In a world where good nutrition & exercise is essential in becoming healthier and more fit, we have so many programs that have surfaced promising people results. Naturally, we take to these new diets with high hopes it will solve all our problems with wanting to lose weight, look good, have abs, big muscles, etc. but normally the diet program gives us just enough results to get us excited but once we reach our goals, we have no road map in teaching us where to go from there.
Well in the recent weeks, I have had clients ask me about the "whole 30" diet & how it works, what are the pros and cons, would I recommend it, the kind of results to expect from it, and how it works with someone who exercises or wants to add exercising to the regimen. I had no idea what this diet plan was, and from what I gathered from research, it once again offered people a way to lose weight and be healthier but with so many eliminations to their already diet. If you know me, you know I don't believe in eliminating foods from the diet ( I don't) unless a doctor says differently but I do believe in moderation, so I was already bias going in, but without proper research I couldn't inform my clients, so now I have done the research and I am going to share my take on this diet plan and give you information as to what to expect from this program. Keep in mind, I am NOT a nutritionist by any means, so the information I gathered, I cited from professionals.
What is the "Whole 30" Diet?
it's a diet program that has the person(s) go 30 days without eating any form of processed foods, sugars, alcohol, etc. Basically everything the person eats, will be whole.
What foods are Approved? According to www.thekitchn.com/what-you-can-and-cant-eat-on-whole30-239838
Now most of this information is common sense based on the fact that the majority of Americans eat sugar and grains, so when you eliminate such things from a diet, you are going to suffer from fatigue and energy loss. For those of you who are used to exercise, this may only effect you for the first couple of weeks, according to: aaptiv.com/magazine/whole30-diet-impact-workouts there may be a chance that those of us who exercise will have to take some time to adjust to the dieting while exercising while others of us who are just starting a new program, it isn't recommended you do so while starting up the "whole 30" based on the fact it might be hard to do both at once & impact you mentally causing more stress.
Now certain exercises are better to do than others while starting the "Whole 30" but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the workouts you already take part in now, for those of you who are used to exercising, continue your normal regimen but keep in mind with lower energy levels -- you might have to consider lowering the intensity of the workout to sustain it and prevent injury. Some examples of exercises that might fit you best during this diet program and what to expect from other workouts: greatist.com/move/best-whole30-workout-for-you
The list of exercises will give you an outlook on how to best carry out the exercise while doing the "whole 30" program. The most important take away is to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! this is because, you know yourself more than we do, so you know when the limit is reached -- be attentive to your needs.
Another thing I found out that you may need to keep in mind is: muscle recovery will be compromised while doing the "Whole 30" program due to the fact you won't be consuming any grains or high quality proteins & this means the muscle will not truly recover. Secondly, your body may use own muscle mass for fuel which isn't good because it means that you will need to eat even less food to maintain body weight (not good for performance or physique).
Now with all this information I was able to share with you, hopefully this gives you an inside look at the "Whole 30" diet and if choosing to, how to do this diet while also maintaining an exercise program -- it is possible to do both but look for the signs of fatigue and be prepared on how to best handle it. The "Whole 30" program guarantees results but this shouldn't be used a permanent diet plan, once you have done this for 30 days, have a plan on how to maintain the weight loss and new healthy gut benefits it created for you & go about your new lifestyle with more attention to food labels and what you put inside your body. Thanks for reading, feel free to leave feedback & share this post with your peers.
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