: food and drink regularly provided or consumed
a diet of fruits and vegetables
a vegetarian diet
: habitual nourishment
links between diet and disease
: the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason
was put on a low-sodium diet
: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight
going on a diet
: something provided or experienced repeatedly
Their imaginations feverish from a diet of detective novels …—The New Yorker
heard a steady diet of excuses
dieted; dieting; diets
: to cause to eat and drink sparingly or according to prescribed rules
: to eat sparingly or according to prescribed rules
has been dieting for two months
: reduced in or free from calories
a diet soft drink
: promoting weight loss (as by depressing appetite)
: a formal deliberative assembly of princes or estates
: any of various national or provincial legislatures
Verb I've been dieting for two months.
Recent Examples on the Web
NounMost Americans who are obese cannot seem to lose weight with exercise programs, diets, and running. —Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2023 Currently, the only available treatment is to adhere to a gluten-free diet. —Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 24 May 2023 Getty Images Lifestyle changes to diet, sleep, and exercise—paired with interventions like relaxation exercises and supplements—could reverse the aging process, according to new research. —Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 17 May 2023 And as with people, diet and exercise appears to be a factor. —Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 May 2023 News that Shakira is good about finding balance in her diet. —Korin Miller, Women's Health, 16 May 2023 This might be a cognitive issue exacerbated by lack of sleep, diet, or medications. —Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2023 Yes | Gluten-free: Yes Best Magnesium Swanson Magnesium Lactate Pros Third-party tested Contains form of magnesium studied for anxiety Cons Interacts with some medications May not be effective for those that get enough through diet Magnesium is involved in nervous system health. —Sarah Anzlovar, Ms, Verywell Health, 15 May 2023 But, one heavier diet staple may also be the cause of that undesirable sound and stench— protein. —Cassie Shortsleeve, Men's Health, 13 May 2023
VerbThis phentermine over-the-counter replacement is most effective for people who already diet and exercise or are starting a routine and need a pick-me-up. —Dallas News, 21 July 2022 California lawmakers are targeting social media with a bill prohibiting social media platforms from having algorithms or features that expose children to diet products or lead them to develop an eating disorder. —Jesse Bedayn, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 January is to diet culture as November is to pumpkin-spiced beverages. —New York Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Likewise, people with bigger bodies shouldn’t feel pressure to diet endlessly—or take any measure to change themselves—if that’s what works best for them. —Amelia Harnish, Women's Health, 27 Jan. 2023 The struggle of a season prompted Diaz to focus on his body and diet this offseason, trading steak and rice for leaner meats and salads. —Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 25 Mar. 2022 For women, good advice about exercise has been particularly hard to separate from the pressure to diet and look hot. —Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 My doctor told me my bloodwork is great, to relax, and not to diet. —Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 Coaches could use these to test how competition is influenced by a wide variety of behaviors, from sleep patterns to diet to stance on the field. —Eleanor Cummins, Scientific American, 27 July 2021
AdjectiveStill, we’ve been conditioned to see self-improvement as being about appearance, as opposed to focusing on what truly impacts our well-being, such as social connection, adequate sleep, and learning new hobbies or skills, says non-diet nutritionist and body image coach Abbie Attwood. —Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 11 Jan. 2023 Even the non-diet approach, which prioritizes relying on hunger and fullness cues to tell you when and how much to eat, may not work for athletes without some modifications. —Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 20 Mar. 2022 In response, anti-diet nutritionists, therapists, and activists have taken to social media to point out that a too tight grip on your eating habits can cause anxiety and unhealthy patterns that leave you frustrated and physically uncomfortable. —Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 22 Jan. 2021 Black and Hispanic youth, who have higher rates of sugary drink consumption than non-Hispanic White youth, were often the primary targets of advertising campaigns, the study found, especially for regular non-diet soda, sports and energy drinks. —Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 23 June 2020 Three other members of the group that issued the Endocrine Society guidelines received at least $50,000 combined from diet drug-makers for the same type of work during that time period, according to the Open Payments website. —Coulter Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2015 Coker Ross, a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, serves as the CEO of the AnchorProgram, a non-diet online program for individuals with binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction. —Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2022 By the end of the hours-long meeting, skepticism remained for the anti-diet crowd. —Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 24 Feb. 2022 Intuitive eating is a ‘non-diet’ approach to a healthier relationship with food. —courant.com, 6 Jan. 2022 See More
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