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  1. NJdieter

    Day 27 and full of doubts

    I guess “eat more” works for some people. I just know that for me it didn’t work. I ended up in pant sizes larger for a while. Also I never really felt bad craving-wise, never bad issues in the beginning etc. I just gained weight.
  2. NJdieter

    Day 27 and full of doubts

    Chocolate is pretty awesome. In all seriousness, I wonder if you have inadvertently replaced the snacking calories with fat calories. That might explain why you aren’t having success. I switched to 2 meals/day because I found that I had to eat so much just to be satisfied, so the calories were adding up. Even now I feel like I could keep eating once I finish my breakfast and there are days (like today, for example) when dinner is a long way off. Yet intellectually I know I had a whole piece of chicken with a little guacamole and enough cauliflower rice and roasted asparagus to fill a 3c container, plus an apple afterwards. It probably doesn’t help that work is annoying me today.
  3. NJdieter

    Day 27 and full of doubts

    I was in the same boat as you for a long time. I also walk ~5 miles 5 days/week as part of my commute and try to do some kind of cardio on the weekends. My athletic performance definitely suffered while on whole30. I don’t know how much weight you had to lose to begin with but while most diets will be helpful for those who need to lose a lot of weight, those that don’t need to work a lot harder for those last 10 lbs. I finally worked out a compromise that seemed to at least stem the weight gain. No one is going to like this answer but this is what I found worked for me: 1. I can only eat 2 “whole30” meals/day (breakfast and dinner), not 3. Otherwise it is just too many calories, and no matter what people say calories do matter when it comes to gaining or losing weight. I consulted with a nutritionist and she said that unless you go on an extremely calorie restricted diet skipping lunches won’t kill your metabolism. 2. I can cook with fat (eg roasted veggies) but I can’t add much extra fat unless what I am eating is very lean. Again, it’s just too many calories that aren’t necessary. I can’t imagine eating a lot of full fat coconut milk, for example, even if I will put the reduced fat stuff in curries. Think about it - nuts are bad but full fat coconut milk is fine? Does that make sense to you? 3. Fresh fruit is fine in moderation. No one gets fat by eating an apple or two. 4. Whole30 will change your relationship with food and not always in a healthy way. I definitely became fearful of what I was eating and it took a lot of the joy out of life. On the other hand I now eat more cauliflower rice than I ever thought would be possible and actually enjoy it as much as plain rice. 5. The other thing to be wary of is how your body reacts to foods once you reintroduce them. Let’s just say that I have developed sensitivities to things that were never problematic in the past. It is so frustrating when you make this big effort and it feels like it was all for naught. Good luck!
  4. NJdieter

    Day 29 and Nothing

    Your experience sounds so much like mine. I think that for people with a lot of weight to lose and a very unhealthy (normal) diet this could be helpful. However I was reasonably healthy going into this and my Whole30 experience has left me worse off. Too much fat, too much meat, and not enough balance. I picked it because I liked the focus on real foods (vs prepackaged stuff at a Jenny Craig, for example), but I have had much more success in the past just cutting out sugar and flour and eating normally otherwise. For what it is worth I tried adding natural calm to help with insomnia and constapation as recommended - a full 2 tsp dose last night after 1 tsp didn’t help with anything and I was still up for hours but now with a huge headache. Fun times.
  5. NJdieter

    Day 7-insomina

    For what it is worth, today is day 23 for me and I have been awake between 1-4:30am almost every day since starting this program. I usually manage to fall asleep just in time for my 4:45am alarm. The tips in the article haven't helped and I don't drink coffee/anything else with caffeine either.
  6. NJdieter

    Still not working

    And coconut milk as a fat
  7. NJdieter

    Still not working

    All meals are the same (using leftovers for breakfast because eggs aren’t filling): Meat - mostly chicken 2-3 cups of roasted veggies, cauliflower rice, or other vegetables - including some starchy vegetables fat from ghee or avocado 0-2 servings of fruit with meals (apples or berries mostly) nuts once or twice a week if I need a change no snacks at all
  8. NJdieter

    Still not working

    The only positive I can say after this experience is that I have discovered that cauliflower rice makes an acceptable substitute for white rice.
  9. Today is day 20 and I have yet to see any of those “non-scale victories.” I’m not weighing myself but I can now comfortably fit into pants that were 2 sizes *larger* than where I started. My bras and underwear don’t fit anymore either. I’m sleeping terribly and my stomach feels awful after I eat because meat and fats just don’t sit that well with me. As a special bonus I have no athlethtic stamina either. Eg the day before I started I ran 6 miles comfortably. On Sunday I stopped before I hit mile 1. I am not snacking (I’m not particularly hungry) and am eating according to the template. 10 days left and I can’t wait to get back to my normal life.
  10. NJdieter

    Day 30 and disappointed!

