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  • Primal Success at 60

    Back on March 4th of 2012 I weighed in at 213 lbs. and decided to get my health and weight under control. I was coming up on my 60th birthday in April and wanted to get back under 200 lbs. After doing some research I decided on a Paleo diet and Fitness program and have been amazed at the results. I am currently fairly strict (90% Primal) and have more than surpassed my goal losing 45 lbs at my low point and since then gaining about 10 Lbs of muscle and feel amazing.

    I don't have any before pictures of me, as I was somewhat embarrassed to have any pictures taken with my shirt off, but here are a couple of photos. The first after about 4 months is when I was at my lowest body weight after eating strict low carb Paleo and doing primarily body weight exercises along with some interval training at the track. The second is after a year having changed my fitness program, focusing on weight training for a few months and eating more Primal with a higher carb macro.

    It would be great to hear from any one else out there in their 60s or older who have had great results following the Paleo Diet and exercise lifestyle.

    6 Months Paleo photo 2.jpg

    John 1 year + Paleo #2.jpg

    Feel free to visit my Facebook Paleo Diary, perhaps you will find it motivating. Good luck everyone!

    Paleo Journey - Diary of my experience eating the Paleo Diet | Facebook
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    Last edited by canuck416; 09-01-2013, 02:40 PM.
    Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

    https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

  • #2
    Lookin' gooood!!!!

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    • #3
      Nice job...you look awesome, happy, and healthy! Congrats.

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      • #4
        Thanks! Appreciate the compliments!
        Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

        https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

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        • #5
          You are looking much better than all my 60+ friends! Great job. You should be proud.
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          GW: 130 a dream, I know
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          • #6
            What do you eat and drink most days? Any cheats?

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            • #7
              You're just a young whippersnapper. My 86 year old Dad has recently gone primal and is doing great. And my 81 year old best friend too. Both were diabetic, on statins and BP meds. Meds are gone as are all symptoms of diabetes for both of them.

              Never to late to make a change for the better.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paleofan View Post
                What do you eat and drink most days? Any cheats?
                I usually Intermittent Fast from dinner until a late breakfast (16 hours) - so if I finish dinner at 7 pm, then I will eat around 11 am the next morning. Typical day begins with black coffee, a saute of onions, bell peppers and kale or spinach in coconut oil with 3 or 4 eggs and an avocado on the side. A couple of days a week I will add 3 or 4 slices of bacon. Mid afternoon I might have a can of sardines or perhaps an apple if hungry. Dinner is organic and local (if possible) grass fed meat, free range poultry or wild fish with a good salad and a cooked vegetable (I rotate brussel sprouts, yams, cauliflower, beets, broccoli and squash for variety). I will often have a glass of red wine with dinner and some dark chocolate for a treat a couple of times a week. I have been experimenting with other recipes but this is a typical day. Also I make up my own salad dressing mixing balsamic vinegar and olive oil with mustard which is very tasty. I always drink a large glass of water when I wake up and drink water with my meals and when thirsty during the day.

                I hope this helps!
                Last edited by canuck416; 07-16-2012, 10:38 PM.
                Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

                https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                  You're just a young whippersnapper. My 86 year old Dad has recently gone primal and is doing great. And my 81 year old best friend too. Both were diabetic, on statins and BP meds. Meds are gone as are all symptoms of diabetes for both of them.

                  Never to late to make a change for the better.
                  That's wonderful, great to hear that they are no longer on meds! I am not taking any medication what so ever (never have except for the odd aspirin). BP is 110/75 down from 130/90 when I started. Refuse to take any statin drugs as I believe they are contributing to the dramatic increase in Alzheimers. No need anyway as my blood lipid levels are very good since I began following this diet.
                  Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

                  https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

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                  • #10
                    In case you are wondering about exercise I do one 1 hour run a week, 1 interval session of sprints or hill repeats, 2 days a week I jog a half mile over to a park and do a variety of pull ups and chin ups, sit ups and push ups in a circuit format 4 sets and then jog home - all body weight exercises. In addition I do High Performance Yoga 2 or 3 times per week and recently began meditating consistantly. A couple of days a week I go for a 3 mile or longer walk or hike. I have taken a break from weight training for about 8 months but will soon re-introduce it to my fitness routine.
                    Last edited by canuck416; 10-10-2012, 01:55 PM.
                    Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

                    https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

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                    • #11
                      Great job! You look fantastic!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by perennialpam View Post
                        You are looking much better than all my 60+ friends! Great job. You should be proud.
                        You look a lot better than most of my 37 year old friends

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                          You're just a young whippersnapper. My 86 year old Dad has recently gone primal and is doing great. And my 81 year old best friend too. Both were diabetic, on statins and BP meds. Meds are gone as are all symptoms of diabetes for both of them.

                          Never to late to make a change for the better.
                          How did your Dad and friend get off the statins please? I am on statins and have just started with Primal with success weightwise.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ryediver View Post
                            How did your Dad and friend get off the statins please? I am on statins and have just started with Primal with success weightwise.
                            I'll let Paleobird answer regarding her dad, but if I was you I would wait until I'd been strictly on the Primal diet for a month and then stop taking Statins for a month and get your cholesterol and blood lipids checked. I'd be less concerned about cholesterol and more concerned about the side effects of Statins (especially regarding Alzheimer Disease) - APOE-4: The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer's
                            Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

                            https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

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                            • #15
                              This is some great basic info on cholesterol. Very well researched.

                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread4723.html

                              I agree with canuck416 that you should give the PB plan some time to work and then get yourself re-tested. Doctors like statistics.

                              Statins have a host of problems associated with them and only marginal proof that they actually do any good. They appear to benefit only one group, men under the age of 65 who have had a major coronary "event" i.e. a heart attack. In people over 65 they have also been shown to cause muscle wasting.

                              Look up the studies. Inform yourself and walk into the MDs office armed with this knowledge printed out with highlights. And always remember, the doctor works for you, not the other way around. You don't have to ask permission to stop taking a drug. You should, however, always keep your physician informed of any changed in your medication,

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