Monday, 23 January 2017

The Whole30 Diet

The Whole30 diet is a month-long clean-eating program that promises a variety of health and emotional benefits.

It was developed in 2009 by two certified sports nutritionists who promoted it as a way to reset your metabolism and reshape your relationship with food.

The diet focuses on the idea that certain food groups may negatively affect your health and fitness. Therefore, eliminating these foods from your diet is supposed to help your body recover from the negative effects and promote long-term health.

The diet has a strict set of rules. After the initial 30 days, slowly reintroduce the foods you miss, while monitoring the effects they have on your body.

Unlike other diets, there is no need to track calories, measure portions or count points. Weighing yourself is strictly reserved for days 1 and 30 of the program.


What you can eat
  • Meat and poultry: Beef, veal, pork, horse, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, etc.
  • Fish and seafood: Fish, anchovies, shrimp, calamari, scallops, crab, lobster, etc.
  • Eggs: All types, as well as foods made from them, such as homemade mayo.
  • Fruits: Fresh and dried fruits, although fresh is preferred.
  • Vegetables: All types of vegetables.
  • Nuts and seeds: All types of nuts and seeds besides peanuts, which are technically a legume. Nut milks, nut butters and nut flours are also allowed.
  • Some fats: Healthy plant oils, coconut oil, duck fat, clarified butter and ghee.

Pros:
  1. Minimum processes foods consumption.
  2. Fresh veggies and fruits are encouraged.
  3. Short 30 days to clean-eat. You may find the 'bad' food for your body, which can be eliminated for your better future health.
  4. Sort of a detox programme.

Cons:
  1. Avoiding foods like soy and dairy may make it difficult to meet all your daily nutrient recommendations.
  2. Very strict diet. Needs strong determination and discipline or else the diet may not be sustainable as there is no cheat day.
  3. If rice, wheat and soy are your stable food, then you may find it difficult to follow.
  4. May be an expensive diet.

Ref: https://authoritynutrition.com/whole-30/

Health tip: Dr Mahathir Mohamad shares his secret to looking young

Photos of Dr Mahathir taken in 2005, 2010 and 2017
He has been maintaining his weight at between 62kg and 64kg for the last three decades.

His secret? Not overeating.

He tells The Sunday Times about a recent study which found feeding monkeys a low-calorie diet led to a longer lifespan.

The former premier points out: "I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't overeat. I eat just enough food to keep me going."