Hey everyone. I'm only 48, but feel much older. Had a total hip replacement at 46, which I dislocated 7 months later. The past several years have been filled with pain, depression and weight gain. In January I gave up wheat and sugar, followed by low carb, now moving toward primal. I've been primal in lifestyle (without calling it that) for most of my adult life. Cutting firewood for heat, hauling water, eating game and berries. I've always been extremely active which is how I kept my weight in check, although I always struggled with weight. I would guess my caloric intake to have been about 3,000-4,000 calories a day, with a hefty majority of that being carbs and beer. Since going low carb I eat about 2,000 calories a day and mostly feel satiated. I have added IF for healing as well as calorie control. I have started doing a lot of bone broth, this makes so much sense to me. I wish I had learned years ago about Wheat Belly and the wheat/arthritis connection. I started out at 234 and now have lost 27 pounds to 207. My goal is 170, but I have no idea where I'm headed with this. Where ever my body settles will be fine. So far I'm sleeping better, less muscle and bone pain, softer skin and no cracked heels, lower blood pressure, joint pain still there in various parts of my body but not getting worse like it was. "They" say you can't rebuild cartilage, but I'm trying anyway. Oh yeah, and my pain sent me into early menopause. Lots of hot flashes (but not when I'm fasting!), I'd like to stay away from taking hormones if possible. My exercise is biking so I have added sprint to my biking, can't do the primal lifting due to joint issues. There is a great thread on lowcarber.org called Lab Rats on a quest that is mostly older women struggling to lose weight even with VLC. They have a lot of great insights and links. Best of luck to everyone out there. We are all lucky to have found this lifestyle and be open to it. It has changed my life for the better.