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2 Sep

Hypertension, Prediabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and 75 Pounds, All Gone in 6 Months

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!


I would like to give you another success story to add to your expanding collection.

6 months ago I was 270 lbs, hypertensive, pre-diabetic, metabolic syndrome, etc. I had been aware of your site for a year or so because a political blog I frequent ( occasionally links to yours. I was intrigued by some of the articles but was skeptical and didn’t take it too seriously. I knew I was too large, uncomfortably so, and my cholesterol levels were out of whack, but I walked and biked, ate what I thought was a fairly healthy diet and didn’t think my overall health was very bad. Until my blood sugar levels started creeping up. Another New Year (2011) had come and gone without me even making a resolution to lose weight like I usually did.


Then came February 4th and this article on your site: The Unconquerable Dave. I was completely wowed that Dave could make the transformation he did. My birthday had just passed a few days earlier. I was 48 and not very happy with my appearance and was staring down the barrel of major problems as time went on. I thought a lot about Dave over the next few days and the following Sunday while making chicken nachos for my family to eat while watching the SuperBowl. I took a first tentative step and ate my chicken without the chips. The following week I bought your book The Primal Blueprint and completely devoured it over the weekend. I could do this.

The success was immediate and amazing. Over the next 3 months I dropped 50 lbs and people started to notice. The next couple months brought another 20 lbs that really thinned out my arms, legs and face and people really noticed. I am a new man. I am now 195 lbs and working on leaning out a little more…hopefully eliminate some residual stomach skin but am generally exactly where I have wanted to be for the last 20 years of adulthood. I cannot believe how much better I feel and look and actually have a much better outlook on growing older. And it was relatively EASY.

Today I had my first checkup with my doctor since I began this program. I had the distinct pleasure of watching him cross out the multiple diagnoses on my medical chart:

Metabolic Syndrome…gone

All medication…gone. Also gone is my snoring, apnea, constant flatulence and frequent heartburn.

I’ve included some recent “after” pictures as well as some “before” pictures that you could also classify as recent because they were all taken just over 6 months ago.

Thanks Mark for giving me the inspiration and guidance to change my life!


You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Great Job, Greg! How did your wife and 2 girls react?

    jkc wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  2. Greg you look awesome! And, its awesome that you were inspired by another transformation! Congratulations. You do NOT look for 48 at all! Not even close!

    Keep on grokkin’!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  3. I don’t think I’ll ever forget Unconquerable Dave, and I’m so glad he was able to be an impetus for your transformation. You look great! And no more meds!!!

    Michelle wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  4. Wow! Great story and transformation. Your family is undoubtedly proud of you as they should be! congrats and keep it going!

    RicT wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  5. holy shit man!!! major transformation!!
    The happiness in your face speaks volumes too.
    Well done.

    KL (almostGrok'd) wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  6. Fabulous results! And yes, aging used to be very frightening, before I got primal and healed from hypertension myself, Greg. Thanks for sharing your story!

    rose wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  7. Attaboy Greg. Well done.

    BW wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  8. Wow, what a transformation! I noticed that you overcame your prediabetic condition. Congrats on that. As a newly diagnosed T1D, I’m a bit jealous. I am curious, how many carbs on the carbohydrate curve did you eat? Did you remain in the “sweet spot,” or the Ketogenic area?

    Jason Sandeman wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • Jason,
      My wife is T1D since age 4 and she found a great success with the system developed by Dr. Bernstein (check It’s basically a very low carb approach to eating coupled with learning youe precise insulin needs. Chances are that if you are newly diagnosed it can be possible to revert you to constant “honeymoon” with only basal insulin (or even no insulin required).

      Best regards,

      Yaakov Karda wrote on September 3rd, 2011
  9. Yee-Haww!!!
    I literally did a double-take at the after pictures. Wow, you must feel as great as you look.
    welcome to the tribe Greg!! and congratulations on your successful journey :)

    peggy wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • Wow Greg! I had to do a double-take too! You’re almost as pretty now as your 2 gorgeous daughters!

      Sue Minger wrote on September 2nd, 2011
      • The girl on the left is definitely prettier than her Dad. I’m very sure of that.

        anon wrote on September 5th, 2011
  10. Bravo! Bravo!! Well done Greg!!

    Grog22 wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  11. Well done, Greg. Luckily I didn’t have a long way to go when I started going primal some months ago but whenever I see a huge success story like yours it renews my motivation to keep working on helping my family and friends get healthy. Thanks for your story!

