for complicated eaters


People follow diets for different reasons. It can be because of medical reasons, allergy, weight loss, or intolerance to some food. So if you want to learn more about the various types of diets and what it is for, here is a diet guide depending on the goal/plan or if you want to limit or avoid animal consumption.

Diet Name Goal | Plan
Alkaline Diet Avoid acid forming foods and habits – increase water intake
American Heart Association – Low Sodium Diet Heart Health/ Limit Sodium to 1500mg per day
Anti-Inflammatory Diet High intake of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, omega rich fatty acids, cold water fish, turmeric and cinnamon (similar to Mediterranean Diet) Avoids: red meat, processed grains, sugar
Atkins Diet Weight Loss/ Carbohydrate Restriction – initially 20 grams of Carbohydrates per day
Consistent Carbohydrate Diet – Diabetic Diet Stabilize blood sugar/ Equal amount of Carbohydrates each meal
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – DASH Diet Reduce Blood Pressure/ Limit Sodium to 2300mg per day
Gluten Free – Celiac Disease Diet Avoid all gluten containing products i.e. wheat, barley, rye, triticale, and some oats
Glycemic Index Diet Stabilize blood sugar/ Weight loss/ Distinguishes Good Carbohydrates from Bad Carbohydrates
Intermittent Fasting i.e. Dubrow Diet, Fasting Diet, Snake Diet Calorie restriction through limited eating window or cycles of fasting
Ketogenic Diet (Various versions of Ketogenic diet alter the Macronutrient break down) Weight Loss / Standard Calorie break down: 75% Fat, 5% Carbohydrates, 20% Protein
Low Lectin Diet/ Dr. Gundry Plant Paradox Avoid foods with lectin proteins including Nightshade vegetables/fruits, legumes, squash, corn, corn fed animal products including A1 milk
Macrobiotic Diet Meditative diet aimed to achieve inner balance/ primarily whole grains and whole living foods
Mayo Clinic Diet Weight Loss/ Healthy eating/ Follows Mayo Clinic food pyramid
Mediterranean Diet Longevity, Cancer prevention, Heart Health
Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay -MIND Diet Limited evidence to suggest slows the development of Alzheimer’s/ combines Mediterranean and DASH diets
Paleo Diet Restricts grains and processed foods (also referred to as the caveman diet)
Raw Food Diet Nothing heated over 115 degrees Fahrenheit
Renal Diet – Low Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Protein Reduce waste load on kidneys (individuals receiving Dialysis require higher Protein intake)

Vegetarian Diets
(several types described below)
Limit or avoid animal consumption
Flexitarian Plant based diet with occasional meat/animal product consumption
Lacto-Vegetarian Plants and dairy products / no animal flesh or eggs
Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian Plants, dairy and eggs/ no animal flesh
Pescatarian Plants and seafood including fish/ no other meat or eggs
Pollotarian Plants and poultry, fowl and eggs
Vegan Diet No animal products or by-product
Very Low Calorie Diet (VLC) Weight Loss (Metabolic Alterations) Limit 800 Calories per day/ Micronutrient dense
Volumetrics Diet Weight loss/ Healthy eating/ based on Calorie density of foods
Weight Watchers Assign points values to food based on Calories, Fat and Fiber content. Generally, encourages healthful eating and calorie reduction.
Zone Diet Every meal includes 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein, 30% Fat by volume