Dieting in US
It’s something each and every one of us has done at some point in our lives – dieting. Every year Americans spend billions on diet pills, weight loss programs, gym memberships and support groups. We read food labels, count calories, fat grams and carbs. It’s overwhelming. What can I eat? What is allowed? Does it taste good? With so many diet plans and programs available you have to be aware what do they focus on.
Our chart shows what percentage of your dietary intake comes from what food source on different diets. For example, if you decide to try a raw diet you can see that most of your calories will be coming from grains, vegetables, fruit and nuts.
Where on a South Beach Diet you will be getting almost equal amounts of each food group except for grains; and it seems that this plan is high in sugars – something you should watch out for.
Our infatuation with food continues with cooking shows and 24 hr cooking channels, celebrity chefs, commercials and new restaurants popping up on every corner. And with obesity rate rising every year we have to look at our relationship with food, emotional satisfaction we’re trying to get from it.
Most of us want to diet, but with the influx of fad diets that we’re subjected to, it may be overwhelming trying to find which diet is right for us. The number one factor in choosing a diet that most of us look at is whether or not it’s effective. Although this is by no means unimportant, a more commonly overlooked factor is whether you would actually want to eat it.
Although diets are associated with eating things that you don’t want to eat, there is enough of an assortment that you can effectively choose a diet that you would want to it (unless your idea of a diet includes iced cream and candy).
Below are the various components of the most popular diets and their prevalence.