For me, the more I conceive of a program as, sort of -who I am and what I do- as opposed to -what I eat and how to lose weight- I do better losing weight and feeling good. Again, for me, the mere focus on the scales and trying to lose weight turns this into something akin to a diet, which makes me obsess about what to eat and want to cheat if the scale goes up or look for treats when the scale goes down, and I do, even if it is only a taste, and it is counter productive in terms of weight loss as well as becoming a person who is primal. That person I dream of being.
One of the things I think of as being part of my Primal Blueprint, is to learn to listen to my body cues as to hunger-when to eat, what to eat, when to stop-so the idea of cramming the amount of food prescribed by the Leptin Reset into my body within 30 minutes of waking up is a total no go. I am done with doing ridiculous things for the promise of weight loss (did that for about 38 years and ended up 100 pounds overweight as opposed to the original 10).
I was on Atkins-VLC for a good 3 to 4 months before I started this. I did not do all the shakes/bars but did use more dairy and artificial sweeteners than I should. I obsessed about every detail. That is how I lost the first 20 of my loss. I have been doing Primal for a week, just getting the hang of it. I have lost a couple more, but I now track on a journal instead of fitday or spark so that I can see what I am eating but to attempt to keep me from obsessing about the details.
I am 100% confident this does and will continue to work-for me my attitude has to match my program. I have to believe, and I do, that this is the best thing I can do for myself right now. It has to be about more than weight loss or I would not be able to walk away from all of the non-primal foods without feeling deprived.