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    Greetings everyone! I 'went primal' back in June, read Mark's book and a couple of others, and dove right in with a weight loss goal of 12% body fat. I started my 'diet' on June 13th, and reached my goal exactly 100 days later. I went from 198 lbs to 155 lbs, and from 29% body fat to 12% body fat. I've been lurking in the forums here and on paleohacks since then, gleaning the best advise and knowledge from Mark's blog posts and everyone else here, and it's about time for me to stand up and thank Mark and all of you for such a vibrant community.

    I went pretty extreme - mostly paleo (I include some dairy), zero carbs, and limited caloric intake the entire time. I was in moderate ketosis the whole stretch, except for a cheat day right in the middle. Now that I've reached my fat loss goal, I'm excited for the next stage: reintroducing carbs, and staying fit. I'm celebrating tonight with a small 'feast' for autumn equinox - baked sweet potatoes, slow-cooked pork with onions and carrots, and my own "Americanized Tibetan Butter Tea" (I'll share that with you all soon).

    I can't be happier about my success! I am fitter than I've ever been in my life (well, except for a slow-healing muscle injury in my leg). I feel fantastic ALL the time. I haven't experienced the usual summer allergies at all since I began. I feel strong, and fit, and though I'm not all ripped and muscly, I really like the way I look, and I know I'll get there over time! The last bit to go is the persistent belly flab - and I'm working on that with ab exercises as part of mt HIIT routine.

    I know I've never asked a question yet (most everything I'd want to ask has already been by someone else) on this forum, but to everyone: thank you all so much for such a great, supportive, intelligent and creative community! I love all of you! And thank you Mark, for your book, and your daily words of wisdom. Going primal has been one of the top three best decisions of my life.

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    Congratulations on your success. I also discovered primal in June and haven't looked back.

    So, what were your other top best decisions?

    Happy feasting. A

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    Congrats!! What fabulous news!

    And you're right, the forums here are great!

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    wow congratulations and what willpower, zero carbs is hard to do. I envy you for that. zero carb + calorie reduction = best weight loss possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annieh View Post
    Congratulations on your success. I also discovered primal in June and haven't looked back.

    So, what were your other top best decisions?

    Happy feasting. A
    Thanks! Adopting a minimalist lifestyle was more difficult than going primal, but is just as crucial (in my opinion) - it's like 'going primal' for the rest of my life. I have been headed thsi direction in years, but only recently finally resolved to just do it! The other best decision, well, seems frivolous right now, but I'm building a tiny portable house, and will move into it soon.

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    just curious did you include any dairy to maintain your calcium intake? im thinking of going back zero carb for a little while to cut my body fat % and would plan on eating cheese and drinking heavy whipping cream to maintain that. What did a days worth of food look like for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BennettC View Post
    just curious did you include any dairy to maintain your calcium intake? im thinking of going back zero carb for a little while to cut my body fat % and would plan on eating cheese and drinking heavy whipping cream to maintain that. What did a days worth of food look like for you?
    I ate a good amount of cheese the first couple of weeks, but then lessened the quantity to an ounce or so max per day, and picked it up again about 2 weeks ago (just because cheese is truly awesome). I was eating following the 'warrior's diet', (or whatever it's called), so, eating a whole day's worth of food within a 4-5 hour window. In that window, I'd consume about 500-1200 calories, depending on how much I was exercising: usually 2-3 breakfast sausages or bacon, a dinner sausage, and a buttered drink (coffee, tea, or dandelion tea with added butter, or my american-style tibetan butter tea). For most of the time, I strived to keep my fat/protein/carb ratios around 80/20/0. There were incidental carbs, of course, but generally less than 5g. Outside of the 4-hour window, I'd drink tea (herbal and otherwise) and lots of water. Closer to the end of my weight-loss phase, I increased my protein intake the more I'd exercise.

    I chose not to do anything special to maintain calcium intake, or even fiber intake or anything like that, and I never felt like I needed to, so I think I was always getting enough incidental calcium, even on the days when I wasn't eating any cheese. I will say, I haven't had a drop of milk or cream (or any dairy besides cheese) since I began, though I have recently started using heavy whipping cream (and occasionally cocount butter) to spice up my coffee. I'm no expert though, so I can't possibly suggest to you the best course of action. Though, I will say - pay attention to your body, you'll easily be able to tell when something is wrong, such as a calcium deficiency.

    The hardest part about all of it was understanding the causes of the plateaus during weight loss. It seemed like voodoo science at the time, but now that I understand it more, and understand my own body a lot better, it all makes sense. The importance of sleep, sunlight, and pure natural water really cannot be underestimated!
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    The reason I asked about calcium was because last time I attempted zero carb I knew I wasn't getting enough. As a growing 18 year old I've been told by several well respected doctors to maintain my calcium level. But hey paleolithic man seemed to do fine without. If I do go through with this again I'll plan it better this time and my willpower is stronger now. The only carbs would be small amounts in cheese, eggs, and liver. Will probably still occasionally indulge in dark chocolate, but I like 90% and there isn't much carbs in that anyways. I have been consuming raw milk and eggs post workout and that, dark chocolate, and peanut butter are my only carbs currently. I would just switch to drinking heavy whipping cream and raw eggs post workout
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