The purpose of this assignment is to learn how to evaluate a “fad” diet for weight loss and create a healthy weight loss plan.


Part 1: Fad Diet

Choose a fad diet to review. You can use a book, the internet, or other resource to find information about the diet you have chosen. Answer all of the following questions about the fad diet you chose:

1. Who wrote/created the diet you chose and what is their educational background and credentials?

2. In your own words describe the major dietary principles of the diet?

3. What foods and/or nutrients are emphasized in the diet?

4. Are there any foods and/or nutrients that are limited or excluded on the diet?

5. Is there a potential for any nutrient deficiencies to occur following the diet?

6. Are there any special foods or supplements that are recommended or must be purchased for the diet?

7. Does the diet recommend any physical activity or an exercise program to follow?

8. Are there any medical concerns for someone following the diet?

9. Would you recommend this diet to a family member or friend? Why or why not?

Part 2: Healthy Diet

Design a weight loss plan for yourself. Your plan should be something that promotes a permanent lifestyle change (not something that you could follow only short term).

Diet Plan

Plan a sample diet for three days that provides a reasonable number of calories for you. If you are not sure how many calories you need, use this to figure it out for you. Remember that to lose weight you should subtract approximately 500 calories from the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight, but do not go below 1200 calories per day. Your diet should include balance and variety of foods, decrease empty calories, and include regular (small) meals and snacks.

Exercise Plan

Plan a sample exercise plan for three days that includes activities you enjoy.

Submission Instructions

Submit your answers in the assignment submission area located in the weekly content area. All documents must be in either .doc, .docx. or PDF formats in order to be graded.

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