The 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 Recruitment and Feasibility Survey (Phase 1) 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.
At this time, we plan to continue recruiting individuals as part of our Phase 1 feasibility survey, and, once feasibility is determined, we will begin to investigate our initial questions, including:
- 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
Gail Rogers, MA
Role: Statistician and Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Manager
Kara Livingston, MPH
Role: Project and Data Manager
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