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  • #31
    Originally posted by Bob-Tao View Post
    I started primal (with 100-150g of carbs daily) by going grain and legume free for 35 days.
    In case OP is still around, I was wondering if the high-ish carb intake might be partly to blame. I'm not even really sure if his objective was weight loss, but if so, that seems kind of high for starting point.

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    • #32
      Could it have been a troll?

      My 66 year old husband is doing great on this and does not intend to EVER go back to the way he had been eating. It works. Slow and steady, but it does work.

      Tortoise and the hare. One wins, one does not.
      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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      • #33
        as little sense as OP made, i imagine it was either a troll or someone dying to say AH-HA! SO THERE!
        beautiful
        yeah you are

        Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
        lol

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        • #34
          When I was heavier I practiced what I called "chronic restrained eating." It was the only way to keep the insidious weight gain to a minimum. The other thing I did was a lot of exercise. It did not stop the slow gain. I got hungry frequently but tried not to ever eat as much as I truly wanted. I never got super huge (see my avatar) but I felt like I was losing my grasp and my efforts no longer were working.

          Eating the Primal Blueprint way I have to admit that I've had some super huge meals. In fact, I often eat far more calories or far larger volumes of food and way more regular meals than I ever did before. I ate half a duck once. Do you know how fatty half a duck is? Holy crap, I thought I might die. Anyway, not only could I eat large quantities all at once, I could also go a long time without eating. It all evened out. I can't say I dieted or counted calories exactly. I did try to exercise some restraint, but not always. Somehow the weight came off. I still exercise a lot.

          I'm not super thin, but I'm not too bad for an older lady. Nobody would know I'm as old as I am. I've decided that if more weight comes off, great. Otherwise, my goal is to see if I can run a 50 miles ultra next year. Plus general fitness is my goal. And learning to cook better.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #35
            Ah, these make me laugh! Cos if I didn't, I'd certainly wonder about the mindset of some people.

            100% grain free 95% of the time??! NOT 100% then, is it? <shakes head in amusement/pity/wonder>

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Bob-Tao View Post
              Just thought I'd post the results of trying primal for 35 days. It's just not for me. I noticed there were a lot of retirees who introduced themselves and never posted again. I thought I may as well post my results in case anyone is interested now or in the future.

              I started primal (with 100-150g of carbs daily) by going grain and legume free for 35 days. I did slip a few grains in but I'd have to say I was at 100% grain free about 95% of the time and legume free all the time. I joined because after losing 12 lbs on WW in 2-1/2 months I gained 5 back, so I thought primal might help me lose some more weight. I also went off my bp meds and hoped primal would allow me to control my bp naturally.

              I was enthused about the concept, but like they say... In theory, theory is the same as practice, but in practice, it's not.

              To make a long story short, after 35 days I started adding some grains, gained back a couple of pounds in a couple of weeks, and was back where I started before primal. My BP raised and I went back on my bp meds as well.

              Good luck to those who can work the program and benefit from it. I can not. Actually I don't want to. I truly see no lasting benefit from the program.

              66 yrs old.; 6ft. 1; 213 lbs this morning...
              Primal is not for everyone. If you are addicted to your meds and your heavier weight, then primal is not for you. All the power to you -- enjoy your pizza, bread, potatoes, pasta and meds. It's all about choice and sounds like you've made yours. Cheers, mate.
              ----------------------------------------
              F, 48, 5'10"
              Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
              Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

              Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Bob-Tao View Post
                Just thought I'd post the results of trying primal for 35 days. It's just not for me. I noticed there were a lot of retirees who introduced themselves and never posted again. I thought I may as well post my results in case anyone is interested now or in the future.
                As a menopausal woman, I will admit it can be harder than it would be if you were 27.

                Originally posted by Bob-Tao View Post
                I started primal (with 100-150g of carbs daily) by going grain and legume free for 35 days.
                That's a little high for someone trying to lose weight, but whatever.

