It’s Day 31—virtual high-five! You’ve officially completed our Whole30 program. You still have a little more work to do with our reintroduction protocol, but before we move on, take a minute to evaluate your progress so far.
Tally Your Whole30 Wins
All too often when we take on a challenge or a dramatic lifestyle change like the Whole30, we focus on what didn’t go well. Maybe you wanted to lose 15 pounds and you only lost 10. Maybe you wanted to get off your insulin, and the doctor says you can’t just yet. Maybe you wanted to become a “morning person,” but you still need an alarm to wake up.
If you focused on the negative, it might look like your Whole30 didn’t work for you at all. But wait! You still lost ten pounds! And your doctor says your blood sugar regulation is better, and you fall asleep easily and no longer wake up at 3 AM. That sounds like a major win to us!
Don’t deny yourself a moment (or longer!) to be proud of what you’ve accomplished, and give yourself the much-deserved credit for all of your hard work. Remember, the Whole30 is just one step in changing your life—and the benefits continue to roll in the longer you embrace the new, healthy habits you’ve learned.
Should You Continue?
Maybe you just need a little more time on the program to experience the maximum benefit. After all, 30 days is a great start, but you can’t expect to completely correct medical conditions, long-standing habits, or decades of slow weight gain in just one month. Many people report benefitting greatly from adding another 15-30 days to their program—and you’ve come so far now, what’s another few weeks?
So how do you know if you should continue? Generally speaking, if you’ve experienced some benefits from the program but still hope to see even more improvement, consider adding a little more time to your Whole30. This applies to things like diseases (like arthritis, Lyme disease, or diabetes), lifestyle conditions (like allergies or acne), and cravings for sugar or junk foods. If you think you’d benefit from some additional time on the Whole30, keep on keeping on, and return to the next step when you’re ready for reintroduction.
What if Whole30 Didn’t Work?
We’ve received thousands of glowing testimonials from Whole30 participants since 2009, and most report the Whole30 really did change their life. But the program isn’t perfect (no diet is, universally), and it’s not a miracle—despite the miraculous results some people do experience.
When we hear from those who say the Whole30 “didn’t work” for them, we pay attention. We read their stories, ask questions of these participants, and over the years, have gathered some data on why, for these folks, “the magic” just didn’t come. (At least, not in the way they hoped it would.)
In many cases, it’s not your fault if it didn’t work. And the one thing we want you to take away from this experience is that if the Whole30 didn’t work for you, you are not a failure, and there is nothing wrong with you. It just is what it is… but there are reasons for it.
Read more about six reasons why the Whole30 didn’t work for you, see if any of our suggestions make sense in your context, and try to reframe your experience to acknowledge all of the positive changes you’ve made in the last 30 days.
- Check off all of the improvements you’ve seen since beginning your Whole30
- Download our “I finished the Whole30” graphics for Facebook and Instagram