Whole30: Results (round 2)

I’m finally done with round 2 of Whole30!

Whole30 Results round 2

I have mixed feeling about Whole30 round 2… I just feel so worn out. The last time I did Whole30 I was full of energy and felt like celebrating on Day 30 but now I just feel like: It’s over, it’s finally over!

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If you want to know how I got to this point, you might want to take a look at my weekly reports first:

Whole30: Start
Whole30: Week 1
Whole30: Week 2
Whole30: Week 3

You can also read about my results and feelings on round 1 of Whole30:

Whole30: The first 15 days
Whole30: Results (round 1)
Whole30: Afterthoughts

I didn’t feel like I lost that much weight this time so I was very nervous about stepping on the scale this morning. I knew there was no way I had lost more than a couple of pounds or kilos. I was already cursing this blog and my weekly reports – I’d have no choice but to publish my results even if there weren’t any!

Everyone wants to know the results, so I’ll go straight to that:

Whole30 round 2 results

Day 1 (January 1, 2016)

Weight 81,9 kg (180 lbs)
BMI 26,4
Fat percentage 41,8 %
Muscle percentage 24,7 %
Visceral fat 6

Day 30 (January 30, 2016)

Weight 78,3 kg (173 lbs)
BMI 25,3
Fat percentage 43,1 %
Muscle percentage 22,7 %
Visceral fat 6

I used my Omron scale:

Whole30 measurements
My Omron scale measurements

I have such mixed feelings about these results! I mean, I lost 3,6 kg / 8 pounds – that’s more than I expected.

However, take a look at my fat and muscle percentages! I’m really upset about them. And this time I actually did some exercise as well. Not as much as I hoped but a whole lot more than I did when I did Whole30 the first time. Grrr.

Whole30 Before and after pictures

And here are my before and after pictures:

whole30 before and after

I really don’t like the fact that the lighting is so different in these pictures but I didn’t know how to change it.

I’m not noticing a lot of difference. I think my stomach looks a little bit better in the “after” pictures, especially in the one that’s taken from the front. I still don’t like the way I look from the back.

I think I’ll have to remember the big picture. This is what I’ve achieved in two years:

That's me two years ago... and today

This picture makes me feel so good. And it’s a great reminder on why it is so important to track your weight loss journey, in pictures as well. I don’t feel like my body has changed so much, but this picture proves me wrong.

On Whole30 round two

Whole30 round 2 was very different from round 1.

When I did Whole30 the first time I was so excited. Everything was new, all the feelings and changes I saw… It was very motivating and I really wanted to give it everything I got.

This time I just didn’t get to the flow I felt the first time. It’s just not the same:

You know what’s happening, you’re eating the same food. And at least I just got really bored and was seriously hoping this would be over soon.

Oh gosh, I just read what I’ve written… This sounds far worse than I actually feel 🙂

The truth is that I am glad I did Whole30 again. I lost some weight, my skin feels a lot smoother and I have felt that I have a bit more energy.

Are you considering doing Whole30 again?

I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who started Whole30 on January 1. And some of them are considering doing Whole30 again. Here’s my advise:

I think you have two options:

  • Continue without taking any time off – make it Whole60
  • Take some (several months) time off and start again later in the spring.

Do not take a week off and try to start again. It will be too difficult. I tried to do it (earlier last year) and failed. After just a week off (if you go back to eating dairy, grains and sugar that week) you will get all the same cravings when you start Whole30 again that you did on round 1 and you will find it very difficult to motivate yourself to go though the same battles all over again.

I didn’t have enough determination at that point. I thought it would be easy having just finished Whole30 but it seriously wasn’t.

So either continue without taking a break – you’re feeling great, why end it? Or take a few months off and do it again later with better determination.

What will I do from now on?

I’ve still got some weight to lose – and my body fat percentage is as horrible as it ever was (I mean, I don’t understand how it can be so high!).

I’m not going  to change the food that I eat radically now that Whole30 is over. I’m just going to tweak my diet a bit and move towards primal diet. And I’ve got to start exercising more!

Primal diet allows me to have a glass of red wine every now and then and even some dairy products are allowed if your body can handle them – I can’t wait to have some goat’s cheese and Manchego! I think primal diet is the best paleo choice in the long run.

If you haven’t heard about the primal diet before, here’s what it’s all about:

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge
Learn more at Mark’s Daily Apple.

I’m not going to do the 21 day challenge, I’ll just try to eat more according to this plan in the future.

Did you just finish Whole30? How did you do?

Have you tried Whole30, primal or other paleo diets or are you planning to?

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