15 days of no dairy, sugar, alcohol, grains, or beans. I’m halfway through my first #Whole30 detox and if you read my last post at the seven day mark, you know I was pretty much raving about it. You know what else?
Nothing has changed.
Well, I mean everything has changed, but as far as progress, it’s still two-thumbs up, full-steam-ahead, go-team-go, and all that jazz. I’ve had no slip-ups—not one grain of rice, one sip of champers, nothing. And I feel absolutely incredible.
What’s so great about Whole30?
Here’s what I’ve felt and noticed so far:
Amazing skin. Skin so glowing that with a little powder and blush, I’m good. Lovin’ that!
Decreased appetite and no cravings. My post-work, pre-workout hunger pangs? Gone. I have almost no desire to snack between meals, and no cravings for peanut butter, cocktails, chips, any of it. This is like an act of God, since I have—er, had—a voracious appetite. I could eat as much as my 6’3″ husband.
Sound sleep. Deep, delicious, sleep. No alcohol-induced heatwaves. And some days, even waking up before my alarm goes off, fully rested.
Plenty of energy. Enough to work, go to the gym, go through every day doing all the usual things without the morning coffee kickoff, or the afternoon coffee pick-me-up. Just pure, clean energy. Ah.
Weight loss. Committing to this program also means committing to not stepping on the scale the whole time. And I haven’t. But I’m wearing all the “skinny” clothes that have been collecting dust in my closet for years! Even Hubby and my parents have noted the obvious weight loss I’ve experienced in just a couple of weeks.
More efficient fat burning and weight loss.
How do I know this, other than what I wrote above? Although you’re not supposed to count calories during the program, I have been counting them since March (using the My Fitness Pal app) at the behest of my trainer, so I needed to continue.
From March to June, with a lot of sweat, effort, some hunger, some falling off the wagon, I lost 10 pounds working out at least four times a week, and eating 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day. Then I regained two pounds. That’s when I started Whole30. Now, eating the same amount of calories as before—but food that’s closest to its natural state—I’m losing weight. Think about that. Same calories, but clean food with healthy fat like olive oil.
Reports have surfaced in the last few years that prove it’s not how many calories you consume, but the quality of those calories that matters3. I’m your guinea pig. I just accidentally tested the theory and I’m proof: a “low-fat” approach to weight loss isn’t nearly as effective (or satiating) as a whole foods/good fats approach, even when eating the same amount of calories. 1,200 calories in the form of processed deli meat, salads with sugar-loaded dressing, some whole meats and veggies, and coffee with non-fat milk and Splenda equated to a long, slow, arduous weight loss that was not easily sustained. 1,200 calories in the form of organic eggs, vegetables, avocados, fruits, fish, chicken, beef, and some nuts, is filling, satiating, and drops weight faster and easier than low-fat or low-carb approaches. That’s been my experience.
Since I’ve got your attention…
You know how people get diabetes, develop high cholesterol, have a heart attack, or get cancer, and then decide they need to change their diet and get some exercise?
Seriously. Why wait? Juicing your own veggies, eating organic, whole food, and investing in a gym membership may seem expensive, troublesome—and hey, you’re busy and tired. We all are. But if you think organic food is expensive, you may need to reconsider your point-of-view. The average cost of a less severe heart attack is, $760,000; a severe heart attack, $1 million1; diabetes, $6,000 a year2—and you still feel horrible through all of it! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend that kind of money on an amazing vacation that I can actually enjoy because I’m healthy and fit.
How is your health and fitness? Any questions about Whole30 you want to ask?