Losing weight with the Whole30

Losing weight with the Whole30

How to approach the program when you have a weight-loss goal.

What to know about weight loss and the Whole30

Maybe you came to Whole30 hoping to see a change on the scale. We respect that. But the Whole30 offers life-changing results that go well beyond weight loss. We offer the kind of transformation that can’t be measured by any scale.

Whole30 is different from anything you’ve done before. You won’t count or restrict calories, skip meals, or eliminate carbs. There are no pills, powders, or shakes required. You’ll eat real, whole food, tuning into your body for cues. In fact, the rules ask you to stay off the scale and away from the tape measure for 30 days.

You’ll eliminate commonly problematic foods for 30 days, then reintroduce those foods to see how they work for you. The program will help you identify food sensitivities; empower you to create new habits to support your health goals; and create a relationship with food that feels balanced, sustainable, and meaningful.

You won’t find calorie counts on our recipes, before-and-afters on our Instagram, or tips for losing weight in our articles. You might have come to the Whole30 wanting to lose weight, and we honor that intention. But we invite you to spend a month experiencing all of the other dramatic transformations the program can bring.

The benefits are endless once you figure out the foods that work best for you. Participants report improvements in energy, sleep, digestion, cravings, mood, skin, chronic pain, allergies, self-confidence, and more—factors that can’t be quantified by the scale.

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Your Whole30 goals are as unique as you are, and everyone comes to the program for different reasons. But millions of people just like you have experienced life-changing results on the Whole30. The program can work for you, too—all we ask is that you trust the process. Give yourself a 30-day (and well-deserved) break from your preoccupation with the scale. Discover the benefits our program, support, and community can deliver.

Find inspiration in Whole30 success stories from people just like you.

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Learn more about the Whole30 and weight loss

Dig deeper into the intersection between weight loss and the Whole30 with these helpful resources

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A note from Melissa Urban

A letter from the Whole30 co-founder and CEO sharing her views on weight loss and the Whole30.
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The Whole30 Mindset Checklist

This infographic will help you shift your mindset away from “dieting” and identify your Whole30 “why.”
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Give me Whole30 weight-loss hacks

In this Dear Melissa article, MU explains why the Whole30 doesn’t focus on weight loss and gives you tips for maximizing success.
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I need a calorie-tracking intervention

This Dear Melissa article can help you break free from calorie-tracking apps and embrace a new mindset.
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Take it slow

Should I stay on the Whole30 to lose more weight?

In this Do the Thing podcast episode, Melissa discusses the implications of extending your Whole30 to achieve weight-loss goals.
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Why we quit publishing before and after photos.

Hear directly from Melissa Urban about why Whole30 doesn’t share before and after photos as part of our success stories or on our platforms.
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An important note about Whole30 contraindications

The Whole30 is contraindicated (not recommended) for those with a history of disordered eating, diagnosed or otherwise. There are other programs and approaches specifically designed by healthcare professionals that are likely better suited for your mental health and recovery, with far fewer risk factors than the Whole30.

If this is your context and you still wish to explore the Whole30, we first encourage you to discuss the program with your eating disorder counselor, therapist, or qualified healthcare provider. It is imperative you and your therapist have a plan before you embark upon any elimination program, including the Whole30. Follow all of your healthcare provider’s recommendations, even if that includes modifying the rules, duration, or structure of the program. Your doctor or therapist’s recommendations always take priority.

For more, see our interview with Dr. Emily Deans on the Whole30 and disordered eating.