    Marc wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  12. Holy Cow Greg!!! What an amazing transformation!! Way to GO!!!! More that amazing pics and great weight loss…I love hearing stories of being changing their overall health and being able to cross off the check-list of bad health issues!! Way to go!! Just think how much more fun you will have with your girls now and in the future!!!

    Joanne - The Real Food Mama wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  13. You look fantastic!! And thrilled :)

    Congrats!! I love that this lifestyle can get rid of metabolic syndrome. So many people could benefit from hearing true stories like yours.

    Salad Maggie wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  14. Congratulations, Greg!

    Your daughters must love having a happy & healthy dad around.

    belinda wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  15. Stoked for you. I’m currently at 230 with a goal weight of 190. You are helping me. Thanks.

    Dave wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  16. Wow! Congrats, Greg!!

    Diana wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  17. Good post! Hey Mark, how about a post about libertarianism. It seems like a philosophy grounded pragmatism and accountability similar to Primal Living. Yet I constantly see Paleo blogs hating on market principles(Amber Karnes recent interviews with joel Salatin decrying ones ability to purchase food from the same place where you get your oil changed). Like there some sort of reason that Paleo can’t survive in a market where people are free to make there own choices. I find the situation to be quite the opposite, Paleo will thrive exactly because people are free to make their own choices, and Primal happens to be a very successful choice. It’s evolution baby! Thanks for the blog.

    PS This isn’t as random as it seems, is a libertarian blog.

    Matt McCandless wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • No, please, no political related posts here.

      Dirk wrote on September 2nd, 2011
      • Why not? Politics are the reason corn and soy are subsidized. And why Salatin and his kind have such a hard time existing, much less make a living. People need to know the govt wants us to eat factory meat, corn, soy and sugar.

        Aileen wrote on September 2nd, 2011
        • Politics alienates people. People are *not* generally open minded about political views different from their own, and political arguments online end up sharing no useful information with anyone. If Mark were to endorse a certain political ideology on this blog it would be devastating… he’d lose most of his readers.

          healthyengineer wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • Seem extremely random and off-topic to me. Bizarre. This was a post about Greg’s terrific changes he effected in his life. Maybe you you can go over to the forums and start a politics thread in the catch-all section and see if anybody cares enough to participate. I’d prefer to see posts on nutrition and lifestyle on MDA posts.

      Just two cents.

      Peter wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • Agreed with Dirk. Congratulations to Greg but I don’t want politics here. I don’t think Mark does either.

      dragan wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • Ugh, no–I come here to get away from politics, which is a difficult task, as food and politics are so integrally linked. There are plenty of food blogs that are also political. Mark is smart to stay away from that miasma.

      Fritzy wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • No, please no!

      You do NOT want libertarian politics mixed in with sensible eating and living. Lew Rockwell is a kook that is just showing Primal folks a little boob and they get sucked in.

      There is some overlap, but it’s pretty much accidental.

      I was just writing about this an hour ago, so instead of re-typing, here goes-

      “I think that is a weak excuse for nothing but political propaganda. Let’s just call it what it really is and not switch logic off just because the libertarians show a little boob and it’s eye catching! This group and the other hard-core libertarians have one agenda and one agenda only, to twist every topic into a “big government is bad” framework. It’s all they write about. It’s all they think about. It’s how their tiny brains work. They are not potential converts or people “willing to listen.” They are only in it to fit it into their “government is the problem” propaganda framework.

      If, in the unlikely event that a big government agency actually released logical and correct diet information, the libertarian response would be exactly the same….it’s wrong and bad. Why? Because the source was government, and we all know that is where evil starts.

      It’s Trojan Horse politics. If it were a political discussion about any other group, people would be saying “let’s stay off the politics on this forum, too controversial,” all that.. For some reason, libertarians get a free pass because they are so goofball hardly anyone notices that it’s purely political, just like if it were the democrat or republican national committee talking about their platform and candidates.

      I still read that stuff once in a while and I chuckle when I see it. It’s not like it bugs me that much. I’m just saying don’t get sucked into to politics and don’t forget to tell it like it is. It’s propaganda that happens to appeal to people like us.

      I saw this on another forum (Mark’s) and decided to try an experiment. Let’s throw out an example of something where the government actually does a decent job, and taking government out of the equation would literally be a disaster. How would these die-hards view it? Such an example exists. I picked the FAA.

      Without getting into too much detail, this is something I have years of direct experience with. The FAA works. It does a great job. I could get into why but this would get long. They just do a good job, and without them, commercial airplane travel would be impossible. There would be no air travel industry. How did the libertarians respond to this? Just as I predicted. They said it could not be true. We are better off without the FAA. There are better and cheaper ways to do the same things outside of government. Without getting into the details too much, this is just comical.”

