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November 15, 2011

How to Find Your Personal Tipping Point

By Mark Sisson
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Almost all of our Friday success stories have one thing in common (besides the whole Primal thing): they finally “decide to do something about” their health. Something changes. Their health, their stamina, the health of those around them change for the worse, or maybe a diagnosis is made. Whatever it is, life reaches a tipping point, after which change is a hurtling inevitability, moving almost of its own accord. And as you can see from their stories, success comes rather quickly. It’s a few months, sometimes up to a year, but when you consider the immensity of an entire life of ill health, those months or that year are mere blinks of the eye. After that, there’s really no going back.

Okay, but what does a tipping point look like? What does it feel like?

The thing about reaching a personal tipping point – one that effects true, lasting, meaningful change, rather than some fleeting thing – is that it requires engagement of all your faculties. Ever been hit in the solar plexus, that spot right below your sternum? Back when I was a kid, the solar plexus was the holy grail of targets in an impromptu boxing match with friends. For one, you couldn’t aim for the temple, because everyone knows that a direct hit to the temple will kill you in a single blow, and you couldn’t uppercut the nose, because that would surely drive your nasal bone up into your brain. Hitting the solar plexus, meanwhile, left your opponent stunned and breathless. The impact was so jarring that it became your whole world. That test on Friday, the cute girl who sits next to you in math, the fight itself – all that no longer meant anything at all. You could think of nothing else but the sensation radiating from your sternum through the rest of your body, eventually moving beyond the purely physical and on into the emotional. It was wholly consuming on every level.

That’s exactly what your personal tipping point will have to do: affect you on a physical, intellectual, and emotional level. Otherwise, you’ll just talk about it, read about it, hear about other people who are doing it, without ever really making the change yourself.

The question, then, is can artificially reach the tipping point? Can we speed up the process? Can we bypass all the years of suffering, the failures, the setbacks, the proclamations of dire health from medical professionals? Can we somehow ensure a chance run-in with a former classmate who looks better than they did twenty years ago? I think we can speed up the process, if not completely engineer it. For most of us, simply “deciding” to do something out of the blue isn’t enough. I mean, everyone knows that being healthier, leaner, fitter, stronger, and free of pharmaceutical dependence is better, but is that enough to make change happen? No. Look around. People aren’t changing, by and large, regardless of knowledge. Intellectual acknowledgment of the problem isn’t the problem, so to speak.

If you’re reading this blog, and others like it, and you’re hemming and hesitating while looking for your tipping point, you’re way ahead of the curve. You may not think it, but you are. For one, you’re knowledgeable about health. Once you make the decision to embark on the journey toward health and happiness, you know what to do. You know which plan will get you there quickest and which plan will be the most sustainable (hint: it rhymes with “thymal rooprint”). You can pull up the relevant blog posts, you know which book to purchase (or maybe you already have), you know which foods to avoid and which to favor.

Second, you’ve got an open mind. In this day and age, anyone who entertains the possibility that jogging is a waste of time, saturated fat won’t kill you, and whole grains aren’t the godsend they’re made out to be is willing to entertain some alternative ideas about health and fitness. If you’re reading this blog, and doing so on a regular basis, that’s you – unless you get a perverse thrill out of reading about crazy health and nutrition ideas. And having an open mind means you’re open to change, if something comes along to force it.

Third, you know it’s possible. You’ve read the stories, seen the successes, internalized the information, and (perhaps subconsciously) gathered all the anecdotes to arrive at the conclusion that yes, rapid, lasting change is possible. Unless you think all my comments come from bots and/or paid commenters and that I’m just doctoring all these success stories, of course. If that’s so, I’m not sure what I could do to persuade you otherwise. But for the bulk of you, you know that this stuff works.

You’ve got the resources, the know-how, the open mind, and the anecdotes. It’s a big start, a necessary one, but it’s not everything (obviously). It’s not enough for everyone. Otherwise, you’d already be doing it!

So here are some suggestions on how to mastermind a tipping point:

Go to the doctor for a check-up.

I’m not usually one to tell folks to rely on the doctor to tell them how unhealthy they are, but this can be a real eye opener. Go in. Get some tests. Get things felt, measured, and weighed. Be the willing subject of stern, disapproving glances directed your way from behind a clipboard. It almost certainly will be unpleasant, and you might find out some bad news (pre-diabetic, bad lipids, high blood pressure?), but that’s the entire point. As you drive home from the doctor with the sinking realization that your health is unequivocally, objectively on the downward swing, you might arrive home a changed person.

