Whole30 Day 4
I’m on Day 4 of the Whole30 diet program. Still feeling really good and so far don’t miss the sugar that I’ve removed from my life. I do feel better. I’m not as achy but that could be partially due to the warmer weather we’ve been having now that spring is here. As I document my experience with the Whole30 I wonder how others fare? I have poked around in the forums on the Whole30 website but haven’t joined in yet. I just haven’t had time and as of right now haven’t needed the support to overcome a temptation. It’s nice to know it’s there when I need it.
And let’s face it, I will need support on this diet at some point. Currently I’m getting by on willpower and excitement about losing weight, getting healthier and looking better but that will wear thin at some point and the snacks and other sugary treats that I still keep in the house for the kids will start calling.
I’ve been on enough diets to know how this works.
Having said that I am doing the Whole30 with my son’s girlfriend so we push each other to stay on track. I’ve never dieted with someone else before unless you call trying to become anorexic or bulimic with all the other girls in junior high as dieting together. Having been extremely successful at the latter I can say I don’t recommend that method.
Dieting is hard, especially for someone who needs to lose more than just a few pounds. If you’ve struggled with weight issues your whole life you know what I mean. Someone who wants to lose a couple of pounds so they can fit into their wedding dress or look great for a high school reunion don’t know the struggles of those who have an eating disorder.
And yes, over eating is an eating disorder. Most of us who diet are trying to balance a healthy lifestyle against a serious eating disorder. We cut back food, hopefully just enough to lose weight and stay on track. The problem is, if you have a lot to lose seeing the scale move only a pound or two each week can be discouraging. We want to see a big difference with that number on the scale and the only way to do that is to deny yourself more than you normally would.
Eating a few less calories each day is a sensible way to lose weight but most people who want to lose weight will at some point try to game the system and lose more. There’s no reason you can’t lose more weight per day or week, it’s just very difficult to maintain without developing some kind of eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia.
The Whole30 is different because you aren’t restricted on how much you can eat. You don’t have to feel hungry and you don’t have to feel guilty because you don’t feel hungry.