      DFH wrote on September 3rd, 2011
      • Bleat, bleat, bleat.

        Johnny Foxgate wrote on September 3rd, 2011
      • You poor thing

        Johnny Foxgate wrote on September 3rd, 2011
      • Right on! Ya, without the FAA, planes would run into each other. People would die. Flying would be a very high risk activity. Libertarians who hate government would flock to the skies, but their own narrow minded anti-government propaganda would blind them of the risks. Planes would rain down on America. People would even stop driving and living in homes. People would go underground. People would live in caves and tunnels and that would be the end of civilization. Don’t fall for libertarian propaganda. Say yes to civilization!

        m.miles wrote on September 4th, 2011
      • As a libertarian, I would be happy to have a rational discussion with you via email (sans insults) as it is apparent lack understanding of the philosophy.
        My email:

        Jerry wrote on September 5th, 2011
      • “It’s Trojan Horse politics”

        How’ that Obama Hope and Change working out for you?

        Get a clue, seriously.

        anon wrote on September 5th, 2011
      • The FAA does do a good job. Imagine that, a government agency that works! Why? Because the corporate agenda, the agency’s stated mission, it’s actual mission, and the public interest happen to coincide in this instance. You could replace it with a private agency, but that is a solution awaiting a problem.

        If i were a libertarian, FAA would be last on my list, i might start with FDA. I’m not a libertarian, though i agree with much that they say. If libertarianism got popular enough to be a threat to the corporations, they would buy the libertarian politicians also, as they have bought the Demoncrats and the Repugnicans!

        Snowleopard wrote on September 5th, 2011
        • Stay on course. Stay off the f’n political bashing, DFH. As you can see, folks, small minds are already throwing around terms like “kook” and “goofball”. This is a thread to congratulate Greg and/or comment on that subject. Valid intellectual discussion, but there’s a time and place. This AIN’T it… *ahem*… anyways, Greg, inspiring. Good job, buddy.

          sixMidgets wrote on September 6th, 2011
      • Comical? Lets see how the Free Market would be superior to the FAA- hat tip to Douglas Carey- Here is a free market response to governement airline industry —
        A statistic that should spark outrage in anyone that chooses to fly. Over HALF of all flights in the U.S. are not on time. Is this possible? How can airlines get away with this? Shouldn’t competition in the airline industry weed out these chronically late offenders?

        The answer is, competition would do this, if the airline industry were truly in a free market. The trouble with air travel begins almost immediately at the immensely inefficient and government run airport. Nearly every major airport in this country is funded by taxpayers and run by the local government.

        This tribute to government waste is not only responsible for the amazingly poor service that is seen at airports, but it is also responsible for wide spread corruption in the industry that causes all of us to pay more for plane tickets.

        Let’s begin by explaining why service at airports is so poor. Think about the service you get when you go to a privately run, for profit business such as a fast-food restaurant. The employees are very similar to those you find at the typical airport, i.e., young and/or poorly educated.

        However, there is a huge difference in how these employees treat their customers. At the fast-food restaurant, the employees actually care about their customers, or more importantly, they have incentive to care. If a customer is treated poorly, he or she can go straight to the manager and complain about poor service. You can be sure that the manager is compensated for increased profit and customer satisfaction, which will lead to good customer service.

        Now let’s look at the incentive of government-employed airport workers. If I’m flying United Airlines, I do not have a United Airlines employee taking care of my bags. I don’t have an airline employee preparing the gates for takeoff and landing. I don’t have an airline employee managing the flow of luggage coming off the planes. I don’t have airline employees de-icing the wings or refueling the planes.

        In short, these workers don’t care about the people they supposedly serve because they don’t report to the airline. They report to a huge bureaucracy that has zero incentive to provide good customer service. They have no competition due to their government imposed monopoly, which leaves airline customers at their mercy. The trouble does not end at the airport though. The skies are also controlled by a government monopoly called Air Traffic Control under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to the FAA, the federal government must control the skies because we cannot trust the airlines with our safety.

        Think about it. Who do you trust more with your packages for delivery, the U.S. Postal Service or UPS? There’s a reason why we all trust UPS more. It’s because they are a private company with competition and profit incentives. Similar to the U.S. government postal monopoly, the FAA has no incentive to keep traffic flowing in a timely, efficient manner.

        Granted, they may want to keep us safe, but they do it in such an inefficient and archaic way that almost half of all flights are delayed due to air traffic controllers. You can be guaranteed that if the airlines were allowed to police the skies themselves, these delays would virtually disappear without any loss of safety. In fact, it would most likely be safer because they have true incentive to keep customer safe and happy. The incentive is repeat business.

