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April 13, 2012

Beat the Creep: Gradual Weight Gain Stopped and Reversed

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Hi my name is Mauricio Sada-Paz and I was born 37 years ago in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. I have been in banking for 14 years and have always been very athletic. However, every year my weight was gradually going up. I initially simply tried to increase the distance I was running still mixing it up with weights. When this did not work I decided to train for two marathons and dropped the weight training. In 2010 I ran the London and NY marathon, yet my weight stayed in the 99-100 kgs area (~220 lbs). I am 192 cms (6′ 3″) tall so I did not look overweight, but I did not look like a fit marathon runner despite running NY under 3:30. The first picture with me on the boat is in April 2010 only 4 days before I ran the London Marathon.

In 2011 I did not train for any marathons as I was starting a new job and my weight continued to increase. I peaked after New Year’s 2011 (second pic below) in the 107-108 kgs area (~238 lbs) after having had my wife’s family and then my own family visit for the holidays. I knew something was wrong when I ran 7 days, 15 kilometres every day during the holidays and my weight was still going up. Clearly I was eating and drinking wine, but still I should not have been going up at that pace. When I spoke to my boss about it, he said do not worry…I have the right solution for you. Simply read PRIMAL BLUEPRINT by Mark Sisson and the fat will just melt off. I trusted him as he is a super fit cyclist who has his body fat down to 6%.

I ran to my iPad and bought the book on the 9th of January 2012. Ever since that date I have only deviated from the diet on one day when I ate a burrito with tortilla, black beans and rice. I felt so bloated and gassy afterwards that this will not happen again. My weight has plummeted. By the end of January I was already at 102 kgs (~225 lbs) and by the end of February I was at 97 kgs (~213 lbs). At the end of March I touched a low of 92.9 kgs (~204 lbs) with 16.8% body fat.

I have not only changed my diet but I have also changed my workout routine. I stopped running so much and now only run once or twice a week to commute back from work, but never get above 75% of my max heart rate. In addition I have started lifting weights once a week. In order to comply with Mark’s recommended sprints or interval training I started doing the INSANITY workout videos which are very good the rest of the week.

So I now have a six pack for the first time since I was at Georgetown 15 years ago and my face looks 10 years younger (no longer like a model for Botero, the Colombian artist who paints obese grain fed people). I had my tailor come to my house two days ago so I could buy a new suit and alter my other two. These are suits from 2010 when I ran both marathons. In waist measurements I have gone from 38.5 inches to 35.5 inches. However it is more extreme when you compare 3 trousers I bought from Hugo Boss in November 2011. They were 40L. On Sunday I went to buy three new ones and they were 36L!!!

I do not consider the Primal Blueprint to be a diet but more a way of life, as I do not experience any hunger and eat everything I like except for a few things. I still drink red wine every night, but have stopped drinking beer (which is made out of grains) and distilled alcoholic drinks. I eat a three egg vegetable omelet almost every day, a big salad for lunch then some grilled protein with broccoli for dinner. For dessert I will have some blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. If I wake up and am not hungry then I will not eat and do a nice 12 hour “IF” (intermittent fasting). I always carry a small bag of almonds for an emergency when I go to a work event and they only have anti-Primal canapes. I have taken notes from the Primal Blueprint and saved it in my NOTES on the iPhone just in case I have a question. If the answer is not there then I Google it and 95% of the time, MARKSDAILYAPPLE.com has an article answering my question. That is it…easy peasy lemon squeezy. Many thanks, Mark!!!

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Nick
Nick
4 years 5 months ago

Awesome man! That’s a huge amount of weight in just a few months, and you look great! I’m sure you’ll continue to see more improvements. Nice work! I think you look better without the chronic cardio 🙂

Crunchy Pickle
4 years 5 months ago

Great job! Congrats on all your success!

BG
BG
4 years 5 months ago

Dude, great story, VERY similar to my experience with PB. Great looking family, and great advice from your boss!

