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What is a Diet?

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

There are many definitions for the word 'diet' which are summarized below, as well as some hot tips for calorie reduction diets.

What is a Calorie Reduction Diet?

A diet in which the individual consumes less calories to trigger weight loss. A calorie-restricted diet is generally incorporated with increased activity.

The diet is commonly lower in fat due to reduced caloric intake. You'll find a lot of information on calorie reduction at Diet Bites.

What is a Low Carb Diet?

A low carbohydrate plan is a diet in which 'simple' carbohydrates are restricted with the greater focus placed on 'complex' carbohydrates. The plan is also very rich in proteins.

The elimination of carbohydrates combined with protein-rich foods generates quick initial weight loss in the form of water. This approach to weight loss may present extremely serious health risks for certain individuals, such as heart, diabetic and kidney patients - and particularly for those individuals who have hidden health conditions relating to the heart and kidneys.

After the low carbohydrate or carb-restricted plan is ended, the weight tends to come back as rapidly as it was lost at the beginning of the plan.

What is a Raw Food Diet?

Foods are generally plucked from Nature's garden. Foods closest to nature tend to be lower in calories while retaining precious nutrients and they are very easy on the digestive system while promoting dental health.

However, a raw or a natural foods weight loss plan may initially create disruptive issues in the digestive track; the great news is that the body appears to adjust to the raw and natural foods quite well over time.

What is a Fad Diet?

Many popular diets are fad diets including carbohydrate restricted, fat restricted and protein enhanced plans for weight loss. 

Fad diets deter from the official food pyramid and many times emphasize one-food-power-dieting.

Fads are popular on the onset - as that is why they become fads - popularity.

However, fads never last for long. We recommend that individuals steer clear of fad plans for weight loss.

What is a Vegetarian Diet?

The common perception of the vegetarian diet is that it's a diet which is comprised chiefly of vegetables and contains no meat. But there's a lot more to the vegetarian way of life. Some vegetarians may even restrict dairy in the diet.  

Although the Vegetarian diet is something that we highly favor, it must be approached with great care and understanding to ensure adequate nutritional needs are met.

As a health note, unfortunately the Vegetarian Diet isn't a solution for obesity. Many vegetarians suffer from obesity and overweight issues.

Many build their daily diets around foods like cheese that are too fatty, contain too many calories and which contribute to weight gain.

What is a Sodium Restricted Diet?

This plan restricts sodium which is just another word for salt - yes, the white granules contained inside your salt shaker.

A sodium restricted diet is commonly recommended to heart patients but should only be followed under a physician's care. How much salt do we need each day?  Let's find out.

What is a Flexitarian Diet?

The Flexitarian way of eating is indeed a healthier alternative to the common diet.  More vegetables are consumed and less meat. Learn more about the Flexitarian Diet


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