Some Popular Diet Types


The Mediterranean diet is all about good eating habits. It is about adapting your eating style to those people of the Mediterranean.

If you like the high protein, low carbohydrate eating principles like that of the Atkins diet, then this is not an eating regime you want to consider.

The Mediterranean lifestyle is about eating healthy, eating low fat foods, fruits and vegetables, and adding a good dose of olive oil.

Traditionally the people of the Mediterranean did eat like this.

The Good, the Bad, and Everything in Between

The Mediterranean diet is heavily dependent on plant foods. It is low in saturated fat and dairy, and advocates a moderate intake of lean fish, poultry and red meat. This is a far cry from where America is today. Can you handle it?

Thinking about that big burger, steak, and bacon? Forget about it, the Mediterranean diet advocates only small amounts of red meat occasionally. You better quickly adapt to that wonderful taste of olive oil too because margarine and butter are not in high demand.

This diet is not only about food. It is about sunshine, exercise, and reduced stress. It is about taking care of you.


The Atkins diet is the numero uno diet of today. It is controversial, popular and even glamorous. It is one of the ‘it’ diets of today. But does this diet deserve of all this attention?

The Atkins diet is designed with the principle notion of eating low amounts of carbohydrates and eating a high amount of protein and fat. Like many diets, this one starts off with phases. The induction phase is brutally hard for those who love pasta, bread, potatoes and rice. The restriction of carbohydrates is to put the body into a state of ketosis.

This state last for two weeks at which point you may add a few carbohydrates until you stop losing weight—this is to identify the right amount of carbohydrates for your body….

The Good the Bad and Everything in Between

The Atkins diet has had a few success stories and it has produced some eye catching scientific results. But is it enough?

The initial weight loss can be very fast, but is the Atkin’s diet concept sound enough to create sustainability? This diet is wrapped in controversy, no matter how popular it is. Atkins proponents insist it lowers cholesterol, while Atkin detractors advocate it does not.


The Rosedale diet is another Doctor created diet that promises you the usual i.e.

lose weight fast and live longer! Ah, the dream of every man, woman and child.

The Good the Bad and Everything in Between

The Rosedale diet is pretty basic. Avoid starchy carbohydrates and sugars, eat good fats, and eat the right amount of protein. It even hits you with some of those urban legends.

Eat slowly, eat when you’re hungry (rather than counting carbohydrates/calorie), and don’t eat 3 hours before bedtime.


Have you ever been in the zone? The Zone diet was originally developed by none other than Barry Sear, PHD. In the late 90’s this was the ‘in’, the ‘it’ diet. Everyone was doing it. It was the ‘pre’ Atkins American diet

The Good the Bad and Everything in Between

Sears assumed that if people ate small targeted meals and snacks at just the right percentages, 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 30% protein, that they would create a powerful hormonal state. A state he called the ‘zone’: A brilliant and energetic state of mind that a person could create 24 hours a day by following his diet.

Sears’ books contained massive lists of food items that were broken down into blocks. It was a creative and ingenious way for people to target the 40-30-30 ratio he proposed. The zone diet did, and still does work, but……

Beware! The simplified diet version is tough. If you follow this version of the zone there is a high chance for failure. Its main attributes, the science, the blocks, and the limited calories will put you on a path of failure if you are not prepared.

It’s really ugly to see someone in a complete state of lethargy, fumbling so valiantly to succeed, but inevitably doomed to fall short. You need all the information and help you can get, and maybe a bit of manipulating the zone basics to potentially make this diet work.


Nasir Taimoori

Nasir Taimoori is a freelance journalist working for different digital publications. He writes on various social, national and international issues. He also has an interest in translation. If you want to contribute or share anything, feel free to contact us:

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