The idea of the Whole30 diet is that you completely change all of your eating habits for 30 days by eliminating many things including sugar, dairy, alcohol, legumes, and grains, and other processed foods. Instead, you eat just real food- like meats, seafoods, and veggies. You’re not supposed to step on the scale or take any measurements the whole time, as you will naturally lose weight and inches by changing your diet, You’re also not supposed to focus on what you can’t eat or make “cheat” foods with approved ingredients (like making a chocolate chip cookie out of grass and chicken breast). And by doing so, you “reset” your diet and life. You will feel better and be healthier. Once you’ve finished the 30 days, your habits and pallet have changed so much that you’re now able to continue a healthy eating lifestyle. The diet even claims that you can actually treat, improve, or even cure problems that you might already have like infertility, skin issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol…the list goes on.
- The diet emphasizes that you should focus on eating healthy and not on numbers on the scale.
- The foods on this diet will naturally have you eating very clean and eliminates processed foods.
- Being on this diet encourages you to know how to read nutrition labels and be mindful of what you’re eating.
- Once you get through the first few days, many people say that they feel better and have more energy.
- With the limited food options in this diet, many people do lose weight in the 30 days of the plan.
- This plan can give you a jump-start to a healthy lifestyle if you’re able to continue the healthy habits from this diet at a moderate level.
- The diet is extremely restrictive. It is an easy set-up for cravings and binges.
- This diet does not set you up for a lifestyle change. It is an extreme 30 day diet, and if you do make it that far without eating anything on the no-no list,
- it still leaves you open to the risk of falling right back into your old habits when it’s over (because you’ve earned it, right?).
- There are very few carbohydrates on this diet, and it may not be enough for athletes.
- The restrictions in this diet can also lead to nutrient deficiencies if continued for a long period of time.
You might have noticed that this diet has a lot of the same principles as the Paleo diet (which I reviewed a couple weeks ago), except that this plan is even more extreme and on a shortened time scale- only for 30 days. Even with the Paleo diet, my verdict was that the diet was a bit too extreme for every day real life. Even more so with this diet. This plan purposely puts you at one extreme end of the spectrum and because of that, puts you at risk for bouncing all the way to the other extreme. I like moderation and I don’t really see it here. However, there are some good habits that you can pick up from this plan, including eating a clean diet with little processed foods. I also like the idea of focusing on a healthy lifestyle in general, as opposed to obsession about weight, and doing so will often lead you to natural “effortless” weight loss.
Furthermore, I won’t say that the foods you eat don’t affect your overall health (duh- of course they do), but I can’t say that there is any reliable evidence that any one diet can actually cure such a long list of diseases. I would never trust a diet to take the place of medical care, medications, or any other therapies to treat chronic disease. Diet is a supportive therapy. Talk to your provider about your medical conditions.
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