Choosing a Diet Program

Different Types of Diets

In reality, there are just a few different types of diets. But hundreds of different diets have been promoted for weight loss, and with so many options available, finding one that will help you lose weight but that's also good for your heart can seem daunting. Because marketers use different names to promote them, it can be confusing.

The main features of the most common types of weight-loss diets are described over the next few pages; once you become familiar with them, you will be able to recognize the latest diet trends for what they really are. Before you choose a diet, examine the diet carefully, and discuss it with your doctor or a registered dietitian.

The discussion starts out with fad diets, explained on the next page.