Compare old pictures to current ones.

Remember when you were younger, svelter, and fitter? Revisit old photos and obtain visual confirmation. Weight gain occurs rather gradually. You don’t wake up with a spare tire. Rather, it slowly inflates over the months and years. Without pictures, literal snapshots in time, we might never notice how much we’ve changed or how much weight we’ve gained. Place the best picture you can find next to your worst current one. If they’re digital, print them out in the largest size you can handle. Gaze at them. Take them in. Allow yourself to be shocked, way down deep. Of course, the way you look isn’t everything, and aging, along with it’s inevitable decline, is natural, but this can nevertheless be an eye-opening exercise.

Thrust yourself into situations that you instinctively shirk from.

In order to experience sensations or witness events that might spur change, we have to put ourselves in situations that potentially contain those sensations or events. One reason why some people who get overweight or depressed or stuck in a health rut stay there and never get better is because they live an isolated existence. They don’t leave the house, they go straight home from work, they refuse invitations to go out. It’s not about lack of physical activity; it’s about maintaining a staid life that removes any potential for confounders. And when you’re looking for an event to precipitate massive change in your life, confounding variables are precisely what you need most. If you never leave the house, you’ll never catch that random glance of your own reflection in the store window from a terrible angle. You’ll never run into the former classmate-turned-fitness model who makes you reevaluate your lifestyle. So go out with friends. Go on a long grueling hike and note how far you’ve fallen. Try on clothes. Hit the outdoor gymnasium where all the fit people work out. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations that have the potential to turn your life around.

The reality is that it may be next to impossible to plan and engineer your tipping point. What you can do, though, is put yourself in a position to provoke an emotional response, and be ready for it when it comes (by marshaling resources, accruing knowledge, and keeping an open mind).

What’s reassuring about all this is that the hard part is reaching the tipping point. It’s going to be an unpleasant, visceral, jarring sensation (by definition, it has to be), but that will soon be over. And then change begins. The wild ride ensues, and you just get to guide it and let it happen.

So, readers, what was your personal tipping point? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back, leading the poor beast to dump his saddlebags full of grains and refined sugar and begin taking vitamin D supplements (cause, you know, broken back indicates poor bone mineral density indicates poor vitamin D status)? Also, what led up to that tipping point – is there anything you specifically did to make it happen, or was it just all chance?

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Peggy The Primal Parent
5 years 17 days ago

Remembering that everyone has a tipping point can help us be empathetic to those who haven’t yet hit theirs.

Abel James
5 years 17 days ago
I agree, but spreading the word is easier said than done… For me, the tipping point was simply discovering that there is something out there that works – an evolutionary approach to nutrition. There is so much nonsense and misinformation… after trying it again and again (eating whole grains, exercising more, etc.) and failing to improve health or lose weight, it’s difficult to accept the fact that self-improvement is actually possible and you ARE NOT genetically-sentenced to a chubby life. After many failures, I didn’t think that anything would actually work, and no amount of chatter or book-reading would convince… Read more »
Sofie
Sofie
5 years 14 days ago

There is another reason to change – curiosity, fun, wanting to improve. I never thought going paleo would fix any of my problems, it just sounded like a tasty and logical take on nutrition. Getting better was just an awesome side effect for me.

cTo
cTo
5 years 17 days ago
For me, I was already AT that tipping point, I was just looking for the path to take me away from there. I had years of buildup: hating myself, trying to make things better through CW means and ultimately failing, hating myself for failing at the methods that were “supposed to work,” figuring that the fault was all in me. I grasped for so many answers that lead nowhere. I had heard of paleo for awhile, but it wasnt until I found MDA and learned about PB that everything really fell into place. PB lays everything out nice and clearly,… Read more »
Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
5 years 16 days ago

+1!! CW and vegetarianism failed so miserably…but low carb worked, and then PRIMAL! Like the clouds parting to reveal the light…

Burn
5 years 17 days ago

It didn’t take much for me. I heard Mark on Underground Wellness radio about a year and a half ago and it all just made so much sense. It made even more sense when I started implementing it. The challenge now has been trying to get others, mainly my family to reach that tipping point. Maybe this article will help!

