Which Diet Is For You?
I have written in detail about three diets that can help with weight loss and improving disease or health problems: the Paleo Diet, the Ketogenic Diet, and the Whole30 Diet. In this article, I will try to compare the diets in order to see which one could work best for you!
The Paleo Diet
Packaged or processed foods
Peanuts, cashews, peas,
Snow peas, beans
Refined vegetable oils (canola)
Juice or sugar-sweetened
Artificially sweetened drinks
Lean meat, chicken, fish
Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts,
Brazil nuts, macadamia
Olive and coconut oils
Vegetables (excluding those
under “No”—root vegetables
are great, like beets, parsnips,
turnips, and rutabagas.
Almond and coconut milks.
The Paleo Diet aids in weight loss. This diet is “coded for our genes”. The foods included in this diet are foods that our ancestors ate, which is what human beings are meant to eat. It does not include plant materials that must be cooked to be eaten. Vegetables, grains, potatoes, and legumes that must be cooked in order to be consumed contain substances that are toxic to our bodies, making our pancreases work overtime and stripping our intestines of protective mucus, causing leaky gut syndrome. These toxins may also be responsible for diseases like cancer and diabetes.
The Ketogenic Diet
Oily fish (not farm-raised)
30-50 grams of carbs per day
from the following vegetables:
Garlic and onions (small amounts for flavoring)
With the Ketogenic Diet, your liver is converting fat into glucose, which your body uses for energy. You will lose weight, and even more than that it reduces insulin resistance, blood sugar levels, triglyceride levels, and LDL (bad) cholesterol. It can reduce chronic inflammation in the body, and can have benefits for those with cancer, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy. This diet specifically aids in fat loss while preserving muscle mass. Many people notice that they have bad breath when they are “in ketosis”, which is when the body is using fat for fuel, but gum or sugar-free mints can help with this.
The Whole30 Diet
Grains, including gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat.
Dairy (cow, goat, or sheep products)
Baked goods or other treats
Moderate portions of meat, seafood, & eggs
Lots of vegetables
Ghee (clarified butter, which contains no milk proteins)
Some fruit juice for use as a sweetener
Vinegar (except for malt vinegar)
The Whole30 diet is fairly restrictive. If you slip up and consume something that is not allowed even once during the initial 30 days, you must start completely over at day one again. This is because the craving cycle will return, making it that much easier to slip up again. If you follow the diet strictly, your cravings for sweets and bad carbohydrates disappear. Advocates of this diet claim that it can vastly improve or even cure some diseases and conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, GERD, arthritis, fibromyalgia, colitis, allergies, and the list goes on and on.
If you look at all of these diets, you will notice that sweets, grains, and processed foods are all off-limits. These are high-glycemic foods—your body converts them to glucose very quickly, causing blood sugars to spike. In general, if you stop consuming these foods you will eventually stop wanting them, leading to better heath overall. Many people will find that they initially feel a bit tired when they start any of these diets, but if you can stick with it and push through, this feeling goes away. Most will find that they have more energy and feel more alert and healthier on any of these diets. The Ketogenic Diet does allow dairy, while the other two do not. The Whole30 Diet allows some fruit and fruit juice as does the Paleo Diet but the Ketogenic Diet does not.
Before starting any of the diets, think about how they would incorporate into your lifestyle and any cooking methods that would need to be modified. The Whole30 Diet and the Paleo Diet both have cookbooks and recipes that are available.
If you are looking to lose weight or decrease the severity of a health problem, one of these diets may be for you!
Blessings to you,