How To Lose Weight With The Whole30 Program

By Caroline Alcantar | 30 January 2020 1452 views
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Everything You Need To Know About Whole30

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It seems like just about every other day… one of my friends on social media posts something about a diet they’re doing.

There’s the friend who’s making vegan recipes for her whole family (3-year-olds included)…

The one who’s showing off their paleo lunch… 

At least one friend who wants everyone on the Internet to know that they’re “going keto”…

And then there are the people who do the Whole30 program.

These ones usually go one of two ways. Either I’ll see a post from someone fairly close to the beginning of their Whole30… which usually says something like, “Whole30 is so hard! I miss ____ (insert delicious but off-limits food) so much!”

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The second type is from those who finish the Whole30 program. Their posts are more like, “Whole30 was difficult, but so worth it! I feel so much more energized… I’ve lost weight… and I feel like I’m just healthier!”

So how do you know if those results are real? Did they really lose weight? Do they really have more energy? What about the other claims from Whole30, like clearer skin or less bloating?

And what all is involved in Whole30, anyway?

(I could write a whole article about why people like to post about their diets on social media… but that’s not the purpose of this article.)

This article is aimed at showing you what the Whole30 program really is… what you should and shouldn’t be eating if you do Whole30… and how to actually lose weight with Whole30!

Let’s dive right in.

How To Lose Weight With The Whole30 Program

What Is The Whole30 Program?

First of all, Whole30 is NOT supposed to be a diet. That’s why it’s referred to as the Whole30 program.

The difference is that, as its name suggests, Whole30 isn’t intended to be followed forever. It’s a 30-day program.

The Whole30 program was born in 2009, when co-founder Melissa Hartwig Urban blogged about a 30-day food experiment. Her experiment was to eliminate certain foods from her diet to see how it changed her health and her relationship with food.

Melissa’s dietary experiment caught on, and people have been trying the Whole30 program ever since.

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So, the main idea is that for 30 days, you eliminate a whole bunch of foods from your diet. And when I say “eliminate,” I mean TOTALLY eliminate. The Whole30 program doesn’t leave room for “cheat days,” “slip-ups,” or “special occasions.”

Once you have successfully gone without these foods for 30 days, you can slowly start to reintroduce them back into your diet (if you want to). This should help you be able to identify any foods that have a negative impact on your health or your body.

For example, you might find that certain foods cause digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, or constipation. You might discover that one specific food makes it difficult for you to sleep well. 

Maybe one type of food leaves you feeling lethargic for days on end. And perhaps there are a few foods that make it WAY more difficult for you to lose weight.

With Whole30, you can reset your body… get to know your health better… see which foods work best for you… and lose weight!

How To Lose Weight With The Whole30 Program

What Should & Shouldn’t You Eat On Whole30?

Let’s start with the foods you should eat if you’re doing Whole30:

  • Real food (really, that’s what the Whole30 program says.)
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Spices, herbs, and seasonings
  • Natural fats
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The emphasis on “real food” means you should avoid heavily processed foods. Look for foods with very few ingredients on the label (and ones that you recognize). Or even better, opt for foods that don’t need an ingredients label because they are whole, unprocessed foods.

As for the foods you shouldn’t eat on Whole30… well, this is going to seem pretty drastic. That’s because the list of Whole30 “no-no” foods is pretty long and inclusive.

Foods you shouldn’t eat during the Whole30 program include:

  • Sugar, real or artificial (including honey, agave, coconut sugar, Splenda, stevia, monk fruit extract, Equal, Nutrasweet, or xylitol)
  • Alcohol (not even for cooking)
  • Dairy (including cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products, such as cheese, milk, cream, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or frozen yogurt)
  • Legumes (such as any type of beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, soy products, peanuts, or peanut butter)
  • Baked goods or junk food (even if you make them using “approved” ingredients)
  • Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites

Finally, there’s one more restriction for Whole30: you aren’t supposed to weigh or measure yourself during those 30 days, either. This is to help you focus on how your body feels during the Whole30 program, rather than on weight loss only.

How To Lose Weight With The Whole30 Program

How To Lose Weight With Whole30

To be blunt, you don’t need to do anything “special” during the Whole30 program in order to lose weight.

The key to losing weight on Whole30 is to be very strict about following the program. Even just one little “slip-up” can throw your body off the program.

And don’t worry—although the Whole30 program is pretty restrictive… it’s only for 30 days! After those 30 days, you can 1) weigh yourself and celebrate your weight loss… and 2) start adding back in some of the foods you deprived yourself of.

Of course, if you notice that you start gaining weight again once you start adding foods back into your diet… you should evaluate which foods could be connected to that weight gain. The whole point of Whole30 is to reset your body so you can better assess your health & how certain foods affect your body… so pay attention to what happens following those 30 days.

With the right tools, you’ll be well on your way to long-term weight loss and improved health!

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This can be as simple as writing down what you eat every day after you finish Whole30… or recording which new food you added into your diet. Then, write down how you felt that day.

Don’t forget how you felt during the Whole30. If you noticed that you had more energy… your skin was clearer… you were less bloated… you didn’t have food cravings… you had better mental focus… you slept better… you had less digestion problems… chances are, that’s because the Whole30 program eliminated a food or two that had a negative effect on your body.

So, pay attention to how your body feels. This way, you can find the right balance for you so you can maintain a healthy weight AND a healthy body!

How To Lose Weight If You Don’t Want To Do Whole30 (Without Giving Up Your Favorite Foods)… 

To put it bluntly… Whole30 is A LOT of work.

There are so many foods that are totally off-limits… probably at least 75% of my normal diet! 

(And there are certain things I’m just not willing to give up!)

So although the Whole30 program can be a good choice for losing weight and giving your health a boost… there’s an easier way. (Whew!)

It doesn’t involve cutting out all of your favorite foods (or any of them, for that matter)… running a massive overhaul of your lifestyle… or even going to the gym!

Instead, this method focuses on getting the good things you’re currently missing into your body.

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