Are you currently on a diet? Can you take 2 minutes to complete a very short survey about this?


Today's research is a follow-up to what was sent a few months ago. Since then, we have prepared it with the advice of both of you who have responded, as well as with some expert input. Even if you completed it the last time, we would like to do it again as we try to iron the turns and I think (we hope) that we are almost there.

Back in 2012 We first published my desire to have a questionnaire that would help people and researchers determine how easy or difficult a particular diet would be.

I called it the Total Nutrition Index or DIET and I hope that by using a series of simple Likert scales (descriptive scales from 1-10), researchers could evaluate the DIET score of this weight loss approach where high scores will determine the diets that they could really enjoy, and where the low rates will detect the malnutrition, extremely restrictive, degrading quality of life, diet unhappiness. This would be useful for people who could use the DIET score to assess the approach they were thinking but could also serve as a substitute for short-term diet studies to give a sense of whether or not there is low or high long-term adherence to the specific study strategy.

I am pleased to report that the first work on the use of DIET score was conducted by Michelle Jospe at the University of Otago in New Zealand as part of the SWIFT trial and the early look at Jill Haszard's data is promising.

Part of the process required to validate a questionnaire includes a qualitative review to see if it is easy to use, comprehensive and impartial, and this is our second kick in this box.

To complete the survey again, it will take less than 2 minutes, just click here and thank you very much in advance!

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