I agree. It's possible, and I've seen some amazing transformation stories, but you definitely have to be absolutely dedicated to working your body and eating well.
F 28/5'4/100 lbs
"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."
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.
Work out hard, train hard eat STRICT Primal (no alcohol or dairy either) and it is probably atainable at most ages but the older you are the harder the battle will be.
Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
Don't forget to play!
In Mark's own words: (from the PB Fitness free download)
The Primal Blueprint Fitness strategy will help
you build or maintain lean muscle mass, reduce
your body fat, increase your energy, improve your
strength, agility and power-to-weight ratio, reduce
your risk of getting injured, improve insulin sensitivity,
boost immune function and increase organ
reserve. A major side effect, of course, is that you’ll
look good naked (we affectionately call it “LGN”)!
Not like a greased up, muscle-bound cover boy or
girl...more like a Calvin Klein underwear model,
SI Swimsuit model, Olympic Gymnast, or Linda
Hamilton in Terminator 2: well-muscled and proportioned,
with minimal body fat. No matter what
your family history, you’ll arrive naturally at the
optimum expression of your own unique genetic
makeup. Oh sure, you may vary a few percentage
points in body fat from those with world-class athlete
genetic attributes, but you’ll be able to maintain
your fitness and your new body easily on very
little work, for the rest of your life.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
I am on the Autistic spectrum for those of you that haven't seen my previous posts mentioning that. One of the curses of being Autistic is that we tend to be diagnosed with a host of other, related symptoms (ADHD anyone)?
One of the most unknown, but common diagnosis's which many Autistic individuals receive is the diagnoses of "clinically low muscle tone." This diagnoses not only predisposes us on the spectrum to lower levels of muscle mass, but also predisposes us to difficulty in building mass. I have tried and tried again to put on decent amounts of muscle mass but even "newbie gains" are tough for me, a struggle. Now, Autism is largely caused by genetic factors, as are the majority of the symptoms, so I am a big believer in living up to your genetic potential.
You should strive to have the best body and the best mind that your genes will allow you to have. But not all of us can have huge muscles with no body fat. I am extremely lean thanks to the primal blueprint, have been doing primal blueprint fitness regularly, I was working out at the gym for quite some time, and I still didn't see any noticeable gains. For me, I take solace in the fact that I am lean, I am healthy, my inflammation levels have gone down, I am rarely sick anymore, and I seem to have corrected the majority of my hormonal imbalances since I went off the CW way of eating.
Primal has been a huge boon to me overall, but the muscle gains? Not so much. To each their own, but be proud of what you are, and strive live up to your genetic potential.