Going Primal turned out to be much easier than I thought. I had plenty of energy & wasn't hungry between meals. I discovered a lot of new foods (kale, brussel sprouts, sardines, herring) & really got into my meals. The results came quick too. I lost 8 pounds in two weeks & closed out March down 16 pounds, winning the bet easily. I dropped another 9 pounds in April to reach my goal of 180 pounds! One interesting thing to note is that I now exercise much less stressfully than I did pre Primal. Instead of five Spin classes per week, I walk or do slow cardio on an elliptical. I still like lifting weights at night, but often substitute his Primal essential movements (pushups, planks, squats & pullups).
My physical then came in May. I was ready to argue statin use with my doctor, but never got the chance. My blood work improved so much that he said I could come off my statin. My HDL went up 15 points, which is huge!
Back in May I hired Mark Sisson's writing partner Brad Kearns to come to speak to my company about Primal. We now have dozens of colleagues going Primal.
As of this writing (August 1), I'm still at my goal weight, whcih means three months of good maintenance. My only regret is that I waited until I was 47 years old before learning how wrong the Standard American Diet is.
Live long, drop dead & Grok on!
Giving up Paninis
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?
No. I went into it striving to be 100% compliant & did so until i hit my goal weight. Now I'm about 85% compliant.
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