Which Diet Is Right for Me?

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Finding the diet that fits you best can make all the difference to your health and weight control goals. To work on your weight, first try asking yourself: What kinds of foods are the hardest for me to give up? What’s my optimal, healthiest weight? Diets aren’t just about losing weight, however. Changing what you eat can also support the treatment of many types of health conditions.

While advocates say that the following diets may help control or prevent certain conditions, these claims may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles. For more complete information, go to the full article on the health concern or diet that interests you. You should always consult your doctor before changing your treatment (including diet) for any health concern.

Whatever your goals, if you aren’t sure which diets best fits your self-care needs, this list can be a place to start.

Diets by feature

DietRestrictsRestrictsEmphasizesEmphasizesRecommendsRecommends

Atkins

Unrestricted calories from protein and fat

RestrictsCarbsEmphasizesProteinRecommendsExercise

Blood Type

Food recommendations depend on blood type

RestrictsSpecific foods  

Dean Ornish

Designed for heart-disease prevention and reversal and weight loss

RestrictsFatsEmphasizesFiber EmphasizesVegetarianRecommendsExercise RecommendsRelaxation RecommendsNonsmoking

Fasting

Suitable for short-term only

RestrictsAll foods  

Glycemic Index

Supports management of blood sugar disorders

RestrictsCarbsEmphasizesFiber  

High-Fiber

Reduces risk of chronic diseases

 EmphasizesFiber EmphasizesVegetarian 

Low-Carbohydrate

Includes Atkins, South Beach, and others

RestrictsCarbsEmphasizesProtein 

Low-Fat

Includes Dean Ornish and Pritikin diets

RestrictsFats  

Pritikin

Designed for heart disease prevention

RestrictsFatsEmphasizesFiber EmphasizesVegetarian RecommendsExercise

The Zone

Designed for athletic performance and overall health

RestrictsCarbsEmphasizesProtein 

Low-Allergen

For relief of symptoms caused by food allergies

RestrictsSpecific foods  

South Beach

Emphasizes healthy fats and healthy carbs

RestrictsCarbs RestrictsFats EmphasizesFiber 

Weight Watchers

Balanced diet plan with weekly group support meetings

RestrictsCalories RestrictsFats EmphasizesFiberRecommendsExercise

Diet and health

Advocates claim that their diets may help or control the following common health concerns. Before trying a new diet be sure to read the full diet and health conditions articles—and remember to check with your doctor before trying new eating habits.

Allergies

Rheumatoid arthritis

Cancer prevention

Colon disorders

Constipation

Diabetes type 2

Diverticular disease

Duodenal ulcers

Certain gastrointestinal disorders (constipation, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, gallstones, indigestion, irritable bowel)

Heart disease

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

Hypoglycemia

Insulin resistance

Migraine

Certain respiratory disorders (asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, sinus congestion)

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