How to Choose a Diet That’s Right For You

No one diet works for everyone: you need to find a diet that fits for your needs. A detailed description of each is in the diet index linked below.

Difficulty Level: Average   Time Required: twenty minutes

Here’s How:

  1. If you are sedentary, select a diet that emphasizes exercise.  
  2. If you crave sweets, consider the Carbohydrate Addict diet.  
  3. If you are insulin-resistant and not grossly overweight, consider the GO-diet.  
  4. If you have blood sugar or cholesterol problems, consider the Dr. Atkins diet.  
  5. If you do body building, check for the Targeted Ketogenic or Cycling Ketogenic diets.  
  6. If you are a vegetarian and want a more stringent diet, or have liver or gallbladder problems, try one of the low-fat diets.  
  7. If you want to adjust your taste preferences to enjoy simpler foods, try a short-term fast (no more than 3 days) ­ it will refresh your taste buds.  
  8. If you tend to overindulge in tasty, high-sugar and fatty foods, try the Raw Food or Macrobiotics diets. Though these diets aren’t intended for that purpose, they can be very effective.  
  9. If you feel that you need support, join an organized weight-loss program like Weight Watchers.  
  10. If you are in search of a spirituality-based program, check into the Weigh Down diet.  
  11. If you don’t like restrictive diets, try Suzanne Somers’ diet.  
  12. If you would like to go on a low-carb diet but can’t give up fruits and unlimited vegetables, try the Protein Power diet.  
  13. If you have heart or blood pressure problems, avoid Ephedrine-containing diet pills.  
  14. If you have obesity-related health problems, ask you physician if you can benefit from one of the weight-loss prescription drugs.


  1. Choose a diet that you know can be a part of your life style.  
  2. Do not trust diets that promise fast weight loss without any effort.  
  3. Do not trust diets that promise results without exercise and/or changes in eating behavior.

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Revision date: June 14, 2011
Last revised: by Dave R. Roger, M.D.