Luke M-Davies
5 years 17 days ago
A fasciating and thought provoking read! Being in my mid 20s, I think that I have many tipping points ahead in my life but believe that I hit upon one yesterday when I attended a funeral of a great sportsman and loved family man in his 50s. As a religious ceremony of course it was a deep and spirited event. Regardless of your religious beliefs though, death is something that awaits us all. This funeral certainly prompted some self reflection and forces me to consider my own life: how it has been so far, what it will become and so… Read more »
Bonnie
5 years 14 days ago
I think it does help some people. My husband died unexpectedly at age 45 and made me seriously re-think the way I had been living. Not that I was especially unhealthy, but I had a lot of expectations for myself. Primal is as much about letting yourself be human as it is about food. I think we sometimes forget about Mark’s advice to sleep enough and play, but these things make for a better, more human life. I wouldn’t say I had a “tipping point”. An enthusiastic friend talked me into trying primal living and out of the idea that… Read more »
AustinGirl
AustinGirl
5 years 17 days ago
Turning 30 did it for me. I was heavy during my 20s (from about 22-29) and hadn’t really applied myself to loosing it in any meaningful way. 30 started looming and I realized that I’d spent nearly a decade draped in baggy clothes and hating myself. I will NOT look at 40 and regret not being the best that I can be in my 30s. Nuh uh. No way. I’ve been 80-90% primal for a year now. I am 19 lbs from my goal weight and literally EVERY part of my life is better than it was before I started… Read more »
LittleCircles
LittleCircles
5 years 16 days ago

Me too!! Screw our 20’s. 30’s is where it’s at.

anna
anna
5 years 15 days ago

You don’t know how true that is. My 30s are over now, but they were the best years by far, way better than 20s. I envy you. Enjoy!

RunBikeLift
RunBikeLift
5 years 9 days ago

That’s great to hear! 😉 I will be turning 30 next summer and I am really looking forward to it! My 20s have been rough! (put on weight and havent been able to get it off, lack of a good job, money, etc) But when I turn 30, I hope to be at least 60lbs lighter when I move to Los Angeles and begin a doctorate program, and if I’m lucky, find the man of my dreams! :o)

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 17 days ago

Honestly, my tipping point was reading The Primal Blueprint. It was something that finally made perfect sense to me. Exercising for hours on end and starving myself never did.

KC
KC
5 years 16 days ago
The tipping point for me was also reading the Primal Blueprint, after having just read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, with its information on the lack of good scientific evidence and the politics behind the advice to eat a low fat, and therefore high carb, diet. The reasoning based on human evolution and physiology made perfect sense to me. Due to many concerns about the environmental and human health effects of the pesticide and fossil fuel-laden feed and the conditions of animals in feedlots/CAFOs, for many years I ate a close to vegetarian diet with lots of rice, beans,tofu,… Read more »
KC
KC
5 years 14 days ago

Oops, that should be “gradual weight gain that was beginning to accelerate” in my comment above.

Kel
Kel
5 years 16 days ago

Same for me! I stumbled upon PB at exactly the right time in my life, that I’ll call “Tipping Point B” when I write my own success story in a few months. 🙂

Primal_Clay
Primal_Clay
5 years 15 days ago

Amen to that!!! The Primal Blueprint helped me the same.

Anne
5 years 17 days ago

Honestly, joining a CrossFit gym was a major tipping point for me. Not because of the workouts–although that’s worth a lot–but because of the nutritional and lifestyle support of the community. The CrossFit gym was the first place I’d EVER been where I didn’t feel like a freak for saying egg yolks were healthy and rice wasn’t. Or steak was good and twizzlers were bad (I know you can hear it–“but they’re fat free!!!”)

I’m so interested in reading these comments!

M
M
5 years 17 days ago
I don’t recall what my tipping point was. Or maybe I just haven’t reached it yet? I heard about paleo from a fitness forum and then over a few months I started reading about it (out of curiosity and boredom) and I started to incorporate it into my lifestyle because it just sounded right. Or maybe my tipping point was way before that, when I first got interested in fitness, albeit, conventional fitness. I had just gotten out of a particularly poor relationship where we didn’t do anything but play video games every night and eat Taco Bell. I was… Read more »
John Pilla
John Pilla
5 years 16 days ago

Yup, that would be it. it does not have to be dramatic, though mine was.

