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    Hi, I was wondering where I should start with the primal diet.
    I mainly want to lose weight, a lot of weight. I'm 20, 5'8", female, and have been morbidly obese as long as i can remember. My doctor even told me i could expect a heart attack by age 25 if I don't lose weight.
    Right now I weigh about 310lbs. I found this diet when I was thinking about eating like my ancestors, thinking that they were healthy and fit, why aren't I and countless other's? (nifty, I know). So I'm very interested in giving this new lifestyle a try.

    But where do I start? How should I start? Should I just drop those starches cold turkey, or gradually take them away?

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    1) Stop eating all wheat products, oatmeal & cereals. You will lose a LOT of weight from this alone. Read the book, Wheat Belly:
    Expect to have withdrawal symptoms for the 1st week or 2.
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    2) Stop drinking Soda Pop, juices or anything else containing High Fructose Corn Syrup or sugars. Water, coffee, tea OK.

    3) Stop eating ANYTHING that contains Trans Fats or Hydrogenated Oils.

    4) Eat as much as you want from the following foods:
    * Meat, chicken, fish
    * veggies
    * fruits
    * nuts
    * Use only natural oils & greases

    5) Boost your immune system with 10,000 IU Daily of Vitamin D3 - More below.
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    As you can see nearly all packaged foods are eliminated by these rules. The weight will roll off and you will regain your good health.

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    Are dairy foods bad? Or is it okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasuga View Post
    Are dairy foods bad? Or is it okay?
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    sasuga,

    Greek Yogurt is great. So is buttermilk. Do a search of DAIRY on Marks Blog for the complete list of "Good" Dairy.
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    Hi sasuga,

    I am your age. It's great you had the brains to think of Primal, not many people do!
    Don't forget that some fats are good for you- eat butter, fatty cuts of meat & coconut oil. If you skimp of fats you will just be hungry all the time and want to eat carbs.
    You are the same height as me, and for me to maintain my weight I need about 1700 calories a day. I have a small frame though..so you might need more or less. For now I wouldn't worry about numbers. Just focus on eating until your full then stop. Here is a good website for Primal weight loss too- Healing Naturally by Bee - Home Page & go to the Lose Weight tab on the left.

    You are in the right place!

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    here it is, nice and clear, easy ....How to Eat According to the Primal Blueprint | Mark's Daily Apple

    for more info than you will know what to do with, but will help with all your newbie questions...Primal Blueprint 101 | Mark's Daily Apple

    and because that page can be a tad overwhelming this gentleman was nice enough to write a more concise description...A Beginner’s Guide to the Primal Lifestyle, Part One | Three New Leaves

    Welcome! and good luck
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    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day

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    Cool Congrats on deciding to follow the PB way of eating and lifestyle!

    You asked if you should give up starches cold turkey. I started not too far from you - 250#'s @ 5'4. When I started, I did it cold turkey. I gave up anything with sugar - Breads, pasta, rice, no junk food, candy, or anything out of a box. I really think that to make that work, you really have to make sure you have enough PB food in your house to feed your self all the time! The first few days I felt weird, maybe even alittle sick and irritable, but it only took me about 3-4 days tops for my body to stop running off sugar, and it was much easier to not think about carbs after that. Extremely helpful, even if your not a breakfast eater, eat a hearty breakfast! After 5 years or so, that is the single most important thing that will help to keep you from thinking about carbs all day. I currently eat 3 eggs scrambled with 3 links of real sausage or left over meat from last nights dinner, and I tolerate cheese, so I use some of that too. I usually split this between breakfast and lunch, but when I was heavier, this was breakfast. When you start your day on such a simple carb free filling breakfast, not only are you satisfied with what you ate, but you took the first step in not craving carbs at noon (or way sooner). Also, this takes me less than ten minutes to fry up. So anyway, been doing it this way for years, and I am 90 pounds lighter. My goal is to lose another 25 pounds by the end of the year,

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    I agree on taking a step wise approach. It seems too much when you do it all at once. For someone who is morbidly obese taking steps you will see results.

    Example
    First few weeks eliminate wheat and cereal. Start walking 20 minutes 3 times a week.

    Then start counting carbs to reach the weight loss window 50-100, and add heavy lifting etc..

    Then after a time when it feels easier fine tune all the other factors mentioned as part of the primal blueprint.

    Keys are purge your pantry so as not tempted. Keep cash off you so you don't buy junk. Be prepared every day with plenty of primal food you enjoy yourself. Don't stress over it

    For the first time in my life I don't spend my entire day either thinking about food or feeling guilty about what I recently ate. I have battled with obesity since childhood.

    Good Luck

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