Diets aren’t fun; they have never been fun, and aren’t supposed to be, that’s the whole point. Anything that is too easy isn’t going to work, and if it somehow manages to work, it most certainly won’t last long enough to be of any value. The four golden words will always remain relevant – no pain, no gain.
If you understand that basic principle, you are ‘eligible’ to browse through the immensely large catalog of diets that are offered to the casual reader. Today, we will talk about the Whole30 diet, the latest hot diet celebrities and athletes alike are swearing by (Kobe Bryant personally wrote an article on the qualities of the Whole30 diet), but is it another fad, or is it actually worth a shot?
First things first, the diet most certainly isn’t easy to pull off, but it’s far from impossible. The basic assumption is that you should give up most of your favorite foods for a solid month. It’s just one month, right? If you can stay strong and avoid all grains, legumes, dairy and booze, as well as added sugars and foods with additives, you should be fine. Trust us, your body will flourish after one month has passed. You survive on meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables for a full month, completely from your diet, though some fruits and healthy fats are welcome on the menu. The goal is to decrease inflammation and lose weight while enjoying more energy and better skin quality.
Now, the question is whether you’re up for it. New York City-based writer and editor Lindsay Tigar tried Whole30 after going through a period of not feeling well – she realized that her diet was to blame and decided to change something. She writes:
“Whole30 not only helped me lose weight, but my skin cleared up, I slept better, I had more energy, I was never bloated. I also learned so much about making smart choices while grocery shopping — basically everything has sugar added to it. So now, I’m smarter about how I shop, careful about what I put in my body, and rarely have packaged goods. Everything I eat now is whole food, natural and not full of chemicals.”
Be careful how you plan your Whole30 diet, though. Since it doesn’t allow any grains or added sugars, there is a downside – some people can develop nutritional deficiencies as many healthy foods are forbidden. You’d do well to direct your diet toward more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins for a month or two before starting this diet so that you would get used to the new regime, especially if your current diet involves a lot of processed foods and added sugars.