Why are there so many diets?

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The proliferation of diets is not essential and does not stem from health needs. Ambiguity about the best diet serves many bodies with interests that are contrary to those of consumers.

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Is maintaining good health binding in so many categories of diets? (The answer is “No.“)

  • There are hundreds of different diets, each somewhat different from one other. That can be confusing; at least it was for me.


A partial list of typical diets, just for the illustration. (from Wikipedia)

  • Vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets.
  • Weight control diets.
  • Low-calorie diets.
    • Extremely low-calorie diets.
  • Low-carbohydrate diets.
    • The ketogenic diet.
    • The Atkins diet.
  • Low-fat diets.
  • Crash diets.
  • Detox Diets.
  • Belief-based diets.
  • Medical reasons determine diets.
  • The paleolithic diet. (Caveman diet)
  • McDougall diet. (High in starchy foods)
  • Other Diets.


All diets can be described by positioning on the appropriate axis.

All diets can be described using triangles in 3D.

  1. Those that forbid eating one or more of the primary macronutrients or ingredients. (Including vegetarians and vegans.)
  2. Diets that prohibit the consumption of industrialized and processed foods. Recommend non-genetically modified organic foods.
  3. Food composition and eating schedule. 

Note: Each category also has subcategories.


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