In today’s ever-so-busy world, eating healthy meals and getting the proper nutrition can be a struggle. You’re rushing to get out the door for work, you’re rushing to get a bite for lunch, and when you come home, your energy’s likely flagging from the day of work-related stressors. There are innumerable diet plans out there – but many of them are fad diets and participants find themselves dropping out of the program within just a few weeks.
That’s not as likely to happen with a program that is more about changing habits and preferences than eliminating foods from your diet. One of those programs, commonly referred to as “lifestyle programs” is the Whole 30 nutritional program.
How Does The Whole30 Work?
The program makes a big promise – to help you overhaul the way you eat in 30 days – but the program is simple. There are restrictions as far as what you can eat, but the program focuses on whole foods – vegetables, fruits, eggs and seafood are some of the items that participants are encouraged to fill up on. When you fill up on foods that have very few ingredients, it’s easier to get the pure nutrients from those foods and your body digests these minimally or non-processed foods more easily. It’s true. There are foods and drinks that you cannot consume during the program: alcohol, sugars, dairy, legumes or grains. But the hope is that you’ll fill up on unprocessed foods and your body will kick the sugar and grain habit, allowing you to process nutrients more easily and have more energy.
Perhaps one of the most striking rules is that during the 30 day period, participants are not allowed to weigh themselves or take any body measurements – because the program focuses on how you feel, not how you look and what the scale says.