NO TRANSITION PERIOD
These subjects did not transition into their paleo or low carb diet at all.
n = 2,110
TWO DAY TRANSITION
These subjects transitioned for 1-2 days into their paleo or low carb diets.
n = 186
TWO WEEK TRANSITION
Subjects transitioned for 1-2 weeks into their paleo or low carb diets.
n = 367
ACNE & SKIN
"A dry skin condition I had since high school cleared up."
"30 days later [after starting] and I had lost about 30lbs, I wasn't chronically oedematous, my skin had cleared up, I had more energy than ever and my mood had brightened considerably."
"I feel healthier, have much improved skin, less congestion, and feel like I am reducing my body's stress. I used to get cold sores regularly, and when I went to the dermatologist and asked why I get them she told me that my body was stressed. Well, I didn't know why that would be because I always thought I ate healthy. I haven't had an outbreak since I started this diet."
"My knees and hips, which always ached, but I ignored had stopped hurting. My skin cleared up. Amazing!"
"Clearer skin, reduction in exzema/dermatitis."
"My hair was dry, my skin was flaky and spotty, nails brittle, and I was pretty much always exhausted. I can't remember how I found Paleo, but I was doing some researching online and found other people who had been living like I had been and feeling the same way until they dropped the sugar, grains, processed everything, etc. So I tried it and it was amazing...my hair/skin/nails improved even more."
"My skin cleared up (used to get cystic acne)."
"Decrease in acne on face and back"
"I have had severe acne since 5th grade and still medically treated at age 40 -- now i am off all treatment and rarely have acne; my skin is the least oily in my life (on a high fat diet)"
"I also had really bad acne. Chronic eczema too, which I was prescribed anti-inflammatory steroids for. I also got sick at least once a month...Once I cut out grains, sugars, beans, and vegetable oils completely from my diet, I noticed immediate positive changes in my health AND body composition!... My acne cleared up. I spent more time in the sun. I dropped all the prescription meds."
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"Then I read Gary Taubes and eliminated all grains (including a daily large dose of wheat germ) and started consuming much more fat, esp. animal and dairy fat. Amazed myself by reducing to 115 pounds (what I weighed as a 15-year-old) in less than a month. After a year, I am still at that weight, and my BMI is about 19. I used to have terrible arthritis pain in my wrists, but the pain is now completely gone. (I credit giving up wheat germ for that.) One of the down-sides is that I realize exercise does not help keep my weight down."
"I am a middle aged woman who bought the low fat thing entirely. I was always hungry! I got interested in eating locally for political reasons, then a friend told me about paleo. Though I'd give it a try. It certainly cured the "always hungry" problem and I've been slowly losing fat, about a pants size in 6 months. I've also mainly kicked my antacid habit. I've NOT had any miraculous recession of arthritis or disappearance of sleep issues, yet I don't feel like giving up the way of eating."
"My first intro to the paleo diet was from nutrition presentation given at an ADHD counseling center that my older daughter goes to. Thought it was a bit crazy but made sense in a lot of ways so was willing to research further. My research led me to realize that this may be the perfect diet for my younger daughter who was suffering from chronic debilitating headaches that I strongly suspected related to food sensitivites. While both girls were at overnight camp, I tried the diet on myself. Almost immediately I had more energy, arthritis was gone and year round allergies gone. I was gone."
"At the age of 30 my doctor was telling me that I had arthritis in both knees and if I didn't lose weight I was headed for the same heart disease that plagued my father's family...I spent the next couple of years trying everything I knew to lose weight, eating "healthy" - three meals a day following the almighty food pyramid, cutting out sweets, restricting calories to the point that I was constantly starving, just aching for my next meal...More than a year later [after starting the Primal Blueprint] I still weigh 170, and still have more energy than anyone else I know at my age. My doctor no longer worries about heart disease, and I have no pain at all in my knees. I am free to play with my growing kids, and enjoy life without anything holding me back."
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"But more than just the energy levels there was the alleviation in my lifelong IBS. And the fuzzy headed feeling that I would get often where it was an act of will to focus my eyes or speak without slurring, usually in mid afternoon but even at other times of the day."
"The thing that did change significantly is my digestion. I was probably borderline IBS, and it's all gone now. Same for my allergies, which disappeared the moment I stopped dairy (except butter)."
"Improved digestion and bowl movements and IBS symptoms gone."
"IBS symptoms were gone and was able to come off of 3 different prescription drugs for my IBS."
"I then read a lot of other Paleo books and liked what I read in The Primal Blueprint. Got his cookbook as well and follow it for the most part, still kind of Neanderthin as well. They're not diametrically opposed. I did it mainly for the IBS and to drop my blood sugar and was shocked when after a couple of weeks I'd dropped 10 pounds. And my blood sugar has dropped from 6.1 to 4.8 at last measure. My IBS hasn't been cured but it's lots better and hopefully it'll come around as well."
"IBS episodes much less frequent."
"IBS gone, eczema gone."
