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8 Apr

I Decided to Do Something About It

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint success story. Many thanks to Albert for sharing his inspirational account of how he grabbed control of his health and lost nearly 100 pounds at an early age.

If you have your own success story you would like to share 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. Thanks for reading!

Hey Mark,

All my life I had been a “chubby” boy, was happy, had friends and all but I knew something wasn’t right when I couldn’t run a set of stairs or catching the bus was a complete struggle…. I always had an emotional relationship with food and whenever I felt depressed or down I would reach for coke, chocolate, ice cream…..you get the picture.

One cold Monday morning while getting ready to go to work I looked in the mirror and the guy looking back wasn’t happy….it wasn’t me, I had topped at 270 lbs at age 21 and was heading towards diseases, joint pains and a sure early death.

I decided to do something about it, joined a gym and started swimming because it was the only thing that I liked back then (I’m originally from Spain and we enjoy the beach as much as we can!). Asked for advice from trainers at my gym and all of them suggested the same thing, increase cardio, eat whole grains, lean meats, egg whites, the whole thing….

While I lost some weight doing so, I was also feeling bloated, heavy and tired everyday, coffee became my best friend and I was simply struggling to get on with my life. I was counting every single calorie (taking in 1800 a day religiously) and macro nutrients (typical 40/40/20 kind of diet). Around May my weight was around 240 lbs and while I was pleased with the progress it didn’t seem to be realistic given the effort and the amount of work I was putting in…. I became obsessed with food and diet and would never go out with friends because I couldn’t eat anything that wasn’t cooked at my kitchen. You can imagine what happened, lost motivation, depressed, no social life, and the worst COMPLETELY obsessed with food.

I made the worst mistake of my life by decreasing my overall calories to 1500 a day (still on a 40/40/20 split) and my metabolism just couldn’t take it anymore, I was holding water weight and possibly had adrenal fatigue due to all the stimulants (fat burners, coffee, you name it…) and the overtraining.

Finally through a friend found open skies, he told me about dropping all grains and sugars and trying to eat more veggies and protein at every meal, he also suggested I googled “The Paleo Diet” and “Primal Blueprint”…..

That’s where my life began to make sense, I dropped down to 175 lbs by mid-July and measured my body fat at 10%, yes I had lost a lot of muscle mass during my stupid “healthy diet” trial but Primal eating, weight lifting and HIIT was getting me where I wanted to be….

Until today, I’m studying to be a Personal Trainer, currently looking to run my own business (a restaurant based in Primal eating) and willing to spread the word about these newly found lifestyle that matches my genes and makes life so much simpler, tastier and rewarding!

I just wanted to say thank you to you, to all the people that research about paleo lifestyle and to my family for all the support they’ve given me.

Grok On!

Albert

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  1. Great aftershot, gotta be the HIIT.

    Nicky Spur wrote on April 8th, 2011
  2. Wow! You look amazing! Good luck with the restaurant business!

    Theresa wrote on April 8th, 2011
  3. Wow! You look amazing! Congrats on your success!

    Krys wrote on April 8th, 2011
  4. Sweet restaurant idea and awesome story!!

    Dawn wrote on April 8th, 2011
  5. I love my Friday trip over here. Congratulations! I would never have recognized you. You are looking great!

    Alison Golden wrote on April 8th, 2011
  6. I saw the guy in the before shot (thinking it was the after shot) and thought what a hottie. Very serious looking in the after shots.
    I’m glad you got healthier and to the body size that brings you comfort. Good luck in your pursuits.

    Nomad1 wrote on April 8th, 2011
  7. Damn! i wish i would have started 10 months ago! Congrats Albert! Yours are the results i’m working toward.

    Alice Unchaind wrote on April 8th, 2011
  8. HOTTIE!

    Well done, Albert!

    Ruby wrote on April 8th, 2011
  9. Great restaurant idea!

    Gary McGrath wrote on April 8th, 2011
  10. Inspiring and HAWT

    Emily wrote on April 8th, 2011
  11. Oh my gosh! You look fantastic! I bet you feel amazing, congratulations!

    Tara wrote on April 8th, 2011
  12. Albert, how long did your result take to achieve? what were your dietary habits? drink alcohol? etc…

    Alice Unchaind wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • He said he was 240 in May and got down to 175 by mid-July, if that helps.

