Figured I'd stop trolling and actually introduce myself.
On my SAD, I managed to go from 6'3", 250-->185 lbs over 10 months with calorie counting and a lot of exercise, but my body couldn't maintain that weight and I ended up sticking at 200 lbs (17% body fat) for the last 2.5 years. I kept at 200 lbs while trying to lose more weight, but no matter how much exercise and calorie counting I did, my weight just stuck. I falsely hoped it was because I was replacing fat with muscle, but deep down I knew better.
I read Loren Cordain's book, found this site, and I just finished my second complete month as Paleo/Primal (I cut out dairy too, so I'm not sure I can call myself Primal). Without changing my exercise regime one bit, I have managed to drop to a very healthy looking 183 (11.3% body fat) in merely 2 months. I figure my weight loss will slow down, but it hasn't yet, and I haven't counted a single calorie, nor have I ever left myself hungry. I've trusted in the system, and the results have been phenominal.
Now at 6'3", 200 lbs isn't grossly overweight, but given my 6 workouts/week, I was always dismayed at how much belly fat I had. Knowing the science behind diet, and how unhealthy my SAD was, I'm actually shocked that I wasn't gaining more weight. Needless to say, this is my lifestyle for...well, life!
My wife was quite skeptical at the start (well frankly she still thinks my cholesterol is likely off the charts high, so I'm going to get tested to prove her wrong), but after 2 months of awesome results she's talking about maybe trying what I do. Hopefully she can, I'm a cold-turkey kind of guy where she's a more 80/20 kind of girl (that turns into 50/50, then eventually 20/80). Either way I've been conscientious to not rag on her about her food and just let us make our own choices.
Here are some pics to gawk at my transformation. Given I wasn't obese before, they may not seem miraculous, but to me they are everything I could have hoped for and more. This is only 2 months for me and I can't wait to see how I'll look in 2 more.
I didn't grab a day 0 pic, but I was 202 lbs and ~17% bf
11 days primal
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Here is today's update:
So, I'm not weighing in as weekly, but this happens to be the 7 month point since I have tried to shift to a more evolutionary style of eating.
So. let us lay out the data.
April 1st: 216lbs 33.8%BF (started Primal on April 3rd)
August 5th: 196lbs 30.5%BF
October 15th: 197 and 30.8%BF
November 4th: 195lbs 30.3%BF (7 months into Primal)
I've dropped 3.5%BF, and have dropped some 20-25lbs and seem to be getting fitter.
My weight training is improving nicely, and i'm having 'iron fun' at the YMCA.
I'm adding a bit more physical exercise, and have begun taking some magnesium supplements in addition to eating (MMMM) Real Food.
Also, had to tuck the floppy end of my belt into my pocket... belt trimming ahoy!
Nice work Adam Crafter!
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