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  • How many times have you lost the weight?

    How many of you have lost the weight before finding ancestral diets? How many times did you do it?

    Personally, I have lost weight at least once each decade of my adult life. And gained it all back again.

    1. When I was 16 I lost the weight through starvation dieting. I kept it off through continued starvation (goal of 500 calories a day) for almost a year.

    2. When I was in my 20s I lost some of the weight by being a college student without a parking permit. I had to walk a mile with my books. It only lasted as long as college.

    3. In my 30s I lost the weight with a low-carb, low-fat vegetarian diet plus tons of strenuous exercise. After I got the weight off, I rebounded a bit but managed to slow the rate of insidious weight gain doing what many people (including my doctor) considered to be extreme amounts of physical exercise.

    4. In my 40s I went on two long-distance backpack trips (over 1000 miles). I lost weight both times. I gained it back immediately after each hike despite efforts to eat less and keep exercising.

    5. In my 40s I tried low carb/high fat and Primal and lost weight. I have kept it off almost a year. I have not had to do insane amounts of exercise, which is nice. I feel a sense of trust that as long as I do not overeat, I will not have to starve or exercise my brains out to avoid insidious weight gain.

    I'll admit it makes me mad when people say that fat people are lazy and don't try hard enough. I have probably walked, ran and cycled more miles than the majority of young men on this forum ever will in their entire lives and I'm pretty sure I've gone to bed hungry more days than they ever will, too.

    How about you?
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

  • #2
    After my first son was born (5 years ago), I joined weight watchers (6 weeks PP), it took me 18 months to lose 20 kg (plus the 20 kg I gained in pregnancy, that came off in about a month), to my lowest adult weight.
    For some reason things fell apart after this, and I ate a lot of shit, rapidily, and gained that weight back in around 4 months.
    Then I got pregnant again. Ate better this time (SAD) but gained nearly as much weight. Once again lost the gained pregnancy weight in around a month, and joined WW again. Didn't quite get down to my previous low, so tried the whole lean protein, brown rice and tons of spinach 6 x a day weight loss, as well as going a million gym classes a week. Strangely enough my weight didn't move too much. Moved on to half marathon training, again weight didn't move too much. Tried various low fat, higher carb eating methods. Then began lifting heavy, but around this time discovered primal and CrossFit. Then my body comp changed heaps! Yes the scales weren't going down. But I actually started to wake up from my fog, and lose all my aches and pains and digestive issues.
    But then shit happened at CrossFit, and I got injured plus other shit, and I stopped going, and went back to more frequent binge eating (was still doing it sometimes while primal). And then I gained back nearly 20 kg.
    I recently discovered HFLC, and now the scales are actually moving down, and I feel amazing.


    • #3
      Just once. I've plateau'd on weight loss several times, but haven't regained it. I'll drop 20 lbs, then stall and stay there for a few months, then drop another 20.
      High Weight: 225
      Weight at start of Primal: 189
      Current Weight: 174
      Goal Weight: 130

      Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012


      • #4
        Four. Anywhere from losing 36 pounds to losing 118. And yep, it pisses me off also considering how much I've done in my life with relatively little parental support - weak, me? Hah. Lazy? Sometimes. But I was just as lazy at 112 pounds as I was at 263. We overeaters need disease status like the alcoholics, so it's not okay to judge us.
        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


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


        • #5
          A few years ago, I lost 60lbs by eating Lean Cuisine and cliff bars and working out at the gym for up to two hours most days of the week. I got a summer job that was fairly strenous (carrying a 50lb pack over rough terrain) and stopped working out. (Who wants to come home from a job like that and work out more?!) When the job was over, I didn't start working out again. Then winter came. And baconators were just sooooo delicious! And (no surprise) I gained all 60 of those pounds back.


          • #6
            Once. Just Primal Blueprint. And it hasn't come back. I mean, a few pounds fly on and fly back off here and there, but I've never been near my SAD weight.
            Crohn's, doing SCD


            • #7
              i would lose small amounts of 15-20 lbs (small for me) every now and then by trying different diets. i lost serious amounts--25-50lbs-- twice on low-carb diets...and every time i gained back the weight and more. then, i lost 100 lbs on WW (mostly primal too, just a big calorie restriction and low fat) and switched to primal to lose 50 more.


              • #8
                When in my early 20's I did the original WW and got down to 123. (Don't remember the start weight, but it was bad).

                Gained it back through two pregnancies and some significant life stresses. I don't want to guess how many times I tried to make CW low fat/healthy whole grains work. IT DIDN'T. And I was hungry all the time. Unsustainable. Finally gave up.

                I lost most of the weight in 2009-2010 eating low carb and then gradually shifting to primal . I now weigh only one pound more than I did after starving myself on WW those many years ago.

                We have been given bad advice by the government and the medical community. It cost me a great deal over the years, so I'm angry that they continue to preach their bad advice.
                Starting Weight: 197.5
                Current Weight: 123
                Far healthier!


