Hi, I'm brand new here and just a few weeks into trying this stuff out. So far, so GREAT! I've just finished GCBC and Mark's book is on its way to the house. I've been having a lot of success (relative to every other nutrition / exercise approach ever) kind of taking the big picture stuff and not sweating the small stuff - for instance I had a couple of gin tonics last night and it turns out there is HFCS in tonic water (?). Or almonds, but roasted in sunflower oil. Mainly I've been pretty good, this morning I had a big omelette with leftover steak & asparagus, plus goat cheese and salsa. But I just ate a tangerine. That kind of stuff. I tracked a few days on fitday to get a sense of how many carbs etc. are actually in my food. I'm coming in around 60% fat, 25% protein 15% carbs (100-150grams), mostly from fresh fruit. I seem to be losing 2+ pounds per week, which I am VERY happy about, and I feel like a different person. I weigh 208 today, am 38yrs,6'1" and would like to get in the 180 range by, say, late summer, but overall health and fitness are just as important though harder to quantify. Oh, I know, I'd like to pass the Army PT test for a younger age category - that would impress my dad and maybe encourage him to try this whole thing out.
My question is, am I really going to see much more benefit by cutting those little things I love - I can't call them "cheats" - cheese, fresh fruit, nice wine in moderation, the occasional half-dessert, and so on? I mean, I could try but I don't really want to go farther than I've gone already and I'm skeptical that it will in the end be much better than where I'm at right now - which I think I could more or less do indefinitely.
Anyhow, Mark if you are reading, this is a fantastic resource and you have my sincere thanks for putting this together. It wasn't the first place I heard about primal but I keep coming back here for more.