Welcome to Edition Three of “Popular Diets and WLS” – The Whole 30®
What is the “Whole 30” Diet?
The Whole 30® is a trademarked program and more can be found on their website as well as the published book.
The website states the “rules” of the program as this:
Eat real food
Avoid for 30 days:
added sugar (real or artificial)
no legumes (ex: beans, lentils, peanuts)
no baked goods, junk foods or treats with “approved” ingredients
do not step on the scale for all 30 days
The Whole 30® challenges people to give this style of eating a try for just 30 days to know for themselves how much better they will feel. It does have some restrictions that are perhaps more strenuous than the bariatric diet – but certainly fits goals and guidelines for a post-op patient.
The foods you ARE encoruaged to enjoy include meats, seafood, eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit, natural fats, spices and seasonings. Every one of which is approved for a post-bariatric surgery patient.
If anything, this diet requires MORE of you than the post-op diet many programs recommend such as avoiding dairy and foods with no processed ingredients at all.
The website includes several other books and eating plans. The time I spent reading about the program and sifting through their website – if a patient came to me asking about this eating plan, I would approve it for most all patients. Not unlike the Vegan diet, it does ask for extra measure of planning and time grocery shopping to find products that are approved and appropriate.
Final thoughts: When is a meal plan that focuses on lean protein and fresh vegetables a bad idea?? For post-ops, it’s a great fit. Finding recipes that are “Whole 30” approved are often going to line up with the bariatric diet.
This may be a great way to get back on track. Using the 30 days to get really “cleaned up” and perhaps at the end of the 30 days you could slowly re-incorporate things like reduced fat cheese if needed but staying off high carb and high sugar foods. The danger in a “30 day diet” is that it turns into a yo-yo or fad diet but as “they say” it takes 30 days to make a habit so it may be the time you need to get back in your groove.
Things to watch – too many healthy fats that can increase caloric intake pretty quickly. Also watch if it’s causing too much stress in your life that you’re back to an “on and off” lifestyle of eating healthy. Choose an eating plan that fits your lifestyle and feels the most realistic to stick with long-term. Only you know what that might be.
In the end- the bariatric diet that will lead to success is to focus on a ratio of 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbohydrates in your diet. Using MyFitnessPal will help you know where you are with you ratios. And this blog will show you how to use MyFitnessPal.
Whether you use a Whole 30® approach or one with a few changes to fit your own needs – make it something that can last!
All my best in health,
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