The minute I went off the grain and sugars, the weight started falling off. My original goal was to hit 175 in 3 months. I prayed to eventually get to 170, but thought that wouldn't be sustainable for me. I blew past both those goals like a joke. I got into the low 150's yet maintained my muscle mass to the oz (using hydrostatic body fat test) . I went from 24% bf to 11% in 3 months and continue to see slow improvement - total scale loss 36 lbs.
The past 4 months have cut back working out significantly (due to work) but kept eating paleo/primal, while consciously increasing my fat and protein levels. Been able to maintain my scale weight without problem. At the end of my 90 day challenge, I had my blood work done and all my numbers were rock star status and blew away my Dr. He could not believe my triglycerides and HDL. My vitamin D also was off the charts good.
Other results - waist went from 36.5" to 31", shirts went from 16+" to 14.5". energy level, attitude, all increased. Chronic daily rotator pain (which was daily icing), disappeared. Decreased acne.
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Peer / family and social pressures were a constant challenge. After 7 months primal, people have finally started to leave me alone and quite trying to have me eat like them. (the blood work and bf% tests helps squash that crap)
What advice (if any) would you give to someone interested in trying a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet? Were there any obstacles that you overcame that could help future dieters?
I found it easiest to tell people that I think I have an allergy to grains and sugars. Since people all seem to be allergic to things (and don't question it anymore), people rarely give me stress. If you say you gave up bread and pasta and eat more meat, the lecturing begins.