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Crash diet and fad diet are general terms. They describe diet plans which involve making extreme, rapid changes to food consumption, but are also as disparaging terms for common eating habits which are considered unhealthy. Both types of diet are often considered to pose health risks. Many of the diets listed here are weight-loss diets which would also fit into other sections of this list. Where this is the case, it will be noted in that diet's entry.

Beverly Hills Diet: An extreme diet which has only fruits in the first days, gradually increasing the selection of foods up to the sixth week."New Beverly Hills Diet". EveryDiet.org. Retrieved 29 April 2012. "The original Beverly Hills diet was published in 1981 and is regarded by many as being the first fad diet."

Cabbage Soup Diet: A low-calorie diet based on heavy consumption of cabbage soup. Considered a fad diet.

Grapefruit diet: A fad diet, intended to facilitate weight loss, in which grapefruit is consumed in large quantities at meal times.

Israeli Army diet: An eight-day diet. Only apples are consumed in the first two days, cheese in the following two days, chicken on days five and six, and salad for the final two days. Despite what the name suggests, the diet is not followed by Israel Defense Forces. It is considered a fad diet.

Junk food diet: A diet largely made up of food considered to be unhealthy, such as high-fat or processed foods.

Subway diet: A crash diet in which a person consumes Subway sandwiches in place of higher calorie fast foods. Made famous by former obese student Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds after replacing his meals with Subway sandwiches as part of an effort to lose weight.

Watermelon diet: Watermelon contains nutrients that promote anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and citrulline, a compound found in watermelon, is said to potentially promote weight loss and heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Western dietary pattern: A diet consisting of food which is most commonly consumed in developed countries. Examples include meat, white bread, milk and puddings.The name is a reference to the Western world.

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