Popular Diets, Explained

women health
August 24, 2017

Have you ever talked to an acquaintance and they say “I’m doing Whole30” or “I can’t eat that, I’m Paleo”. These sentences really make no sense if you don’t know what they’re talking about. But you also don’t want to ask because then they’ll launch into an hour-long explanation of what they eat, when they eat it, and how that affects their body. Too much detail, y’all. Chill it a little.

If you’ve thought about starting one of these diet plans but don’t really know how to get started, let me help you. These are some of the diet plans that are most popular right now, what they mean, and why they might benefit you.

Just a quick note, I am in no way a dietician. I care about a healthy lifestyle and have, at various times, tried most of these diets, but don’t take my word for it. Talk to your doctor if you’re worried about changing your diet too much. Or check in with a nutritionist or dietician to see what’s best for you.

This diet is different than most because it doesn’t expect you to change your diet forever. A Whole30 Diet Program only lasts for 30 days. The goal is to reset your relationship with food. By taking a 30-day break from some of the unhealthier options, you can clear those cravings from your body and instead focus on how well you feel with fresh, healthy foods.

For those 30 days, Whole30 has a list of do’s and don’ts for you to follow. You have to swear off added sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes, and baked goods. You also are not supposed to step on a scale for any reason. This diet is not about weight loss, it focuses more on changing the way you view food.

If you’re interested in reading more about this diet, check out their website here.

The absolute most basic way of summarizing this diet is, “If a caveman didn’t eat it, neither do you.” The idea behind this diet is that people living in the paleolithic times (cavemen) had to have healthy diets because they didn’t have much else going for them. An unhealthy diet meant a short life. Because cavemen also had to be strong, this diet is really good for people who work out. This is a very protein and nutrient-rich diet.

Grains and sugars weren’t introduced until farming began. What this means is no grains, sugar, or processed foods. That might not make sense because that’s where we get most of our carbs, but there are a lot of alternatives to those carbs. Instead, you can eat potatoes, veggies, or fruit. On this diet, most people also swear of dairy. Rely instead on meat and nuts for protein.

If you’re interested in more information, check out this website that gives an in-depth summary of the Paleo diet.

Intermittent Fasting isn’t necessarily a diet—it doesn’t say anything about what you should eat, it instead focuses on how you eat. This type of fasting focuses on cycles of eating and fasting. Typically, a person fasts at least 8 hours every day while sleeping, but with intermittent fasting, you fast for 16 hours every day.

Typically, the way that people do this is by eating their first meal around noon every day and their last meal at 8 pm. Most people on this diet claim that they have more energy from it and they don’t have problems with hunger, but it can take some time for your body to get adjusted to any new schedule. This fasting program can help you limit your calorie intake. And honestly, it would be nice to not have to make breakfast every morning.

If you want to try out this program, check out this website. It will give you more information on the benefits of intermittent fasting and how to get started.

Have you tried any of these programs? Let us know how you felt by commenting on Facebook or use the hashtag #InspiringDay.