"Weight loss" is a funny word. Actually, I hate the word. I don't give a damn about "weight", and neither should you. And here's why:
1.) Primal weight loss - the high protein intake and protective saturated fats and low toxin carbohydrates promote body recomposition. The diet is highly protective of muscle tissue, connective tissue, bone density and increases testosterone, which typically leads to muscle growth even without exercise. "Weight loss" is often unreliable because body fat is being displaced by muscle, so you're getting stronger and leaner while showing less "weight" being lost on the scale.
2.) Vegan weight loss - poor sources of amino acids, low protein intake, high levels of toxins from heavy grain consumption, soy, legumes, vegetable-based oils and "meat" and "dairy" substitutes and massive sugar consumption lead to "weight loss" as well. This diet promotes the loss of muscle tissue, connective tissue, bone density and emaciation due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly B vitamins. You may lose more "weight" on the Vegan diet, especially since overall calories are kept low from a lack of nutrient-dense foods (it's difficult to eat 3,000 calories worth of lettuce, bananas, potatoes and broccoli vs steak and eggs), but realize that fat is protected better than muscle on this lifestyle. This leads to the "skinny fat" condition.
So, what would you prefer? To lose 30 pounds on the Vegan diet where 15 pounds lost are muscle and bone with only 15 pounds of fat loss? Or would you rather lose 20 pounds on the Primal/Paleo diet where 25 pounds lost are fat and 5 pounds of muscle are gained? Who truly had the better results? Since going Primal/Paleo around 9 months ago and completely changing the way I eat and exercise, I've lost around 12 lbs while adding 100 lbs to my deadlift, 100 lbs to my squat, 20 lbs to my benchpress and God only knows how much to my legs. My muscle mass and bone density is clearly much higher, so what was my real fat loss?
It's funny how looking at yourself in the mirror every day skews your reality. I look pretty much the same in my mind today as I did when I started, but when I compare pictures from 9 months ago versus today...ho-lee shit. The difference is incredible. This has truly been the best decision of my life.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 11-08-2011 at 06:22 AM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.