What Are All The Different Popular Diet Types?
Atkins– the Atkins diet’s main focus is to consume foods very low in carbohydrates. This diet often requires sticking to a meal plan and following the plan outlined within the books and resources available, as there are stages to this diet. More information can be found at atkins.com.
Gluten-Free– the gluten-free diet is pretty simple, it just excludes the gluten protein. The difficulty a person may encounter when attempting a fully gluten-free diet is product labeling and selection. Though there are many gluten-free items available, there just aren’t as many of them as there are products containing gluten. For those with extreme gluten sensitivities, even checking the label to ensure the gluten-free product was manufactured in a fully gluten-free processing plant can be the difference between having a reaction and feeling good.
Paleo– the Paleo diet is designed with our ancestors in mind and is based on eating what our Stone Age ancestors would have eaten. This includes avoiding processed foods, grains and dairy, but includes things such as meat, nuts & seeds, fruits and vegetables. For more on the Paleo diet, visit thepaleodiet.com.
Raw Food– the raw food diet consists of unprocessed, plant-based foods, generally organic. Most of the food (75% or more) consumed on a raw food diet should be uncooked.
The Whole30– this diet is similar to paleo but with a few things added and a few things removed. It’s a little complicated, so I would recommend visiting whole30.com to get the full rundown.
Vegan– the vegan diet is more of a philosophy and way of life than just a diet. A vegan does not eat any food (or drink) of animal origin, including the elimination of eggs, dairy and honey.
Vegetarian– the vegetarian diet consists of fruits and vegetables. It also usually includes eggs, dairy and honey. Some people consider themselves to be vegetarians and still eat fish, though technically fish should be off the menu for someone on a vegetarian diet.
NOTE:As always, contact your doctor prior to beginning a new diet or exercise regimen to determine whether or not it is recommended for you. Everyone is different and only a doctor can help determine the dietary path you should take.