Losing the extra weight is difficult. Suffering from certain diseases makes it tougher. But there's one diet that aims to combine weight loss and renewed overall health and well-being.
This diet is called Whole30. A diet program started by sports nutritionists Dallas and Melissa Hartwig in 2009, it has one premise: to eat the right way within the next 30 days.
However, it's not as simple as controlling your calories. In fact, you hardly do it here, and you're not forced to check your weight on a scale often. Rather, you measure its success based on the changes happening in your body, including more energy, better physical and mental performance, good sleep, and decrease of symptoms of certain diseases.
How does it work? Many people who have tried or studied the diet often compare it to Paleo, sometimes referred to as the hunter-gatherer diet. This is because it eliminates anything that cannot be gathered or hunted such as a wide variety of wheat, grains, and legumes. You are also not allowed to drink alcohol or consume dairy. What makes it markedly different is the fact that after you have removed them from your diet, you will slowly reintroduce them and see which ones your body reacts to.
While the idea of adding these things back seems to be counterproductive-isn't it why you're on a diet in the first place?-the program still wants you to enjoy the things you like before. This time, though, you should be able to learn how to avoid those that may be detrimental to your health. For example, how do you know that you're allergic to gluten? Within 30 days, you remove any product that contains wheat. After the program is over, reintroduce it. Do you experience the same feeling of bloating and poor digestion before? Then you've found the culprit.
More importantly the program allows you to appreciate the benefits of eating clean whole food, including weight loss.