While Whole30 rules don’t set a calorie limit, the guidelines are restrictive. This program isn’t a weight-loss plan, but rather a means of changing your relationship with food and identifying any food sensitivities.
Whole30 co-founder Melissa Hartwig describes her system as “designed to jump-start optimal health for the rest of your life.”
Before getting into this, it’s important to reiterate that the Whole30 doesn’t market itself as a weight loss diet. In fact, one of the rules is that you weigh yourself on the first and last days of the diet. That being said, many people do claim to lose weight after following the plan.
Whole foods support a loss-driven diet.
According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, consuming high-quality foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and natural yogurt—is good for your waistline, while eating processed, sugar-loaded foods tend to be one of the main factors contributing to weight gain.
But following the Whole30 doesn’t mean you’ll shed pounds without paying attention to portion size or nutritional content, as you can still overdo it on high caloric foods like avocados, nuts, and dried fruit.
“The Whole 30 is not a diet. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not even a weight loss program,” Hartwig explains. “The Whole 30 is designed to change your life and your relationship with food. It’s a monumental transformation in how you think about food, your body, your life, and what you want out of the time you have left on earth.”
So what is The Whole30?
The real purpose of the Whole 30 Program is to give your body a chance to heal from foods proven to cause inflammation and other digestive-related health issues. It’s more about transforming your eating habits than losing weight.
Registered dietitian and owner of Balancing Act Nutrition Jackie Ballou Erdos(MS, CDN) warns that although Whole30 makes a lot of claims — including weight loss — and you may feel desperate to make a change, not everyone will experience what Whole30 promises.
“Like many wellness trends these days, Whole30 is marketed as a sustainable, positive lifestyle change; however, it’s really a diet in disguise,” Jackie said. It asks participants to restrict certain foods, and it labels some foods as “approved” and others as “off-limits.” For those people struggling with body image, their relationship with food, or with other disordered eating behaviors such as binge eating, such a restrictive diet could make those issues worse.
The Whole30 can…
Eliminate unhealthy cravings
Heal digestive tract lining
Restore a healthy metabolism
Reduce systemic inflammation
Understand how certain foods impact your mood and appearance
That’s not to say you shouldn’t try Whole30. It can be great for people who want to get started eating more whole, unprocessed foods, or to figure out if certain foods are triggering certain issues like digestive or skin problems. People rave about how good they feel after the 30 days, but it’s not the best approach if you’re in it to lose weight.
“It’s very common for this way of eating to trigger weight-loss and improve health issues like fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune conditions,” says The University of Iowa’s Terry Wahls, MD. Why? In terms of weight loss, “you avoid addictive foods and empty calories, naturally eating less but feeling more satisfied.” And since it reduces internal inflammation by up to 82 percent, Whole30 eating boosts overall health and helps prevent autoimmune attacks. Dr. Wahls’ research hints that an anti-inflammatory diet even eases fatigue, anxiety and brain fog in MS sufferers. “If your goal is more energy, better mood, better health and a healthier weight, it’s the way to go!”
Whole30 can help, and here’s why:
Before you jump on the 30-day train ride for the sole purpose of shedding pounds, know this: At its core, Whole30 is an elimination diet inspired to help you feel your best—it’s not a weight loss plan. So, do you have to count calories on Whole 30? No, there’s no calorie counting and no tracking of macros, carbs, you name it. People are advised to step on the scale two times- at the start and end of the program.
That said, plenty of people who try the Whole30 diet do end up losing some weight. “The benefit of Whole30 is that it encourages eating whole foods, which are foods in their most natural state,” says Sara Haas, RDN, a nutrition expert with formal training in the culinary arts. Cutting out sugar means that you’ll end up avoiding empty calories from baked goods and alcohol. You might also find that your belly feels flatter as a result of avoiding sodium-loaded processed packaged foods.
Upcoming Whole30 Approved Meals
Sundried Tomato-Bacon Scramble
Wake up under the Tuscan sun (no matter where your bed may be) with this savory and satisfying breakfast.
Perfectly smoked shrimp served on a parsnip-pine nut salad with rainbow chard. A light lunch with a little crunch and some big flavors.
Our take on the traditional Spanish omelette.
Fluffy eggs, potatoes, and vegetables topped with thick-sliced Canadian bacon.
Butternut Squash “Risotto”
Riced cauliflower and roasted squash come together with kale, almonds, and celery to make a whole-food risotto as tender and creamy as the North Italian classic.
Signature Aji Amarillo Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin marinated with yellow Peruvian chili pepper sauce and served on no-rice pilaf, finished with a tangy grilled pineapple sauce.
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