When reviewed by health and nutrition experts, Whole30 was found extreme and its claims, nonsensical. In fact, Whole30 was titled as the worst of the worst for healthy eating.
The Paleo diet takes you back to the Paleolithic era—only eating what was available to be hunted or gathered (animal protein and plants). The mantra? If the cavemen didn’t eat it, neither should you. That means saying goodbye to refined sugar, dairy, legumes, and grains and solely basing your meals around meat, poultry, fruits, and vegetables.
The diet allows you to decide how much you what you eat, basing your intake on your personal goals. As a bonus, it allows for three “open” meals a week, which essentially allow you to cheat on the diet three times a week.
Is it easy to follow?
The Paleo diet restricts you from eating entire food groups, making it difficult to follow. However, it does allow you some flexibility to incorporate eating out and eat “open” meals. If you’re familiar with what is and is not Paleo, it’s easier knowing what you can have when going out to eat.
Experts have considered this diet as somewhat unsafe and only somewhat completely nutritional. While a balanced diet often incorporates lean meats and lots of veggies, experts can’t get past the fact that entire food groups, like dairy and grains, are excluded.
A juice cleanse, like the others listed, is a very restrictive diet. This “cleanse” only allows the consumption of juices and other liquids for days and only a limited selection of foods.
Although this diet is not intended to be ongoing, usually lasting from five to seven days, it is a prolonged fast. Experts haven’t found any benefits that convince them enough to deem this diet healthy. Many say the evidence found doesn’t demonstrate massive removal of toxins from the body or improve health in the long run.
With a cleanse comes many safety concerns. Lasting such a short duration, it disrupts the body and causes confusion. Keep the following finds in mind.
- The juices may contain harmful ingredients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission found some juices sold for detox purposes contain illegal or potentially damaging ingredients.
- Detoxes will leave your body unbalanced. Diets restricting calories or types of foods usually won’t lead to lasting weight loss. Detoxers experience a loss of vital nutrients needed in a daily balanced diet.
- Only drinking juices will leave your body feeling ill. Detox programs usually include laxatives, which typically lead to diarrhea, causing dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Additionally, this kind of fasting can cause headaches, weakness, and fainting.