dietdi‧et1 /ˈdaɪət/ ●●●S3W2 noun1TO GET THINFOR HEALTH[countable]DFN a way of eating in which you only eat certain foods, in order to lose weight, or to improve your healthLyn always seems to be on a diet.a salt-free dietNot all diets are good for you.2KIND OF FOOD[countable, uncountable]DFN the kind of food that a person or animal eats each dayShe doesn’t eat a very healthy diet. It is important to have a balanced diet.the effects of poor diet and lack of exerciseRice is the staple diet (=the main food that a group of people usually eat).Studies have shown the benefits of a vegetarian diet.diet ofThey exist on a diet of fish.in somebody’s dietthe importance of vitamins and minerals in your diet3 →a diet of something4MEETING[countable]MEET old-fashioned an official meeting to discuss political or churchmattersCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a way of eating in which you only eat certain foods, in order to lose weight, or to improve your healthverbsbe on a diet (=to only eat certain foods in order to lose weight)No cake, thanks – I’m on a diet.go on a diet (=start eating less or only some types of food)I really ought to go on a diet.follow a diet (=only eat certain types of food)You will feel better if you follow a low-fat diet.stick to a diet (=continue to follow a diet)Most people find it hard to stick to a diet.adjectivesa strict diet (=in which you eat a very limited amount or range of food)She followed a strict diet for several weeks.a crash diet (=a very sudden and strict attempt to lose weight)It’s better to lose weight gradually than to go on a crash diet.a low-calorie/low-fat etc dietA low-calorie diet should solve your weight problem.a starvation diet (=in which you eat very little)A starvation diet can have negative health effects.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘she’s doing a diet’. Say she’s on a diet.Don’t say ‘keep a diet’. Say stick to a diet.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: the kind of food that a person or animal eats each dayadjectiveshealthy/good A healthy diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.poor/unhealthyA poor diet affects your skin and hair condition.a balanced diet (=including all the types of food that people need)A balanced diet is important for a child’s development.a varied diet (=including many different foods)Provide your fish with a varied diet of worms, insects, and dried food.a sensible/proper dietStudents don’t always eat a sensible diet.somebody’s staple diet (=the food that a group of people or type of animal normally eats)For hundreds of years potatoes were their staple diet.a vegetarian diet (=that does not include any meat or fish)a high-fibre/high-protein etc dietA high-fibre diet is good for your health.verbseat/have a dietPeople in Mediterranean areas generally have a very good diet.live/exist on a diet of somethingThe people lived mainly on a diet of fish.feed somebody on a diet of somethingKids should not be fed a diet of hamburgers and sugary snacks.phrasesa diet high/rich in something (=which contains a lot of something)In the West many people eat a diet high in fat and salt.
diet• Naturally I have never felt the need to diet.• She dieted and went on exercise programs but nothing seemed to work.• Janet dieted for months before her wedding.• Perhaps you might even feel like not dieting for one or two days.• I've been dieting for two months and I've lost 6 kilos.dietdiet3 adjective [only before noun]dietdrinks or foods contain less sugar or fat than ordinary onesa diet soda