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go on a diet

To begin a specific nutritional plan typically consisting of eating smaller amounts of food, eating (or avoiding) particular foods, or both in an attempt to lose weight or achieve some other health benefit. I think I need to go one a diet—I'm actually having trouble going up and down the stairs without losing my breath! My doctor suggested I go on a diet rich in red meat and leafy greens for a month to try to bolster my iron levels.
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on a diet

Participating in a specific nutritional plan typically consisting of eating smaller amounts of food, eating (or avoiding) particular foods, or both in an attempt to lose weight or achieve some other health benefit. A: "Would you like some of my lemon meringue pie?" B: "No, thank you. I'm on a diet." My doctor put me on a diet of nothing but fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
See also: diet, on

paleo diet

A diet that typically consists of meat, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. "Paleo" is a shortening of "Paleolithic," referring to foods that are thought to have been available to be consumed by humans in the Paleolithic period (or "Stone Age"). Derek's on the paleo diet, so he literally never eats bread.
See also: diet, paleo

put (one) on a diet

To instruct or direct one to begin a specific nutritional plan typically consisting of eating smaller amounts of food, eating (or avoiding) particular foods, or both in an attempt to lose weight or achieve some other health benefit. My doctor put me on a diet rich in red meat and leafy greens for a month to try to bolster my iron levels. I had to put my dog on a diet because it was actually having trouble going up and down the stairs.
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*on a diet

trying to lose weight by eating less food or specific foods. (*Typically: be ~; go ~; put someone ~; stay ~.) I didn't eat any cake because I'm on a diet. I'm getting too heavy. I'll have to go on a diet. I have a lot of trouble staying on a diet.
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Dieter diplomatically likens it to a United Nations of standardization.
As 'n begaafde skoolkind en 'n uitnemende student het Dieter Ondracek 'n fassinasie met lokomotiewe.
Along with this life-long concern for morphological and typological restructuring, following his marriage to Barbara Kryk, Dieter developed an interest in fields new to him, including pragmatics and discourse analysis; see, for instance, Kryk-Kastovsky & Kastovsky (2006), Kastovsky & Kryk-Kastovsky (2008).
From the bleak upbringing on the war-ravaged streets of his hometown, Dieter went on to become a successful businessman who still considers Wales his home.
Kou an Rwag Killie boss Kenny Shiels said: "Dieter isn't coming back to the club.
After more than a decade in Dubai, Carolyn and her husband Dieter, a military pilot, retired in 1997 to Florida, where they kept a sailboat.
Mailer's instrument of revenge is the novel's first person narrator, the gregarious, ingratiating, and ambitious devil, incarnated as Dieter the S.S.