Well, I'm almost there. My first diet was at age 10. I was a plump kid, and got plumper after puberty. I was at least 150 through university, managed to hit 135 for my wedding, and have never seen that weight since. But it's now within range.
Originally Posted by nikitakolata
The caveat, of course, is that I lost most of my weight before going primal, which I did for health reasons, not weight reasons. But primal eating has helped a bit there. I was at the point of losing only a pound a month, and that's now up to two or three, LOL!
Seriously, in general, I think losing it slowly is much better. Before going primal, I beat the famine mechanism (which causes you to plateau and then regain your weight, which is why so few diets are successful in the long run) by limiting my active weight loss periods to three weeks. Then I would go back to normal eating, or semi-normal, because I would have to fight to keep it from coming back on for about another three weeks. Then my body accepted the new status quo and I'd eat normally for another six weeks or so, and then cut back heavily on my eating for another three weeks. After a couple of years, I had too much other stuff going on to have the emotional energy I needed to diet hard for three weeks, so I would just do a few days here and there, which resulted in the pound a month results. That was okay with me, because I was no longer obese, just plump and in less of a rush.
I think primal eating is probably another method to beat the famine mechanism. In any event, I am enjoying the better energy levels that moving to a fat-burning metabolism as opposed to a glucose-burning one. I rarely do any exercise other than walking, although I would like to change that eventually.
I am a great fan of losing weight slowly, because it makes it so much more likely to be a permanent loss. Not too sure how that works with primal. Faster weight loss might be effective in that case. In any event, the slow method has been very, very successful for me, even if I still have a way to go. I am starting to get some pretty insistent requests to explain my success by people who have been watching me for years.
It has been noted in this thread and in a couple of journals, that going very low carb can be counter-productive for women, for some reason. Including a potato or sweet potato, or a banana, or some other relatively starchy food might be helpful for you. And remember that walking is a very fine exercise, and incredibly easy to integrate into daily life. That also has worked very well for me. Between my chronic fatigue, arthritis, and thoroughly mangled shoulders it is difficult for me to do much else, but I am sure that the walking has also been a big part of my success.
5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again
More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
- Lewis Mumford