Decaf Debi
4 years 5 months ago

Great job. Changes in clothing sizes aren’t the way most of us measure success (we simply know how much better we feel), but they sure do make it easier to convince SAD eaters that going primal gets results.

And awesome use of “easy peasy lemon squeezy”! That’s a family favorite.

Alison Golden - PaleoNonPaleo
4 years 5 months ago

Gosh, I do that on my iPhone too.

You DO look younger, such a change in your face! Congratulations. And you have a beautiful family. 🙂

Becca
4 years 5 months ago

I can definitely see the change in his face too. Great job Mauricio!

Matthew Caton
4 years 5 months ago

I actually ran into a study done on marathoners and the length of telomeres. Basically the shorter your telomeres, the more aged your cells are, and the more aged you are. Not surprisingly, marathoners had telomeres just as short as those who were completely sedentary. Those who exercised moderately exhibited the longest telomeres.

Luckily for you, Mauricio, telomerase activity up-regulates with IF and weight training, and adds length to your telomeres. It literally reverses aging.

I go into more detail on my website about how intermittent fasting and weight training can reverse aging.

Fritzy
Fritzy
4 years 5 months ago

Mattew–do you have a link to this study or at least the abstract? I would love to read this study!

Taco
Taco
4 years 5 months ago

This guy, Matthew Caton, is just soliciting. Rather than ask people to go to your website like a bottom feeder, you should just post the studies here so we can come to our own conclusion

Meagan
4 years 5 months ago

Interesting, where’s the study on this?

Anne
4 years 5 months ago

Awesome job, Mauricio! What a difference three months can make!

Álvaro
Álvaro
4 years 5 months ago

¡Excelente Mauricio!

Just a question: how does one find out the % of body fat?

Sorry for the n00b question, but I just don’t know 🙂

Primal Texas
4 years 5 months ago

DXA scan… not the cheapest, but not the most expensive way, either. For the price, your get a pretty accurate measurement and breakdown.

Google “dxa” or “dexa” and your city or state name to find somebody in your area that offers them.

Joseph Fetz
Joseph Fetz
4 years 5 months ago

Accu-Measure calipers are probably the most cost-effective way. I’ve compared them to hydrostatic weighing and they are very, very close.

Mauricio Sada-Paz
Mauricio Sada-Paz
4 years 5 months ago

Alvaro I bought this TANITA scale on amazon. In the UK it is still on sale. I am sure like everything except wine….it is cheaper in the US. It is rather accurate It gives me readings of 16% to 15.8% to 17.4% depending on my hydration levels. Yesterday I had a doctor check from head to toe and it was lower at 15.2%. This Tanita scale really only checks from one leg to the other and misses the upper body. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tanita-BC543-Composition-Monitor-Scale/dp/B000BB0BVG/ref=sr_1_1? ie=UTF8&qid=1334396999&sr=8-1 regards, MSP

Stuart
Stuart
4 years 5 months ago

Awesome! I have the same exact body type, 6’3 and was 230 lbs before starting Primal/Paleo Jan 2. I weigh myself once a month and on April 2 I weighed 195. I had 1-2 small deviations before last week, where I had my first chewed grain (pizza, this time only 2 slices) of the year and a few microbrews for spring break. I didn’t get queasy or anything like that, but I was gassy for the next couple of days. It was a seamless transition back to Primal. Keep up the good work!

Primal Texas
4 years 5 months ago

Way to go, Mauricio!

Keep your tailor busy.

rkd
rkd
4 years 5 months ago

Agreed, definitely a youth elixir.

liz
liz
4 years 5 months ago

What a great transformation, Mauricio!

Jeff
Jeff
4 years 5 months ago

Great job. The results are outstanding.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 5 months ago

Hoya Saxa, Mauricio! (From a fellow Hoya)

You have a brilliant boss, a beautiful family, and superb results! Don’t miss the Chronic Cardio, do you?

