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Truth told, my biggest aim w W30 was weight loss even though I'm not over weight. I drink easily a gallon of water per day. I work out 5 days per week. This includes an hour of cardio and 30 min weight lifting two times per week I follow that up with tabatas. I'm 5'9" and 160. I haven't lost any weight so far, day 14. (I know I'm not supposed to weigh but I'm OCD w the scale)

Sample menu (today's meals)


2 cups black coffee

Food cooked w 2 tlbs coconut oil

2 eggs scrambled (one was a double yolk, good luck)

Half sweet potato topped w coconut butter and red chili powder

One grapefruit half cup blueberries


6 dates, 2 tlbs almond butter


Sautéed beet greens, about a cup sautéed in coconut oil

2 med sized meat balls

1 cup home made marinara sauce w mushrooms


1 bottle kombucha


6 oz sirloin steak cut up and served on a salad

Salad: beet greens, romaine, cucumbers, one med beet, one avocado, home made Cesar dressing (evoo, lemon juice, garlic, anchovies)


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The rule to not weigh yourself applies specifically to you! Stop getting on the scale.


You are not eating enough. Your meals are too small. Way too small! You cannot lose weight when you under eat like this because your metabolism slows down and you burn less fat than if you were eating adequate amounts to nourish your body. Ultimately, you can starve yourself down by under eating, but most people break the starvation cycle with binges, so you cannot get lean like this.


The meal template is your guide to how much you should be eating: http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf


Make all your meals fit the meal template and things will start going better for you. If you have been eating so little for 14 days, you will need more than another 16 days to achieve real success. You have to eat enough along the way.


Drinking a gallon of water is perfect if you weigh 128 pounds. The standard we recommend is 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight per day. 

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Tom is absolutely right. I am 5'9" and 200 lbs. and don't work out at ALL and I eat twice as much as you and have lost weight on whole30 and afterwards so long as I mostly stick to the template. Right now I'm doing AIP which is more restrictive than whole30 and I probably eat 2200-2400 calories a day, everything coated in healthy fats and I'm slowly but steadily losing weight. (started at 216 before my last whole30 in January)


Also, I think you should seriously look at why you want to lose weight. 5'9" and 160 pounds is a very healthy weight. You seem very active, so why do you feel like you need to lose weight? If you want more muscle definition and/or get rid of little pockets of flab here and there, then building more muscle is the way to go and you need to eat more and might even need to gain some weight for that. 



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See I feel like my portions are huge. My plate is full, there is no way I could eat a larger meal, I'd be too full. That's one thing I'm loving about the whole30, never having that over stuffed full feeling that carbs give you.

In re readings original post, I over stated my exercise routine. I usually work out 4 days not 5 and my cardio sessions are 50 minutes.

That's for the input. I appreciate it. Anyway you look at it, weight loss or not, I feel great and am glad I'm doing W30!

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depending on the size of your meatballs and the volume of your dinner salad and amount of dressing you put on it, your lunch and dinner aren't too bad, but your breakfast is a lot of fruit and 2 eggs is not enough. I eat 3-4 eggs for breakfast when I used to eat them. (eggs are not allowed on AIP) You should eat as many eggs as you can hold in your hand. i'd also replace some or all of the fruit with veg. You could make an omelette with peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach, whatever. Or just scramble it all together (lazy person's omelette!)


You can have fruit on a whole30, but a whole grapefruit plus half a cup of berries is a lot all at once. Maybe split that up over the day instead of all at breakfast. 


You should try not to snack if you can help it, but if you find you really are hungry between meals, make sure your snacks are mini meals with a fat, a protein (meat) and veggies, not just sugar bombs dates and almond butter. Also, kombucha is a great probiotic, but I find it upsets my stomach if I don't drink it with a meal. Even if it doesn't upset yours, I feel like you get more probiotic bang for your buck if you drink it with a meal so the bacteria in the kombucha can go to work on some food right away. It's also got some sugar in it and can cause a blood sugar spike if you drink it by itself.

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