Short version: Does the Whole30 work? YES. In fact, I’ve lost 10 pounds and more than 8 inches in one month! Am I shocked? Not really. After achieving great results by following the program last January, I knew that the Whole30 would be a reliable way to get back on track after the holidays. (FYI: The Whole30 people didn’t make any money off of me, and I’m not making any money off of them.)
Longer version: Why did I do this again? Well, over the course of 2012 (but mainly over the holidays), I gained some excess weight and ended the year feeling like a bulky, bloated version of myself. Although I wasn’t technically overweight, I didn’t look and feel my best. So I decided to occupy the most boring and social-obligation-free month of my year by getting my habits back on track.
How did I do it? I followed the guidelines available for free on the Whole30 website.
I did not eat:
- Legumes (except for snap peas and green beans)
- Processed foods and food-like substances
- Additives (such as MSG, sulfites, etc.)
- White potatoes
I did eat:
- Meats and fish
- Vegetables (lots of vegetables)
- Natural fats (coconut oil, clarified butter, olive oil, avocados, etc.)
- Nuts and seeds
I did not count calories. I did not measure my food (except, of course, to make recipes). I did not restrict my food intake.
I did eat three square meals a day. I did (mostly) cook my own food. I did enjoy my meals.
Did it work? Why yes, it did. After 30 days on the program, I have lost 10 pounds and more than 8 inches. Here are my results:
Weight: 143 to 133 pounds
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 10 POUNDS
Waist: From 32.5 inches to 30 inches
Chest: From 37 inches to 35.5 inches
Hips: From 39 inches to 38 inches
Thighs: From 22.5 inches to 20.25 inches
Arms: From 11.75 inches to 10.625 inches
TOTAL INCHES LOST (THAT I MEASURED): 8.125
What’s my plan going forward? My intention is to stick with a “paleo” or “primal” approach to eating most of the time. Grains and dairy tend to upset my stomach and mess with my digestion. Too much sugar makes me swing from hyper to sleepy to “starving.” Alcohol. Will. Return.
Overall, my plan doesn’t change radically from how I was eating before the holidays. But I feel a renewed sense of commitment and have a few weeks of better habits under my belt.
So what am I doing right now?
Next challenge? Exercise. I guess. Probably. Right? I guess.