The number of diets available seems to grow almost daily! The following is a small sample of diets currently "fashionable" today. There are excellent web sites to help you decide which may be suitable for your needs. See our recommendations at the bottom of this page.
The Atkins Diet, or Atkins Nutritional Approach, focuses on controlling the levels of insulin in our bodies through diet. Most people on the Atkins Diet will consume a higher proportion of proteins than they normally do.
The Zone Diet
The Zone Diet aims for a nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein each time we eat. The focus is also on controlling insulin levels, which may result in more successful weight loss and body weight
There are various types of vegetarian: Lacto vegetarian, Fruitarian vegetarian, Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, Living food diet vegetarian, Ovo-vegetarian, Pescovegetarian, and Semi-vegetarian.
Veganism is more of a way of life and a philosophy than a diet. A vegan does not eat anything that is animal based, including eggs, dairy, and honey.
Weight Watchers Diet
Weight Watchers focuses on losing weight through diet, exercise, and a support network. Dieters can join either physically, and attend regular meetings, or online. In both cases there is a great deal of support and education available for the dieter.
South Beach Diet
This was started by a cardiologist, Dr. Agatston, and a nutritionist, Marie Almon. It focuses on the control of insulin levels, and the benefits of unrefined slow carbohydrates versus fast carbs.
Raw Food Diet
The Raw Food Diet, or Raw Foodism, involves consuming foods and drinks which are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic. There are four main types of raw foodists: raw vegetarians, raw vegans, raw omnivores, and raw carnivores.
This diet is Southern European, and more specifically focuses on the nutritional habits of the people of Crete, Greece, and southern Italy. Nowadays, Spain, southern France, and Portugal are also included; even though Portugal does not touch the Mediterranean Sea. The emphasis is on lots of plant foods, fresh fruits as dessert, beans, nuts, cereals, seeds, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats, cheese and yogurts are the main dairy foods, moderate amounts of fish and poultry, up to about four eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low/moderate amounts of wine.8
French Women Don't Get Fat Diet
This diet is based on the creator’s theory that French women don’t diet, count calories, or skip meals. Instead, French women develop a balanced relationship with food and remain thin. The diet involves eating high-quality foods in moderate portions. Instead of counting calories or cutting out certain foods, this diet promises that you’ll be able to trim down without giving up the decadent things in life.
Glycemic Index Diet
The glycemic index (GI) is a scientific ranking that classifies foods based on how quickly they raise blood sugar levels. High-GI foods trigger a rise in blood sugar and release insulin, which is thought to trigger fat storage, intensify hunger, and lead to weight gain. The premise is that by avoiding foods that have a high-GI score, your appetite will decrease, and you will subsequently lose weight..
This is a three-tiered personalized weight loss program that focuses on food, body, and mind. The core of the diet is portion control that begins with prepackaged meals, which are usually frozen. The program also provides support to dieters through one-on-one consultations. The ultimate goal is to wean people off the prepared meals and teach them to make healthy food choices on their own.
This diet involves eating small portions every three hours throughout the day. The theory is that eating constantly will keep your metabolism continually running at a high rate and burning fat. There are no prohibited types of food—only portion restrictions.Fast food such as fried chicken, candy bars, bacon, and red meat are allowed.