Different diets explained

Julianna Poe , Sports Editor

New diets are developed every day as more people want to lose weight faster or lead a healthier lifestyle. Here are just a few of the many different types of diets today.


  • The Blood Type Diet: According to “nutritioned.org,” depending on your blood type, some doctors’ research shows there are certain foods that specific blood types should avoid or eat in order to lose weight more effectively and others to prioritize to improve health. For example, those with type O blood are urged to eat greens such as spinach and broccoli and cut out dairy to lose weight. For maintaining good health, it is recommended to eat high-protein foods. 
  • The Mediterranean Diet: With this diet, according to “nutritioned.org,” oil is highly prioritized — salad dressings and marinades — in addition to vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and herbs. The benefits are controlled blood sugar levels, weight loss and help with depression.
  • The Paleo Diet: Almost all sugar intake is eliminated with the paleo diet, according to “nutritioned.org.” Additionally, processed foods, dairy and grains are avoided in this diet. However, sugar in fruits and grass-fed meat is not restricted from consumption. The goal is to switch your body’s fuel source to fat instead of carbohydrates.
  • The Pescatarian Diet: According to “thespruceears.com,” while very similar to a vegetarian diet, which eliminates all meats, a pescatarian diet does not exclude the intake of fish and other seafood.
  • The Raw Food Diet: Any processed, cooked or pasteurized/produced foods with synthetics or additives are revoked from one’s diet when it comes to the raw food diet, according to “nutritioned.org.” Participants of this diet have a surge in energy, fewer carcinogens and a decrease in inflammation.
  • The South Beach Diet: According to “nutritioned.org,” this diet focuses on educating dieters on the difference between good and bad carbohydrates. Lean meats and healthy fats are also emphasized in the south beach diet.
  • The Vegan Diet: According to “peta.org,” in addition to no meat, vegans don’t consume any products that come from an animal, such as eggs and milk.
  • The Vegetarian Diet: As a vegetarian diet consists of no meat, according to “share.upmc.com,” some benefits of this diet is the reduced risk of obesity, heart disease and type two diabetes. Due to a lack of protein and certain vitamins and minerals you receive from meats, vegetarians must be sure to eat foods such as beans, nuts, seeds and eggs.