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Diet Plan Types

The world is home to billions of people, all sharing ideas, designs and dreams. We have created cultures within cultures all adding their own bit of spice to the mix. In dieting it's no different, there are many foods and many beliefs on how they should be treated. Religion, Morality, Culture all affecting how we perceive food, what will be most common to our household and what laws govern what we can and can't eat.

If we remain open to all different types of diet, learning to create our own unique method of dieting, then the incorporation of foods from multiple cultures becomes a natural healthy way to gather the vitamins and nutrients our body needs. Dietary needs have evolved over time, so much that there are now 100's of meals, countless combinations of ingredients and eating habits to go with every culture.

A handful of diets you already may know, others may be new to you and some you will have tried yourself:

  • Low Calorie Diets - Diets that reduce an individuals relative calorie intake by a significant amount.
  • Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) - This is classed by any diet that has an 800 calories or less intake per day and includes Zero-calorie diets, both which should supervised by a Doctor.
  • Low Carbohydrate Diets - The diets consist of a large reduction or removal of starchy carbohydrates from ones diet.
  • Belief-based diets - Usually based of specific religious beliefs or principals, specifying which foods are acceptable.
  • Vegetarianism - Used as a general statement, covering the main diets that actively exclude and animal by-products.
  • Low Fat - As the name sounds, this is a reduction in fatty foods, particularly foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol.
  • Fad or Crash Diets - Used in this case as a general term for diets that are a sudden dramatic change, fad or crash diets that may be potentially harmful to the body.
  • Other Diets - There are many other different and common diets that are trusted by multiple different institutes.

Each with their own take on what we should eat in our diet and each entitled to their unique method.   Some people will yo-yo between different ones and others will follow a specific diet relentlessly.

It is important to remember that basic food types when taking diet into considerations, some will require simple portion control to maintain a healthy body, other more stringent diets such as Vegetarianism will need more attention to ensure the body gets its full range of dietary requirements. It is important to understand what you wish to achieve from the diet you have chosen, some will be designed around muscle-strengthening others will be designed to detoxify the body.

Thinking about your long term goals is a good first step to choosing your diet for example, diets designed to lose weight faster through ketosis will consume both fat and muscle, which can lead to dangerous heart complications.