Trendy diets often contain crazy rules. The guiding principle of the ketogenic diet is that you limit carbohydrate intake to no more than 10 percent of your daily calorie (that's nothing). With Paleo, you can only eat foods that were available 10,000 years ago. But the Whole30 Diet takes the rule to a whole new level.
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And according to founder Melissa Hartwig, certified sports nutritionist, these rules are not arbitrary. Before starting the program Hartwig worked as a personal trainer and nutrition coach, but is not a dietician. Whole30 is designed to help people figure out how food physically and psychologically affects them, whether they are hungry for food or feel lethargic.
But how do you do that? And is it a good diet for weight loss and general health? What you should know:
What is the Whole30 diet?
Hartwig explains that Whole30 is designed as an elimination diet that aids people in detecting food sensitivities, which is why so many things are limited. They basically eliminate the "forbidden foods" for 30 days and gently add them back, she says.
"I think people understand the program wrong," explains Hartwig. "It's a self-experiment, after which there is a whole outlined plan to translate what you have learned into a sustainable lifestyle."
Humans could try an excretory diet if they frequently get gas bloating, digestive problems or even rashes and suspect a food allergy or intolerance.
Alyssa Ardolino, R.D. at the International Food Information Council, however, recommends an elimination diet only for those with severe gastrointestinal problems. She believes that drastic measures are not necessary.
"Normally, people with GI problems have discovered which foods are bothering them," she tells MensHealth.com . "Sometimes you can just eliminate one or the other food instead of going that drastic."
As Ardolino explains, it is best to consult with a doctor to develop an individual approach to determining if food can cause health problems.