• Dieters gather around tables showing the food for each diet that they’re allowed to eat for the next 12 weeks. (BBC)
Airs 8.30pm on Thursdays. This 3-part series looks at the 'perfect' diet and aims to find out whether a better understanding of individual physiology and genetics is the key to successfully losing weight.
29 Feb 2016 - 11:52 AM  UPDATED 29 Feb 2016 - 12:07 PM

In a ground-breaking experiment, this series brings together the world’s foremost experts in genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, nutrition science and applied behavioural medicine to test the latest weight loss theory.

Weight loss is not one size fits all – so the only way to diet successfully is to understand your body’s individual biology and bespoke needs. This means that struggling with a diet is not all down to a failure of willpower: it may be a biological backlash.

Based on the latest scientific research, the central tenet of this theory suggests the key to sustained weight loss could be in knowing which physiological group, or diet tribe, you belong to. If proved correct, it could have the potential to transform our approach to dieting.

For the first time, What’s The Right Diet For You? puts the theory to the test on 75 dieters. Over the course of three episodes, the series follows individual dieters through the ups and downs of their individual weight loss progress. But will the experiment prove a success? This series combines rock-solid scientific authority with an appealing invitation to engage with dieters’ individual transformations, and the promise of new, relevant knowledge applicable to all interested in staying slim.


Episode 1

Airs Thursday March 3 at 8.30pm on SBS.

Dr Chris van Tulleken and Prof Tanya Byron team up with scientists to see if they can help 75 overweight members of the public win their battle with weight loss.

Dieters gather around tables showing the food for each diet that they’re allowed to eat for the next 12 weeks.


Episode 2

Airs Thursday March 10 at 8.30pm on SBS.

It is time to see if personalised dieting will work in normal life. The volunteers have been given a diet to follow - based on their genes, their hormones and their psychology.

Dr Chris van Tulleken and Prof. Tanya Byron with constant craver Morgan.

Episode 3 

Airs Thursday March 17 at 8.30pm on SBS.

Chris van Tulleken and Tanya Byron find out if the new personalised diets will help the volunteers stay on course, and the experts reveal the secrets to permanent dieting success.

Mo under metabolic hood, which measures how much energy his body is using when he’s at rest.



Quiz: What’s the right diet for you?
Are you a feaster, emotional eater or constant craver? That’s the question posed in What’s The Right Diet For You? airing this month on SBS. Take our quiz to find out what kind of eater you are and how that impacts your ideal diet.