The health word to remember is “whole.” Long gone are unrealistic fad diets, and in their place are a variety of plans that focus on cutting out the junk and optimizing the good stuff. If the idea of giving up on diets and introducing healthier choices sounds way more your speed, then we have you covered. This is how the Whole30 Diet will help you lose weight.
The Whole30 Diet is a 30-day Paleo-style elimination diet that focuses on eating whole, minimally processed foods. There’s no sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, grains, dairy, or legumes. This means even foods that are healthy — that we love — like hummus and quinoa, are out.
But before you think, “This sounds pretty diet-centric to me!” just hear us out.
The 30-day plan isn’t meant to deprive you, but reset you. You’re not counting calories and carbs. You’re not stepping on the scale every day (besides a first-day and last-day weigh in). Whole30 is an elimination diet that is meant to make you feel whole every single day for the rest of your life.
By eliminating the criteria it does, the diet seeks to rid you of inflammation and gut damage, as well as avoid destabilized blood sugar and cravings, so you can feel your very best. So what can you eat?
Though you’re saying sayonara to sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes, there’s still a whole lot of yummy thing you can eat — “whole” being the operative word. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, eggs, healthy fats like avocado, and nut and nut butters are all A-okay. Yay!
The program calls for 30 days because, according to the founders, that’s the amount of time your body needs to reset and kickstart the healing process, while giving you just enough time to shift your taste buds’ desires. While you’ll feel better, you’ll also notice you look better too — slimming down a very healthy, approachable way.
There are a few tips to help you get started. This is how the Whole30 Diet will help you lose weight.
Get rid of the junk
First thing’s first: clean out your kitchen to eliminate any temptations. You can’t really enjoy the Whole30 with a bag of Doritos staring you down every time you open the pantry. If you get rid of everything that the Whole30 is against, your only option is to fill your kitchen back up with the good stuff.
Now that your kitchen is looking barren, you’ve got to stock up! But where to start? The best way to not get overwhelmed or tempted in the grocery store is to plan a menu for your first week and go from there.
Think of new ways to fill up your tummy for breakfast, lunch dinner, and remember to allow yourself snacks and even dessert.
Make your meals
You can’t win at Whole30 if you don’t have recipe inspo, right?!
Here’s an idea of how your first week menu might look:
For breakfast: Asparagus & Egg Scramble
This is a Whole30-friendly meal made with almond, cashew, or coconut milk, and packed with protein, fiber, vitamin K, and B-vitamins.
For lunch: 6-Ingredient Wild Salmon Fillets and side salad
Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, and oh so rich in flavor, this is a great addition to your Whole30 Diet.
For dinner: Skillet Chicken and Veggies
Simple and delicious, this combo is a one pan creation perfect for busy nights.
For breakfast: Fried Eggs with Mushrooms & Brussels
Skip the parmesan and you have a delightful Whole30 recipe.
For lunch: Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad
Say yes to avocado at lunch to add a touch of undeniable and healthy creaminess to your meals.
Shrimp is oh so easy to cook, and pairs so well with roasted cauliflower.
For breakfast: Grilled Salmon & Asparagus with Grated Egg
Indulge in a rich breakfast dish of grilled salmon, asparagus, and grated egg for an energizing morning meal.
For lunch: Lemon Chicken Breasts with Asparagus & Salad
Save some of that asparagus and add it to a salad that’s topped with protein-packed chicken breast.
For dinner: Curried Sweet Potato Soup
Cozy up with this super rich curried sweet potato soup.
For breakfast: Paleo Stuffed Mushrooms
For lunch: Kale and Roasted Yam Salad
This is one hearty salad to fill you up and warm your soul.
For dinner: Open-Face Grilled Turkey Burgers
Keep it simple yet sensational with these delicious and filling turkey burgers.
For breakfast: Skinny Breakfast Sausage
Give yourself the gift of skinny breakfast sausage that tastes so indulgent but offers that protein you need for a productive morning.
For lunch: Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Entree Salad
This Mediterranean grilled shrimp salad is light enough for lunch but rich enough to keep you full all afternoon long.
For dinner: Slow Cooker Kale and Sausage Soup
This is a hands-off soup that’s packed with filling, healthy and delicious ingredients.
For breakfast: Avocado Egg Bake
This is a rich breakfast dish that will make you happy that this is how the Whole30 Diet will help you lose weight.
For lunch: No-Mayo Chicken Salad
This salad is quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious despite having no mayo.
For dinner: Slow Cooker Carnitas
You won’t want Mexican takeout ever again after trying these savory slow cooker carnitas.
For breakfast: Salmon and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata
Make it once and freeze the rest for a healthy anytime breakfast option that’s Whole30 approved.
For lunch: Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Skip the bread and wrap up your meat the Whole30 way with these turkey taco lettuce wraps.
For dinner: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Throw the ingredients in in the morning and come home to one fine smelling house!
- Slow Cooker Skinny Applesauce
- Root Vegetable Salad
- Classic Guacamole
- Pomegranate (including frozen pomegranate seeds)
- Pineapple, Peach and Mint Salsa
- Baked Apple Chips
This yummy recipe has no added sugar, and offers only 82 calories per serving, as well as one gram of fat.
Give into your sweet tooth with these healthy coconut hava balls.
By plan ahead, we mean BE REAL. This is how the Whole30 Diet will help you lose weight, because you have to know that, no matter how many of these recipes inspire you, sometimes life will get in the way.
You’ll get stuck at a business lunch, pressured into a happy hour, invited over to that dinner at your dear friend’s house. Going all-in on the Whole30 doesn’t really permit going with the flow, so try and be proactive.
Tell your friend what’s going on, and either try to reschedule, or see if they’ll be willing to whip up something that works with your game plan. The recipes featured here may be “Whole30,” but they’re for everyone!
If you have to go to that happy hour, do some digging and check out your options on the menu prior to arriving by scoping it out online. Order up a seltzer with lime, and when asked, tell your co-workers you’re keeping it clean. Everyone can respect that!
Accept that you’re not perfect
If you have a slip up, just accept it, let it go, and by any means don’t give up. Keep in mind, day 1 starts over if and when there is a slip up.
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