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August 30, 2009

Done with Yo-Yo Dieting

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I’m 33 and haven’t felt better in my whole life since converting to the primal lifestyle. I’ve been living pretty primal for the past 4 months now… prior to that I was still maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to “conventional wisdom” and was in decent shape. But back in March, 09, my wife was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and forced her to eliminate all gluten from her diet… I wanted to support her as much as possible and so our entire house became gluten free,… however, I was still eating whole wheat bread when away from our house. Then two months later a friend of ours introduced us to MDA and I recognized Mark from the P90x dvds… Reading on made me realize the health benefits and it helped me turn the switch on in my brain to go primal…

I was initially contemplating whether I should, or even needed to switch to the primal way. I mean, I had lost over 50 lbs on conventional wisdom and thought I was pretty healthy overall… my cholesterol was down,.. my excercise routines were good and I ate small meals six times a day. So I was pondering whether I should give it a try or not, but I took the plunge since it wouldn’t be too much different than living gluten free. Ever since starting to go primal, I’ve been able to eat about 80%- 90% primal ever since and I must say that it was actually easier eating the primal way than trying to eat small meals 6 times a day. I used to have to worry so much about what I was going to eat and to pack my food everywhere i went… it just just plain ole stressful and tiring.

I have been able to drop my body fat from 10-12% to about 7-9%, and lost another 10 lbs, I sleep better, sprint faster, and jump higher and just feel better overall… Today I feel like I’m living primal and pretty optimal for my body. I’m 5’8″ and weigh 165lbs. Today I feel much more educated about nutrition, fitness and living a healthier lifestyle in general. I know that I will never be unhealthy or go back to yo yo dieting like I have experienced in the past. Thanks for the good work Mark. Grok on!

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BrianM
BrianM
7 years 25 days ago

First post! That just HAS to be worth a book!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

BionicSamm
BionicSamm
7 years 25 days ago

Wow, you look awesome! Congrats on feeling better ๐Ÿ™‚

gfly
gfly
7 years 25 days ago

great job!

Carla
Carla
7 years 25 days ago

Great job! You look awesome!

So how long have you been following the primal lifestyle?

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago

About 4 1/2 months now… I’m convinced it’s the best way to live.

Ed
Ed
7 years 25 days ago

Congratulations! I’ll be thrilled when I get to 10-12% bodyfat, nevermind 7-9%.

John
John
7 years 25 days ago

How would a former Anorexic do on a diet like this? Would carbs be essential for my recovery or would going primal be okay?
Thanks

BTW well done on the success

David
David
7 years 25 days ago

Read The Vegetarian Myth if you have concerns. There is a section on eating disorders, but the short answer is that you will do very well. For a review see http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/lipid-hypothesis/the-vegetarian-myth/

Good luck

Moritz Holzfuss
Moritz Holzfuss
7 years 25 days ago
first of all, congratulations for making it this far and all the best for your further way of recovery! and from my personal point of view, it would be best for you ( well, actually pretty much for everyone ) to create a way of eating that gives you as much health as it gives you PLEASURE… making it sustainable in the long run. going primal adresses the health part just fine, and cutting back on the carbs to a range of around 100g per day makes me enjoy my food very much, because it gives satisfaction and satiety without… Read more »
Max Lambert
Max Lambert
7 years 25 days ago

Cool reasons for going Primal

goodfriendsam
7 years 25 days ago

.5-1% of the population has celiac’s, but they say that if you’re of northern european decent (especially irish, british, scandanavian, and german), it’s not a question of if you’re gluten intolerant, but how gluten intolerant you are. if you have this blood in you, try going off gluten for a week then reintroducing it on a empty stomach (measuring your heart rate before and one hour after) and seeing if it make you tired or feel bad in other ways.

Dennis
7 years 25 days ago

good job!

Clint
Clint
7 years 25 days ago

GREAT job!!

Karl T
Karl T
7 years 25 days ago

My daugher has Celiacs and the whole household went gluten free to support her. We’ve never felt better, and when we went Primal it was even more effective. Good job!

