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Whole 30 Diet Review

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How the Whole 30 Diet Works

Sports nutritionists Dallas and Melisa Hartwig created the Whole 30 Diet in hopes of helping people lose weight in a healthy way. They say that by following everything they put in their book, Whole30: It Starts with Food, dieters will be able to lose weight and get control of their bodies within a month.

The Whole 30 Diet aims to help people "reset" their metabolisms, digest foods correctly, while also aiding them in avoiding food cravings. The Hartwigs do say that their system can be seen as a diet, but it is more about helping people make full-scale changes in their lives. They say by eating healthier foods and having a better understanding of the body, people can feel better mentally and physically.

Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Whole 30 Diet?

The Whole 30 Diet could help some people lose weight in the short term, but, as of right now, it has not been proven to be an effective long-term weight loss solution. The only part of the diet that can help people lose weight is the replacement of fatty meats with lean proteins, but other than that there aren’t any tried-and-true weight loss tips in the book.

There are parts of the Whole 30 Diet book that cover exercise, but no where does it say how much exercise people should do or which workouts work best with the diet. This means that only some people will be able to maximize their weight loss results since many people will think that the diet alone will do all of the work for them.

Level of Effort

The Hartwigs want people to believe that the Whole 30 Diet will help fight food cravings, but the fact is that any diet that takes away sugar and starchy foods will have dieters fighting off cravings left and right. One thing that this diet lacks is an easing in period, which would allow dieters to slowly wean themselves off of their favourite foods and snacks. Instead, they have to make a lot of changes right away, which will lead to most people giving up on the diet early on.


The Whole 30 Diet book isn't very expensive at just under $20, but that is still $20 going toward an unproven weight loss program. There are plenty of good tips on living a healthier life, but as a diet, it simply misses the mark. It asks people to spend a lot of money on expensive meats, and it lacks any type of exercise program. Considering that people have a slim chance of long-term success on the Whole 30 Diet, it's hard to justify asking them to make such drastic changes in their lives.

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posted 17 August 2017, 17:58   *
Took a little bit of prep work at the beginning of the week to maintain, but was SO worth it. Did it along with a group of other girlfriends and we all agreed it was our most favorite way to get healthy. I disagree with the article above, as once you had read the book and the rationale, you will find that it ISN'T at all a weight loss diet and to rate it as one, is a failure and sadly, will cause many to overlook it as a result. One of our group lost more than 40lbs (she did 60 days) as a result but even she won't tell people that it is a weight loss diet. Buy the book, read it from one end to the other, use the super easy menu planning, take a day to prepare and do it! Every meal is so delicious and all quick to prepare, most taking about 20 mins or so for prep and creating food that will impress the family and won't leave you feeling like you are missing a thing. So good.
Jolanda Cook
posted 31 May 2017, 21:11   *
There seems to be a lot of misperceptions about Whole 30. I have followed the plan, as needed, for over two years. The primary goal is not weight loss. The idea is to eliminate substances that are commonly felt to contribute to inflammation such as processed foods, grains, dairy, sugar, etc. for 30 days. Foods can then be reintroduced one at a time, to guage how your body reacts. Until I tried Whole 30, I had no idea that looking like I'm 4-months pregnant was attributable to wheat products (I'm 65 years old, so no chance of being p.g.). I also found that my chronic nasal congestion was due to dairy. I recently had a full blood work up done and my doctor was very impressed. So, if it's so wonderful why do I have to keep going back, "as needed?" Because sometimes I really want pizza, or ice cream, or a Godiva Easter bunny. And yes, I pay for it, not only with a bloated belly and stuffy nose but with intense cravings for more. It's not fair to lump the Whole 30 with other diets whose primary purpose is weight loss. Apples and oranges (which are encouraged on Whole 30).
posted 21 January 2017, 13:59   *
This is my second round of the Whole 30, I did 87 days in 2015. I did not lose weight as much as I reduced my pain levels from chronic knee issues. As a senior citizen with a full time job in food production my knee pain was back and I chose to modify my eating instead of taking prescription medication. I prepare all my meals and I have had the same success with the Whole 30 again. This eating plan is my new normal. I feel so much better!
posted 26 December 2016, 12:46   *
This is a short term solution, extremely hard to follow!
posted 26 September 2016, 08:46   *
I'm on my 19th day on the Whole 30 and I think it works, to me this not a diet but a life change. The hardest part of the diet is buying the food you would need because it is costly.no side effects like the book says about withdrawl or headaches from not having sugar I guess i'm the lucky one. the good part about the whole 30 it has you look at food differently and you watch what you really put in your body and yes I would recommend Whole 30 for anybody who trying to give up carbs and sugar.