Kiki
Kiki
4 years 5 months ago

Congratulations! My mom is from NL. I wonder if you know her family name, Canseco del Valle.

Mauricio Sada-Paz
Mauricio Sada-Paz
4 years 5 months ago

Kiki I do know the Canseco name and I believe we are distant relatives with the Canseco’s.

Suhail
Suhail
4 years 5 months ago

Wow. You do look ten years younger. Well done!

Siobhan
Siobhan
4 years 5 months ago

Terrific! And I might add your wife is one lucky lady 😉

Brett
Brett
4 years 5 months ago

Great story!! I know how it feels to have people comment on how you look younger. The best part is feeling younger. Keep it going.

\m/(-_-)\m/

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 5 months ago

Fantastic! Great progress 🙂

samui_sakana
4 years 5 months ago

What a beautiful family. I will be forwarding this to my husband 🙂

Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris
4 years 5 months ago

Congratulations! I am also 6’3” and topped out at 240 pounds. When I realized how bad my weight had gotten in early March of this year I decided to be more careful in my eating. Since March 3rd I have lost 21 pounds. I hope to be at 200 pounds by June. Nice work!

Matt

Laura, RD
4 years 5 months ago

Wow! You weren’t kidding when you said you look 10 years younger! Amazing!

Sian
4 years 5 months ago

Surely you are the younger, fitter brother of the other guy in the photo?!

Great transformation, but what I love most about your story is the simplicity of it all for you. A great reminder to us all that this whole thing is really just so SIMPLE.

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 5 months ago

I loved the simplicity too!! I currently have to eat more frequently and do more food prep than that for various reasons, but it’s a great reminder of the ease I’m looking forward too 🙂

Christina
Christina
4 years 5 months ago

Mauricio.. incredible results. I’m sure everybody else will agree. Going primal really helps us access our biological potential and it looks like that was all you needed. Keep it up and enjoy.

Catalina
Catalina
4 years 5 months ago

Great story. . .you’ve clearly leaned out and have a tremendous sense of what Mark would call “thriving.”

I really love the “easy peasy lemon squeezy”–I think that should be the official slogan for Primal/Paleo living!

Susan
4 years 5 months ago

Love it!

RBart
RBart
4 years 5 months ago

Indeed, you do look 10 years younger. Congrats on the transformation.

Erica
Erica
4 years 5 months ago

AMAZING… You look like a whole new person!
Grok on!

David
David
4 years 5 months ago

Good job!
I started about the same time you did. And I am 6’1″. Admittedly I fudged on the diet more than 1 burrito, but I have achieved similar results: down from a high of 230 lbs to a recent low of 206 (and dropping). Thanks for your article.
~David R.

Jason
Jason
4 years 5 months ago

Seeing as how you are exactly my weight and almost exact same weight, you are the most inspirational story to me yet. Congrats on your success! I am actually restarting Primal today (like I idiot, I actually stop sometimes). Best of luck in the future! I hope I can send in a six-pack pic sometime soon.

Amy J
Amy J
4 years 5 months ago

Awesome.

I haven’t managed to go totally primal, but we do eat more natural foods and less processed. It works so much.

This is the first time, in a long time, I can say I weigh the same as I did last year at this time. I did lose 6 pounds last year, but gained that back over the winter holidays here. The stress of 2011 helped me lose weight and my parents were both healthier by the holidays, which made for good times to celebrate.

Paula
4 years 5 months ago
Like you, I also started in January and what a difference. I’m in my mid-40’s and the creep is not necessarily “normal” or “inevitable” with age as conventional wisdom would have us believe. I’m 5 pounds BELOW the “best” weight I used to struggle, deprive, and restrict to maintain, and an inch smaller in hips & thighs. Only now no suffering at all! I ran my last 5K in December and enough with all that cardio. For years I’ve known it doesn’t work, I’ve seen it doesn’t work, and I now have the damaged hamstrings as a constant reminder it… Read more »
Nionvox
4 years 5 months ago

Meeeeoooow. More photos please 😛

Adam
Adam
4 years 5 months ago

Great job man!

