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    Just wondering who follows this way of eating because they want to lose weight, and who eats this way to be healthy (obviously most ppl are both)?


    For example: I eat this way to stay healthy. I workout/run am muscular ect... I could probably eat a large pizza every day and not get fat but, for me, primal is about overall health. I find because of this, there are a lot of primal "rules" that dont completely apply to me. for example, a while back there was a debate about weather beans were primal or not. It seemed most people avoided them because they were "empty" calories.

    I am not sure how the debate ended but, for someone like me, I am not afraid of empty calories because I need to consume 3000 a day.

  • #2
    Health, hands down. I'm not fat, but depending on who you're asking, I could probably stand to "lose a few." I'm fine with it. For me it's all about getting rid of processed foods, bad oils, grains (though I allow myself a small amount two or three times a month), and CAFO animals and animal products. I'm not as strict with organic veggies because I don't eat that many veggies, and mostly they're from the farmers market. Even my simplest of one pot meals or a burger with some avocado smashed on top make me feel like I'm eating like a queen.

    Bread was the only thing that was hard for me. I could live on sandwiches and burgers. So, I make that part of my "20," a few times a month and move on. When I indulge, I try to eat only a simple sourdough with no weird ingredients.

    Oh and I recently ate hummus. Not as good as I remember.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

    B*tch-lite

    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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    • #3
      Started off for weight loss, staying here for health, vitality, energy, just all round feeling great - and, naturally, weight maintenance.

      Almost forgot: Also the food is the BEST, why would I eat anything else?
      Annie Ups the Ante
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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      • #4
        For me it has to be a combination of both, lose weight to get healthier.

        Also, I'm eating better, not just 1 meal a day at dinner.
        Health
        Happiness &
        "add a food"

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        • #5
          I came for weight loss and appetite control and I'm still here because I can't believe how amazing I feel. I didn't feel this good when I was young.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
            I didn't feel this good when I was young.
            I second that. Now I can keep up with my 4-year old.
            Health
            Happiness &
            "add a food"

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            • #7
              Right now both... But I can't imagine going back to eating the way I used to, either. Also, there's nothing really wrong with my health right now apart from my weight, but I know that if I was to stay overweight this would not stay the case over the long term.

              I must admit I do fixate on weight a bit, but at the same time health is a big priority of mine so I know I'll never go back to eating an unhealthy calorie restricted diet to lose weight.

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              • #8
                I was never overweight -- I came to primal hoping to overcome my obsessive calorie-counting. Health is important, but personally weight maintenance (not necessarily loss) is my priority at the moment.

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                • #9
                  I became primal mostly for feeling good and healthy. I had a stomach ulcer and had to be on medication for months. That was no way to live! Now, that I am happy with my weight, I am focusing on body-fat %. But feeling good definitely takes priority over looking good.

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                  • #10
                    This is my 2nd go-found. The first time was for weight loss but, even though I'm starting out about 5 or 10 pounds heavier, it's purely for health this time.
                    Durp.

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                    • #11
                      I'm another one that came for the weight loss but stayed for the health. I too feel better than I have in years.
                      F 45 5'5"
                      SW 177
                      CW 141

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                      • #12
                        A little of both. I lose weight easily on a "just eat less" diet and I don't have any food intolerances, that I know of. I'm not strictly primal by any means, and don't label myself as such, but I enjoy making a lot of paleo meals and it introduced me to fasting which I find makes me feel really good. So I guess I mostly do it for well-being and the fact that I feel my best eating at least 70% this way.

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                        • #13
                          Found my way to primal for weight loss. Stayed for the health.

                          And the awesome food. That too.

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                          • #14
                            for health, weight loss is an added benefit
                            When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                            27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
                            new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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                            • #15
                              I started fat - maybe around 25-30% BF. I needed to find a diet that would make me less fat but would not require sacrificing some foods I really like (foods that were primal'ish like butter and lard). I had never thought about ditching grains and legumes before starting my primal journey, although I did have periods where I did not consume refined sugars (which led to binges eventually ...). Anyway, when I turned more primal diet-wise, I entered ketosis and shed most of the bulk fat. Then I plateaued. Since I had fixed my glucose intolerance somehow, I started to look into intermittent fasting for improving (lowering) my BF. I had so much more energy in the meantime that working out became a routine. IF (one meal a day) + close to ideal weight + better health / metabolism + workout routine = great feeling overall! So I am doing now this for a healthier and happier life in general No looking back for me ...

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