      Jenny wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Hi Alice,

      I don’t know exactly how long it took me but losing fat was a lot easier once \i started eating primal. I normally eat a bunch of veggies, loads of fat and protein whenever I’m hungry and that works for me. I don’t drink alcohol because I just don’t like it, I do eat dark chocolate EVERY day though :) 40g or so a day (somedays less) of G&B’s 85% or Lindt 90%.

      I live life, and don’t feel deprived at all. Just make smart choices, exercise whenever you feel like and you are good to go!

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • Hey Albert,

        Where are you thinking about starting up a primal restaurant? I’ve tinkered around with the idea before and think it might go over pretty well.

        My husband and I joke about the meals I make and rate them. Only the best make it to our imaginary restaurant menu.

        If you need any suggestions or someone to bounce feedback on, let me know!

        Mari Davidson wrote on April 9th, 2011
        • Hey!

          I’m thinking the US would be the best place to start the first restaurant (yeah, I’m thinking big and planning to open a restaurant chain) I’m currently planning it, looking for potential investors/business partners. I am thinking California would be a suitable area (weather, population, food quality).

          The idea of cooking meals and rating them is amazing, I love cooking and designing recipes and have many recipes saved in my computer (would love to share them with everyone so I’m starting a blog! :) )

          Suggestions are always welcomed so please hit me with some ideas!

          Grok on!

          Albert wrote on April 11th, 2011
        • Lol I’ve got about 1/2 a business plan for a primal restaurant worked out and another concept for a fast casual that I’ve been casually referring to as “Carnivore Cafe” or “Meat Eaters”
          realistically I won’t be able to get the money for either of the ideas for years so if someone wants to grab them and run with them I’ve no problem helping out.

          Bryce Leo wrote on May 1st, 2011
      • The transformation is awesome. I just want to get clear on the time frame for this final transformation.

        In May you were 240 lbs and July you were 175 lbs.; was this July of the following year? If not how did you manage to lose nearly a pound a day to achieve this result???

        Scott wrote on April 10th, 2011
        • Thanks.

          I lost all the weight in 2010 so yeah, in a total of 6 months I managed to lose over 80lbs.

          At first I was just losing weight (that includes muscle) so it explains the quick weight drop, weight loss slowed down once I started eating right (i.e primal) but fat loss increased… meaning I was losing fat and building muscle at the same time (yes, it’s possible!) :)

          Albert wrote on April 11th, 2011
  13. Wow! What an inspiring transformation both in body and peace of mind. I hope your restaurant idea spreads!!

    Mara wrote on April 8th, 2011
  14. Oh wow! This is why I love Fridays!! Amazing job done – it’s fun to see people my age doing this too.

    Sidenote: My boyfriend walked past me while looking at the last two pictures and thought I was on a PlayGirl site or something…keep up the good work!!

    Sarah Yoshi wrote on April 8th, 2011
  15. do you have a girlfriend?

    :) you look great. keep up the great work!!

    anamaria wrote on April 8th, 2011
  16. Amazing work Albert! I’d love to learn more about how you got your body fat so low. What do your daily meals look like? What do you do for HIIT and how often?

    Timothy wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Thanks man!

      I eat when hungry really, some days I may eat 5 times some other days only once or twice. I go by feeling. My meals are always whole foods, just don’t eat anything that’s processed and you will do great. Avoid all grains, legumes and milk. (I do dairy but only in grass-fed cheese, cream or butter)

      HIIT is usually sprints, either out in the park or on a treadmill. Go all out for 30 secs, rest 30 secs, repeat until you can do no more, then do one more :) and go take a shower. Now you can eat that piece of buffalo knowing it will be used to repair your trained body!

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • This is some great advice. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration!

        Timothy wrote on April 8th, 2011
  17. hubba hubba…

    Lynna wrote on April 8th, 2011
  18. It’s funny how all these stories seem the same and are completely amazing, including my own. I’ll never get tired of seeing people be happier and healthier by going the true way of the H. sapien sapien.

    Kevin Cowart wrote on April 8th, 2011
  19. Hey where are you looking to open a restaurant? I’d be interested in funding /aiding / joining you in some way if you’re from Chicagoland

    mike from chicago wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Mike, email me at adam dot dada at gmail dot com!

      A.B. Dada wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Hey Mike,

      Really glad to hear you are interested in the idea. I´m currently living in London, UK but have the idea of moving to the US every single day in my mind. Get in touch with me via email at albert88en @ gmail . com

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
  20. Each of these success stories give more inspiration each time I read one.

