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Fad and Popular Diets

There's a difference between a fad diet and a popular diet. A fad diet requires you to eat unusual foods or you're expected to avoid foods that aren't bad for you. Popular diets, like low-fat and low-carb diets, have stood the test of time and have some research to back some of their health claims.

How to Follow the Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet has been associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and it may help you to live longer. Learn how to follow the Mediterranean diet.

Book Review: The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan
Nutritionist Monica Reinagel wrote "The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan" to explain how the foods you eat may be triggering inflammation and pain.

The Okinawan Diet
Residents of the Okinawa region of Japan have some of the longest lifespans in the entire world. Learn why their traditional diet may be part of the reason why.

What is an Alkaline Diet?
Proponents of the alkaline diet claim the foods you eat affect the pH of your body and that eating alkaline-forming foods leads to good health.

What is a Gluten-Free Diet?
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, spelt, and rye. Learn about gluten and how to follow a gluten-free diet.

Do I Have to Avoid Gluten or Dairy Products?
Some fad diets require you to avoid whole food groups,which could lead to eating an unbalanced diet. Eat a balanced diet instead.

What is the Paleolithic Diet?
The Paleolithic Diet followers claim you'll see health benefits and lose weight if you eat like a prehistoric human. Learn more.

What You Need to Know About Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and foods that may increase pain. Learn more about the foods that may decrease inflammation in your body.

How to Follow a Low-Calorie Diet
Low-calories diets are tough, but as long as you plan your diet correctly, you should be able to get enough of the nutrients you need. Here are my instructions for safely following a low-calorie diet.

Weight Management: Is a Low-Carb Diet Healthy?
Low-carb diets can be good for you as long as you choose healthful foods that provide the nutrients your body needs. Learn more about low-carb dieting.

How Do I Follow a Low-Fat Diet?
A low-fat diet isn't difficult to follow, but it can take a bit of practice. Here are my tips to get you started.

Healthy Foods for Both Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets
Most fad diet fall into either the low-fat or the low-carb categories. I've got a list of some foods are both low-carb and low-fat diets and some links to delicious recipes.

Avoid Fad Diets
Fad diets may work in the short term, but they don't work for permanent weight loss. Eat a healthy balanced diet made up of foods that are good for you rather than chasing after fad diets. Here's how to do it.

What is the Raw Food Diet?
Raw food diets focus on foods that haven't been cooked or processed. Do these diets have any health benefits?

Baby Food Diet - Fad or Fab?
This fad diet is based on eating small portions of baby food for one or two meals each day and finishing up with a regular adult-sized meal. Does it work? Learn more about the baby food diet.

How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day to Lose Weight?
Use these calculators to determine how many calories you need to lose, gain or maintain your weight.

Why Fad Diets Suck
Fad diets promise successful weight loss, but rarely live up to it. They're ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst. Learn more about fad diets what to do instead.

Go Scandinavian with the Anti-inflammatory Nordic Diet
The Nordic diet is low in saturated fat, but rich in fish, berries and whole grains.

Eating Clean
Eating a clean diet means no more refined and heavily process foods -- stick with whole fresh foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

Fad Diets Quiz
Test your knowledge of fad and popular diets with this fun and informative quiz.

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