Vast majority of regular exercisers do not know if food they eat is doing them any good

Mixed messages over “healthy” diets are causing “significant” confusion among UK fitness fanatics, according to a study.

Conflicting expert reports over what is right and wrong means the vast majority of regular exercisers do not know if the food they eat is really doing them any good.

Eight in 10 admit they are “clueless” over the nutritional benefits of different food types – and have no idea what they should be consuming in order to bulk up or slim down.

Seventy-two per cent of the 2,000 regular exercisers polled believe misleading food adverts are partly to blame for a lack of understanding over what is or isn’t healthy.