ADAPT_LargeThe primary goal of the Recruitment and Feasibility Phase of the  Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste (ADAPT) Research Initiative was to determine the feasibility of conducting future research studies among 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.

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The initial ADAPT Feasibility Survey (FS) was successfully completed in July-September 2015. Nearly 14,000 individuals responded to this survey! The target participants for this survey were recruited from populations who adhere to different diets based on personal taste or potential health benefits. 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.

Full baseline data collection is targeted to begin in early 2017, allowing us to address some of the following research questions:

  • How do the diets of people who self-identify as following a particular diet or dietary pattern compare to the principles of this diet?
  • How do the nutrient compositions vary within and between dietary patterns?
  • What factors most predict continued adherence to specific dietary patterns in recent followers as compared to long-term followers of these diets, and how do these differ across dietary patterns?

ADAPT Research Team
Nicola McKeown, PhD
Role: Principal Investigator

Paul Jacques, DSc
Role: Investigator

Gail Rogers, MA
Role: Statistician and Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Manager

Kara Livingston, MPH
Role: Project and Data Manager

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