last updated 8.25.05
Technically, everyone and every living thing is always on a diet of some kind. A 'diet' is whatever eating schedule you follow. It includes when you eat, the type of foods you eat, the types of food you do not eat, and any particulars involved in the eating (such as combining certain foods together or preparing foods a certain way). Even not eating can be considered a starvation diet.
People are individuals. Thus, different eating programs will be more or less beneficial to different people. What is 'the best' diet for one person may be radically different than the best diet for another. An easy example is if a person has a serious food allergy, such as a peanut or shellfish allergy. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and nutrition for many people, but must be banished for someone with a peanut allergy.
Even which diet will be the most successful for weight loss will vary widely based on the person's lifestyle and metabolism.
An important part of any diet is the concept of portion control. This is most important for weight control diets, but can affect the success of other diets too.
What is the difference between a enriched food and a fortified food?
Enriched and fortifed foods both refer to added nutrients. Enriching foods means the nutrients the food had originally, but lost during processing, are added back in. For example, wheat has B vitamins which are lost in processing. These B vitamins are added back making the final product enriched flour.
When nutrients are added in which the food did not have originally, this is called fortified. An example of this is adding folic acid to flour. The wheat did not have this folic acid originally.