How to Eat a Normal Diet

Are you bewildered by the countless number of different diets out there, such as South Beach diet, Atkins diet, vegetarian diet, Mediterranean diet, Ornish diet...the list seems to never end. Diet is the sum of foods that an individual consumes, and dietary habits are part of an individual's way of life in choosing what to eat[1]. Do you want to just eat a normal diet? The quick answer is that, unfortunately, there is no normal diet for everyone. A normal diet must be relative to a specific, well-defined population of interest. Depending on where you live and your cultural or religious backgrounds, you may want to consider adopting a normal diet for the particular population you are interested in. This article will give you the steps on how to determine the normal diet for a specific population, as well as how you can take steps to eat this normal diet.


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    Understand what is a "normal diet" really is. "Normal" refers to the mean, median, and mode of a normal, or Gaussian, distribution[2], or what most people do within a given population. Definition of "normal": relating to, involving, or being a normal curve or normal distribution.[3]. For example, in a third-world country, the normal diet may be vegetarian (because meat is too expensive), whereas in an industrialized country, the "normal" diet may not be vegetarian (i.e. most people eat meat).
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    Find out what a normal diet is for your population of interest. You may have to ask many people in this population of interest to find out. Don't be discouraged. The more people you survey, the closer your sample mean will approximate the population mean, and the more confidence you will have in your determination of a normal diet for your population of interest. Seek out a dietician (one who specializes in diet as a career) to help you.
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    Start eating that normal diet. Only buy, prepare, and eat food part of the normal diet you have discovered. Avoid food not part of the normal diet. Eat with people that endorse the normal diet.
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    Maintain the normal diet. Enlist the help of everyone you know, from friends, relatives, and loved ones. Ask them to guide you and help you may maintain the normal diet.
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    Eat slowly to avoid overeating and obesity; this is always a good advice that you can apply when you travel and want to taste all the food of the different places you visit, or simply during holidays when we all go out of a "normal diet"


  • Find out what the normal diet is for yourself. This may vary depending on your country, your culture, your family, your community, your personal beliefs, etc. Because normalcy refers to the population mean, it varies with the population of interest. But once you define the population of interest, e.g. all persons in the state of Wyoming in 2009, then you can determine the normal diet for this population, which simply is the most common diet within this population.
  • Use support to guide you in eating a normal diet.
  • Read all the books you can on diet and nutrition.


  • A normal diet is not necessarily a healthy diet. Adopt at your own risk.
  • There can be short term side effects to changing one's diet, as your body adapts to a new group of foods. These may include gas or diarrhea if your body is naturally flushing undesirables or a build-up of toxins from your system. This may also affect your energy levels until your body adapts to the new diet.
  • Should you have any health concerns (if your diabetic, for example), always check with a registered dietitian or health professional before making radical changes to your diet.

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