Your wedding is quickly approaching…
And although you may have had the best of intentions to eat well and exercise often to lose weight for your wedding, ultimately, these tasks got placed on the backburner while you spent most of your time and energy planning and perfecting the nuances of your special day.
With a couple months – or less – before you walk down the aisle, you may think that the best approach is a quick-fix, restrictive dietary approach that will yield fast results in little time.
One such diet that is very popular among brides seeking wedding weight loss is the Whole30 Diet. In this article, Registered Dietitian and Founder of Fit In Your Dress – Brides, breaks down the Whole30 in detail, shares the pros, and cons, and provides his final take on the fad diet that’s taken the U.S. by storm the past couple of years.
What Is The Whole30 Diet?
Whole30 is a 30-day clean-eating plan based on eating whole foods. The purported benefits of the Whole30 Diet include improving skin conditions, allergies, gut disturbances, and whole-body inflammation that are thought to be related to eating processed foods and those marked as “off-limits” outlined below. And, of course, the significant underlying reason most pursue this diet is to lose weight, which often yields the aforementioned benefits.
While following the Whole30 program, the following foods are “off-limits:”
- Any “fake” treats recreated from approved ingredients
The focus during this 30-day span is on eating lean meat and seafood, eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits (avocado is a fruit), oils, nuts, and seeds. There’s also an emphasis on foods with very few ingredients – each of which is pronounceable – and on foods without an ingredient list because they’re wholesome and unprocessed.
Pros of the Whole30 Diet
The focus on healthful, nutrient-dense foods is a clear standout to this approach. A unique advantage to this approach, however, is that it discourages stepping on the scale and measuring portions.
Psssttt…right click and open this blog in a new tab to learn what the research says about optimal weigh-in frequency for long-term weight maintenance!
The former is a major pain point and emotional trigger for many, whereas the latter is part of many popular diets that are unsustainable. By eliminating both behaviors, it’s likely that a participant’s stress levels will be reduced, which may further enhance the way they feel as they continue to nourish their bodies with the appropriate foods.
Cons of the Whole30 Diet
The obvious downfall of this approach is that it doesn’t necessarily set you up for long-term success.
What if your more than 30 days our from your wedding?
The creators of Whole30 suggest that you eat a “Whole30-ish” diet after completing your first 30 days and tell you to expect sugars, grains, dairy, and more to creep back into your diet. They state, “it’s okay that they do.”
Furthermore, there’s a lack of portion control. Although the focus is on nutrient dense foods, it’s still very possible to not experience weight loss, or, worse, to gain weight, by eating too many foods, no matter how healthy they are. When you consider a tablespoon of peanut butter or a half of an avocado, both of which are healthy fats and absolutely delicious, each provides hundreds of calories, it’s easy to see how this focus can make weight loss for your wedding challenging.
Without proper education about how to develop sustainable eating habits, the Whole30 Diet doesn’t separate itself from any other 30-day challenges, despite its good intentions and popularity.
We strongly encourage you to avoid this approach when trying to lose weight for your wedding…
Research has shown that over 80 percent of people who lose weight regain it within 12 months – the Whole30 Diet is fueling this trend. And furthermore, popular, quick-fix wedding diets have been shown to further enhance the rate of rapid weight regain and to set brides up for long-term yo-yo dieting and binge eating behaviors.
Pssttt…want to learn what REALLY happens to your mind and body when you commit to a restrictive, quick-fix diet? Then you need to read our blog post, The Long-Term Impact Of Your Pre-Wedding Crash Diet (right click and open a new tab to read later).
Take a long-term approach and develop a foundation of healthy eating habits.
Yes, we know: easier said than done.
But no matter where you are in your wedding journey, there’s no better place to start than now. But don’t take our word for it, look at what Jamie, Julie, Morgan, Julie, Shely, and Kaila were able to accomplish in 2017.
- If you want to look and feel your best on your special day…
- If you want to look and feel your best for the many years to come…
- If you want to feel confident navigating portions and fueling your body appropriately…
- If you want to feel sexy and confident in your skin…
Then it’s time to commit to a personalized Wedding Weight-Loss Nutrition Plan that’s hand-crafted by Registered Dietitian and Founder, Paul Salter, today! And as a special thank you for reading our blog, use the code “BLOG10” (no quotes) at checkout to save 10%!
You deserve it.