Michelle
Michelle
5 years 17 days ago
My tipping point was when in my mid-late thirties my thyroid/adrenals/metabolism started crashing and nothing I was trying that SHOULD have worked, did. Eating 1200 calories of whole grains and meat and veggies, walking an hour a day… and still I either stood steady or my weight slowly went up. Even after taking thyroid meds I wasn’t seeing any REAL change– until I eliminated bread and dairy for a month just to see and wham-o, progress. I got to MDA through another website and just ran with it after that. It took time (almost two years) to correct all of… Read more »
Gingerzinger
Gingerzinger
5 years 17 days ago
Michelle, I’m really glad you wrote this, because although I love reading the extreme transformation stories, it doesn’t happen that fast for everyone. I’ve been doing primal lifestyle for about 7 months, with very little weight loss to show for it. However, I FEEL much better and there are many other benefits; if I was only looking for pounds lost I might not stay with the program. I’m glad you are seeing results. Of course, my husband lost 20 pounds in a couple months. Our doctor is complimenting him on his weight loss yet still recommending a high-grain, high-cardio program… Read more »
Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
5 years 16 days ago
Gingerzinger, That’s my experience too. I have lost 10 pounds in the past 10 months but feel so much better. My husband, however, has lost 40 pounds. Yes, it’s more important to focus on the feeling rather than the scale. Initially, I have to admit the scale was more important but, I have reached my new tipping point and no longer care about it. I am grateful for how good I feel. BTW, my initial tipping point was gaining 15 pounds in 2 months after the death of my mom last year. After watching her struggling with morbid obesity all… Read more »
Sara
Sara
5 years 16 days ago
I have a similar story. My tipping point was constant IBS-style symptoms and a stubborn 10 lb weight gain in the year and a half after losing my dad to cancer. A friend posted an MDA article on facebook and I ran with it. I’m now 5 months into eating primal/paleo, and I feel so much better. I know what I’m doing is good for me, and the research is very convincing to me. I did lose those stubborn 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks, but my weight has held steady since then (and I figure I have another… Read more »
Harry Mossman
5 years 17 days ago

For me the tipping point was lying in the emergency room in New Orleans because of congestive heart failure and having the doctors tell me I also had pneumonia and diabetes. But it took a while to find the answers, some from various sources but many from MDA.

Jen
Jen
5 years 16 days ago

Mine was hearing my husband say that he was afraid that it would take a heart attack to ultimately change his way of life. Whenever either of us want to “cheat”, he reminds me that he doesn’t want to die. I’m looking forward to his next dr’s appointment. Hoping his pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesteral will all be trending towards health instead of an early grave.

Tim
Tim
5 years 17 days ago

I’ve been coming up with excuses on why this lifestyle will not work for a very long time now. All the while- spinning my wheels and doing absolutely nothing to make myself healthier and leaner.

This may be the blog post that did it, man.

Hits home.

Good stuff, Mark.

Eric
5 years 17 days ago

Actually, for me just learning the truth about the SAD was enough. I had no idea. Once I read “The Primal Blueprint” I changed my lifestyle immediately. It just made perfect sense.

Arty
Arty
5 years 16 days ago

“Actually, for me just learning the truth about the SAD was enough.”

That’s what did it for me. I came down with rheumatoid arthritis at age 36 (i’m now 40) and was crawling on elbow and knees for a year and a half til I stumbled upon all the conspiracy facts, errr theories, about chemical ingredients and preservatives in foods, the FDA and Monsanto and found out what CW is doing to us.

I researched about grains and found MDA…bingo!

Linda Sand
Linda Sand
5 years 17 days ago

I’m approaching Medicare age when retiree insurance will stop so my prescriptions won’t be free anymore. Plus, I got tired of sending my husband out to photograph experiences I should be having not seeing second hand.

karyn
karyn
5 years 17 days ago

Wow…bizarre coincidence. My tipping point is today, as I might be facing gestational diabetes and need to cut out the carbs pronto. I’ve been reading all of the right books and following this blog but keep starting and stopping a billion times over. But I obviously can’t do that now.

Cecilia
5 years 16 days ago

Here is another website that might be helpful: http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/ Dr. Brewer has been preaching high protein for a long time to avoid pregnancy issues. Bless you!

KL (almostGrok'd)
KL (almostGrok'd)
5 years 16 days ago

GD was my tipping point too,unfortunately I didnt discover PB until after my son was born. Wish I had found it sooner, like BEFORE I was prescribed Metformin!!
Good news is that I DID find it and now feel heaps better digestively speaking.
Mark, You GRock!!!!

anna
anna
5 years 15 days ago

I had GD too, which progressed to permanent Type 2. I am still mourning grains, I know, it sounds awful. MDA is a huge comfort.

