A grueling diet beloved by Instagrammers cuts out everything from alcohol to dairy - here's how well it works
Do you want to stop drinking alcohol and cut all sugar, grains, beans, peanuts and dairy from your plate for a month? Then the Whole30 diet is for you.
Created in 2009 by then husband-and-wife pair Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, the premise of the monthlong regime is that if you put only "good" things in your body you'll feel better, reduce inflammation, and transform your relationship with food.
Melissa, a former heroin addict, came up with the plan after she left rehab, quit smoking, joined a gym and started eating healthier. She decided to share what worked so well for her with the masses, and the Instagrammable hashtag #Whole30, which to date has spawned more than 3.4 million posts, was born.
Whole30 involves a lot of diet restriction and willpower, which means the diet may not be the right choice for everyone. In fact, it ranked near the bottom of the list of US News & World Report's 40 best diets of 2018.
Here's how it works.