With winter break around the corner, everyone’s fighting to shed those first semester pounds before venturing home or to a bikini-weather, vacation destinations. Some people want to lose weight pronto, but need to make sure they do so in a healthy way. The Whole30 diet provides strict guidelines to help you achieve a lighter self. The creators of this diet suggest cutting out all the unhealthy, inflammatory food groups for just 30 days, in order to press the “reset” button on a new you. The diet focuses on not only fast weight loss, but also a new perspective on eating. It will change your body, along with the way you think about food and overall eating habits.
The Program emphasizes avoiding food groups that could have a negative impact on your health such as added sugar (real or artificial), alcohol, grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn, rice, sprouted grains), legumes (peas, lentils, peanuts, soy), dairy and carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. You are encouraged to eat "real foods" – meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, healthy oils, and nuts and seeds – focusing on the stuff that's natural and unprocessed. Another program rule: You are not allowed to weigh yourself, take pictures of transformations or body measurements until the very end. Weight loss will occur, but the focus on this diet is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, rather than just weight loss.
This diet requires commitment. That means “cheating” is highly discouraged. The program is possible, with the right focus and mindset. And if you need some inspiration or encouragement, follow the Whole30 Instagram page to see just how crazy the results are!