Grokitmus Primal
5 years 17 days ago

Finding low carb was my tipping point. Once I could control my cravings that’s all I needed. Paleo is just icing on the cake!

gayle
gayle
5 years 16 days ago

I agree with this I started out on Atkins it was great but I gained it all back during OWL.
Primal has shown me that I don’t need grains to be happy diet-wise. And ‘low carb’ bread just stoked my cravings for grains/sugar. So I am happy to be rid of it

Siren
Siren
5 years 16 days ago

Same here! My mom & I did Atkins together back in 2001; no surprise, as soon as we went on OWL it all came back, along with some serious digestive issues. Part of why I so easily embraced PB was my first-hand experience with the effectiveness of low-carb diets, but the idea of NEVER eating grains again is what really sold me.

Mark F
Mark F
5 years 15 days ago

Grains / Atkins / OWL . . .
Your diet is the least of your problems.

knifegill
knifegill
5 years 17 days ago

My parents. I watched them destroy themselves with sugar. I said, “Never!”, but didn’t know what else to eat. Fast food was all I knew from my teens, and I had a gut feeling it wasn’t going to end well. I googled things like “Human Diet”, “What to feed Humans” and “Wild humans eat”, and eventually landed on PB, recognizing the polished, science-based adaptation of our original diet set to modern foodstuffs.

So from 215 pounds down to 170 and muscular, I’ve made the change. It’s “thymal rooprint” for the win!

Griffin
Griffin
5 years 17 days ago

My tipping point was one weekend when Mrs. Griffin was away and I was stuck in a depression down-swing.I was thinking that nothing would ever work and there was no point in even trying because I would just quit anyway.

I was scrolling through some posts on Movnat.com and I found a link to MDA. That was it, right there. I knew that I needed to start living primally – AND RIGHT NOW! Mrs. Griffin came home to a lunatic who couldn’t wait to start living primally.

MonsterAlice
MonsterAlice
5 years 16 days ago

I went to the doctor and got the same bad news I hear everytime: obese, lipids out of control, fatty liver, blah blah blah. But this time the doctor threw in one extra point, “You can’t take a deep breath because your visceral fat is pressing on your lungs.” That was it, a symptom that I not only could feel, but that had been concerning me. The next week I started the primal lifestyle.

t-bird
t-bird
5 years 16 days ago

Summer of ’99, I felt like I was letting my soccer team- my friends- down. Picked up my old copy of The Zone (hey, it was a start) and haven’t looked back.

Nicole
Nicole
5 years 16 days ago

For me it was my approaching wedding day 😉

Mike P
Mike P
5 years 16 days ago
I had two tipping points. The first was when I hit 305lbs as a 19 year old college kid [albeit I was a college athlete – shotput/discus/hammer]. It was my first day back from Christmas break my sophomore year. I always used sports as my excuse to be big and strong. The second was about a year later when I chose to stop participating in college sports so I could join an internship program for my college degree. At that point, how much I could bench or how good of an athlete I was became irrelevant. My general health and… Read more »
Danielle
Danielle
5 years 16 days ago
My tipping point came about 6 months ago. I have always known carbs were not my friends. I’ve had moderate to severe reactive hypoglycemia from a very early age. I knew at age 10 that if I had a donut or a bowl of cereal for breakfast instead of eggs and bacon, I would feel horrible for the rest of the day. So it should have been obvious that a low-carb life would be best for me. But it wasn’t. I was stuck in low-fat, whole grain, CW hell until I got on the scale at my doctor’s office during… Read more »
gilliebean
5 years 16 days ago

For me it was my mother looking me in the eye and asking, “Are you *really* trying?” And I had to honestly answer no. But, it wasn’t until 18 months later that I discovered MDA.

Pam
5 years 16 days ago
An associate at work turned me onto the Primal Blueprint and MDA. We were just discussing yesterday why that conversation occurred. Can’t really say. He was/is an exercise fiend. He loaned me his book, I read it and decided to give it a try. Also, my 45th high school reunion was going to be happening. I soon realized that I was losing weight every 5 years (yes, the reunion impetus). I have had very few slips and follow the nutrition side of the program well. I now need to follow the specific exercises. I have always been active but never… Read more »
DH
DH
5 years 16 days ago

I still haven’t reached mine. Mostly because my bloodwork always comes back perfect, I can run a mile now almost as fast as 20 years ago (at 40), and can actually do more pull-ups now than when in college.

Philosophically, I think I should be primal, but I feel fine on the high carb with too much junk food diet.

Seriously, what do I do with that?

