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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. Wow, and all from just cutting out chips…. amazing

    charlie wrote on September 5th, 2011
  2. Greg… care to share some of the key steps that you did to start and continue your journey? Which ones were the hardest? Did you exercise? If so, what did you do?


    Rich Farina wrote on September 6th, 2011
  3. Amazing! Congrats! Also as a native San Franciscian, I hope you and your family enjoyed your trip to our city :) Also, those are two super handsome dogs 😀 You should get them on a canine-primal diet too! 😉

    cTo wrote on September 6th, 2011
  4. Re: anti-Libertarian comments.

    Rockwell is a Libertarian-direction group with strong conservative ties.

    Libertarians advocate rights and voluntary alternatives, not anti-government per se. They do offer more voluntary alternatives in public administration often by simply letting people know of options of which they may be unaware e.g. several countries have private air control systems that work quite well. Advisors and supporters in their mother advisory organization, LIO, fought long and hard to change laws and attitudes on life extension and empowering the user instead of just the doctors, and are driving several life-extension projects.

    See the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization.

    Max wrote on September 6th, 2011
  5. BTW–darn inspiring story!

    Max wrote on September 6th, 2011
  6. both lew rockwell and the daily apple, great reads. Congratulations Greg. great story. i just started 1 month ago, a bit slow as i have a partially torn left patella ligament, but will see where this goes.

    forrest wrote on September 6th, 2011
  7. Greg, you’re the man. What a great shape you’ve achieved! Your post motivates me more, thanks man and congrats!

    personal trainer wellington wrote on September 14th, 2011
  8. Happened to me too! Im a personal trainer, but I hate to workout.I was pregnant but still. I was 120 the 222 before emergency labor. I had pre -eclampesia onf Heelp syndrome. So I was left with 100 pds to loose after my 5 pd daughter came out. Lost it all in 5 months!Maybe thats normal. I felt like Gumbi. Say this over at Lew Rockwell’s Blog. Great job!

    Brooke wrote on October 2nd, 2011
  9. Greg, I just read your post for the 2nd time. I’m amazed how much our stories parallel each other. I’m 46 soon to be 47, weighted in at 280#’s pre-diabetic, on meds to control blood press. etc. So far I have lost just under 20lbs. I can already see my face thinning out. THank you so much for posting and the amazing trans. pic. YOu have inspired me to get down to around 200#’s. Cant wait to experience what you have accomplished. Way to Go Greg and a heart felt Thankyou for sharing your story. Hope to have mine posted before the end of the yr. Cheers!!

    brent stephens wrote on February 8th, 2012
  10. Greg,
    I am your age and it is great to see what I have ahead of me. Just started Paleo……again. It worked for me before, but I stopped and the pounds creeped back. No I am fully committed to move forward and your story is my example of what if possible for a person of our age.

    Mark wrote on March 2nd, 2012
  11. Excellent job Greg!!

    I’m just learning about the Paleo lifestyle and surfing the .net for info. I stumbled on this site and your story. Very inspirational!!

    John wrote on March 4th, 2012
  12. In-cre-di-ble !, amazing, you look awesome. Congrats Greg. Very motivating story, thank you. I hope you good life.

    Khalid wrote on January 20th, 2013

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