        So the next time you’re in a congested airport, waiting for your bags from a flight that’s already an hour late, think about how much better it would be if the entire airline industry were privatized. You won’t find yourself angry with the airlines anymore, you’ll be angry with the real culprits, the local and federal government.

        Steve wrote on September 9th, 2011
  18. Congrats Greg.
    How about those out of whack cholesterol levels? How did they change?

    Milestone wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  19. Man, I love Fridays at MDA! What an amazing story, what an awesome experience to watch the doc scratch off those diagnoses!

    Anne wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  20. Great job, Greg!

    And keep it up, Dave – your story continues to be an inspiration!

    ~heather~ wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  21. Makes you wonder how many years he’s added to his life….keep up the great work and spread the word. Primal is where it’s at!!

    Kathy wrote on September 2nd, 2011
    • He’s already added some *quality* years right now which is all that matters.

      Johnc wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  22. Wow, I can just imagine you grinning while the doc crossed off all of the syndromes and meds. :) That is Fantastic!

    Tracie wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  23. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I know where you came from. I was over 300lbs in November 2010 before I went primal. I was also pre-diabetic (still as of May) and have sleep apnea.

    My pace has been slower. I broke into the 240s this morning and would like to be around 200 myself.

    Success stories like this are extremely motivating to me because I can relate to you. They reinforce that I’m on the right track with Primal Blueprint and encourage me to keep fighting the good fight.

    Congrats and I wish you continued success.

    Omar wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  24. Wonderful Greg! I’m curious as to your exercise program? I bet you didn’t have to even WORK YOUR ASS OFF either? :)

    craig almaguer wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  25. Greg groks. Dave groks. Congrats to both of you!

    Ashley wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  26. Greg, what an incredible transformation! You look like a completely changed man, and I know you feel like one too. From one LRC reader to another, grok on!

    Timothy wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  27. Congrats Greg! What an amazing example you have set for your 2 beautiful daughters! May you and your family continue to be happy and healthy!

    FoCo Girl wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  28. AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Andy wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  29. Wow! Congratulations Greg! Very motivating and inspiring.

    TeaDub wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  30. Awesome and congratulations!

    Anne wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  31. Awesome transformation Greg!! What an inspiration!

    Jimmy wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  32. Greg,

    Based on that beach pic, looks like you could stand to get a lil more sun. Just kidding, awesome work!

    Alex wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  33. Wow, excellent transformation! It’s neat to hear that you got rid of your apnea and snoring, as well. Congratulations on an amazing shift. I’m sure that after a few more months you’ll start seeing the remaining belly fat start to melt away too. You look like a different guy! Your family must be so happy. Way to go!

    Nick wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  34. I love these testimonials. You look great and the weight loss in your face is amazing.
    You now fit in with your slim family.
    Awesome results.Congratulations!

    Gayle wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  35. Outstanding. Nice to get back to normal here after a couple days of chatting about violence and fighting 😉

    Really inspiring. People will be asking what your overall routine was in terms of nutrition and exercise…would love to hear the details on that.

    BTW, I crept up from around 200 lbs to 240 the past 7 years. I shared a hotel room in May with a friend I traveled with for 20 years at various times. He told me that for the first time ever, I was rattling the building with snoring. That was a surprise to me. The possibility of developing apnea weighed heavily on me. It was yet another reminder that I had to stop kidding myself about how I’d let my weight creep up.

    30 scale pounds gone for me in 3 months, 10-15 more to go. I’m loving it.

    Peter wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  36. Wow, great job Greg!! I wish my father and mother could see this and ditch some of their meds, sleep apnea, extra lbs., etc. You transformation is amazing!

    spincycle wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  37. WTG Greg! You look fantastic! I bet your daughters are extremely proud of you for overcoming those health obstacles and being a healthier you! And I bet your wife is happy about the sleep apnea being gone haha.

    Cassandra wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  38. Congratulations Greg! What an inspiration.

    Aileen wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  39. Great job Greg!! Your story is motivating for everyone – those who need to get on board and those who have been on board and want to take it to the next level.

    One thing that will happen to you in the future is any new people you meet will automatically assume you have been fit and healthy your whole life! It happens to me from time to time and it makes me feel good about where my health is at today.

    Keep up the good work!!

    Mike wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  40. Awesome transformation! LRC and MDA are my two favorite sites!

    joeyjoejoejrshabadoo wrote on September 2nd, 2011

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