Cecilia
5 years 16 days ago

soon, you won’t . . .

Cal
5 years 16 days ago

There must be SOME reason you’re reading and posting here.

Seriously, eat primal for three weeks! If nothing improves go back to your junk. You’ll never know if it works unless you try it.

Wishing you obscene health. 😉

Julia
Julia
5 years 16 days ago

At least you’ll know what to do if/when you DO hit a tipping point. I was the same way – I could eat anything I wanted, never gained weight, biked a lot. No one could have gotten me to give up my bagels, pizza and beer. When I got very sick (not related to diet, but it wasn’t helping) it took me awhile to find this information.

Dave, RN
5 years 16 days ago

For me it was blood sugar problems in my mid 40’s. I tossed out all processed foods and grains after failing on the ADA’s dietary advice. I immediately lost 30 lbs over 4 months.
Fast forward 5+ years. Just got my most recent HhA1C back today. 5.0! And my fasting insulin is “<2". All on no meds at all.

Nion
Nion
5 years 16 days ago

For me it was the fact that i had a benign lump removed from my neck. I always felt fat, sick and fatigued. Mo more.

Jason
Jason
5 years 16 days ago

Mine was when I hit 230 (25% BF) as a personal trainer. I ate a perfect CW diet. Took all the NO-Xplode my heart could handle, and lifted weights for hours a day, and I got nothing but fatter.

RunBikeLift
RunBikeLift
5 years 9 days ago

Similar situation with me… I eat healthy and exercise, but the weight just wouldn’t come off! Hoping eating Primal will work!

Kris
Kris
5 years 16 days ago
I think I’m close to the tipping point…or maybe I’ve tipped and I’m just in a refinement stage. I tried it all. CW, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc. Even the Atkins never worked. Worked out and worked out. Nowhere. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and CW gave me my synthetic hormones and shuffled me aside. In a recent retest, my hormone levels were fine, but my antibodies were still high. I was told “there’s nothing we can do for that”. Bullshit. So, like the stubborn person I am, I dug deeper and learned the gluten-autoimmunity connection. I went GF for… Read more »
Kelly
Kelly
5 years 15 days ago

Go check out Primal Parent… Peggy’s story is amazing and inspiring when it comes to what she’s had to cut out to keep her body happy! http://theprimalparent.com/

Ande
Ande
5 years 16 days ago
My tipping point came when my very loving, but direct Aunt did a sort of mini intervention on me. She was the first person that even really showed legitimate concern for my WOE and where it would lead. What she did not know was I was already trying so hard to change but with all the conflicting information out there, “low fat is healthy, eat more whole grains…” you know the drill, it was way easier said than done. We were at a raw vegan restaurant when the intervention went down so consequently my path of knowledge started there. “Raw”… Read more »
Tim
Tim
5 years 16 days ago

Age 45; Taking meds for high BP, Hypothyroid, high trigs, and gout. Tipping point was when fasting glucose came back high and doc wanted me on diabetes medicine.

Spent 1 year low fat, counting cals, lots of healthy, whole grains, 60min cardio/day Result: Gained 5lbs, felt worse. Found MDA. 1 year later down 60lbs, off all meds, no gout in 11 months. Feel GREAT!

