book

 

 

Learn English  
 

Blue Level

 
 

Red Level

 
 

Yellow Level

 
 

Green Level

 
 

Purple Level

 
 

Orange Level

 
 

Violet Level

 
 

Video Lessons

 
 

Links

 
 

American Speech

 
 

Chat

 
 

How to Learn

 
 

Vocabulary

 
 

U.S. Citizenship

 
 

Reading

 

 

 

 


 

diet

 

The word "diet" is used when talking about the consumption of food. This word is both a noun and a verb.

To be on a diet means that a person's consumption of food is regulated for the purpose of maintaining good health:

  • Alicia's doctor put her on a special diet because her sodium levels are too high.
  • Victor is on a diet because he wants to lose weight.
  • I need to go on a diet because my clothes don't fit me as well as they used to.

To have a diet means that you consume food, good or bad, but the quality of the food has a lasting impact on your overall daily health:

  • Edgar has a good diet. He eats fruit and vegetables every day, and he eats very little meat.
  • Layla has a poor diet. She eats a lot of junk food and never eats fresh fruit or vegetables.
  • For people who live near the ocean, fish and seafood are a major part of their diet.
  • Vegetarians exclude meat products from their diet.
  • Do you have a good diet or a poor diet?

The word "diet" is also used as a verb. To diet is to control the amount or quality of food consumed in order to lose weight.

  • Walter is dieting because he's fifty pounds overweight.
  • Charlene has been dieting and exercising over the last few months to get ready for swimsuit season.
  • Dieting is very difficult for some people. (This sentence uses "diet" as a gerund.)
  • Have you ever dieted?

fat man

Rudy needs to go on a diet because he's obese.

Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.

 

March 7, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.