Confused on which diet is which and what really works?

Let's explore the most interesting and controversial diets of these days...

What are the Diets and where did they come from?

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a "Diet" is defined as "food and drink regularly provided or consumed", but the better definition seems to be "A regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight".  In early modern times, the word "diete" from Latin meaning "daily regimen".   Thus, maybe rethinking of the negatively associated diet to a positively thought of daily eating routine, may help your mental state of keeping to a proper plan for daily intake.

So, let's look at the types of Daily Eating Routines (Diets) there are....(at least these are the most common):

Religious and Belief-based Diets

     Best known is the Kosher Diet based on the method used to prepare foods, but other diets from religious beliefs exist as well.  These diets may not have sound evidential backing associated with these type diets.

Fast Weight-loss Diets AKA Crash Diets

     Typically identified as those type of diets that promise quick weight loss without having a standard dietary recommendation but socialized at the time as a diet-de-jour.  These diets may promise the world, but do not have sound evidential backing s associated with these type diets.

Detoxifying Diets

     Flushes and Colon cleansing type diets purported to remove various toxins from the body characterize this type diet.  Very little proof or sound evidential backing is associated with these type diets.

Medical Diets

     The type diets are characterized by medical needs of an individual, for instance a low-sodium diet for those that have high-blood pressure, or those having high blood sugar to control glucose and insulin levels.  These diets have the backing of medical personal, but seem to lack extensive research into the effect on weight control.  Those with medical conditions are always encouraged to seek the advice of medical personnel before starting, stopping or altering intake of diet related foods.

FAD Diet


Food specific Diets

Low Carb Diets

High Carb Diets

Fasting Diets

Vegan Diets

Healthy Life-style Diets