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Diets and Cleanses

The sheer number of diets and cleanses promoted in the market can be quite confusing. Here's what you need to know.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 15, 2012

Diets And Cleanses Overview

Carbohydrate Control Diets Starches and sugars are loaded with carbs, some healthier than others - these diets manage the numbers of kinds of carbs to eat
Diet Description Foods
Atkins Diet Carbohydrate control is at the core of the Atkins Diet. Whenever you hear someone explain...more Emphasis is placed on protein and fat. Meat, poultry, fish, pork, soy and eggs are all...more
Dukan diet The Dukan Diet is often called the French Atkins diet—but don't expect to enjoy buttery...more Protein, lean meats, water and oat bran are the center pieces of the Dukan Diet. Among the...more
F-Factor diet The F in F Factor Diet stands for fiber—a key element of this eating plan developed by...more Not surprisingly, high-fiber foods like crackers, Fiber One cereal and whole-grain carbs are...more
Gluten-free diet Feel like you're the only one eating regular bread and pasta these days? That's because the...more Although many foods, especially packaged foods, contain gluten, there is a wide and...more
Ketogenic diet The ketogenic diet is a very strict diet intended to induce the burning of fat in the body....more Fats and proteins (devoid of sugars and carbs) are welcomed on the ketogenic diet.
South Beach Diet While some diets eliminate carbohydrates altogether, and others remove every last drop of...more The first phase of the diet encourages lean proteins—like seafood, skinless white-meat...more
Zone Diet The Zone diet advocates a strict ratio of nutrients consisting of 40% carbohydrates, 30%...more Protein should be integrated into every meal—even snacks. One portion of meat is about the...more

Ingredient-Based Diets Ingredient-specific diets manage what types of food to eat, not how much
Diet Description Foods
Cabbage soup diet The Cabbage Soup Diet is the diet equivalent of an urban legend. Passed from hand to hand...more Cabbage soup is the primary food encouraged on the diet. The recipe of the cabbage soup...more
Grapefruit Diet Grapefruits are really, really good for you—at least, that's what fans of the grapefruit...more Grapefruit, of course—and lots of it. Dieters should eat at least eight ounces of...more
Macrobiotic Diet From the Greek for "great life," macrobiotic dieters believe that the key to a long, healthy...more A macrobiotic diet includes whole grains, fresh fish, legumes, vegetables, nuts and seeds. ...more
Mediterranean Diet The Mediterranean diet is based on the cuisine and ingredients common in the Mediterranean...more The Mediterranean diet is dominated by whole grains (brown rice and barley), vegetables,...more
Raw food diet The raw food diet involves eating only plants, fruits and seeds that have not been heated...more Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are allowed on a raw food diet,...more
Veganism Veganism is the elimination of all animal products from the diet. Vegans (as followers of...more Along with avoiding animal products, vegans typically gravitate toward healthy, organic...more

Evolutionary Diets These diets propose that genetics determine how efficiently food is processed once it enters the body
Diet Description Foods
Atkins Diet Carbohydrate control is at the core of the Atkins Diet. Whenever you hear someone explain...more Emphasis is placed on protein and fat. Meat, poultry, fish, pork, soy and eggs are all...more
South Beach Diet While some diets eliminate carbohydrates altogether, and others remove every last drop of...more The first phase of the diet encourages lean proteins—like seafood, skinless white-meat...more
Zone Diet The Zone diet advocates a strict ratio of nutrients consisting of 40% carbohydrates, 30%...more Protein should be integrated into every meal—even snacks. One portion of meat is about the...more

Cleanses Cleanses are designed to detoxify the body, though weight loss is often a happy side effect
Cleanse Description Duration
BluePrint Cleanse The BluePrint Cleanse consists of six daily bottles of freshly pressed fruit and vegetable...more The BluePrint Cleanse lasts three days. The juices go bad after a few days since they are...more
Clean Program The Clean Program was invented by Uruguayan doctor Alejandro Junger, who created the Clean...more The initial length of the Clean Program is 21 days. However, an "intake" phase that lasts...more
Colon Cleanse Colon cleansing is based on the theory that the colon (also called the large intestine) can...more Most colon cleanses are about a day or two in length.
Cooler Cleanse The Cooler Cleanse is a juice-based diet regimen. People undergoing the Cooler Clease...more The Cooler Cleanse can be done in a three-day or five-day plan. It can be done as often as...more
Master Cleanse The Master Cleanse is a strict 21-day liquid-only diet designed to detoxify the body. ...more The classic Master Cleanse lasts 21 days, though not all dieters choose to participate for...more

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