Doctors recommend to start a diet for some medical conditions like obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes. You may be on a special diet for a few days or for many months. For reducing weight many start a fad diet, but that is not the answer for your weight loss problem.

The question arrises: what is a fad diet? A fad diet recommendes to eat a certain group of foods and eliminate certain foods or a group of food from your daily meals.

When you are dieting it can be more difficult than usual to get the nutrients your body requires. Your body needs these nutrients to function properly and make the most of your diet regimen.

The examples of diets are:

Grapefruit Diet : eat only grapefruit.
Low Carb Diet : eat foods low in carbohydrates, Atkin's diet
While low-carbohydrate - high-protein diets may help to lose weight rapidly, researchers have now found that such diets may lead to atherosclerosis and impaired blood vessel growth, reports a research done by a scientific team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in August 2009.
Low Fat Diet : eat foods low in fats or eliminate fats in diet.
High Protein Diet : Eat only protein rich foods, eliminating carbohydrates
Hollywood diet
Pritikin diet
- It is a low calorie diet mainly a vegetarian diet.

Negative calorie diet
The South beach diet
The zone diet

Fad Diets The fad diets offer only a temporary solution and are not based on the recommendations of the food pyramid. The fad diets are not without a danger. On using a fad diet, you may lose weight fast, but later on you may again gain weight and your body may be deficient in many nutrients that can develop health problems.

A good healthy diet should provide all the major nutrients including dietary fibers, carbohydrates, proteins, good fats, minerals, and vitamins. The best way to tackle any health problem is to eat a balanced diet and do some physical exercise daily.

You should not start any diet if it does not allow to eat any major group of the food pyramid. A healthy diet that include vegetables, fruits, legumes, lentils and beans ensures all the major nutrients necessary for good health. Following is the foods you should include in your meals.

- Whole-wheat bread, whole-grain cereal and rice.
- Skim milk and yogurt.
- vegetable salad and vegetable soup.
- Whole grains like kidney beans, black-eye beans, chick peas and lentils.
- Steamed or lightly cooked green vegetables.
- Any dessert with less sugar.
- Lean meat (it is better to avoid).

By eating these foods, you will never feel hungry and you will never gain weight.

A healthy diet should include vegetable, fruits, beans, and whole-grains.

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