What is the Whole30 Diet?

Diet fads seem to come and go quicker than the changing seasons and for every type of person, there seems to be a different diet or health regime to suit each unique style. From the Paleo diet to juice cleanses, and let’s not forget about the once massively popular Atkins diet, there are many ways to diet in hopes of a healthier lifestyle.

One such diet you may have heard about lately is the Whole30. The phrase keeps popping up online in many health blogs and is much talked about in the fitness world. The diet’s slogan is “The 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM” those are some pretty strong claims, so we figured it was high time to take a closer look and help explain what’s behind the Whole30 Diet…

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1. Introducing the Whole30

The Whole30 (yes they spell it as one word) diet was created in April 2009 by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Dallas is a functional medicine practitioner, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and licensed physical therapist while Melissa is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and best-selling author of the Whole30 guidebook.

The program is designed as a “nutritional reset” for your body, which means it’s meant to change the way you eat (thus changing your life) in just 30 days. The program claims that if the rules are followed for the 30 day timeframe, it will effectively “put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” These are some pretty big claims for just a month of your time.

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