An initial ADAPT Feasibility Survey was successfully completed in July-September 2015, and nearly 14,000 individuals responded! This survey demonstrated the practicality of conducting research in populations of individuals consuming a variety of popular diets, including Paleo, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, raw, Mediterranean, gluten-free, low-fat, and others. Our focus on popular dietary patterns is unique and unexplored in other similar cohort studies to date.
Although previous research has identified factors that drive people’s adherence to diets, including habit formation, social support, motivation, knowledge, and food preparation skills, these factors have not been largely studied in the context of wellness. No observational study has recruited individuals following a variety of self-identified diets to examine what facilitates adherence to these diets.