Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the weight loss and health benefits of the low carb, Paleo-based Whole30 diet on the Oct. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz’s guests were nutritionists Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, co-authors of the bestselling Whole30 Diet. The Hartwigs said you can lose 15 pounds in 30 days on their plan.
More important than weight loss are the dramatic health improvements you’ll notice over the course of 30 days, including better sleep, clearer skin, improved mood and higher energy levels.
Like the Paleo diet, the low-carb Whole30 emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.
The Whole30 Diet, detailed in the bestseller, It Starts with Food, works by preventing pro-inflammatory spikes in blood glucose and blood insulin. By limiting these surges in blood sugar, we dramatically reduce inflammation, which is what fuels weight gain and chronic disease, said Dallas.
Hartwig said the Whole30 Diet has helped thousands of people lose hundreds of thousands of pounds, reverse digestive problems, diabetes and heart disease. Sample meals include ham burritos stuffed with egg and avocado seared in coconut oil for breakfast, roast beef over kale and cauliflower for lunch, and poached salmon, blanched beans and squash mash for dinner.
Meanwhile, the Paleo diet remains extremely popular, as studies show it’s twice as effective for producing weight loss and melting belly fat as low-fat diets.
A two-year study conducted by scientists at Cambridge University and Umeå University in Sweden tracked 70 overweight, post-menopausal women who either followed a low-fat diet or a lower-carb (and higher-fat) Paleo diet.
Study participants were measured for weight, cholesterol and blood sugars after six months on their respective diets, and again after two years.
The results showed the Paleo dieters lost more than twice as much weight (14 pounds) as the low-fat dieters (5.7 pounds). What’s more, the low-carb, high-fat Paleo dieters lost 4 inches from their waists after six months, compared to just 2 inches for the low-fat dieters.
In previous studies, the Paleo diet has routinely beaten other diets for controlling cholesterol and diabetes. Proponents say the low-carb Paleo diet promotes rapid weight loss, lowers blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said Loren Cordain, author of The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Fitness expert Robb Wolf, a former biochemist, agrees. Studies show limiting sugar, refined carbs and processed foods can reverse type 2 diabetes, prevent heart disease and accelerate weight loss, said Wolf, author of the bestselling Paleo Solution.
Celebrities who follow the Paleo diet include Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Kellan Lutz and Joe Manganiello, as Celebrity Health & Fitness previously reported. Singer Tim McGraw lost 40 pounds and got rippling 8-pack abs — at age 48 — with the Paleo diet.