Yes, that is quite possible. As I said, to me Primal without calorie counting is like a kid in a candy store. If carbs/sweets are your "thing" then you probably already did cut back your calorie intake some just by going Primal, just because all your favorites were suddenly off limits. For those of us who crave salty oily stuff instead, Primal is just like if someone told you you could eat all the cookies you wanted and still lose weight. Whoooopie! So easy to overdo it.
MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say
"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7
I ate up to a stick of butter a day for the first month after I started allowing fat into my diet. It just felt right, an dI felt like my body needed to make up for the depletion. Sure enough, by the end of the month, I had no desire to eat it plain at all. I do love fatty foods; I love adding gobs of butter to everything and eating pernil grease plain and love the fattiest cuts of meat and especially crispy pork fat and all kinds of meat. But I can't binge on them.
5'4" 36yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
Starting: 185 lbs (March '10)
Current: 132.5 lbs
Goal: 135 lbs (Hit Jan '13)
Beating bingeing since 10/31/11 on my Leptin Reset journey
I went bananas eating coconut oil my first month, now I gag if I try to eat it (but still recommend it as a good choice for a quick fix), but cook with it just fine.
Oh, and about High School weight... yeah I weigh less now than I ever did in high school, but I was always heavy.
This is a very useful thread! I've kind of hit a weight plateau myself around 155 lbs, and being 5'1", getting to a 'normal' weight would mean <135 lbs. But I know my 'plateau' is my own fault because I don't stick to PB consistently; I vacillate between periods of nearly 100% compliance and periods of eating junk. I know it's because I have some food issues to work through. I also have to deal with PCOS/insulin resistance/nutritional deficiencies. I intended to do a PB challenge in March but I've been doing a bad job of it in the past week. Part of my challenge, however, did include exercising every day, and I have been doing that and still noticing improved definition.
At my highest I weighed 200 pounds... I got down to 180 slowly just by cutting out the constant sugary junk (and with the help of insulin-sensitizing medication). I know I was 170 back at the end of July, which was shortly after I'd started Primal. So I think Primal helped me lose about 20 pounds 'effortlessly,' and I've maintained since on a loosely-Primal diet, and now I have to comply to it better than I have before in order to see more changes, as well as include more exercise I think. Once I get to long-term compliance I can start figuring out the calories. It's really useful to know that I need to make sure to get in my 400-600 calories of protein every day though.
Since Feb 26 (my last weigh/measure), I have LOST 2 lbs!!!!
I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but I was “stuck” at 148 for months!
Loss since Feb 26:
.25” from my ribcage,
.5” from my waist
.75” from my stomach
.5” from my hips
My thighs and arms stayed the same
So, SOMETHING is working!
I started “Counting Calories” on March 1st
I stomped my foot and whined and pouted, but I started.
I increased my protein.
I also “let go” of the grief/guilt over my job loss.
And I put more emphasis into exercise and running.
So which was it????
I’m afraid to drop any of them now that I’m finally seeing movement!
"Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
"Moderation sucks." Suse
"Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
"Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield