Information. Overload. Those 2 words describe the wellness industry. Granted, it works well. Supplement companies can sell anything and they do! Fitness coaches can push products knowing that their clients can’t tell if collagen should be used with a keto diet, or for general weight loss.

When will it all stop? When we, as wellness enthusiasts, bring it back to the basics. Your diet does not need to be from a Kardashian to achieve your goals. Pause and yet, we still want to emulate their physiques.

Every goal is different because every person is different. However, we at Evolve United want to strip away the excess to give the simplest description of the 5 most popular diets you’ll see in 2021. We feel like the 19 million members of the “Explain Like I’m Five” subreddit are on to something. So, we stole their format.

Remember that the intent is to give you just enough information to kickstart your own research! Here they are:

Paleo:

  • Short for the “Paleolithic” era approximately 2.5-10 million years ago. If a cavewoman/man wouldn’t eat, neither should you.
  • Do eat meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils.
  • Don’t eat foods with more than one ingredient on the label.

Keto:

  • Originally created as a solution to seizures for natural causes in the general population and side-effects of early-stage stealth operation military equipment. Works by shifting the primary fuel source of the body to ketones.
  • All calories come from carbs, fats, and carbs provide 4 calories/ gram. Fat provides 9 calories/ gram.
  • Expect to eat foods like bacon, avocados, eggs, cream cheese, etc.

Carnivore:

  • Popularized by Paul Saladino, MD. Theoretically similar to the diet that our ancestral DNA evolved from. A recent example from history are the Mongol nomads.
  • Broken down into 5 tiers. The highest tier has the maximum level of animal organ meats included in the diet as the source of vitamins.
  • Advocates against plant foods ranging from kale to coffee, largely due to toxin levels in these foods from glyphosates, etc. Even advocates against specific seafood due to mercury levels in harvesting regions.

Whole30:

  • Basically, a 30-day challenge of doing paleo.
  • After the 30 days, you slowly reintroduce high-risk foods such as grains and dairy to have a clearer idea of how these foods impact gut, mood, energy, etc.
  • Useful if the 30-day commitment works well for your psychology. Expect a moderate level of discipline and patience as you reintroduce foods.

Your Diet:

  • Designed to your specific DNA, lifestyle, wants, and needs.
  • Do eat items that make you feel well and bring you closer to your goals.
  • Don’t eat a high quantity of items that reduce your self-esteem.

Food is a constant in our lives. Don’t make the “constants” complicated. Start small, keep it simple, and build from there.