A good friend of mine sent me this article called What I Tell My Patients About Belly Fat + How To Get Rid Of It. She said it basically sums up her Whole30 experience, and after reading it, it sums up my Whole30 experience too!
Whole30 is all about eating healthy and eliminating all that crazy excess sugar that can be found in virtually everything on grocery store shelves. It’s actually rather gross when you really think about it. Since starting Whole30, I have almost no sugar cravings, I don’t need to one of the many Americans who, according to the article, are “overdosing on sugar, consuming an average of 22 to 30 teaspoons each day.” And it’s pretty disgusting that I probably used to consume that much sugar… if not more! I know I drank a ton of Coke. Yum. That being said, no wonder I have all this lovely belly fat!
I’ve been doing the one hundred push ups training program (today was day 2), and it kind of makes me feel gross with my belly just “hanging out there” while I do my push ups. Like really gross feeling. And this article goes into quite a bit about getting rid of that fat, all things that Whole30 has already been helping me with (except the exercise, that’s on me and I just started).
The article mentions sleep. Something I’ve always had an issue with. Following the Whole30 program helps me sleep better! I wake up rested, refreshed, and energetic! It’s amazing! The Whole9Life website even has a whole section all about sleep that has some really good articles to read. When I started eating according to Whole30, I honestly didn’t believe that just eating right would make much of a difference. It totally does and I am a full believer now! I actually get about 8 solid hours of sleep a night. Seriously! It feels so good to wake up and not be dragging my feet, or feeling like I need to sleep another zillion hours. Not to mention, it is amazing how much I’ve been able to get done each day after a full night’s rest!
So back to the article. It basically says to lose the belly fat, we need to eat real food, manage stress, cut out food sensitivities, get 8 hours of deep sleep, and exercise regularly. Like I already mentioned, Whole30 can’t exercise for me (though it would be nice if it could, haha), but the rest has been pretty much taking care of itself, just by following the Whole30 program! It’s no joke, this program is magic… and thankfully we can keep it going after 30 days, just slowly reintroducing things one at a time… or not. I have no cravings for bread, so why reintroduce it? I also don’t think about sugar much anymore… so why would I want to go back to drinking a zillion grams of it in soda every day? My relationship with food has changed. And it rocks!
So here’s to continuing on my journey, adding in some exercise… bye bye belly fat!