Pros and Cons of a Whole30® Diet - Slender Kitchen

Pros and Cons of a Whole30® Diet

Like any diet, the Whole30® has its pros and cons and it is important to weigh both sides carefully before deciding if it is the right choice for you. In terms of the big picture benefits of the Whole30®, most people report that they feel much better, have more energy, sleep better, and many times lose weight. Many also report improvements to chronic health conditions as well as an overall improvement in healthy. Finally the Whole30® will help you better understand your body and how it reacts to food.

In terms of barriers to the Whole30®, the main challenges are following the diet. It is restrictive for most and involves more food prep than many people are used to. There is also a steep learning curve to understand what you can eat and can’t eat on the diet and it takes some work to creating an eating plan that works with the diet.

Pros of the Whole30® Diet

  • No calorie counting or portion control
  • Most people experience weight loss and maintain a lean build
  • People report feeling more full, likely due to increased fat and protein intake
  • Many people report higher levels of energy and generally "feeling better"
  • Reported to cure many chronic illnesses and conditions
  • Helps you to better understand how your body reacts to different, potentially harmful, food groups
  • Helps people to nutritionally reset and change eating habits
  • Clean diet without added preservatives, additives, or artificial ingredients
  • Naturally gluten free and mostly sugar free, aside from natural sugars in fruits and vegetables
  • Many anti-inflammatory benefits from removing gluten and increasing plant based foods

Pros of the Whole30® Diet

  • Difficult to follow for some due to increased restrictions
  • More intensive food prep for most people
  • Steep learning curve to understand what you can and can’t eat
  • Diet can be low in calcium, Vitamin D, and other nutrients usually found in dairy and whole grain if you are not careful about what you consume
  • Can be extremely difficult for vegetarians since the diet doesn’t include whole grains or beans
  • Currently there is a lack of research about how healthy the diet is and a lot of controversy about whether it is healthy to cut out all whole grains and dairy
  • Can be more expensive - can be pricey due to the generally high cost of produce, meats, seafood, and nuts
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