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September 02, 2011

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

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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!

Mark,

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 (lewrockwell.com) 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.

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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:

Hypertension…gone
Prediabetic…gone
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!

Greg

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jkc
jkc
5 years 3 months ago

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

Primal Toad
5 years 3 months ago

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’!

Michelle
5 years 3 months ago

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!!!

RicT
RicT
5 years 3 months ago

Wow! Great story and transformation. Your family is undoubtedly proud of you as they should be! congrats and keep it going!

KL (almostGrok'd)
KL (almostGrok'd)
5 years 3 months ago

holy shit man!!! major transformation!!
The happiness in your face speaks volumes too.
Well done.

rose
rose
5 years 3 months ago

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!

BW
BW
5 years 3 months ago

Attaboy Greg. Well done.

Jason Sandeman
5 years 3 months ago

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?

Yaakov Karda
5 years 3 months ago

Jason,
My wife is T1D since age 4 and she found a great success with the system developed by Dr. Bernstein (check http://www.diabetes-book.com). 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

peggy
peggy
5 years 3 months ago

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 🙂

Sue Minger
Sue Minger
5 years 3 months ago

Wow Greg! I had to do a double-take too! You’re almost as pretty now as your 2 gorgeous daughters!

anon
anon
5 years 3 months ago

The girl on the left is definitely prettier than her Dad. I’m very sure of that.

Grog22
Grog22
5 years 3 months ago

Bravo! Bravo!! Well done Greg!!

Marc
Marc
5 years 3 months ago

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!

Joanne - The Real Food Mama
5 years 3 months ago

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!!!

Salad Maggie
5 years 3 months ago

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.

belinda
belinda
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations, Greg!

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

Dave
Dave
5 years 3 months ago

Stoked for you. I’m currently at 230 with a goal weight of 190. You are helping me. Thanks.

Diana
5 years 3 months ago

Wow! Congrats, Greg!!

Matt McCandless
Matt McCandless
5 years 3 months ago
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… Read more »
Dirk
Dirk
5 years 3 months ago

No, please, no political related posts here.

Aileen
Aileen
5 years 3 months ago

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.

healthyengineer
healthyengineer
5 years 3 months ago

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.

Peter
Peter
5 years 3 months ago

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.

dragan
dragan
5 years 3 months ago

Agreed with Dirk. Congratulations to Greg but I don’t want politics here. I don’t think Mark does either.

Fritzy
Fritzy
5 years 3 months ago

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.

DFH
5 years 3 months ago
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… Read more »
Johnny Foxgate
Johnny Foxgate
5 years 3 months ago

Bleat, bleat, bleat.

Johnny Foxgate
Johnny Foxgate
5 years 3 months ago

You poor thing

m.miles
5 years 3 months ago

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!

Jerry
Jerry
5 years 3 months ago

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: jmmitch16@hotmail.com

anon
anon
5 years 3 months ago

“It’s Trojan Horse politics”

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

Get a clue, seriously.

Snowleopard
Snowleopard
5 years 3 months ago
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,… Read more »
sixMidgets
sixMidgets
5 years 2 months ago

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.

Steve
Steve
5 years 2 months ago
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… Read more »
Milestone
Milestone
5 years 3 months ago

Congrats Greg.
How about those out of whack cholesterol levels? How did they change?

Anne
5 years 3 months ago

Man, I love Fridays at MDA! What an amazing story, what an awesome experience to watch the doc scratch off those diagnoses!

~heather~
~heather~
5 years 3 months ago

Great job, Greg!

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

Kathy
Kathy
5 years 3 months ago

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!!

Johnc
Johnc
5 years 3 months ago

He’s already added some *quality* years right now which is all that matters.

Tracie
Tracie
5 years 3 months ago

Wow, I can just imagine you grinning while the doc crossed off all of the syndromes and meds. 🙂 That is Fantastic!

Omar
Omar
5 years 3 months ago
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.
craig almaguer
5 years 3 months ago

Wonderful Greg! I’m curious as to your exercise program? I bet you didn’t have to even WORK YOUR ASS OFF either? 🙂

Ashley
Ashley
5 years 3 months ago

Greg groks. Dave groks. Congrats to both of you!

Timothy
5 years 3 months ago

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!

FoCo Girl
FoCo Girl
5 years 3 months ago

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!

Andy
5 years 3 months ago

AWESOME!!!!!!!

TeaDub
TeaDub
5 years 3 months ago

Wow! Congratulations Greg! Very motivating and inspiring.

Anne
Anne
5 years 3 months ago

Awesome and congratulations!

Jimmy
Jimmy
5 years 3 months ago

Awesome transformation Greg!! What an inspiration!

Alex
Alex
5 years 3 months ago

Greg,

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

Nick
Nick
5 years 3 months ago

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!

Gayle
Gayle
5 years 3 months ago

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!

Peter
Peter
5 years 3 months ago
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… Read more »
spincycle
spincycle
5 years 3 months ago

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!

Cassandra
5 years 3 months ago

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.

Aileen
Aileen
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations Greg! What an inspiration.

Mike
Mike
5 years 3 months ago

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!!

joeyjoejoejrshabadoo
joeyjoejoejrshabadoo
5 years 3 months ago

Awesome transformation! LRC and MDA are my two favorite sites!

Julie
Julie
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations, Greg! Your transformation is amazing…not to mention inspiring! You give me hope that I, too, will eventually be healthier through primal living.

Big Dog
Big Dog
5 years 3 months ago

Wow Greg, you look like a different person. Unbelievable. Keep up the awesome work and start squatting if you have not already.

Bjarni Tryggvason
Bjarni Tryggvason
5 years 3 months ago

Extremely pleased to see how well you’ve done Greg! Wow…just wow.

And pretty please with a little sativa on top, no politics on my MDA. If I want to read a libertarian screed I’ll go to a designated blog for that.

mike
mike
5 years 3 months ago

Great work man! I have gone through a similar
Transformation, life is good

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 3 months ago

WOW!! This is an AMAZING transformation! It looks like two different people! Congrats!

Ronnie
Ronnie
5 years 3 months ago

Greg,
First off congrats on your success!
Second, in the second picture, is that a plott hound with you on the couch ?

Eden
Eden
5 years 3 months ago

So, cool! What an amazing story! I am thrilled for you and your better health. Congratulations!

jdt2003
jdt2003
5 years 3 months ago

Fantastic.

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
5 years 3 months ago

Wonderful story! Greg, you look like a completely different person not to mention you must feel like a totally different person, too!

Besides the obvious physical changes the real story here is how your health has changed — you just did what it would take a lot of meds to accomplish. And the meds probably wouldn’t come close to doing it as well as you did.

Thank you so much for sharing your success with us.

deb b
deb b
5 years 3 months ago

congratulations – great stuff!
Can you update us on what your exercise program wasis like, and having been pre-diabetic, are you limiting fruit and do you test your post meal blood sugars occasionally?

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