Discussion: Energy Balance and Weight Control

Instructions/ Prompt

Evaluate one of the following popular weight-loss plans listed here by researching the plan online:

Whole 30, Paleo, Dukan, Atkins, Acid-Alkaline, Macrobiotic, Zone, HMR, KETO, Weight Watchers.

Include the following information about the plan you selected:

  • What are the key parameters of the selected weight loss plan (what is included in the overall food content such as proteins, no carbs, etc.?
  • What are the pros and cons of this weight-loss plan (provide a minimum of 2-3 for each category)?
  • Does this weight-loss plan show characteristics of a fad diet (as described in the chapter)? If so, which ones?
  • How does this weight-loss plan compare to the sound weight-loss principles highlighted in the text?
  • In what ways is this weight-loss plan similar to or different than recommendations put forth in the Dietary Guidelines for American?
  • Considering all of the above information, what suggestions would you have for someone who is interested in following this weight-loss plan? Is this weight-loss plan a suitable long-term strategy that can be beneficial for both weight loss and weight maintenance?


  • Please include a minimum of 150-200 words