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Read this before you try the Whole 30 diet!

Know the truth about Whole 30 diet before you blindly follow it.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : August 30, 2017 4:54 PM IST

The Whole 30 diet program promises life-changing results in terms of fitness. Curated by New York Times best-selling author, Melissa Hartwig, this meal plan assures to reset your health in just 30 days and modifies your relationship with food. This diet encourages you to drop the food group consisting of sugar, grains, dairy and legumes which may negatively impact your health. But at the same time dropping out on an entire food group can possibly lead to loss of certain nutrients. It is always better to know the truth behind a diet program, before you follow them! Find out from Nutritionist Karishma Chawla of Eat Rite 24x7, if this diet programme is worth giving a try.

Pros of Whole 30 diet:

  1. It eliminates junk and processed foods that deprive the body of essential nutrients.
  2. It eliminates refined carbohydrates that only increase sugar levels and leads to fat gain.
  3. Eliminates any kind of sugar.
  4. Gives an insight about reading labels to look for hidden sugars.
  5. It advocates lots of veggies.
  6. Does away with alcohol in any form which is basically empty calories with no nutrition.

Consof Whole 30 diet:

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  1. It eliminates complex carbohydrates that act as a source of energy for the body and helps you maintain stabilized blood sugar levels.
  2. Does not specify if meat is allowed in any form.
  3. The program does not mention portion sizes. Hence, the chances of protein consumption and the protein getting converted to fat is more.
  4. Butter is allowed which is a saturated fat that can increase the bad cholesterol in the body. Also, find out if intermittent fasting can help you lose weight.

Yes, eliminating junk, sugar, processed and packaged foods are healthy and can help you detoxify and energise your body. However, being low on fibrous complex carbohydrates could eventually leave the body in a state of fatigue. Also, diabetics need to be careful since the diet eliminates carbohydrates which they require to stabilize blood sugar levels. Avoiding carbohydrates could lead them to hypoglycemia. You should also not follow these 7 popular fad diets.

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