                Originally posted by Bob-Tao View Post
                I did slip a few grains in but I'd have to say I was at 100% grain free about 95% of the time and legume free all the time.
                I'm going to guess the grains were glutenous grains. Yeah, you can't really cheat with those and make any progress, especially not in the first months. It sets you way back, even if it's not very often. And "95%" would mean maybe one meal during the whole month, and I'm pretty sure it was more often than just one time.

                Originally posted by Bob-Tao View Post
                To make a long story short, after 35 days I started adding some grains, gained back a couple of pounds in a couple of weeks, and was back where I started before primal. My BP raised and I went back on my bp meds as well.
                Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I do this!
                Doctor: Then don't do that!

                Nuff said.
                Durp.

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                • #38
                  I find it hilarious that PB didn't work *after* he stopped doing it and went back to eating grains. Hilarious.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                    that's oversimplifying, and he would agree. the idea is that you don't really need to watch your calories if you are obeying your hunger because the food is sating. i feel if someone is really following all ten primal laws well, they really can eat all they want because they won't want too much.
                    This, spot on^
                    Free your mind, and your Grok will follow!

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by BennettC View Post
                      calories control everything. Mark is wrong when he says to eat all you want. good luck to you though. I would suggest looking at some of Dr. Greg Ellis's work, he lets you structure your own diet and live your life
                      Mark never said to eat all you want. I suggest you go back and read chapter 8 of the PB. It's all about calories and macros.

                      In Mark's post "17 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight", number 8 is , "You are eating too much".

                      It's the forum pundits who have never read the PB that spread nonsense about eating all you want.

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                      • #41
                        I kind of doubt that someone who would give up after a month was truly 95% primal for said month. And if they were, had success, and still gave up then I would guess that its the "I can eat whatever I want if I take this pill" mentality that needs to be ditched. Not Primal Blueprint, but whatever... more ribeyes for me

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                        • #42
                          It was confusing to me as well, but I kept a daily journal and checked my bp 3 to 4 times each day to arrive at a daily average.
                          On 8/8, when I started primal and stopped my bp meds, my bp was 133/73 and weight was was 212.
                          After one day of primal and no meds my bp was 131/76 and weight was was 208. Initially this was very promising.
                          After 35 days on primal, on 9/12, my bp was 145/85 and my weight was back to 212. At this point I reintroduced some grains. By 9/14 my bp was 149/90 and I went back on bp meds, my weight was 214.
                          Today my bp is 135/79, and my weight is 213, pretty much back where I started on 8/8.

                          I guess I was saying that primal initially gave me a 4 lb weight loss the first day, that went back to my starting weight after 35 days. Going back on grains I gained 2 lbs then lost 1 lb.
                          In regard to bp, the primal did not keep my bp down in the 130s where it was with the meds. It crept up to 145. I then re-introduced grains and it went to 149. The meds got it back to 135. I found that grains vs no grains made very little difference in my weight or bp.


                          Originally posted by Dulcimina View Post
                          Am I understanding correctly that at the end of 35 days you lost weight (or at least hadn't gained any more) and were successfully off BP meds? You then re-introduced grains, and as a result gained weight and raised your BP? And the conclusion you reached from these data is that primal eating does not work?

                          I'm so confused.

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                          • #43
                            Thanks. I looked at a youtube video by him and will check him out further.


                            Originally posted by BennettC View Post
                            calories control everything. Mark is wrong when he says to eat all you want. good luck to you though. I would suggest looking at some of Dr. Greg Ellis's work, he lets you structure your own diet and live your life

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                            • #44
                              No I'm not a troll. If you follow my posts I have been around for a couple of months. I did like Mark said and gave it try. Not a 100% effort but as much of an effort as I was willing to make. I'm glad for your husband and you. Good luck.
                              Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                              Could it have been a troll?

                              My 66 year old husband is doing great on this and does not intend to EVER go back to the way he had been eating. It works. Slow and steady, but it does work.

                              Tortoise and the hare. One wins, one does not.

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                              • #45
                                No, I'm just someone who is sharing my own experience, as is everyone else on the forum.

                                Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                                as little sense as OP made, i imagine it was either a troll or someone dying to say AH-HA! SO THERE!

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