The Whole30 diet has exploded with popularity this year. Right now, there are well over two million posts on Instagram of people sharing their fitness results and favourite recipes. So what is this new diet and is it actually effective or just another fad diet?
This new eating regime involves cutting all added alcohols, grains, sugars, legumes and dairy from your diet for 30 days. Though this isn’t a reductive exercise, you replace this foods will meat, seafood, eggs, more veg and fruit than you can handle, and healthy fats!
So what’s the philosophy behind Whole30? The creators behind the regime say the diet “will put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”
That’s all good stuff. As a result you should sleep better have higher energy levels and experience a “sunnier disposition”. We could all use a bit of that these days.
And while cutting refined anything from our lives is a step in the right direction, experts say that the 30 day fixation is a pointless exercise.
One doctor says: “In a clinical setting, we put patients on these sorts of restrictive diets for three months, because the immune system needs three months to shut off”. A month isn’t enough time to reduce systemic inflammation that leads all of the nastiness of eating poorly.
Another criticism of the elimination diet is that it paints people with a broad brush. As Time point out, “removing some of these foods could even have unhealthy consequences.”
“People suffering from fatigue, foggy thinking or some of the other ailments Whole30 claims to remedy may have underlying diseases or existing nutritional shortfalls that an unstructured elimination diet could worsen.”
So consult your doctor before giving this a go. Just be aware of the paradox: if you’re healthy, this diet won’t do you any massive favours, if you’re unhealthy, this diet could worsen your condition…