    Lynna wrote on April 8th, 2011
  21. Awesome! And great idea with starting a Paleo/Primal restaurant.

    I’d support that.

    Danielle wrote on April 8th, 2011
  22. Great after shot. As someone said must be the the HIT :D

    PaleoSwed wrote on April 8th, 2011
  23. way to go what city will the dining establishment be in ?

    Andy wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Looking to move to the US, haven’t decided which city yet but being Spanish means I’ll have to get sponsored or save A LOT of money before I could even think of it happening.

      Any US girl wants to marry me? I’m a good cook! LOL!! ;)

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • Um, hell yeah, I’ll marry you! You’ll love San Francisco!

        Liz wrote on April 8th, 2011
        • Hahaha I’m sure I would love San Francisco!

          When am I moving then? :P

          Thanks for all the comments! This post made my day!

          Grok on!

          Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • San Diego is better than San Francisco. Already have a restaurant logo, concept, and some financial projections…. :o)

        Ashley wrote on April 8th, 2011
        • Sounds like you got a plan! If you wanna get in touch email me at albert88en gmail. com :)

          Albert wrote on April 9th, 2011
  24. Albert: incredible!

    Mike from Chicago: I’m in chicago and already have started a push to get local restaurants to provide primal/paleo friendly options. We also are going to start a weekly food/exercise clinic at my warehouse in Pilsen.

    A.B. Dada wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Wow! A lot of people supporting the idea! I´m stunned!

      Shall I move to Chico?? :)

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • beer and burger town for sure, burritos, college town. food out is very inexpensive there–i don’t know how restaurants make it. i think there’s a lot that go under.

        DThalman wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • but chico is a nice town–sometimes i miss it but i like Oregon a lot better.

        DThalman wrote on April 8th, 2011
        • I live in the Chicago-land area and not a huge fan of it all. It has its good point, but the city is not where my heart is. I was already 20 pounds (which took 6 years to gain) heavier when I moved here, and within two years I packed on another 20 pounds from all the crazy beef and burger chains around here. I’m a sucker for a good cheeseburger. Portillo’s anyone??? I never cared for cheese fries before, and couldn’t care less about beef sandwiches, but here, I got hooked on it all. All my choices of course, but resisting is hard when the suggestion is made, and I’ve struggled…boy have I, but I’m ready for big change in my life and switching to the PB lifestyle is my top priority. It’s been rough, so I’m moving back to where I was happiest and starting over.

          Dana wrote on April 12th, 2011
        • I live in the Chicago-land area and not a huge fan of it all. It has its good points, but the city is not where my heart is. I was already 20 pounds (which took 6 years to gain) heavier when I moved here, and within two years I packed on another 20 pounds from all the crazy beef and burger chains around here. I’m a sucker for a good cheeseburger. Portillo’s anyone??? I never cared for cheese fries before, and couldn’t care less about beef sandwiches, but here, I got hooked on it all. All my choices of course, but resisting is hard when the suggestion is made, and I’ve struggled…boy have I, but I’m ready for big change in my life and switching to the PB lifestyle is my top priority. It’s been rough, so I’m moving back to where I was happiest and starting over.

          Dana wrote on April 12th, 2011
    • How do I get more infor on this?

      Lilian wrote on April 8th, 2011
  25. WOW. Congrats, Albert! I literally said, out loud, “Holy shit!” when I got to your after photos. Really amazing, this is the kind of thing that I show to my friends to encourage them to eat paleo!

    Jessica wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Thanks!

      I’m glad this motivates people to take the step and get their lives and health under control.

      It’s funny when you go to the doctor and he asks you how the hell your bloodwork looks A-Perfect and you tell him it’s the way you eat (200+ grams of FAT a day) and then he says that can’t be possible…..

      ha!

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
  26. You were a cutie before, but dang! Being healthy makes us good looking doesn’t it?! :-D

    I too went the route of people in the gym telling me to eat low fat, whole grains, 20/40/40, yadda, yadda, yadda… EVEN though I KNEW low-fat was seriously Bupkis! That’s how I found this site! I thought, “How can I be healthy AND lose weight? WHAT am I missing?”

    SassaFrass88 wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Thanks! ;)

      I believe looking good doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy. That comes as a “side effect” when eating primal.

      I bet your performance and mood are way better now that you’re primal right?

