My sixth Whole30 concluded officially last night, although I’m still eating Whole30 foods for the foreseeable future. What’s the end tally?
- 10 lbs lost
- 2” lost in waist
- Broke bad habits that crept back in
- Feel amazing mentally
- Shirts fit better/the way they used to
Notice that only one of those is weight-related. I also did something on this Whole30 I’ve not been very good at in the past; I didn’t weigh myself daily. This time, I weighed three times during the entire Whole30. That’s three times more than you’re supposed to, but for me, it’s a huge accomplishment.
Whole30’s aren’t specifically designed for weight loss, but for me, it always tends to give me 10 lbs of loss the first month (not counting the first one we did where I lost 20 lbs, but I weighed nearly 320 then, so…). The more important aspect of the Whole30 was to get me to stop eating large portions and foods with lots of carbs. Carbs, in and of themselves, is not bad, but when you eat a lot of them, even if they’re natural, it adds up as calories. At the end of the day, calories in has to be equal to or less than the amount of calories expended.
As a 53 year-old man, I do not exercise daily. It’s not good for the joints, and our older bodies rely more on recovery time to build. I’m not exercising to burn calories; I exercise to get faster and stronger. So, sure, my focus may be different. But it’s working for me. I’m running faster, and I’m lifting more. And now, I also weigh less in the process.
I advocate Whole30 for anyone who wants to get healthy. Don’t do it to lose weight; do it to break the sugar addiction. All our bodies are different and will respond differently to a Whole30. I know people who did one and didn’t lose weight and gave up completely on eating better. These people miss the point, and probably missed other data points like wearing smaller pants, fitting into clothing better, feeling better, increased mental sharpness, etc. Most importantly, even if many of these things weren’t realized, the most important is that the body’s reliance on sugar gets broken. But, and this is a big butt (hehe), that’s only if the person ACTUALLY did a Whole30 without cheating and by sticking to the plan 100%. I’ve found many who told me it didn’t work actually allowed cheat meals or days in. That’s not a Whole30.
So, another Whole30 down. I feel great, my body feels better, and I’m back on the right track. I have some very stressful weekends coming up, and a very tough physical fitness test to take tomorrow, but I feel more ready for it all now thanks to this last Whole30. I’m going to do my best to stay on it for the foreseeable future, although the Army’s high-carb diet is going to make that challenging this weekend.