Chris
Chris
4 years 5 months ago

You look fantastic! I’d say 10 years younger is spot on. Way to go!

joe
joe
4 years 5 months ago

Awesome

Lorena
Lorena
4 years 5 months ago

Que guapisimo! I love your story. I have also seen my weight go down and I feel cheated. All these years I have gained weight despite eating “healthy” and now, I see that I was simply eating the wrong foods. Thanks for sharing your story Mauricio.

Chica
Chica
4 years 5 months ago

+1 on feeling cheated by CW and so-called “healthy eating”.

Stories like Mauricio’s, with rapid dramatic results, are visible proof that Primal works. You all are walking billboards!

Alby
4 years 5 months ago

Great motivational story and I came to the same conclusion as you Mauricio after I was able to see my own results, that “It’s a way of life”. It’s more than just a diet, just a workout, just a whatever…It’s a lifestyle change and once that happens, the results are so much more worthwhile not to mention long term! Congrats on your success!

cts
cts
4 years 5 months ago

You look good. Your pecs are enviable, they look as good as implants on a mens health model.

mars
mars
4 years 5 months ago

awesome story mauricio..you look amazing!

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Mauricio Sada-Paz
Mauricio Sada-Paz
4 years 5 months ago
Many thanks for all the nice comments. I must highlight that my beautiful wife is 7 months pregnant in the picture so she is not a Botero model…!!! She has now given birth of a baby girl and has gone PRIMAL TOO. She is from Spain. We are the PRIMAL disciples in Europe. Grok on. I hope my experience helps motivate some of you who have gone only half primal to go full on. I have some notes on email if you want them but if you have read the book that is all you need. I will reply individually… Read more »
Rich
Rich
4 years 5 months ago

Good job! I’m the same age as you Mauricio and about to go primal with my wife in tow. I’m hoping to be a success story in the future also.

I’ll be taking all my measurements and looking for improvements from my 5’10” and 84kg starting point. Let’s see eh?

Kaz
Kaz
4 years 5 months ago

Wow! you look amazing! I’m about to start my primal journey and your results are so encouraging. Congrats on your success 🙂

Joanne - The Real Food Mama
4 years 5 months ago
Great story!! My husband and I are both Primal and have seen great success. We also have three kids [5,2,4mo] and the two older ones are really thriving on a primal lifestyle. They aren’t interested in candy, sugary drinks, or anything like that. They are a little selective in their veggies, but they love fruit, meat, nuts, and fish. Their behavior and focus have improved tremendously. I would recommend, as your baby girl gets older, to avoid feeding her CW foods. You will save yourself a lot of trouble as well as setting her up for lifetime health and fitness… Read more »
Mauricio Sada-paz
Mauricio Sada-paz
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks Joanne. I agree with you that Primal living should not be only for adults. I need to work on my wife though…!!! She is starting to eat primally but is still skeptical about the benefits for kids.

Shalimar
Shalimar
4 years 5 months ago

You are an inspiration!

Pepe
Pepe
4 years 5 months ago

Great job, Mauricio. Your example has encouraged me even more. My measurements are pretty similar to yours, but I still have a lot of work to do to obtain your wonderful results (I’ve been Primal one week so far, though I’m already impressed by my positive evolution).

Thanks for sharing! Saludos from another spanish Grok disciple!

Ande
Ande
4 years 5 months ago

I like your style. Good job 🙂

WildGrok
WildGrok
4 years 5 months ago

Mauricio congratulations, thanks for sharing this!

Dr. Jesse Larimer
4 years 5 months ago

What an inspiration! Way to go.

Barbara
4 years 5 months ago

Amazing! Thanks for sharing your story. Good reminder to keep our food choices clean and simple!

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