Alan
Alan
7 years 25 days ago

Excellent job! You came a long way in only 2 years.

Andrew Y.
Andrew Y.
7 years 25 days ago

Wow! Great job! I hope to get my bodyfat down as low as you some day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Florian
Florian
7 years 25 days ago

Awesome, what’s about your kid was it tested for Celiac Disease?

…Poor german student needs a book ๐Ÿ™

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago

Yeah both my kids have been tested and they are negative. But they still follow a gluten free diet.

Trevor Clack
Trevor Clack
7 years 25 days ago

You have such a great family. I’ve watched your other video’s, and before I read this article, I would have never guessed you had a previous weight problem. Good work!

Deanna
Deanna
7 years 25 days ago

Wow, that’s impressive! I am pretty much in your shoes — I am already healthy and active by conventional wisdom standards. I am experimenting now to see how eating and exercising primally will change my body composition, so your impressive results really motivate me!

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago

Good luck with you experimenting. I know exactly what you’re talking about when you say experimenting. I thought exactly the same way when I first started going primal… I know for sure that it will make changing your body composition much easier than the traditional way of approaching it.

maba
maba
7 years 25 days ago

It’s great that your entire family is Primal, we get to see your awesome videos.

BestSelf
BestSelf
7 years 25 days ago

Wow – what an amazing transformation – congrats!!

tray
7 years 25 days ago

AWESOME RESULTS! WOW!

Lisa
Lisa
7 years 25 days ago

Incredible transformation outside…but the best is the change inside. The best to you and your family!

Hynek
Hynek
7 years 25 days ago

Wow, great abs. No compare to your “conventional wisdom” shape!

Roland
7 years 25 days ago

Great work!

Jenn
Jenn
7 years 25 days ago

So inspiring! I just ordered P90X and started eating primal… If your story isn’t an amazing reason to get going and stick with it, there isn’t one out there! I’ve been trying to convince my husband to go along with me, but he isn’t as sure (much like you weren’t) that primal is really necessary. I showed him your story and amazing results, and he’s onboard! Thank you so much for sharing.

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago
I would like to clear up one thing. I didn’t loose 65lbs or had this major transformation all on the primal lifestyle. I lost the bulk of my weight using the typical eat smaller portions, more often and work out hard techniques. Now, had I known about the primal blueprint two years ago, I believe wholeheartedly that I could have done it faster and could have been more healthy about it… But just want to clear that up as it seems some people are under the impression that I lost all this weight in 4 months with the primal lifestyle.… Read more »
Bryce
Bryce
7 years 25 days ago

Wow! If that doesn’t show people the benefits of the PB, then I don’t know what will!

Laurie Donaldson
Laurie Donaldson
7 years 25 days ago

Your transformation in the pictures is amazing!

cwdana
cwdana
7 years 25 days ago

Congrats, Christian. Loved your video, too.

It’s pretty awesome reading all these stories and to realize Mark has posted all this for free – for the common good – in order to help so many people. PLUS, he’s giving away all these free books. Isn’t there some sort of an award for this?

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago

He truly deserves some type of award… Perhaps all the people that don’t win this contest can at least buy the book… heh heh.

clayberg
clayberg
7 years 25 days ago

Another great story!

I love when that switch goes on, you never go back ๐Ÿ˜‰

Great job!

grainfreegirl
grainfreegirl
7 years 25 days ago

I was in a similar position – ate ‘healthily’ but then found out that wheat and gluten were no-nos so switched first to a grain free lifestyle and then to a more primal existence (cut out legumes etc).

And wow you are looking fantastic (and cute kid!).

Maggie
Maggie
7 years 25 days ago

Wow, I need this book! I don’t want to send in my before picture but can’t wait for the after picture. Great inspiration!

Shawn
Shawn
7 years 25 days ago

You are an inspiration to many of us!

