a life-changing, or even life-saving intervention.

"They’ll take control of their lives for eight weeks to show them how they can take control of their own lives forever. Their all-new lifestyle plans will help them ditch the dodgy diets once and for all, with straight forward, no-nonsense advice to get them, and us, all showing our bodies who’s boss from top to bottom (quite literally!) in the way that only You Are What You Eat can.

"So, whether you want to fight the flab, kick tiredness into touch or win the war on willpower, all new You Are What You Eat will reveal how to be a happier, healthier you for a whole new year ahead."

You Are What You Eat airs on Channel 5 on Wednesday, January 5th at 8pm.

Topics: TV And Film, Channel 5

Ali Condon
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