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.