A new craze has taken the diet world by storm, the Whole30. It's biggest draw card? There's no calorie count. Like, none, nada. Too good to be true? Sort of. There are some other rules that might be deal breakers. We'll let you be the judge of that.
The 'rules' to this diet are (kind of) simple: you can eat as much seafood, eggs and vegetables as you want, as well as some fruit. Added sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, and alcohol are strictly prohibited. Although technically, there is sugar in salt, salt is allowed in the diet. For 30 days.
By following the Whole30, you’ll be eating foods with little to no ingredients, meaning the avoidance of processed foods, which is rather difficult in this eat-on-the-go day and age. It also emphasises no cheating. At all. If you slip up, according to the program guide, your clean eating up to that point has been completely erased and you have to start all over again to get the desired result. Bit brutal, but devotees are swearing by it.
The effects of this diet will apparently be present as you are participating in the Whole30 program, but will also reset your metabolism, reduce cravings, and make you more aware of what you’re eating after the program is finished.
The Whole30 program recommends that you don’t weigh or measure yourself while you are participating (we like this bit). This way, you are focused more on how your body is feeling, and the physical changes will come. It's an extra step up from the Paleo movement that has become both praised and criticised - but with vigour - in the last few years, and we definitely foresee this diet becoming equal as decisive.
Would you give this a try? Have you tried it? Let us know - there's more on this trend to come. Watch this space.
Story by Samantha Blanchfield