USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Neil Habgood

First Advisor

Lynn Stratton

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Smith

Third Advisor

Dr Tony Rycerz


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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This thesis will seek to answer the often perplexing question: "How should I eat in order to lose weight and feel better?" Is your goal to lose 10 pounds? Is your goal to lose 100 pounds? Or is your goal simply to live a healthy, pain-free lifestyle? In this paper I will examine two of the most popular diets today, The South Beach Diet and the Atkins Diet. I will compare these two diets to another diet known as The Metabolic Typing Diet. I will also explore the psychological impact of positive thinking and goals setting. Ultimately, I will be trying to determine if there is a program out there that will work for everyone.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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