BarbeyGirl
7 years 25 days ago

From standard-issue “soft” American to hardbody! You look fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

Terry Gilmore
Terry Gilmore
7 years 25 days ago

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Anders Eliasson
Anders Eliasson
7 years 25 days ago

The contrast between the modern and the primal lifestyles is absolutely striking. Barefoot on the beach, enjoying life in the sun, while looking great and healthy. This is really what it’s all about!

DaveFish
DaveFish
7 years 25 days ago

I love P90X but the nutrition plan is not worth following. Since going primal I’ve been able to work out less, eat more and keep my weight under 180 lbs (6″ tall) without having to carefully watch what I eat. Yoyo diets are a thing of the past for me too.

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago

I agree with the p90x thing… The p90x nutrition plan(CW) will work at getting you to your goals,.. but it’s a lot more difficult. I did the cyle probably about 2 times,.. and then a hybrid version with the p90x+ sets… Only if I had known about the primal lifestyle back then. I could have gotten better results in half the time with half the crazy effort and twice as much fun eating real food.

Ted Demetro
Ted Demetro
7 years 25 days ago

Stories like this keeps me motivated.

Lori
7 years 25 days ago

You look amazing! Congratulations!

Nico
Nico
7 years 25 days ago

Man!

I have got to get my rear in gear…

But if I keep seeing articles and photos like yours it might just become the jolt I need.

But my first “hurdle” is getting into my own place. My aunt would have a fit if I changed my diatery ways like the ones proposed on this site.
She’s already having semi fits when I go running barefoot.

Anyways, enough of my rambling.

Great job man, and thanks for the motivation.

EL
EL
7 years 25 days ago
I strongly encourage you not to wait to move out before changing your diet. You may not be able to go 100% primal right away if your aunt is anything like my family members (who are convinced that “moderation is key” and “everybody needs a little sugar” and “you NEED bread!” etc etc). But you CAN make small changes that will make a positive impact. You probably make at least one meal yourself (breakfast?) – make that one primal. At shared meals, serve yourself fewer starches and grains and pile on the salad. Chances are, no one will even notice.… Read more »
lady_daraine
lady_daraine
7 years 25 days ago

Looking amazing! You should be proud! I hope I can get to this point, and those pics are an inspiration!

amandamarie
amandamarie
7 years 25 days ago

Congratulations!

Michele
Michele
7 years 25 days ago

Such an inspiring story — and appreciate you sharing the pics! Thank you for sharing!

Primalchild
Primalchild
7 years 25 days ago

Awesome job

Will
Will
7 years 25 days ago

Spooky. It’s like you’re writing about me. I also lost some weight using Conventional Wisdom (running, low-fat, etc), and used to eat 6 times a day, to “keep the metabolism high”. What a pain! And it doesn’t fully work anyways, as my weight loss plateaued for two years. Since going primal/IF, I suddenly started losing weight again – 20 lbs in 4 months.

Anyways great job and great pics!

nedbee
7 years 25 days ago

Good Job… You don’t “just get fat in your 30’s”!

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 24 days ago

Agreed! I did that in my 20’s…and made the switch in my 30’s.

gcb
7 years 25 days ago

Congrats, and keep it up!

grokita
grokita
7 years 25 days ago

A true inspiration! Good job!

Robin
Robin
7 years 25 days ago

Great job! You look great – so much younger, happier, and healthier!

snikch
snikch
7 years 25 days ago

Impressive results.

Alejandro
Alejandro
7 years 25 days ago
Way to go there. You look amazing man. Congrats. I, like you, have noticed amazing results ever since I went primal. I am an avid racquetball player and most of my meals consisted of big portion of meats, veggies, and a load of grains or starchy tubers. This is what my trainer made me eat. Still, I was in a pretty good shape. I decided to go primal to see if it could get rid of my acne A month and three weeks later, I have lost over 10 lbs, become faster and stronger during my games, and have noticed… Read more »
Lazar
Lazar
7 years 25 days ago

Now you’re ripped : )

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