What the Whole30 Diet Did for Meby Cheryl Ann Borne Patient Advocate
In my share post, What the Whole30 Diet Can Do for You, I gave a high-level overview of the program and wrote that I would share my experience with the Whole30 at a later date.
Regular readers know that I have been working to reduce my waist circumference. Even after having lost 9-inches from my waist from my tummy tuck surgery, I was left with a 32-inch waist and that is a little thick for my now slender frame. Add to that, a full body analysis calculator showed that although my body mass index (BMI) was normal, my hip to waist ratio was 84% and that means I have an apple shape even though I appear thin. Perhaps the most compelling data was gathered from a BodPod analysis that showed my body fat percentage was high. Itput me into the obese category despite that I wear size 2 super skinny jeans.
Not only is a thick waist not an aesthetic ideal, but more importantly itputs me at risk for heart disease and other related conditions. It is an indicator of visceral fat, the fat which accumulates around the organs. So, I began sprinting-walking intervals and an ab circuit to whittle my waist. Later, I joined a gym and began a series of 60-minute core workouts.
Fast forward a few months and I am gaining fitness but my visceral fat does not seem to be melting away. So when my daughter asked me to do the Whole30 challenge with her, I said yes because I wanted to see if tightening up my already healthy eating habits might be what I had been missing. I had been following Primal BluePrint and consuming a lot of dairy and natural and artificial sugars. These would be omitted on Whole30. I would take a much closer look at the nutrition labels on the health foods I had been consuming and buy only those foods without added sugars or chemical preservatives.
For nearly the entire 30-days of the program, I craved sugar badly. Surprisingly the dairy was not as hard to give up as I had imagined. I learned to like my morning eggs without cheese, my coffee with coconut juice and coconut milk instead of cream and stevia, and to forgo my beloved whey protein drinks that contained dairy and artificial sweeteners. I had diarrhea and loose bowel movements for the entire month, an indication that my body was healing itself.
At the end of the 30-days, I weighted and measured myself and my results were 4 stubborn pounds and 6 total inches lost from my body. I continued with the Paleo diet after the Whole30 and skipped the reintroduction phase during which dairy and sugars (among other foods) could be brought into my diet on an experimental basis.
It has been less than a month since I ended the Whole30 and I've lost another 3-pounds. This weight loss is significant to me because it is the least I have weighed as an adult. I also have been able to get off the heavy dose of daily stool softeners and fiber powders that I had been taking before doing the Whole30. No longer do I struggle with constipation; I have regular bowel movements daily and sometimes more. And thankfully the diarrhea has been resolved.
Worth it? Yes, Whole30 absolutely was worth it for me.