Day 15 to Day 21 nothing really changed. Most times I ate a bit more in the morning so that I wouldn’t feel ravenous when lunch came along what worked really well. My belly is bloated every day like last week what disturbed me a bit. After a bit of reading in the “Whole30”-book I discovered that this is a normal reaction at this stage I’m currently in:
Here are some very normal (although not super pleasant) symptoms you may experience on the Whole30, especially in the first 14 days.
- Headaches (dull)
- Brain fog
- General malaise
- Mild digestive issues (bloating, irregularity)
These are particularly common if, pre-Whole30, you’ve been eating a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), are coming off a major Carb-a-Palooza binge (starring Sugar ‘n Gluten), or have been following conventional health and fitness recommendations to eat lots of whole grains and low-fat-everything every two hours, six times a day.
In addition, if you have an autoimmune or chronic health condition, it’s not unusual for your specific symptoms (arthritic joints, psoriasis, fatigue, etc.) to get worse before they get better.”
Here you can find more about what is and isn’t normal while on the Whole30!
But I can tell you: My weight and inches dropped big times which is amazing!
(-4 kg/-8,8 lb and -3 cm/-1,2 inches on the waist after Week 2)
After week 3 my body seems to be more toned although I didn’t exercise a lot. My current “routine” consists of 5 hours walking (sometimes dancing when I don’t want to walk) per week which isn’t that much. I noticed this effect the last time I did the Whole30, too! The Whole30-team explains that most of the weight lost in the beginning comes from water.
Weight loss on a low-carb diet
Glucose is stored with lots of water in a molecule called glycogen. With other diet regimes glycogen levels fluctuate just a little because when some of it is used as fuel it will be restored with the next meal. The switch from glucose as energy source to fat (which happens on a low-carb diet) depletes the glycogen stores and the water is no longer needed. (source)
When weight is lost on other diets the glycogen will be diminished, too. Therefore water weight is lost – but not as much as on a low-carb diet!
After week 3 I’ve lost:
-5,1 kg/-11,24 lb
-6 cm/-2,36 inches on the waist
-5 cm/-1,97 inches on the hip
-3 cm/-1,18 inches on the bottom
-5 cm/-1,97 inches on the chest (only downside 😉 )
Btw I’m 1,75 m/5 ft 9 inches and started with a weight of 80,4 kg/177,25 lb (just to put this into perspective).