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    Hi all,

    I'm new here - I've been a member of, and stumbled across a paleo/primal thread there yesterday, and have been reading about it non-stop since.

    About-me info: I'm 39, and have been struggling with obesity for my whole adult life. 8 years ago, I lost 80 lbs. on Weight Watchers, then gained it back plus more, then 5 years ago I lost 100 lbs. eating "clean" (but not low-carb) and doing massive amounts of cardio and strength training, but once again I fell off, and gained it all back and then some. My father is diabetic, and a couple of months ago, he had one of his legs amputated. The second leg is now showing signs of infection as well. I know the same fate awaits me if I do not make a real, true, lasting change. I started almost 90 days ago on myfitnesspal, with the same kind of "clean" 40/30/30 carb/fat/protein and daily cardio as the last time, and I have had success, at 47 pounds lost in less than 90 days. I could probably continue doing this, with a kind of "it ain't broke, so don't fix it" stance, but with my genetic link to diabetes and the unhealthy life I've lived, I am very drawn to what I've read about PB.

    I jumped right in, because that's just the kind of girl I am. I ate totally primal today, and revised my shopping list when I went to Trader Joe's today. I did have a little dizziness at one point, which I assume is carb withdrawal, but overall, I feel good. Not hungry. I've been reading all the "newbie" posts and intro links, I've downloaded the e-books, and I'm excited to learn more, and to see how my body responds.


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    What we hear over and over in this forum is how easy Primal is, especially after you get over carb withdrawal.
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      Welcome Amy. I haven't been doing primal very long, but have learned about dietary considerations bit by bit over the years. There will be rough spots, but everything I've learned from lots of sources convinces me that primal is the way to go. Good luck, and keep posting. The folks on this site provide great support.
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      • #4
        Hello Amy! If you keep your carbs in the 50-100g/day range you can avoid the "carb flu" and experience what Mark calls "effortless weightloss". The weight literally just flies off. Whether you'll be able to get into Ketosis (extreme weightloss - but not in a bad way) I'm not so sure. Heck, I still don't know if I'm ever in ketosis anymore after I first dipped into the sub 50g range and had my bout with the flu. If you get your carbs under 50g/day you can probably expect a visit from the carb flu fairy. And she's one mean lady.


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          Welcome Amy, I am on my first day of Primal, I have read everything I need to know and I am now convinced that this is the way to go. I'm sure you will find it much better than weightwatchers which makes you always feel like you're on a DIET and is a nightmare for socialising. I am in Cape Town, South Africa, it is winter here (yes, we do get winter) it's raining and cold outside, I have a belly pork roasting in the oven, going to have that with mixed grilled vegs and a side salad with mayo and olive oil and cider vinegar dressing points to count EVER......