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30 Aug

Done with Yo-Yo Dieting

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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  1. First post! That just HAS to be worth a book!!! :-)

    BrianM wrote on August 30th, 2009
  2. Wow, you look awesome! Congrats on feeling better :)

    BionicSamm wrote on August 30th, 2009
  3. great job!

    gfly wrote on August 30th, 2009
  4. Great job! You look awesome!

    So how long have you been following the primal lifestyle?

    Carla wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • About 4 1/2 months now… I’m convinced it’s the best way to live.

      Christian Chun wrote on August 30th, 2009
  5. Congratulations! I’ll be thrilled when I get to 10-12% bodyfat, nevermind 7-9%.

    Ed wrote on August 30th, 2009
  6. How would a former Anorexic do on a diet like this? Would carbs be essential for my recovery or would going primal be okay?

    BTW well done on the success

    John wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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

      Good luck

      David wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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 being stuffed and bloated.
      i suggest you simply start at this level and adjust it according to how you feel…
      greetings from germany,

      Moritz Holzfuss wrote on August 30th, 2009
  7. Cool reasons for going Primal

    Max Lambert wrote on August 30th, 2009
  8. .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.

    goodfriendsam wrote on August 30th, 2009
  9. good job!

    Dennis wrote on August 30th, 2009
  10. GREAT job!!

    Clint wrote on August 30th, 2009
  11. 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!

    Karl T wrote on August 30th, 2009
  12. Excellent job! You came a long way in only 2 years.

    Alan wrote on August 30th, 2009
  13. Wow! Great job! I hope to get my bodyfat down as low as you some day. :)

    Andrew Y. wrote on August 30th, 2009
  14. Awesome, what’s about your kid was it tested for Celiac Disease?

    …Poor german student needs a book :(

    Florian wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • Yeah both my kids have been tested and they are negative. But they still follow a gluten free diet.

      Christian Chun wrote on August 30th, 2009
  15. 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!

    Trevor Clack wrote on August 30th, 2009
  16. 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!

    Deanna wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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.

      Christian Chun wrote on August 30th, 2009
  17. It’s great that your entire family is Primal, we get to see your awesome videos.

    maba wrote on August 30th, 2009
  18. Wow – what an amazing transformation – congrats!!

    BestSelf wrote on August 30th, 2009

    tray wrote on August 30th, 2009
  20. Incredible transformation outside…but the best is the change inside. The best to you and your family!

    Lisa wrote on August 30th, 2009
  21. Wow, great abs. No compare to your “conventional wisdom” shape!

    Hynek wrote on August 30th, 2009
  22. Great work!

    Roland wrote on August 30th, 2009
  23. 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.

    Jenn wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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.

      I am convinced however that this is absolutely the best way to do it,…

      Christian Chun wrote on August 30th, 2009
  24. Wow! If that doesn’t show people the benefits of the PB, then I don’t know what will!

    Bryce wrote on August 30th, 2009
  25. Your transformation in the pictures is amazing!

    Laurie Donaldson wrote on August 30th, 2009
  26. 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?

    cwdana wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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.

      Christian Chun wrote on August 30th, 2009
  27. Another great story!

    I love when that switch goes on, you never go back 😉

    Great job!

    clayberg wrote on August 30th, 2009
  28. 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!).

    grainfreegirl wrote on August 30th, 2009
  29. 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!

    Maggie wrote on August 30th, 2009
  30. You are an inspiration to many of us!

    Shawn wrote on August 30th, 2009
  31. From standard-issue “soft” American to hardbody! You look fantastic! :)

    BarbeyGirl wrote on August 30th, 2009
  32. comment

    Terry Gilmore wrote on August 30th, 2009
  33. 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!

    Anders Eliasson wrote on August 30th, 2009
  34. 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.

    DaveFish wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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.

      Christian Chun wrote on August 30th, 2009
  35. Stories like this keeps me motivated.

    Ted Demetro wrote on August 30th, 2009
  36. You look amazing! Congratulations!

    Lori wrote on August 30th, 2009
  37. 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.

    Nico wrote on August 30th, 2009
    • 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. If they do, “I had a big lunch” or “I just don’t feel like potatoes today” are good deflectors :-)

      Don’t use living with family as an excuse! There will ALWAYS be an excuse if you want it (I need kitchen stuff, I need more time to cook, I can’t afford grass-fed steaks every day, etc etc).

      Make small changes continuously and one day you may just find yourself living 100% primal.

      EL wrote on August 30th, 2009
  38. Looking amazing! You should be proud! I hope I can get to this point, and those pics are an inspiration!

    lady_daraine wrote on August 30th, 2009
  39. Congratulations!

    amandamarie wrote on August 30th, 2009
  40. Such an inspiring story — and appreciate you sharing the pics! Thank you for sharing!

    Michele wrote on August 30th, 2009

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