‘The Paleo And Whole30 Diets Helped With My Pregnancy Weight Loss’ – Health News Today

I’m Caitlin L. (@thekindredginger), 36. I live in Northern California and am a mom. After giving birth to my daughter in 2014, I struggled with my post-pregnancy weight loss. At 260 pounds, I decided to make some major lifestyle changes and try the paleo and Whole30 diets. It was a marathon getting here, but I’ve lost 120 pounds and *never* felt better.


In December of 2014, I weighed around 260 pounds after my pregnancy. I thought shaking the baby weight would be easy—that maybe, at least some of it, would just melt away. But instead, my weight was constantly yo-yoing. I knew I was worthy of more when it came to my mental and physical health.

At around six months postpartum, I got realistic and decided to come up with a plan of major lifestyle changes that would help me lose weight for good. I was determined this time. I owed it to my daughter to show her what a strong and healthy woman looked and acted like.

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I knew that I had to be very careful about the healthy eating approach I chose this time around.

After years of attempting diets and fasting, then failing and gaining back weight I’d lost, I knew I needed to find a healthy way of eating to last a lifetime.

I began by eating paleo and had success with that. I was able to maintain eating that way most of the time for about a year, ultimately losing 110 pounds. Then I switched to the Whole30 diet—and doing it changed my life.

While doing Whole30, I discovered food intolerances I didn’t know existed, I learned how to cook with foods and ingredients that were delicious and ultra-nutritious, and I had so many other non-scale victories. I also lost 10 more pounds, making my weight loss a total of 120 pounds in two years.

Here’s what I typically eat in a day.

Most days, I eat three meals a day that are comprised of half a plate of non-starchy (mostly green) vegetables, a quarter plate of potatoes, and quarter plate of protein. All I have to do is swap out the proteins.

  • Breakfast: Eggs or egg whites with veggies and potatoes.
  • Lunch: Chicken or turkey with veggies and potatoes.
  • Dinner: Pork, beef, or fish with veggies and potatoes.
  • Snack: I love chips and salsa!

    Sometimes I add in bit of fat to my meals in the form of dressings, oils, and sauces. But my motto is: everything in moderation. So when the opportunity comes up for a pizza or burger and fries, I eat it and enjoy it! But I don’t indulge all the time, and I make it worth it when I do.

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    Before I was pregnant and gained the weight, I worked out occasionally—usually just running and doing bodyweight exercises.

    The issue was, I did…