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Best diet for 2019: Paleo or Whole30?

The Paleolithic and Whole30 diets are pretty similar; both involve sticking to only whole, non-processed foods, and neither was created to help you lose weight. Instead, both options are meant to improve your' relationship with food. Proponents of the paleo diet appreciate that it is a full-fledged lifestyle change. Meanwhile, per its name, Whole30 only lasts for 30 days, and fans love committing to a 30-day "reset" in order to adopt healthier habits. Which diet would you choose?

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A new year means new goals, and The Tylt is here to help you on your journey! There are tons of diets out there, and it's hard to know which one is right for you. Follow along on our quest to name the best diet for 2019 and discover each diet's pros, cons, and possibilities. No matter which one you try, any effort to create a more healthy lifestyle is an admirable one. Vote below for the diet you'll be following this year:

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The paleo diet is also known as the "caveman diet," and for good reason. According to Everyday Health

In its purest form, the paleo diet allows you to eat only those foods that humans ate when they first roamed the planet millions of years ago.

This diet wasn't created to help you drop 10 pounds quickly (although that could happen, depending on your starting point). Instead, it's meant to be a complete lifestyle change where you cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and all manner of processed foods. Proponents of paleo believe that our modern-day habits and dependence on processed foods have led to an increase in chronic diseases:

Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes: These are just a few of the health conditions that proponents of the Paleolithic diet, or caveman diet, blame on our sedentary lifestyles and modern diets, which are loaded with sugar, fat, and processed foods. Their proposed solution? Cut modern foods from our diet and return to the way our early hunter-gatherer ancestors ate.

Simple, right?

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Unlike many other diets, paleo does not require participants to count anything–not calories, macros or pounds. Even though you might be kissing some of your favorite foods goodbye (pasta, cereal, and candy just to name a few), people love paleo because it transforms their relationship with food and diverts their life to a healthier path. 

As the Nerd Fitness blog puts it: 

Fortunately, if you can expand your horizons and remove certain types of food from your diet, you can stop worrying about counting calories FOREVER and instead focus on fixing your relationship with food.

The paleo diet is high-protein and works great if you're working to build muscle, or just up your energy levels. Plus, there are plenty of great recipes out there that recreate some of your favorite meals in a paleo-approved way. Welcome to the sweet-potato-gnocchi world. 

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Whole30 is often referred to as a "stricter" form of paleo. Although the two diets focus on eating whole foods and aim to establish a healthy relationship between dieter and food, the Whole30 program is not meant to be a complete lifestyle change. It is a 30-day reset to learn how different food groups impact your health, including everything from acne to digestion. 

According to the official Whole30 site, the program was created to: 

Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.

The "reset" comes with a lot of rules: no added sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no dairy, and most importantly, no weighing yourself (except for before and after the reset). 

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You might be terrified by the prospect of eliminating all of those things at once, but as blogger Sunnie writes for City Fit Girls:

When I tell people what I can’t eat on Whole30, I’m often met with a blank stare followed by a 'that isn’t a realistic or sustainable way to eat.' And I would agree. That is why it is called Whole30; 30 days dedicated to cutting out certain foods, not Whole365.

And keep in mind, there's a reason Whole30 asks participants to not weigh themselves during the process. Although many people find the program leads to weight loss, that isn't what it is for. But Sunnie lays out the reality for other dieters out there:

Did I originally set out on whole30 because my wedding dress was way too tight and I’m too frugal to pay for alterations. Yes. But I discovered so much more than weight loss. Aside from feeling really great (more details on that below) I have also reset my relationship with food.
FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Best diet for 2019: Paleo or Whole30?
A festive crown for the winner
#GoPaleo
#GoWhole30