If you’ve been seeing the term Whole30 around and have no idea what it means, welcome. This is a safe space.
It’s 2019 and we have no shortage of trendy diets, so it can be a little hard keeping up. Although the Whole30 diet was first created in 2009, it has been gaining a lot of traction recently – the diet saw a spike in Google searches around the new year.
Don’t worry, fam. We’re here to help you get in the know so the next time one of your Instagram friends is hashtagging their badly lit meal photo #Whole30, you’ll know exactly what they mean.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is a nutrition plan created by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig that requires a 30-day commitment. It’s not meant to be a diet you stick to forever, but rather a formula to help people clearly see how certain foods affect their health and offer a way to revamp daily dietary habits.
The plan focuses on unprocessed foods and foods with very minimal, or, better yet, no added ingredients. Whole30 requires dieters to cut out a lot of items, including sugar, dairy and legumes, and then slowly reintroduce these food groups back into their diets after the 30 days. The purpose of the reintroduction phase is to see if any of the foods cut out are the culprit for any health issues.
The diet isn’t so much focused on weight loss as it is more about resetting your system and getting people on a healthy lifestyle track. One of the rules of Whole30 isto stay away from a scale. There’s no weighing yourself during these 30 days.