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Don’t waste your time finding the perfect diet

Here’s my message. If you are looking for the one true diet, caveat emptor.

While we can safely say that diet is important and a strong determinant of health, there is no one diet that has the corner on perfection. In fact, history shows that strict adherence to specific diets does not guarantee the avoidance of medical disaster, no matter how much one believes. Since this is so obviously true, we all need to be careful about those who claim to represent the one true path.

Nathan Pritikin founded an institute based on his beliefs about a diet that was high in natural foods and very low in fat. This diet is similar to the diet that Dr. Dean Ornish advocates today. While…

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 Don’t waste your time finding the perfect diet

While we can safely say that diet is important and a strong determinant of health, there is no one diet that has the corner on perfection. In fact, history shows that strict adherence to specific diets does not guarantee the avoidance of medical disaster, no matter how much one believes. Since this is so obviously true, we all need to be careful about those who claim to represent the one true path.

6 Diets With Serious Flaws

Here’s a look at six diets that all hold a grain (or gluten-free alternative) of good advice in them, but are either taken too far, not followed properly, or holding on to ideas that just aren’t backed by science.

6 Ways Your Diet Is Messing with Your Metabolism

Tweak your stalled weight-loss plan to keep your calorie-burning engines revved and your stomach flat.

Best Diets for Healthy Eating

The last thing you want from a diet is a risk to your health. Any diet should provide sufficient calories and not fall seriously short on important nutrients or entire food groups. The Best Diets for Healthy Eating rankings weigh nutritional completeness and safety, with particular emphasis on safety, based on ratings in those categories of 5 (best) to 1 (worst) by a panel of experts. (See how we did it.) Of the 38 popular diet programs ranked by U.S. News, the government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan stood at the top of the Healthy Eating list.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the world's largest charitable organization devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics

Beyond Diet

Beyond Diet is a comprehensive health and gluten-free weight loss community that focuses on how to eat delicious foods in the right combinations for your body to let you look and feel great. is a comprehensive health and gluten-free weight loss community that focuses on how to eat delicious foods in the right combinations for your body to let you look and feel great.

British Dietetic Association

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the only body in the UK representing the whole of the dietetic workforce. We are a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of our members.

Diet Detective

Charles Stuart Platkin, the Diet Detective, has made it his life's mission to help people lose weight and get healthy by encouraging them to think before they eat. is the leading online diet and health hub providing information on weight loss, best weight loss programs, diet plans, diet food, and much more.

Dietitians Association of Australia

DAA is devoted to supporting its members and working with all sectors to improve the nutrition and health of Australians.

Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada leads and supports members to promote health and well being through expertise in food and nutrition.


The New Zealand Dietetic Association is the national professional association of registered dietitians and associated nutrition professionals, and has been in existence for over 60 years. With a membership of approximately 550, NZDA represents the largest group of fully trained food and nutrition professionals in New Zealand.

Desire, Dedication, Determination, and Discipline = Success

European Federation of the Association of Dietitians

Our mission is to support Member Associations in developing the role that dietitians have in reducing inequalities and improving nutritional health in Europe.  International Association for


Habit is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date science-based recommendations. As the science evolves, so will your results and nutrition plan. We're committed to an ongoing relationship with you—so you always know how to feed the best version of you.

International Confederation of Dietetic Associations

ICDA is an Association of national dietetic associations. Together, the national dietetic association Members represent about 150,000 dietetics professionals around the world.

21 Day Fix

The 21 Day Fix is different from any other Beachbody program released in the past. It is a full featured workout program accompanied by a thorough weight loss plan as well. One of the unique features of this program is that it involves no counting of any kind.


Through their encouragement, we built a weight loss community around all Fat Chicks, so we could support each other. We took their advice on what type of diet features to include, and included every diet - low carb, low fat, Weight Watchers, etc. - so you could easily find something for everyone here.


My online diet and fitness program is designed to guide you on how to make smart choices that will improve your mind, body and spirit! It's easy! As a member, you'll receive customized meal and fitness plans that are targeted to help you meet your personal goals.

Eat Right For Your Type

Genetic testing and personalized diets are now quite popular and perhaps nutrition science is catching up with The Blood Type Diet. That's O.K. --we're old hands at it. Dr. D'Adamo's work builds upon theory advanced by his father almost a half-century ago.

