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Special Diets and Weight Loss

Whether you’re looking to change your diet to lose weight or to address a specific health concern—such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease—these articles focus on both the nutritional and psychological factors that influence the way you eat.

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In our massive-portion-sized, convenience food culture, maintaining a healthy weight or eating a diet to address specific health concerns can be tough—and losing weight, even tougher. Adding to the difficulty is the abundance of fad diets and "quick-fix” plans that tempt and confuse us, and ultimately fail. If you’ve tried and failed to lose weight or switch to a diet to prevent, control or fight specific health issues before, you may believe that it’s just too difficult or that diets don’t work for you. And in one sense, you may be right: traditional diets don’t work—at least not in the long term.

But there are plenty of small but powerful, changes you can make that do add up to lasting diet change or weight loss success. The key is to create a plan that provides plenty of enjoyable choices, avoid common dieting pitfalls, and learn how to develop a healthier, more satisfying relationship with food.

Learn about special diets and weight loss

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The Mediterranean Diet: Myths, Facts, and Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

Healthy Fast Food: Tips for Making Healthier Fast Food Choices

Choosing Healthy Fats: Good Fats, Bad Fats, and the Power of Omega-3s

High-Fiber Foods: Benefits, Sources, and Getting More Fiber in Your Diet

Diet and Nutrition for Women: Eating Right to Look and Feel Your Best

Diabetes Diet and Food Tips: Eating to Prevent, Control, and Reverse Diabetes

Cancer Prevention Diet: Tips to Lower Cancer Risk

Heart Healthy Diet Tips: Eating to Prevent Heart Disease and Boost Heart Health

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You can support your weight loss or diet changes with other healthy lifestyle choices that focus on managing stress and exercising regularly.