Hello to all. As you can see I've just registered as a forum member here on Mark's Daily Apple. I have been reading various threads over the course of the past few months whilst making a start on following the Primal Blueprint. Clearly there is a lot of experience and a lot of success stories to be found here in what appears to be a very active community. So to start with I just want to say Hi!
My name is Marty, I'm a 46-year-old, 5'10" tall guy living in London UK who is now making a concerted effort to turn around a 12 year period of decline in his general fitness (and no doubt his health too) to do so I have been progressively adopting more of the Primal Blueprint laws since August 2009.
I have experienced weight loss of up to 18 lbs from a starting weight of 208 lbs and my body fat has dropped from 30% to 24%.
I am now no longer eating any grain or sugar derived/based product at all (exception being that the meat I am eating is not grass fed).
I would describe my current diet as being more akin to the induction phase of the Atkins program, where I am eating meat and fish, nuts, eggs, some fruit (apples, berries), coffee and tea, very few vegetables, two bottles of red wine a week
I walk for one hour/day, on average 4 - 5 days/week.
I have just started a weight training program in the gym.
I do not currently have a regular sprint program
Despite my initial weight loss and fat percentage decrease I have now reached that unenviable position where I no longer seem to be able to lose weight. In fact if anything I'm fluctuating up and down (in a 4 -5 lbs range) and have been doing so for some weeks now.
Albeit there are some laws of the Primal Blueprint that I have not yet fully complied with I have been under the impression that what I was doing would continue in seeing me lose weight until I reached my final goal.
When I was in my early 30s I was extremely lean, muscular and very fit, weighing in at less than 160 lbs. The irony is that I developed and maintained that physique using the Low fat, Chronic Cardio and overtraining with weight methods, that Mark so frowns upon.
So as my frustration continues to mount with my lack of progress using primal methods my mind is constantly wandering back to the techniques and routines I used during that period of my life.
So before I stray from the path of Grok, I was hoping that somebody else may have experienced the same issues I'm now going through and could possibly point out where I might be going wrong. I did experience a similar plateau when undertaking the Atkins diet many years ago. I have to admit it is somewhat discouraging to keep doing what worked before but not get the same results.
Thank you in anticipation of any help you can offer.