Primal Success at 60
Back on March 4th of 2012 I weighed in at 213 lbs. and decided to get my health and weight under control. I was coming up on my 60th birthday in April and wanted to get back under 200 lbs. After doing some research I decided on a Paleo diet and Fitness program and have been amazed at the results. I am currently fairly strict (90% Primal) and have more than surpassed my goal losing 45 lbs at my low point and since then gaining about 10 Lbs of muscle and feel amazing.
I don't have any before pictures of me, as I was somewhat embarrassed to have any pictures taken with my shirt off, but here are a couple of photos. The first after about 4 months is when I was at my lowest body weight after eating strict low carb Paleo and doing primarily body weight exercises along with some interval training at the track. The second is after a year having changed my fitness program, focusing on weight training for a few months and eating more Primal with a higher carb macro.
It would be great to hear from any one else out there in their 60s or older who have had great results following the Paleo Diet and exercise lifestyle.
6 Months Paleo photo 2.jpg
John 1 year + Paleo #2.jpg
Feel free to visit my Facebook Paleo Diary, perhaps you will find it motivating. Good luck everyone!
Paleo Journey - Diary of my experience eating the Paleo Diet | Facebook
Last edited by canuck416; 09-01-2013 at 02:40 PM.
Nice job...you look awesome, happy, and healthy! Congrats.
Thanks! Appreciate the compliments!
You are looking much better than all my 60+ friends! Great job. You should be proud.
You look a lot better than most of my 37 year old friends
Originally Posted by perennialpam
What do you eat and drink most days? Any cheats?
I usually Intermittent Fast from dinner until a late breakfast (16 hours) - so if I finish dinner at 7 pm, then I will eat around 11 am the next morning. Typical day begins with black coffee, a saute of onions, bell peppers and kale or spinach in coconut oil with 3 or 4 eggs and an avocado on the side. A couple of days a week I will add 3 or 4 slices of bacon. Mid afternoon I might have a can of sardines or perhaps an apple if hungry. Dinner is organic and local (if possible) grass fed meat, free range poultry or wild fish with a good salad and a cooked vegetable (I rotate brussel sprouts, yams, cauliflower, beets, broccoli and squash for variety). I will often have a glass of red wine with dinner and some dark chocolate for a treat a couple of times a week. I have been experimenting with other recipes but this is a typical day. Also I make up my own salad dressing mixing balsamic vinegar and olive oil with mustard which is very tasty. I always drink a large glass of water when I wake up and drink water with my meals and when thirsty during the day.
Originally Posted by Paleofan
I hope this helps!
Last edited by canuck416; 07-16-2012 at 10:38 PM.
In case you are wondering about exercise I do one 1 hour run a week, 1 interval session of sprints or hill repeats, 2 days a week I jog a half mile over to a park and do a variety of pull ups and chin ups, sit ups and push ups in a circuit format 4 sets and then jog home - all body weight exercises. In addition I do High Performance Yoga 2 or 3 times per week and recently began meditating consistantly. A couple of days a week I go for a 3 mile or longer walk or hike. I have taken a break from weight training for about 8 months but will soon re-introduce it to my fitness routine.
Last edited by canuck416; 10-10-2012 at 01:55 PM.
That is really something. This'll stay with me, I'm gonna have a bad guilt trip if I'm weak and soft and arthritic at 60. Just more evidence that health at a high age isn't just possible, it's probable if you follow a good diet and have a good regimen. Congratulations! You really deserve your success.
I'm probably correct in guessing, though, that you have previous sports/athletic/military experience? Can't put my finger on it, but you seem like that kind of guy. Great work in any case.