Eat Smart

The EatSmart Nutrition Scale is a personal management tool that helps individuals understand the essential nutritional values of the foods they eat.

Eat This, Not That!

The no-diet weight loss solution! Learn thousands of easy food swaps that can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds—or more!

Food Addicts Anonymous

Food Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Sharing our experience, strength, and hope with others allows us to recover from this disease, ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Free Dieting

Diet Blog is all about filtering the best of diet news and advice - and combining it with real-world application and opinion. The whole spectrum is covered - everything from body image to fast food.

Grapefruit Juice Diet

Internet Diet Resources and Information Exchange

Jillian Michaels

You don''t need to be a celebrity or a contestant on the Biggest Loser to get Jillian's help! Her online fitness program will give you the tools you need.

Joy Bauer

Joy's LIFE Diet combines a sound, no-fuss plan for long-lasting, healthy weight management with principles that have helped Joy's clients collectively lose more than 250,000 pounds!

Lose It

Forget about past diet failures, the road to weight loss success starts here. Lose It! helps you make the small, manageable changes that lead to big results.

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is a national health campaign to help Americans prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer - four of the leading causes of death in America.


Medifast is a portion-controlled, low-calorie weight loss program that helps you lose weight faster and more effectively than traditional diets.

MediterrAsian shows you why traditional Mediterranean and Asian dietary and lifestyle practices are so health-giving, and provides you with the practical advise to help you follow a similar way of living.

Morning Banana Diet

Give it two weeks. If the Morning Banana Diet doesn’t work for you, then you can move on to another diet, knowing that you haven’t been taking dangerous drugs or supplements, you’ve been eating a natural, nutritious, high fiber food (it’s certainly better than a cookie diet, right?), and you haven’t restricted your diet with extreme food limitations.

My Detox Diet

Welcome to UK's number one Detox Diet and Juice delivery service


We give you the tools you need to lose weight the healthy way. We also recognize that if you are looking for a long-term solution to weight loss, you must make a permanent change to your lifestyle. The good news is that it's easier than you might think.


NutriFit's meal service is the ultimate timesaving, convenient choice, designed to satisfy your nutrition and health needs with extraordinary cuisine.


We believe that every person has the power to make decisions that will allow them to take control of their life and health.

Nutrition Bulletin

The Nutrition Bulletin provides accessible reviews at the cutting edge of research. Read by researchers and nutritionists working in universities and research institutes; public health nutritionists, dieticians and other health professionals; nutritionists, technologists and others in the food industry;

Plant Strong

Lose weight, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit in just 4 weeks.


If you can't take one more day of self-loathing, you're ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.

The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking, healthy lifestyle program where people get better together. With love as the motivation, it’s a story of abundance, not deprivation. Relying on God’s power and the support and encouragement of friends, get ready to be transformed from the inside out.


Founded in 2009 by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, Whole9 is a community focused on health, fitness, balance and sanity, all built on a foundation of real food and healthy nutritional habits. We talk a lot about nutrition on our site and in our workshops, but that’s just one aspect of our program. The ‘9’ in Whole9 comes from these 9 factors, which we believe are all important for optimal health.

Calorie Control Council

"If you're looking for information on cutting calories and fat in your diet, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, or your favorite low-calorie, reduced-fat foods and beverages (and the ingredients that make them possible)... you've come to the right place!"


CalorieKing's business is to set the food record straight. We exist to provide facts that generate the Aha! moments that anchor changed thinking about food, and result in sustainable behavior improvements and better health.


As a doctor, it is my job to figure out the best way to keep my patients healthy. We now know that food is medicine, perhaps the most powerful drug on the planet with the power to cause or cure most disease. If food is more than just calories, if food is information that controls every aspect of our biology and health, then I better know what to advise people to prevent, treat and even reverse chronic disease.


Identify and eliminate triggers that cause emotional eating and it's easy to lose all the weight you want and never gain it back.

Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee promotes plant-based diets for good health and disease prevention.


Precision Nutrition, Inc is a nutrition education and nutrition solutions company devoted to helping people around the world feel fantastic, look incredible, and perform at the top of their game.


At SparkPeople, our mission is to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and lead healthier lives. We offer nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free, while other sites like Weight Watchers and charge their members for similar services.

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