Dr. Mehmet Oz said the low carb, Paleo-based Whole 30 diet can aid weight loss and prevent degenerative diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
By following the plan outlined the bestselling Whole 30 Diet, you can lose 15 pounds in 30 days on their plan, said Dr. Oz.
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.
Like the Paleolithic diet, the low-carb, high-fat Whole30 emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats and low-starch vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.
The Whole 30 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, aging and disease, say doctors.
Proponents say the Whole 30 diet has helped hundreds of people lose weight, 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.
The Paleo diet remains very popular, as studies show it’s twice as effective for fueling 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, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
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 Paleolithic dieters lost 4 inches from their waists after six months, compared to just 2 inches for the low-fat dieters.
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 show the Paleo diet aids weight loss, prevents heart disease, lowers blood pressure and reduces acne, said Loren Cordain, author of Real Paleo Fast and Easy and The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Fitness expert Sarah Ballantyne, who has a Ph.D. in medical biophysics, agrees.
Studies show limiting sugar, refined carbs and processed foods can reverse type 2 diabetes, prevent heart disease and accelerate weight loss, said Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach.
Celebrities who follow the Paleolithic diet include Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Joe Manganiello. Singer Tim McGraw lost 40 pounds and got rippling 8-pack abs — at age 48 — with the Paleo diet and CrossFit.