"I've had IBS all my life. While on chemo for ovarian cancer, I developed ulceritive colitis. I was treated for it by my GI doctor. After taking many expensive drugs that did no good, I stopped all drugs and looked on the Internet to see if I could find a solution. My energy level was still very low and I was having daily bleeding. I found that some people had good results with the Paleo diet so I tried it. After just three days the bleeding stopped and has not returned. I didn't plan to lose weight, that just happened. I'm not sure what I will tell my oncologist as she will think the cancer has returned and caused me to lose weight."
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The vast majority of registry members report not being hungry between meals when they consume a diet high in protein, fats and vegetables, while low in grains, flour, and sugar. This is likely the most consistent finding in the registry, and supports the general findings of related clinical trials.
"After a lifetime of being overweight... through childhood, the teen years, my twenties, thirties, and forties,... finally, at the age of 55, I experienced a "normal" appetite on a low carb diet. For all of those decades I "overate" because I was hungry...It certainly is NOT a problem of weak willpower."
"At the age of 48 I easilty lost 40 lbs 9 years ago over 9 months on a carb restricted diet, and a further more gradual (but effortless) 10 lbs one year ago when I stopped eating even small amounts of wheat after figuring out that is was the cause of 25 years of GERD (dyspepsia.) I have always been active, even when overweight. I always felt hungry and/or had carb cravings with other diets or even when not dieting (ie, gaining wt)."
"I got most all of my health benefits, getting off blood pressure medicine and such, before I lost any weight at all. And I didn't lose any weight the first month. But I sure pigged out. It's amazing I didn't gain weight, that first month. I never went hungry. I always ate plenty of fatty foods to keep me satisfied. I stopped losing weight after 6 months, however, and I'm still hovering on my plateau, a year later."
"Many who see my weight loss tell me how hard it must have been, but I tell them it wasn't. On the reduced carbo diet, I am almost never hungry. Because of my work schedule, I have no time for exercise and all of the weight loss has been through the change in diet."
"Eating low-carb saved my health; I reversed some early diabetic neuropathy, and went from an obese lump of misery to an active Mum again. I never ever went hungry; and maintaining the weight over the last 7 years has been straightforward. My blood glucose readings are normal - not a cure for diabetes; but a brilliantly easy way of controlling it."
"Frankly - besides difficulty finding the proper types of food to eat that are readily available, this way of living is wonderful. I'm in great shape and am rarely hungry. I want to help as many people as I can."
"Since February, Ive lost 20 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of lean muscle. I eat more and better tasting food than I did while on Weight Watchers (which I had been on for 9 years). The biggest change, though, has been that I no longer am obsessed with food, nor am I hungry every few hours. My carb-induced cravings have disappeared, and for the first time in my life, I feel free. Its transformative."
"Giving up grains and legumes on January 1, 2011, was easy with no side-effects. Six weeks later I noticed my clothes were getting baggy. I got on the scale and had lost 12 lbs. I noticed I was never hungry- no snacks and two meals per day usually at 7:00 am and 4-5:00 pm."
"I was never hungry; If I was busy, I could actually forget to eat. I felt an amazing mental clarity, which is hard to describe. These things reassured me that I was doing something right."
"Since the new year i have been cooking more Paleo but allow for cheeses and yogurt. I am excited to cook healthy foods with veggies and meats we picked up at the local farmers market grown by locals!! I feel better than ever and am hardly ever hungry. In fact I can go w/o eating for more than half the day if I decide i want to fast or something."
"I was amazed how quickly my body adjusted to the new way of eating. In previous attempts to lose weight I had gone on low-fat, calorie-restricted diets that are based on 'mainstream' advice for weight loss. I would always be hungry and feel fatigued, and could never resist 'cheating' on my diets. On the low-carb diet, I rarely get hungry between meals and never feel fatigued. I weigh myself once a week. By the end of the first full month on the diet, I had lost twenty pounds."
"I stepped on the scale and got a reading of 399. I might be the only guy in the world who has ever been happy to see 399 on a scale. I have found Protein Power to be easy to follow and today weighed in at 304...I still have a way to go in order to meet my goal, but I have gotten this far without working out much or ever going hungry."
"I ate an extremely low calorie diet for perhaps two years. I didn't follow any particular plan, I just avoided empty calories and counted calories carefully, limiting myself to about 1000 calories per day. I didn't eat an obsessively low-fat diet and I ate a lot of carbs I thought were healthy - rice, whole grain bread, potatoes. I was hungry all the time; I obsessed about food to the point that I planned every meal for several days in advance. I felt cold much of the time, especially at night. In addition, I fasted many weekends. Doing this, I was able to get down to a 34 inch waist."
"[My] diet roughly followed the normal USDA recommended guidelines with a few things missing and I consumed about 1800 calories per day on average, while not including exercise I typical would burn 2300 calories on an average day. This worked and resulted in 60 pounds of weight loss though I felt like crap and was hungry all the time and of that weight at least several lbs. were lost in muscle."