I have been primal for about a month and have lost 10 lbs very painlessly - not bad for 54 and currently not able to exercise. I cook in coconut oil, eat plenty of saturated fat through consuming animal products (eggs, dark-meat chicken, beef, and bacon) and also eat oily fish like wild salmon and sardines. Oh, and I butter my cooked veg. If you just take the grains and sugar out of your meals and replace it with fat + protein, it's way easier than trying to replace the carbs with low-fat protein sources. Bonus - not being hungry all the time and not feeling like I am "on a diet" which is automatically something that will end at some point. Good luck to you!
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I've lost a bit of weight now, but from the start in January (and still now) 50 to 60 percent of the energy I eat is from fat, and I am still losing.
Female, age 51, 5' 9"
SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.
Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
2013 goals are to get fit and strong!
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 111 on sugar cheat. Currently fighting off sugar/candy cravings with bulletproof cocoa and a little rice.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.
It really depends on your goals. You will lose weight very quickly if you just eat protein and vegetables. This diet is called a protein sparing modified fast and is basically the best way to lose weight quickly and without health risks. The problem is that the diet is super restrictive, bland, and can make you feel sluggish and just all around bad (some people feel great on it though...depends on the person). I personally wouldn't suggest it as it was far too intense for me and actually caused me to binge.
I would suggest you figure out your maintenance calories, subtract maybe 500-1000 depending on how strict/how fast you want to lose the weight, eat enough protein and get enough veggies and fruit in to make sure you are getting your vitamins, and fill in the rest of your calories with whatever keeps you sane and least likely to fall off the wagon. That is the best way to lose weight. If you are not losing weight or not losing it quickly enough, cut calories by a couple hundred calories and adjust from there. Pretty simple...it just takes discipline to stick to it.
My husband qualifies as "overweight" currently, and was "obese" when we had to do BMI to come to this country.
But, our doctor included a note with the BMI asserting that DH was in great shape, with less than 15% body fat (he didn't do a calculation, he just looked at him. He also wrote "And is built like a brick sh*thouse" on our immigration health form. LOL I loved that guy.
Since he lost muscle coming here (recovering from injuries and focusing on body weight, mobility, etc to heal those injuries), and also fat (he's down below 10% fb currently, his BMI went down to the "overweight" category. Still, he's not at all 'overweight' in any way that would be unhealthy (it being all sexy muscle).
At a certain point, I think that focusing on your body fat percentage is more effective than weight or BMI. but you may not be at that point yet, and that's cool.
I think it's fine if you want to decrease the amount of fat that you are consuming. Why wouldn't it be?
I just occasionally work out my percentages, and as long as Im getting around 60% of my daily calories from fat, I don't fiddle with it. I love the fat, and yes it does make you full, but isnt that the point? Im a woman, so I need more fat than you possibly... Nothing will make me give up my high fat, adequate protein limited carbs way of eating!
My own experience was, fat loss didn't quite kick off until I upped my fat intake significantly.
I just can't eat much when fat is a big percentage of my diet, and it keeps me so full that I can only eat once a day.
Now if I need to really lean out for summer or something, it's pretty easy. I just eat less protein and more fat, which ends up to be less calories overall and feeling full all the time. Fat is pretty yummy too.
Doesn't get easier than that.