      :)

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
  27. ummm. Hawt! Congrats on your results from all your hard work! Such and inspiration.

    Jenny K wrote on April 8th, 2011
  28. Wow, you look so good. You must feel amazing as well. Please give some advice to someone who is struggling to lose her own weight.
    *Please tell us what you eat like every day.
    *And, please share what kind of workouts you do.
    That would really help a lot of us out! Thanks so much and Congrats!!!

    Gabrielle wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Thanks!

      The only advice I could give you is soooo simple! Eat when hungry, things that nature gave us ( I just don’t eat anything that’s processed ). Even when you fancy ice cream or cake there are ways to make them naturally and in a way your body will love.
      Train when you feel energised and go hard for 20-30 mins. That’s all you need!

      The weight will come off magically ;)

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • Hey Albert..
        What a fantastic success story! Very inspiring .. I have been strict Primal/Paleo for over a year now and do work out but weight loss just doesn’t seem to want to budge for me! .. very frustrating.. What kind of working out do you do eg. what is the HIIT that you do etc.. Do you exercise every day etc. ?Need some help with beign successful at this and any tips you can provide would be really appreciated !!

        Michmich wrote on April 8th, 2011
  29. YOWZERS!!!

    Just Joan wrote on April 8th, 2011
  30. Beautiful!

    Joanne wrote on April 8th, 2011
  31. Oh wow! You look amazing. Even more important, I bet you *feel* amazing. :)

    You know what I’d love to see, honestly? A paleo/primal type *grocery store.* I would LOVE to be able to walk into a grocery and not have my senses assaulted by stuff I don’t even want to eat. I have already noticed a difference in experience between shops that focus more on healthy foods (even if it’s only what they view as healthy, i.e., vegan everything) and places like Kroger, but I’d love to go that one more step and be able to skip the soy crap and the “organic” processed foods entirely.

    Just a thought. :)

    Dana wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • I wish I had the money to do that! In fact if I ever win the lottery that’s what I would do, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, theme parks…. All about primal!

      Thanks! :)

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
  32. Beautiful! Inspiring!

    Jolie wrote on April 8th, 2011
  33. The restaurant idea is fantastic! I was wondering about the tautness of your abs: no loose skin?? I’ve lost quite a bit of weight myself and, unfortunately, I’ve got excess skin in the abdomen region. Wonder if it’s a male/female thing?? Regardless, you look awesome!!

    Kathy wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Thanks!

      Cold showers and cocoa butter helped a lot with loose skin. I still use it and it’s slowly coming along very nicely.

      Try it!

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
      • What do mean by cold showers and cocoa butter? Can you elaborate more on this, please?
        Awesome work on your body!!

        Timmy wrote on April 19th, 2011
  34. O.O Well hellooooooooooo there!!
    Congratulations and good luck for the future! =D

    Pixie Kitten wrote on April 8th, 2011
  35. Wow, you look… well maybe I shouldn’t say lol. And not just weight loss but such a great life change too. Congrats!

    Katherine wrote on April 8th, 2011
  36. Congratulations Albert!
    You look terrific!

    Jean wrote on April 8th, 2011
  37. Ok I just got razzed by the coworkers for checking out hot guys on the internet- LOL!

    Seriously though, you look fantastic, and so much happier. Granted, ya were pretty easy on the eyes to begin with but now… hot damn!

    I love the idea of a Primal restaurant. Toyed with the idea myself but my town is completely saturated with eateries. I hope you get it up and going. It would be great to visit for opening night! :D

    Diana Renata wrote on April 8th, 2011
    • Ups! Sorry! hahaha

      Thanks for the comment though. The idea has been on my head for a long time, I just need the finances to make it real.

      I’m sure it’d work, a lot of people care about what they eat more these days (this community proves it) and if you give them an affordable yet very high quality and nutritious place to eat out….

      Albert wrote on April 8th, 2011
  38. Right on man, that’s what happens when true wisdom is applied with vigor. I don’t care what anyone says or why, it feels good to look good!

    Jeff wrote on April 8th, 2011
  39. Great inspirational story. Thanks for sharing!

    Chris wrote on April 8th, 2011
  40. You look great. I’ve also played with the restaurant idea too. But here in new orleans, people think if you have bread it needs to be deep fried and then covered in sugar! The restaurant might even get picketed…lol.

    I’m a lonely primal girl down here…

    Cajungrokgirl wrote on April 8th, 2011

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