Types of Diet Part 2

Posted on 2013-02-27 23:00:47

  • Blood type diet
It is a type that of diet that implies that one’s diet should show one’s blood type. This type of diet indicates that the food you eat is determined by your type of blood group. There are four types of blood groups, A, B, AB and O. For example if one has A blood group they are encouraged to eat a vegetarian diet while those that have Blood group B are encouraged to eat a mix of plant and animal protein. No scientific evidence has been published to prove the connection between the diet and food group.
  • Acai Berry diet.
This involves the use of the Acai berry to induce weight loss. In addition to the acai berry being rich in anti-oxidants, there are claims that the acai berry also assists in losing weight although there is no scientific backing of that piece of information.
  • Mayo Clinic diet.
This diet is also called the grapefruit diet. It was neither created nor endorsed by the mayo Clinic. It claims to offer loss of four to five kilos in 12 days for those who use the diet. To continue, the dieter then takes two days off the diet and resumes again. Diet promoters claimed that grapefruit burns fat thus resulting into weight loss. Fruits and vegetables are restricted in this diet which can make one prone to infection and illness due to lack of enough fruits and vegetables. The primary benefit of this diet is that one loses weight pretty fast. A diet like the Mayo Clinic Diet lasts a shorter time than those taking months making it very easy to follow. A caution with this diet is that those on medication should not use this diet as the grapefruit is known to interact with certain drugs. One may not be sure which drug so it would best if one simply kept off the diet.
  • Mediterranean diet.
This diet is South European and it focuses on the nutritional habits of the people of the Mediterranean e.g. Crete, Southern Italy. The emphasis is on lots of plant foods, fresh fruits as beans, nuts, cereals, seeds, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats, cheese and yoghurt are the main dairy foods, moderate amounts of fish and poultry, up to about four eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low/moderate amounts of wine. In conclusion one must be cautious before embarking on a diet. Some of these diets are written by authors and published by book companies yet their safety and efficacy and effectiveness has not been established. One may have even heard of a diet that worked for a friend and decided to embark on the same. Yet there is no assurance of success. Diets advocating for less than 800 calories in a day can cause dangerous heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). This must be highly discouraged as some fad diets have been known to cause disastrous effects. Therefore the next time you may have some abdominal discomfort, bloatedness, tiredness, mood disorders, do check on the diet that you are on. It may very well turn out to be a fad diet. Or better yet, should you be thinking on embarking on a diet plan, do make sure that it is balanced, offering adequate amount of nutrients in the food groups as we know them.   Do you have a nutrition question?Please ask our nutritionist today.