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    I started following the Primal Lifestyle about three weeks ago. I am approximately 80LBS over weight. My typical intake of food during a normal day pre-primal was just about anything I wanted. Fast food 4-5 times a week, lots of deserts/sweets, lots of grains and carbs. Since I have started I have not had any grains, no fast food, no sweets (other than sugar in my coffee and dark chocolate). I do still use a small amount of organic ketchup occasionally and I eat some fruit ( maybe an apple or some pineapple daily). I a guessing I am eating about half the calories I was eating. I have found it relatively easy to follow and I feel good. While I am hungry during much of the day I don't have the "outrageous" cravings that I normally would get when trying other types of diets. My only frustration is that I have only lost about 8LBS. I typically lose about 8LBS-10LBS/Week (over the few weeks when I have tried other diets. The calorie restriction alone should generate more weight loss. I know that those pounds may have been mostly water weight but it still felt like I was accomplishing something for my efforts. I am committed to sticking with Primal because I believe in the science that supports it but I am hoping to start losing more weight at a quicker pace. Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • #2
    Some more info would be helpful.
    -Age
    -Sex
    -Height
    -Activity level
    -Average day's meals (walk us through your day/week)
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    • #3
      Thoughts.... Primal is a lifestyle and not a "diet." I think 8 lbs in 3 weeks is AWESOME. Slow and steady continuing weight loss is much better than crash weight loss, regain, crash, regain, etc. I have lost around 100lbs...It took about 8 months and it is staying off with minor (normal) fluctuations. Just keep at it. Think long-term.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the quick response.
        Age: 45
        Sex: Male
        Height: 6"2
        Starting Weight: 280LBS
        Current Weight: 272
        Activity Level: Low, Was walking (3-5 X/week) and lifting (2X/week) regularly prior to starting Primal. Have been doing some lifting and lots of snow shoveling the past week. Not much walking and no sprinting.
        Average Days Meal: 4 fried eggs (organic Ketchup) with orgainc non-cured bacon, (6 pieces), Juice (Kale, carrots, apple), salad, wings with barbecue sauce (15), dark organic chocolate.

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        • #5
          Agreed. I guess what has been frustrating is that I lost those 8LBS the first 5 days and I have lost nothing since. I do understand that this is not a "diet" but a life style. Thanks for the encouragement.

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          • #6
            Probably losing at a good sustainable rate. Patience grasshopper. Are you tracking what you eat calorie-wise? People often underestimate consumption. Lose all the sugar stuff, skip the chocolate for now, ditch the BBQ sauce, drain the juice down the sink, eat fruit and veggies, don't drink them.

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            • #7
              Read labels. Religiously.

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              • #8
                Are your clothes fitting better? As far as the chow, I'd suggest eating the kale, apples, and carrots instead of juicing, which wastes some of the nutrition. Try hot sauce or salsa on the eggs and wings unless the brands of ketchup and Bbq sauce you have are low sugar.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pilot View Post
                  Read labels. Religiously.
                  If he's eating primal, there shouldn't be many labels to read. Weighing food on the other hand...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bob.mikolich@gmail.com View Post
                    Average Days Meal: 4 fried eggs (organic Ketchup) with orgainc non-cured bacon, (6 pieces), Juice (Kale, carrots, apple), salad, wings with barbecue sauce (15), dark organic chocolate.
                    I informally rank foods based on how close to the "lean and green" core they are, meaning high-micronutrient proteins (seafood, red meat, liver) and enough roots, stems, and leaves to get potassium and vitamin C. If I want to lean down I'll eat a spartan dinner of these a few times a week, and shift the daily treats to weekly, weekly treats to monthly, and so forth.

                    Cured meat, juice, sugar condiments, and chocolate can play a role but they're definitely "extras" and not the types of dense self-regulating nutrition we need (organic or no). If you're dealing with anxious hunger I'd experiment with some less-dense tubers and fruits (winter squash, celeriac, parsnips, rutabaga, berries, citrus, melons)--these types of "boring" glucose can ease our protein requirement to a degree and normalize appetite but IME sweet sauces and juices have the opposite effect.
                    37//6'3"/185

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                    • #11
                      agree about losing the sugary condiments and juice. are you buying the bbq wings? they are most likely drenched in sugar and soy oil.

                      the bacon is uncured, so basically just pork belly, no sugar?

                      i'd go for foods with more volume if you are struggling with hunger, so lose the juice and eat the actual foods. have 6 eggs for breakfast if you want.

                      chicken wings don't have all that much meat, so my preference would be some grass-fed beef/lamb or wild fish. liver if you're game.
                      As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                      Ernest Hemingway

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                      • #12
                        Log your food for a few days. Try to account for everything. Your calories in isn't always what you think it is if you just go by feel, and PB is not a guarantee of weight loss. 15 wings in sauce could be anywhere up to about 2k calories alone.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aknomad View Post
                          If he's eating primal, there shouldn't be many labels to read. Weighing food on the other hand...
                          If he reads labels, he'll be putting stuff back on the shelf. It really helps reinforce proper eating habits.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bob.mikolich@gmail.com View Post
                            Average Days Meal: 4 fried eggs (organic Ketchup) with orgainc non-cured bacon, (6 pieces), Juice (Kale, carrots, apple), salad, wings with barbecue sauce (15), dark organic chocolate.
                            First of all, 8lbs in 3 weeks isn't too shabby. listen to what the other posters have said about this being a lifestyle

                            This doesn't seem like much FOOD! (and I'm a 5'3" female) It also seems like some things I wouldn't necessarily deem "primal" (ketchup, BBQ - the juice and chocolate are gray areas)

                            here's what I might eat in a day (and also keep in mind I'm shorter and female):
                            Breakfast: 2-3 eggs, 3 strips thick cut uncured sugar-free bacon, giant heap of sauteed kale with onions and garlic, small orange or apple.
                            Lunch: HUGE Arugula & Spinach Salad with 6-8 oz Salmon, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, scallion, evoo and acv dressing
                            Snack: coffee w/grass fed heavy cream (or butter), 87% dark chocolate (no sugar, no soy), (banana if hungry)
                            Dinner: 4-8oz ground beef sauteed with mushrooms, onions, spinach. Steamed or roasted veggies (broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, etc.), small sweet potato.

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                            • #15
                              I pretty much agree with everyone else, although it doesn't look like you are getting that much in the way of calories (unless of course those chicken wings are like store bought and laden with all the bad stuff). Definitely track your calories for a couple of days because it could be that you're not eating enough.

                              Definitely ditch the sugary condiments and learn to use spices instead. Or if you absolutely need a sweet sauce with your food, make your own. There are lots of great primal/paleo sauce recipes, which at least puts you in control of the type of sugar/oils you are eating. Honestly though, I really don't use ketchup anymore, and if I want barbeque sauce or mayo, I make it myself.

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