    I'm in a similar boat - weight actually going up and no NSVs at all after day 13. I think that the idea that you didn't eat enough to lose weight is ridiculous. At the end of the day I think that this works for people who are eating a lot more calories than what they can reasonably manage on this diet (i.e. you're never going to replace the calories in carton of ice cream with a steak day in or day out). But if you are fairly healthy to begin with it is very easy to end up *worse* off than where you started by replacing healthy legumes and whole grains with full fat coconut milk and a lot more meat than you are used to. I'm sticking it out because I'm doing this to support my husband, but I can't help but be discouraged by this diet. Incidentally last year I just stopped eating refined carbs/sugar but didn't make any other changes to my diet and dropped about 15 lbs. I'm trying to take off the 5 lbs that I put on over the holidays and with post-holiday cookies. It's very clear that it isn't working.
  11. NJdieter

    I don’t know if it is worth it

    Hopefully. He is a huge foodie so seeing him so apathetic about eating is very disconcerting I’m still steadily gaining weight. Apparently eating all this fat and meat/eggs as a source of protein just isn’t working for me. I have yet to see any NSVs either but at least I’m not having cravings.
  12. Babies need a varied diet, and dairy and grains are very important for their development.
  13. NJdieter

    I don’t know if it is worth it

    I think I have figured out part of my husband's problem. He skipped lunch yesterday, skipped breakfast this morning, worked out this morning (cardio + strength training), and claims he isn't hungry for lunch either. No wonder he is miserable if he isn't eating!
  14. NJdieter

    I don’t know if it is worth it

    Thank you all for the advice. W/r/t my husband, I have no idea what he is - or isn't - eating during the week. I leave for work before he gets up and he comes home as I am getting ready for bed. There is food in the fridge but I can't control what he does with it. He isn't a big meat eater to begin with so this is a pretty radical departure for him. I'm cooking more Thai than usual and while Indian is a staple in our house already I made a couple of new coconut-based curries that were really delicious. We usually eat rice 4-5 days/week but I have been able to switch to cauliflower rice without missing a beat. My son also LOVES the 2 different versions of meatballs that we made last week (so much so that I will be buying 3lbs of ground chicken and 3lbs of ground turkey with the hopes that there might be some left over to take to work). I guess what I meant by "not experiencing any lows" is that this isn't hard for me *at all.* No real cravings and I'm no more hungry than I normally am (I do the same breakfast/lunch in an hour thing when not eating W30, it's just the way my body is I guess) so I just figure that it must not be doing anything to help. I was pretty proud of myself for going out to a burger place with my coworkers and ordering grilled salmon over greens with avocado on the side rather than the burger and fries that everyone else got. Someone offered me a fry and I wasn't even tempted. This is day 9 so as long as you (collectively) are pretty confident that this journey will end somewhere good I don't mind continuing along the path.
  15. NJdieter

    I don’t know if it is worth it

    Thanks for responding. I’m not sure why you think I’m not having enough food and especially enough fats. Curry is made with coconut milk and has protein in it and my eggs had avocado on them. As for the 8 hours between meals, i was still ravenous after eating the first half of my breakfast/lunch but by the time I ate the 2nd half a) I didn’t have any more food with me at work and b) I didn’t really need anything else until I got home anyway. Besides, if I added another meal wouldn’t that just made me gain even more weight unless the other meals are smaller? i have looked at the template and while my meals aren’t laid out with a protein in the middle and veggies around the side conceptually every one matches the idea of a big of protein, fat, and a lot of vegetables. I have also seen the timeline and am not really experiencing any of the highs or lows that it talks about. That’s why I’m so skeptical about the ability to actually see results and question whether all of this is worth it (for my husband) if I’m not going to.