I would like to start with myself and show the differences it has made in my life and health. I have seen my own roller coaster of weight gains and losses. I have been as high as 217 pounds and back down to 175 pounds, and then to see my weight shoot back up over 200, all of which is tough on my 5 foot 7 inch frame. My ability to over exercise and not over consume calories seemed to be the only manageable possibility. It appeared I would have to constantly be under even the recommended amount of calories or my weight would soar. I had my blood work done for health insurance purposes to find my triglycerides and my cholesterol above of the recommended levels, and I was still in my mid-twenties at the time. I ended up needing my gall bladder surgically removed after dealing with almost ten years of gall bladder attacks. April 2009 I decided to get serious after my wife Erin decided to try the HCG diet. I figured I could do something similar just a bit more calories and see if I could get my weight down as well. I did lose weight, but my strength was decreasing as fast, if not faster, than the pounds. I decided to research and find a better way to lose weight, without giving up what muscle I had. I stumbled onto what is called the Paleo diet. It was completely against what I had learned in school, but the information made a lot of sense to me. Researching well over 12 books, multiple documentaries, podcasts, and video lectures, I felt I had found the key. Mainstream wisdom would call it pseudo-science or a fad diet. If this is a fad diet, it is the oldest and most successful fad diet the world has ever seen.
I am enjoying food, better health, and am at a weight I have not seen since my teens. My weight is at 170 pounds and I am as strong as I was with forty more pounds on me. I can eat without all the stomach problems that I had in the past. No more bloated, heart burned filled indigestion spent after every meal. My pant size is down from a 34 to a 30, and I dont have to spend hours in the gym to see results. Usually lifting once to twice a week and running a few times a week.
Pictures: Before 217 lbs VS After 162lbs
The new Ricky.
Being prepared daily so there are no excuses for cheating. Having the Kids and wife to eat the same way.
Knowledge of why it is a better lifestyle. To much bad advice in the media is a problem. Being able to convince loved ones of the importance.