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Should I go through the Whole30 program?

There has been some controversy around this. Many, acknowledge the benefits of this diet, whereas others believe it could be kind of dangerous. Before writing this post I knew just a little bit about it, just that it restricts many food elements out of your diet.
I am not a healthy eater at all but, as I have gained some extra weight over the past months I thought it could be a good idea to test this program. And before starting, I wanted to know if it was risky for your health or even a waste of time.
I did some research and found the pros and cons of this diet and some real testimonials of people who have tried it.
FIRST, WHAT’S THE WHOLE30?
It is a 30-day-plan to reset your eating habits and improve your general health. It was created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and has a lot of restrictions like:
  • No Sugar
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Legumes
  • No Grain
  • No Dairy
And that’s just some of them. Is strict and there is no cheat day. if you eat something prohibited by the list you have to go back to day one. No cheating. Period.
PROS
  1. It does not promise any weight loss: I am sure I am not the only one who has tried one of those “Lose 10 pounds in 5 days” and hate when I gain those pounds back a few days after. The Whole30 doesn’t promise a weight loss, is just a change of lifestyle.
  2. You might lose weight: Even though that is not the purpose, eliminating from your diet, sugar, processed food and most carbs, you are surely going to lose weight.
  3. You will try new foods: I don’t eat a lot of red meat or veggies so if I start the Whole30 program I will have to try new food so as not to starve to death.
  4. You will improve your eating habits: I like pizza and muffins. I adore chips and cookies But I know that is not healthy to eat them every single day (I told you, I am not a healthy eater). What I want to take out of this program is to enjoy healthy eating and I guess it would help me improve my eating habits in the future.
CONS
  1. You have to do a lot of meal prep: In order to be consistent and don’t let any slip happen you need to do a lot of meal prepping. This can be pretty hard if you are working full time, or the rest of your family is not following this diet.
  2. Is pretty hard when having dinner with friends or during social events: If you go out for dinner you will have to look really carefully on the menu and ask for the ingredients in the dish you want to order, which can be a bit annoying. The creators of this program won’t accept any excuse: “You’re all big boys and girls. Toughen up. Learn to say no”.
  3. You can easily get back the weight after the program: Obviously is you start eating the same crappy stuff after finishing those terrible 30 days, the program will have no effect. The idea behind it is to learn how to eat healthily so if you see it just as a challenge, the whole30 will be a waste of time.
  4. Is a very restrictive diet: I am ok with not being able to eat grain or dairy, but I know this would be extremely hard for me because of the “no recreation” factor. This means that even though you could cook pancakes without the prohibited ingredients, you can’t do it. “A pancake is a pancake”, says Melissa Hartwig.
THE DECISION
Ok, I will do it. I know I will regret this decision in a few days, but I want to try it. This will not risk my health and it shouldn’t be that difficult. Right?
So, starting May 3 (Tuesday night I already have an amazing dinner schedule that I am definitely going to enjoy), I will be on the Whole30 program.
Stay posted for the review!

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