                • #9
                  I have lost and gained the same 30 - 35 lbs. several times, mainly through low calorie semi-starvation diets and at times exercise. I would slim down to a size 2 and then I'd relax the calorie restriction and of course my weight would creep back up sooooo damn fast! Nasty, visious cycle!!!
                  The last time though I went low-carb in 2011 and was able to to reach my current weight. A year later I came here and seems as if my body comp has improved some thanks to the PB while my weight has basicaly stayed the same
                  Now I feel that I have found a solution that will keep me fit and healthy for life and it feels pretty awesome.


                  • #10
                    I floated between 180 to 200 pounds in the years after I dropped out of high school, and I've lost weight one other time. I found myself around 240 pounds, and since I was taking an online nutrition class at the time, I thought it would be a good idea to starve myself on plain whole grain bread, Cheerios, frozen waffles, boiled chicken breast with cheese (which wasn't half bad) and the occasional double cheeseburger. I probably stopped drinking soda, too, which is always a good thing. Got down to 212 and then ballooned up to 270-ish after I stopped.

                    Interestingly enough, I never caught shit for my Cheerios starvation diet.


                    • #11
                      I lost all of my weight on a CW way of eating, but almost immediately after I did, I found primal, so I never had time to gain it all back. Or I am sure I would have!

                      Primal gave me the ability to maintain the loss I had already experienced before coming to it.
                      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."


                      • #12
                        I gained weight from 19-21 due to pituitary tumor/hormones, and I lost that weight in at age 22. (between 21/22).

                        I maintained that weight until I was 31/32 -- when I became pregnant (i don't think this counts). Without any additional effort, after hormones normalized, I was back down to my normal weight (which I'd gotten down to at age 21/22), and have stayed there ever since.

                        Unless I plan another round of pregnancy/breastfeeding, I am planning/working to stay around this weight.


                        • #13
                          Gah. Too many times. First was when I was about 17. Then again at about 23 because my abusive ex-husband was obsessed with my weight and thought ALL women should weigh no more than 130 pounds. I am 5'9", large-framed and my BONES probably weight 130! So that worked well. Then after two babies and hormonal weirdness and a bad divorce, I went from 275 to 238. My poor body loves 238. Went from 238 to 199 (for about one afternoon) ten years ago. Two years ago, from 238 to 219. Back up to 238. Now I'm here and learning just how hard it is to budge the pudge off a 48 year olds' butt.


                          • #14
                            When I was 26 or 27, I stopped eating all fat. I did only weight bearing exercises and became my ideal size. I was very strong for my size (tiny body frame).

                            That's it. First pregnancy when I was 29, then one every 2 years or so until I was 38 (4 kids). Steadily put on weight since turning 40. Found primal Aug 2011 and haven't looked back (I do put on a bit of weight on holidays, but I go back to work next week so it will come off soon)


                            • #15
                              Can I ask - how many calories a day do people eat that makes them put the weight back on, and what kinds of food?

                              Also, I think most people have a number they want the scales to tell them. Do you know why your number is your number?

                              Even though I've probably never been fat, I've been "fat" in my head for 14 years.

                              When I was 17 I fell in love for the first time and couldn't eat for probably a month. I probably dropped 7 lbs - which isn't a lot, but I was already pretty thin, and when I got back to school I weighed 108 lbs (I'm 5'8). Everyone made a huge deal over my "figure", I got approached by a modelling agency, and coupled with being in love, I think that waif-like weight got tied up in my head with happiness, and for the next 14 years I have fought to be that weight again, thinking that's where happiness was.

                              I became vegetarian cos' I thought it would help me lose more weight. I counted calories. I starved myself. I started binging and started putting on weight.

                              Three times over the last 14 years I have gotten back to that "ideal" weight - when I was 24 (starvation, maintained it with low carb), 28 (calorie restriction), and 29 (veganism) . I maintained it for a year at 24, six months at 28, and only three months at 29. Usually I fluctuated between 112 lbs and 135 lbs. The heaviest I was was when I was 27 - I weighed 145 lbs, and I dropped to 110 in a few months.

                              I've always put the weight back on through binging. Exercise doesn't seem to have much effect on my weight.

                              Thankfully Primal taught me not to fear fat, to eat meat again, and to eat food with as little processing as possible. But believe it or not, it was not a diet, but the debates on this forum that have helped me the most. I realised that I have so many food phobias and that I will never have a stable weight until I deal with those. I gave myself the freedom to eat everything and I accepted that I was going to put on weight while this happened. I'm still operating on teh principle of eating real foods, but if I really want something I'm not depriving myself anymore. I have given up dieting, and am not allowed to weigh myself. I think I'm slowly finding what works for me, and I hope over the next few months I'll go to my "natural" weight.
                              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                              - Ray Peat