A paleo diet adapted to our reality and properly planned can have great health benefits. However taken to the limits its effects can change a lot. The whole30 program also known as paleo-extreme diet today is placed under our magnifying glass to show the changes it can cause in the body.
With some modifications on the paleo diet that many know, the whole30 program is proposed as an alternative to change the life of people with the help of food. It promises to eliminate diseases without effective cause or treatment, solve the lack of energy, correct hormonal imbalances and even help to lose weight.
It is (according to its creators) the definitive solution to a poor quality of life that only needs to be carried out for 30 consecutive days in which, food with sugar and sugar itself, sweeteners, alcohol, cereals whole grains) and their derivatives, legumes, white potatoes, dairy products and all that have sulfites, nitrates or transgenics.
The diet is then gluten-free, with no added sugars and very reduced in processed foods, because although they are discouraged, you can include specific products such as clarified butter, oil and coconut milk or canned olives.
Unlike the traditional paleo diet in which nuts and seeds abound, in this variant no quinoa or amaranth is allowed, no legumes except green beans, and nuts are so nutritious for the body.
In addition, traditional paleo-style preparations are not allowed, that is, we will not be able to create a paleo pizza, or paleo bread or the like, but we must try preparations that do not imitate junk food with the permitted foods.
Finally, the diet does not indicate amounts and prohibits weighing or taking any bodily measures during the 30 days of the program. It should be followed to the letter if we want to see results.
What changes can it make in our body?
It is not an extreme diet compared to low calorie, but the whole program is extreme because of the great amount of restrictions it imposes and to eliminate whole groups of foods that are often widely consumed.
A diet with these characteristics can undoubtedly produce changes in our body, but probably not in the course promised, because the restrictions do not contribute to normal eating behavior but they interfere with the relationship we have with food and can generate emotional alterations and moody.
In addition, eliminating food groups such as grains that are generally pleasantly and socially accepted can hurt us and render the proposal unsustainable as well as not flexible because it prevents us from eating and sharing food with others.
In fact, the whole 30 program itself states that the first two weeks (half their duration) will be really hard and that is due to the total absence of everyday foods that are good sources of energy as well as to the lack of culturally accepted preparations and very common in our diet.
The absence of hydrates will not benefit those who practice sports for example, because this nutrient is key to correctly perform and care for the neuromuscular system, since they are the energy fuel par excellence.
On the other hand, failure to label quantities of each allowed food group may give rise to unbalanced feeding in which fiber and protein are absent or vice versa. Even when these types of diets are proposed ad libitum, they can alter blood lipids.
It is an extreme diet that can alter our body internally and adversely affect from the organic functioning of it to our emotions and mood.
Can you offer some benefit?
As the whole30 program is proposed, it is a diet that eliminates the main sources of carbohydrates, and if we do not abuse fruits it can be transformed into a low carb diet that favors the loss of weight and even benefits the cardiovascular system.
Also, a greater amount of protein can contribute to the gain or maintenance of lean mass, especially if we accompany the diet with regular exercise. And this clearly benefits the metabolic rate and away from diseases like obesity, diabetes or others.
On the other hand, this diet may offer the possibility of permanently moving away from sugar and other nutrients of processed foods like sodium or trans fats that harm health.
However, beyond these positive aspects of the whole30 program, because it is a paleo-extreme diet, we do not recommend its practice. It eliminates groups of healthy foods without any scientific basis, such as legumes and other very popular as cereals, which we can consume as long as we select correctly.
The key would be to find a middle point in which we reduce processed foods and sugar, but do not forget to include dishes or foods pleasant, source of quality carbohydrates and very everyday at our table. Just taking into account particularities and considering that it is not healthy to fall into extremes when it comes to diet, we can achieve a diet that fully benefits our health.