Skateman
Skateman
5 years 16 days ago
I’ve always worked out, but kept getting a little bit fatter (though also stronger) every year. About 18 months ago, I decided to go low carb – not primal, but low carb. My goal was to see my abs before I die. This had worked for me in the past. The weight came off so fast I feared I had some kind of terminal disease. I dropped from 205 to 175 in about 6 months (I’m 6’1″, 35 years old). About that time 2 acquaintances of mine in their 30s were diagnosed with cancer. One will probably die. This scared… Read more »
Mike B
Mike B
5 years 16 days ago
My tipping point happened after spending 2 months doing Insanity workouts everyday, and not losing a single pound – I was SO MAD, and I looked AWFUL. Around the same time, I happened to get very ill, and I ended up not being able to eat for about 3 days. During this period, I lost about 8 lbs, which my conventional wisdom belief system convinced me was all muscle. Once I got better, I started hitting the gym, and noticed that my strength was actually better than it was before I got sick – I could lift heavier weight than… Read more »
Jeff Herron
Jeff Herron
5 years 16 days ago
I read PB back when it first came out. It immediately resonated, and I knew I would pursue that some day. It wasn’t until two years later when I could not easily lean over to tie my shoes from a seated position that I reached my own personal tipping point. Another key ingredient in our family was for my wife to quit her job and be home with our young boys. This gave her added time in her schedule to focus on doing Primal meal prep. If she doesn’t make it, we don’t eat it – so this was key… Read more »
Denise
Denise
5 years 16 days ago
I cannot point to a “tipping point”. My DH and I had been doing “low-carb” for a while, but I had no success with weight loss. A friend recommended I read PB; I had already read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. We still had some grains in the diet (low carb tortillas once or twice a week; sandwich and chips for lunch on Sunday). I decided to try cutting out all grains AND soybean oil, and the weight started to come off. 27 pounds in 8 months and still losing. But this is like almost every other major… Read more »
Michael
Michael
5 years 16 days ago
My tipping point came on February 5th of this year. I was in my garage knocking out a few sets of back squats. I was facing a recently purchased plexiglas mirror that was bowed because I hadn’t taken the time to mount it to anything. Can you say “Fun House” mirror. In the bottom position all I could see was Gerd Bonk. Gerd Bonk is a German heavyweight Olympic weightlifter from the 70’s. Years ago I saw a photo of him squatting and he was all belly. I mean HUGE belly. GINORMOUS! And now that’s all I saw in the… Read more »
Dan
Dan
5 years 16 days ago
The first shock when the blood test -from an annual checkup -showed me as prediabetic, even though i have been sugar adverse for many years. That got me to check out primal diets, which a friend had told me about 14 months prior. But still flirting with vegetarianism at that time as my wife was proudly so. The tipping point was worries about the constant joint pains. The doc says it’s normal after 40, but since cutting out wheat 8 weeks ago my joint pains have been subsiding. The pro paleo/primal arguments didn’t register with the wife until pointing out… Read more »
Susan
5 years 16 days ago

I feel like it’s my job, as well as other bloggers out there in the community, to help others realize their tipping point. And I suppose that educating people could also help nudge them to their tipping points.

Mark
Mark
5 years 16 days ago
My first marriage fell apart. I caught my ex cheating on me and we tried to work it out while I sank into a massive depression. Eventually we divorced and I moved out getting a worse end of visitation than I thought. The first thing I did was buy a kegerator. Maybe not the best thing to do but I need to get numb, good and fast. Along with that I jumped into the dating pool. Also not the best thing to do. On the plus side I knew how to cook. So I went from the lunchmeat sandwiches my… Read more »
Jeff
5 years 16 days ago

My tipping point is my kids. When you’re 43 and they are 5 and 6, you do all you can to ensure you’re on this Earth a long time to enjoy them and see them grow up. Thank you Olivia and Sophia for helping tip me!

Emily
Emily
5 years 16 days ago

I am an emergency medicine physician and have been delighted with how much energy I have and how little coffee I have been drinking after starting to eat a primal diet. my trouble is I work nights and I work allot. Im having trouble finding primal snacks besides nuts that I can eat on the run. I generally dont like to eat big meals while flying from room to room to see patients. I need some finger food and something easy / quick. I would love some suggestions. my go to used to be dried edamame, crackers etc..

Skateman
Skateman
5 years 16 days ago

High quality, no nitrate beef jerkey might be good.

Protein shakes are also quick. Get a magic bullet blender.

An apple’s a good, relatively low glycemic load snack as well.

Mom
Mom
5 years 16 days ago

I work nights too, in the lab (ugh). I just bought a hard-boiled egg cooker for $20. It is great because you just put the water and eggs in, set the timer for the desired level of doneness, they cook, and the timeer goes off. It has helped to actually eat hard-boiled eggs rather than believing I would somehow find time to make them.

sonny3
sonny3
5 years 16 days ago
My wife and I both have cancer. She has been battling hers for 6 years and me for 2+. My life is to provide her comfort and be her caregiver. I have repeatedly told my doctors that their job is to keep me alive longer than my wife. They have had their battles with this. Surgery has failed, radiation has failed and I am out of curative options. The only thing I have left to try and arrest it is Hormone Therapy. For men this can bring a nasty set of side effects along with it. Instant weight gain, bone… Read more »
Susan M.
Susan M.
5 years 16 days ago

You just made me all misty-eyed. Thanks for sharing your story.

L.S. Engler
5 years 16 days ago

Stories like this are so inspiring for me, so thank you. My fiance started on the PB right before his diagnosis for lymphoma, but the chemo was too much for his already weakened immune system. It’s strength like this that makes me crave to pick up where he left off and carry through with it for him.

