An Overview of the Various Diets Out There

With all the diets out there, it becomes difficult to keep track of the ideologies behind each as well as what would work for you. The following is a list of varying types of diets as well as specific ones you can try out.

Specific Food Restriction Diets


  • Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet is based on the restriction of simple carbohydrates and focuses on lean proteins, fats, and low-starch vegetables. The ideology behind this diet is that carbohydrate consumption leads to spike in blood sugar levels causing the body to store more fat. By drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake, your body will store less fat.

  • Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage-soup diet is a diet that is intended for quick weight-loss purposes. The diet, as you can easily guess, asks that you eat a very limited diet, consisting mostly of cabbage soup for one week. In that week, you are supposedly able to drop 10 pounds.

  • Caveman Diet

The Caveman Diet is a diet that restricts the consumption of foods involved in farming and the domestication of animals, similar to what was consumed during the Paleolithic era. This diet emphasizes consuming large quantities of water and focuses on meats and vegetables. However, it also incorporates fasting, which is difficult for many people.

  • Grapefruit Diet

This diet, like the Cabbage Soup Diet, is focused on losing weight quickly. Its plan is for you to consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice with every meal while also consuming less than 1000 calories a day. The combination is meant to help you drop pounds rapidly.

Lifestyle Diets


  • Macrobiotic Diet

This diet, based off of Buddhism and Western ideologies, is more of a lifestyle perspective change rather than a diet. Its goal is for you to achieve harmony while converting over to a primarily vegetarian diet. The diet’s emphasis is on fresh, locally-grown foods.

  • Best Life Diet

This lifestyle diet attempts to get at the root of the problem behind overeating. By following the Best Life Diet you will learn the physical and emotional reasons behind why you may overeat and therefore learn to eat and exercise in a way that will allow you to live the best life possible.

  • Volumetrics Diet

This lifestyle diet focuses on the combination of healthy eating and exercise. It specifically emphasizes that by consuming low-calorie foods, you can increase the volume of food that you eat. It combines that with large consumption of fiber, water, and exercise for promised fullness and weight loss.

Culture/Location Based Diets


  • French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet

This diet is based on the myth that French women don’t get fat. This diet requires that you eat the way French people do, by consuming high-quality ingredients in smaller portions. Its emphasis is placed on your development of a healthy relationship with food rather than constantly dieting and/or skipping meals.

  • Mediterranean Diet

This diet is based on the coastal regions of the Mediterranean and emphasizes the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish, olive oil, etc. This diet, while helping you gain a healthy  lifestyle, is also meant to help you lose weight.

Weight Loss Program Diets

  • Jenny Craig Diet

Jenny Craig’s Diet plan focuses on three components: food, body, and mind. The program offers prepackaged meals and consultations that are meant to help its users if they are struggling to stick to the plan. The ultimate goal is to get the users off prepared meals and to have the ability to make wise food choices independently.

  • Nutrisystem Diet

This weight loss program has similar offerings to Jenny Craig’s program. They deliver 28 prepackaged meals and also offer consultations to its users. The diet consists of consuming low-glycemic carbohydrates, fibers, and lean proteins.

  • Weight Watcher Diet

What makes Weight Watchers unique is the fact that there are no foods that are off-limits. What they do instead is assign points to certain types of food, which you must tabulate throughout your day. The points help you consume a limited amount of food. This program also offers consultation and support.

So You Think You Want to be a Personal Trainer?

Have you ever considered being a personal trainer as a career? How do you know it’s the right fit for you or if you are the right fit for it? If you’ve ever wondered these things, then this article is for you. Read through to learn what a personal trainer is and what he/she isn’t. Ask yourself some important enlightening questions. And, most importantly, learn what is and isn’t required in becoming a personal trainer.

What is a Personal Trainer?


A personal trainer is a fitness professional who, through education and certification, has an in-depth knowledge of proper exercise and fitness procedures and who also guides others to meet their health and/or fitness goals. Personal trainers are often hired in clubs or gymnasiums.

What is a Personal Trainer NOT?

A personal trainer is not a medical professional, therapist, masseuse, or psychological counselor. They primarily serve their clients on how to reach their fitness goals. As a personal trainer, you must always keep the client in mind. Do not push your own fitness preferences onto your client, especially if their goals do not align with your personal ones. A personal trainers is also not a supermodel. This is a common misconception with the presence of personal trainers on television. And lastly, a personal trainer must never have a romantic or personal relationship with his or her client.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Asking yourself these questions may help you decide whether or not this is the right career for you.

  • Do you have a passion for health and fitness?
  • Do you enjoy learning in general?
  • Do you enjoy watching others succeed?
  • Do you enjoy teaching others?
  • Can you be enthusiastic?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then this may be the right path for you.


As far as education goes, a college degree is not necessary for becoming a personal trainer. However, it doesn’t hurt to take some anatomy, physiology, exercise, and nutrition classes. Furthermore, though a degree is not a requirement of becoming a personal trainer, once you earn your certification, that is only the beginning. In order to maintain good credibility and stay up to date with the latest in fitness and health, you will want to continue your education. As a personal trainer, you will understand the importance of growth and how improvement is always a possibility. It’s not something you should just look for in your clients, but something you should look for in yourself as well.


In order to become a personal trainer and actually design and implement fitness training, you must earn a NFPT Certified Personal Trainer credential. However, don’t stop there. Get as many certifications as you can


fit middle aged man with personal trainer in gym

While experience is always preferred, when getting your first job as a personal trainer, you have to start somewhere. A good place to demonstrate your knowledge of personal training is in yourself. You want to demonstrate that you have a passion for health and fitness, and there’s nothing more convincing than being living, walking proof of it.