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THE DIET SHOWDOWN

PALEO. KETOGENIC. WHOLE30.

The list of diets, and their various rules and restrictions, is endless. One person swears by eating like a caveman. Another fills up their dinner plate with mainly fats. Others find success with an elimination-style approach. Regardless of the dieting method, of the millions of Americans who embark on an eating plan each year, many do so to lose weight. Other health measures such as improved energy levels and mental clarity are also motivating factors. Since there’s no time like the present for going on a diet, here’s how three of today’s most buzzy diets stack up, plus how to tell if one is right for you.

WHAT IS PALEO

THE NUTS AND BOLTS: When it comes to #trendingdiets, this is a big one. People who fuel their bodies on this ancestral diet eschew agricultural-era foods such as grains, legumes, and dairy. Instead, they focus their eating efforts on items such as meat, fish, eggs, fruits, nuts, seeds, and veggies that were available to our hunter-gather ancestors. The diet also deters you from drinking alcohol. Fat loss, more energy, clearer skin, less bloating, fewer sugar cravings, and a drop in disease-provoking inflammation are among the advertised benefits of eating the caveman way.

GOING PALEO

If anything, the Paleo diet is great at weeding out processed foods from your diet, because so many of those contain refined grains or added sugars — two

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