How would a student evaluate whether a fad diet was good or bad for his or her specific needs?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Your first step would be to visit government (CDC or USDA) websites to determine the recommended amounts of major and minor nutrients needed by a person of your age, gender, activity level, etc. This should include total calories, protein, carbohydrates (including fiber), and fats, as well as micro-nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Then you should look at what the diets supply for each category of nutrients and see whether they conform to the recommended guidelines. If they are missing significant categories of nutrients, then they are bad diets for you and if they include all recommended nutrients they are good diets.