Weight Loss on Whole30
Are You Starting Whole30 with Weight Loss as Your “Why”?
Many people come to Whole30 hoping to see a change on the scale.
We’d like to empower you to discover something more.
- The Whole30 isn’t a weight loss diet. You won’t count or restrict calories, skip meals, or eliminate carbs. You’ll eat real, whole food tuning into your body’s cues to tell you when you’re hungry and when you’re full. There are no pills, powders, or shakes required. In fact, the rules ask you to stay off the scale and away from body measurements for 30 days–because we’re not here to help you lose weight.
- The Whole30 is an elimination diet, where you’ll temporarily remove and then reintroduce specific foods that are commonly problematic, to see how they work for you. The program will help you determine which foods work best for you, empower you to create new habits to support your health goals, and create a relationship with food that feels balanced, sustainable, and meaningful to you..
- We don’t even talk about weight loss. You won’t find calorie counts for our recipes or see bikini-clad before-and-after shots on our pages, and we won’t give you tips for losing weight on the program. You might come to the Whole30 wanting to lose weight, and we honor that. But we do things differentlyand we invite you to spend a month exploring all of the other benefits our program offers.
- We do focus on non-scale victories (NSVs). LOTS of great things can happen when you figure out the foods that work best for you. Participants report improvements in energy, sleep, digestion, cravings, mood, skin, aches and pains, allergies, self-confidence, and more—factors that the scale just can’t measure.
You may have brought a desire to lose weight into your Whole30 experience, and we respect your right to do with your body as you choose. All we ask is that you give yourself a short (and well-deserved) 30-day break from the preoccupation, and see for yourself the benefits our unique approach can deliver.
We think you’ll find so much more to celebrate on your Whole30. So many successes—from more energy and better sleep to a better relationship with food—are waiting outside the numbers on your scale. Read this note from Whole30 co-founder Melissa Urban for her perspective on weight-loss and the Whole30 program.
Whole30 and Weight Loss: Additional Resources
Note: The Whole30 is contra-indicated for those with a history of eating disorders. If this is your context, please do not take on the program unless approved by and under the direct supervision of a trained therapist—and even then, follow all of their recommendations with respect to the program’s structure and rules. This message is not intended for those with a history of disordered eating, diagnosed or otherwise. Always check with your health care practitioner before beginning any new diet or lifestyle program.