What kind of [ Diet ] • The foods habitually consumed by a person, community or other group. • A specific food regimen such as a weight-loss diet or a vegetarian diet. See Dieting.... More is the Post-Modern Diet? Is it keto? Is it vegan? Is it Palaeo? Is it another fad diet?
These are some of the common questions I get asked. The short answer is that the Post-Modern Diet is not a particular regimen. I think of it as the sum of the useful knowledge that I have accumulated in the last 20 years and the application of that knowledge.
To be clear, to be useful, there has to be a scientific basis. I do have knowledge of the [ Grapefruit Diet, Grapefruit Fast, Hollywood Diet ] A dietary regimen that includes grapefruit, which is purported to contain a fat-burning enzyme that accelerates weight loss. In combination with other foods, the grapefruit diet is generally considered to be low-carbohydrate... More, but that knowledge is of no use to me because there is no [ Biochemistry ] The chemical processes relating to living organisms. The branch of science which studies these chemical processes.... More basis for the advantages of eating nothing but grapefruits. In fact, the [ Biochemistry ] The chemical processes relating to living organisms. The branch of science which studies these chemical processes.... More suggests that it’s not something you want to try.
A fad diet is any [ Dietary ] adjective. Relating to the diet [def 1.] or foods consumed.... More regimen that is trending, usually because of a book, blog post or article. It gains intense and widely shared enthusiasm for a short period of time, only to fade* away, to be displaced by something else. I would certainly classify the Hollywood Diet as a fad diet, even though it has existed in various forms since the 1930s, mainly because it has kept coming back in various forms over the years.
Every so often I check Amazon for new books on health, nutrition and diet. It is part of my on-going attempts to stay current with new research or new takes on more established research. What I find is a lot of rehashing of existing diet or fitness fads, but occasionallyI stumble on some exceptional or novel interpretations the existing research. And when I do, there is no end of fun for me as I try to determine if there is a biochemical basis for that interpretation and how we might leverage that for better health. That, to me, is the Post-Modern Diet.
*I just noticed that fad is fade without the e. 🙂