I wish you the best of luck, but you won’t need it. I know you’re going to do it!

glorth2
glorth2
5 years 16 days ago

You go Sonny. Beat that sh!#! 🙂

Gydle
5 years 16 days ago

Wow, what an inspiring story. Keep up your optimism and energy. Is your wife giong primal as well? Maybe it could help her, too?

Erik
5 years 16 days ago

My tipping point was over two years ago. Through many failed attempts to shake my college football weight I was hopeless. I was following all the nutritional recommendations I found in health magazines, with minimal success. I ran across an article about Mark in a magazine. His nutritional concept just seemed to make sense to me. Due to my intrigue in the subject, I purchased the Primal Blueprint. From there the rest is history. I have never looked back, because the concepts I learned didn’t fail me like the rest.

David
David
5 years 16 days ago
My tipping point was when the prescription for seborrheic dermatitis stopped working altogether. For years I was filling presciptions for either a topical cream or oral sterroids. Both prescriptions slowly became less and less effective until to point they became useless. Every dermatologist I went, I have seen many over the years, always claimed the same thing. No change in diet will help. They were all wrong. Once I switched to Primal all signs of seborrheic dermatitis are gone. Curing this condition means so much to me, it is not all about vanity. Walking around with flakey skin all over… Read more »
Camilla
Camilla
5 years 16 days ago
05.02.2011 I was sent to the hospital in an ambulance with a severe infection in both my fallopian tubes (salpingitis). I am married and a faithful woman (and so is my husband), so it did not come from Chlamydiabacteria…The doctors said “shit happens” ,but could not tell my why, just that a bacteria within my body had suddenly “turned on me”. I had extreme pains and ended up with surgery. Today I know why it happened! At that point I was 33 years old, underweight, depressed, had anxiety, was always tired and had cronic stomach pains and diarrhea (stomach problems… Read more »
Susan M.
Susan M.
5 years 16 days ago

My tipping point was when I got divorced and realized when looking in the mirror what I had done to myself. I’m 48 with an almost 4 year old and I need to be healthy to watch him grow up.

John Pilla
John Pilla
5 years 16 days ago
Mine was 7-1/2 years ago at 47. I was not into doing anything. A year earlier blood revealed cholesterol (CW) at 265 and weight at 220. (I am only 5′ 9″) Dr. was conservative (a rarity) and advised me to try diet and exercise. A year later, 7-1/2 years ago, my weight was 225, highest it had ever been and cholesterol was at 285! I was very depressed and took the rest of the day off. Ran across a book accidentally left out. It was only book that made sense. Started on a strict balanced diet (Zone) and tried Fish… Read more »
Alex Grace
Alex Grace
5 years 16 days ago
There were two tipping points for me. I had been trying to get rid of an excessive 20 pounds for years. A couple of years ago, I went into to have my two bottom wisdom teeth removed and the operation went badly. I was bedridden for two weeks and couldn’t open my mouth to eat solids. I lost a stone in a fortnight. That got me thinking. I couldn’t figure out how I had lost so much weight while bedridden in such a short space of time. Yes, I knew that, obviously, I was not eating anything, but still …… Read more »
oxide
oxide
5 years 16 days ago
I had two tipping points. The first was reading Good Calories Bad Calories. I’m sorry Mark, but compared to GCBC, PB and 21-day TBT sound like the ramblings of just another diet guy. (to be fair, compared to GCBC, EVERYBODY sounds like rambling diet guys.) That book hit me with just too much critical thinking to deny his arguments. My second tipping point was watching Fathead. After GCBC I was cutting most grains, but when I found MDA I discovered that I had to cut ALL grains to see an effect. I’m a bad test case because I’m classic skinny-fat… Read more »
oxide
oxide
5 years 16 days ago

I should add that what REALLY was the tipping point was coming to MDA and thinking “I’m not gonna argue with a 58-year old guy with an 8-pack.” Within a couple weeks I had a fully primal pantry.

resonnant
resonnant
5 years 16 days ago
Ugh…not hit the tipping point yet entirely. Just ending a 27 day cleanse to jump start things. This section was really hard to read because you described me and my life to a T – “Thrust yourself into situations that you instinctively shirk from.” I go to work, come home from work, go to work, come home from work. The gym freaks me out. Too many people, but I know I need to. Definitely isolated with zero friends after leaving ‘church’ 8 years ago. Thank you though – I am open minded and working on it all. It’s nice to… Read more »
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