Since the inception of our Whole30® program in April 2009, we’ve made one thing abundantly clear: This is not a weight loss program. It’s not a diet, it’s not a quick fix, and it’s certainly not a “17 Day Get Skinnier Than Your Friends” kind of approach. But that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize or value your weight loss goals.
Today, we are so proud to feature Whole30’ers who have lost significant amounts of weight thanks to a general Paleo template and our Whole30 program. These people may have lost weight, but they’ve regained so much more–their health, their confidence, their sense of self-worth and self-love. These stories beautifully represent the very esseence of the Whole30 program.
Read, be inspired, and start your own Whole30 journey today.
After existing for many years in a vacuum of love and respect and allowing the trauma of that to colour my own vision of myself, I had finally come to a place where I knew I could no longer sustain the way I was living. I started a Whole30 in February of 2013 and I have never looked back. It has never been about my size or a pair of pants, it has always been about how I could best show love to myself.
Today, I look in the mirror and see love and beauty, calm and kindness, and above all, respect. I could have punished myself with the gym and obsessed over calories, but the success that I have achieved by doing it from a place of self-love and self-respect is worth so much more than the size of my pants. Even now, as I’ve seen incredible results and changed my life, the driving factor has always remained how I feel. Do I feel in control, happy, sane? I have found that focusing on important internal things instead of a number on the scale or a pants size has turned the Whole30 into a lifestyle for me, and that means that it’s sustainable.
The side effect of loving myself through a framework of Whole30 has been a weight loss upwards of 80 pounds, and many skin and pain conditions have completely resolved themselves. My life will never be the same and I have Melissa, Dallas and the Whole30 to thank for that!
After I got out of the Marine Corps, my bad habits caught up to me. In sat at a desk for most of the day, commuted 15+ hours a week, and relied on fast food for most of my meals and snacks. I turned to caffeine to keep me going and developed a serious addiction to regular pop. I self-diagnosed myself with IBS, acid reflux, insomnia, depression, and had various pains and ailments.
In January of 2005, my cholesterol was high and they called my fasting glucose “pre-diabetes.” I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. In 2010 I was put on all kinds of different medication for my heart, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. In 2013, I was almost 300 pounds. I was consuming over 2,000 calories a day in pop alone. My health (both physically and mentally) were at all-time lows.
On July 10, 2013 I switched to a Paleo-inspired diet. I eliminated all sweets, pop, bread and almost all processed foods. I lost 20 pounds the first month, after six months I had lost 81 pounds. I also started exercising. I “ran” a mile in 21 minutes.
While researching Paleo recipes I came across the Whole9/Whole30 websites, and the idea intrigued me. I’m the kind of person who finds it easier to have a black and white diet. If I allow myself to cheat a little, I usually end up cheating a lot. I used a lot of great resources on their sites and ordered It Starts With Food. I started my Whole30 on January 4, 2014, and lost another 19 pounds . I’m not hungry, I’m just eating good healthy meals.
Since July 10, 2013 I have lost more than 100 pounds. I went from a size 42 pants to a size 34. My acid reflux is 99.9% gone, some of my other medical problems are gone or lessened. I recently had blood work done and my fasting glucose went from 96 to 76. My cholesterol went from 233 to 150. I’ve also got my mile time down to under 10 minutes. I’m still not where I want to be but I’m a lot closer, and I’m on the right path.
I have (quietly) been a Whole30 follower since September 2013. I joined a gym in Fairfield, CT (Get Mo’ Fit) and they strongly encouraged me to follow the nutrition plan they endorse–the Whole9’s Whole30 program. Reluctantly, I started my first Whole30 a few days later.
I have since done three Whole30’s, and my new day-to-day baseline is living a Whole9 life. I have definitely lost more than 75 lbs… but at this point I have stopped counting. My life has made a complete 180 – it doesn’t matter how many pounds I’ve lost at this point, I’m truly living the life I was meant to live. I’m a Mom of two and only in my mid-30’s, so I have a lot of life left to live.
I am so thankful I was given the tools to succeed. I never believed that food alone had such an effect on me–I was one of those people who didn’t understand that certain foods made people bloated, irritable, tired, etc. I have gained an awareness of how food makes me feel that I had no idea existed prior to eating this way. I could go on and on… this has been so life-changing that I feel as though the whole world should know about it.
Lori & Dennis M.
From Lori: In January 2013, I was 47 years old, fat and miserable–but determined to do something about it. I began P90X with my husband, and made some changes to my diet. We were successful exercising for about six weeks before we caught a cold; after that, we exercised very sporadically through the spring.
In the meantime, a good friend recommended It Starts With Food. Since I’m both a reader and a researcher, I read it quickly, reread it several times, read parts out loud to my hubby, and committed to change the way we shopped and ate after our daughter’s wedding on June 1, 2013.
My husband was most surprised by our almost-immediately noticeable results. We slept better, had more energy, and just felt healthier in every way. My arthritis pain was gone. My husband’s psoriasis and IBS…gone. Was I actually getting a flatter tummy without exercise? Our exercise schedule remained at the mercy of our active lifestyles–I started a new business, and my husband finished building his airplane–but our diet never wavered.
Whole30 eating is so simple and so delicious; we haven’t missed anything we “gave up.” We enjoyed guilt-free holidays this year. In fact, I lost seven pounds in November. I lost a total of 70 pounds this year, going from a size 16 to a size 6, and my husband lost fifty pounds effortlessly. Our entire family has seen remarkable results from a very simple change in our choice of foods and shopping habits. Thank you so much!
More Readers’ Stories
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