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April 08, 2011

I Decided to Do Something About It

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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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Nicky Spur
6 years 1 month ago

Great aftershot, gotta be the HIIT.

Theresa
Theresa
6 years 1 month ago

Wow! You look amazing! Good luck with the restaurant business!

Krys
6 years 1 month ago

Wow! You look amazing! Congrats on your success!

Dawn
Dawn
6 years 1 month ago

Sweet restaurant idea and awesome story!!

Alison Golden
6 years 1 month ago

I love my Friday trip over here. Congratulations! I would never have recognized you. You are looking great!

Nomad1
Nomad1
6 years 1 month ago

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.

Alice Unchaind
Alice Unchaind
6 years 1 month ago

Damn! i wish i would have started 10 months ago! Congrats Albert! Yours are the results i’m working toward.

Ruby
Ruby
6 years 1 month ago

HOTTIE!

Well done, Albert!

Gary McGrath
Gary McGrath
6 years 1 month ago

Great restaurant idea!

Emily
6 years 1 month ago

Inspiring and HAWT

Tara
6 years 1 month ago

Oh my gosh! You look fantastic! I bet you feel amazing, congratulations!

Alice Unchaind
Alice Unchaind
6 years 1 month ago

Albert, how long did your result take to achieve? what were your dietary habits? drink alcohol? etc…

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 1 month ago

He said he was 240 in May and got down to 175 by mid-July, if that helps.

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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 πŸ™‚ 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!

Mari Davidson
Mari Davidson
6 years 1 month ago

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!

Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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! πŸ™‚ )

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

Grok on!

Bryce Leo
Bryce Leo
6 years 24 days ago

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.

Scott
Scott
6 years 1 month ago

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???

Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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!) πŸ™‚

Mara
Mara
6 years 1 month ago

Wow! What an inspiring transformation both in body and peace of mind. I hope your restaurant idea spreads!!

Sarah Yoshi
Sarah Yoshi
6 years 1 month ago

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!!

anamaria
anamaria
6 years 1 month ago

do you have a girlfriend?

πŸ™‚ you look great. keep up the great work!!

Timothy
6 years 1 month ago

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?

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago
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 πŸ™‚ and go take a shower. Now you… Read more »
Timothy
6 years 1 month ago

This is some great advice. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration!

Lynna
Lynna
6 years 1 month ago

hubba hubba…

Kevin Cowart
Kevin Cowart
6 years 1 month ago

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.

mike from chicago
mike from chicago
6 years 1 month ago

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

A.B. Dada
A.B. Dada
6 years 1 month ago

Mike, email me at adam dot dada at gmail dot com!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Hey Mike,

Really glad to hear you are interested in the idea. IΒ΄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

Lynna
Lynna
6 years 1 month ago

Each of these success stories give more inspiration each time I read one.

Danielle
6 years 1 month ago

Awesome! And great idea with starting a Paleo/Primal restaurant.

I’d support that.

PaleoSwed
PaleoSwed
6 years 1 month ago

Great after shot. As someone said must be the the HIT πŸ˜€

Andy
6 years 1 month ago

way to go what city will the dining establishment be in ?

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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!! πŸ˜‰

Liz
Liz
6 years 1 month ago

Um, hell yeah, I’ll marry you! You’ll love San Francisco!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Hahaha I’m sure I would love San Francisco!

When am I moving then? πŸ˜›

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

Grok on!

Ashley
6 years 1 month ago

San Diego is better than San Francisco. Already have a restaurant logo, concept, and some financial projections…. :o)

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Sounds like you got a plan! If you wanna get in touch email me at albert88en gmail. com πŸ™‚

A.B. Dada
A.B. Dada
6 years 1 month ago

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.

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Wow! A lot of people supporting the idea! IΒ΄m stunned!

Shall I move to Chico?? πŸ™‚

DThalman
DThalman
6 years 1 month ago

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
DThalman
6 years 1 month ago

but chico is a nice town–sometimes i miss it but i like Oregon a lot better.

Dana
6 years 1 month ago
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,… Read more »
Dana
6 years 1 month ago
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,… Read more »
Lilian
6 years 1 month ago

How do I get more infor on this?

Jessica
6 years 1 month ago

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!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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!

SassaFrass88
6 years 1 month ago

You were a cutie before, but dang! Being healthy makes us good looking doesn’t it?! πŸ˜€

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?”

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Thanks! πŸ˜‰

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?

πŸ™‚

Jenny K
Jenny K
6 years 1 month ago

ummm. Hawt! Congrats on your results from all your hard work! Such and inspiration.

Gabrielle
6 years 1 month ago

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!!!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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 πŸ˜‰

Michmich
Michmich
6 years 1 month ago

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 !!

PaleoSwed
PaleoSwed
6 years 1 month ago

HIIT – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_interval_training

Havent tryed it myself i normal just do one time per 7 days HIT workout.

Lucy
Lucy
6 years 1 month ago

Hi, Try keeping the carbs under 100 grams.

Just Joan
Just Joan
6 years 1 month ago

YOWZERS!!!

Joanne
Joanne
6 years 1 month ago

Beautiful!

Dana
Dana
6 years 1 month ago
Oh wow! You look amazing. Even more important, I bet you *feel* amazing. πŸ™‚ 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… Read more »
Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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! πŸ™‚

Jolie
Jolie
6 years 1 month ago

Beautiful! Inspiring!

Kathy
Kathy
6 years 1 month ago

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!!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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!

Timmy
Timmy
6 years 1 month ago

What do mean by cold showers and cocoa butter? Can you elaborate more on this, please?
Awesome work on your body!!

Pixie Kitten
6 years 1 month ago

O.O Well hellooooooooooo there!!
Congratulations and good luck for the future! =D

Katherine
Katherine
6 years 1 month ago

Wow, you look… well maybe I shouldn’t say lol. And not just weight loss but such a great life change too. Congrats!

Jean
Jean
6 years 1 month ago

Congratulations Albert!
You look terrific!

Diana Renata
6 years 1 month ago

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! πŸ˜€

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

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….

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 1 month ago

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!

Chris
6 years 1 month ago

Great inspirational story. Thanks for sharing!

Cajungrokgirl
Cajungrokgirl
6 years 1 month ago

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…

Rhyno
Rhyno
6 years 1 month ago

Albert- How many times a week do you do your sprints? Any resistance work?

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Right now I just train when I feel like really. Mainly due to work commitments and family issues…. I normally do some sprints and bodyweight exercises 2-3 times a week. Some heavy lifting when I make it to the gym.

The key is to eat right and that just comes naturally so no problem there! πŸ™‚

Josea
6 years 1 month ago

When opening a restaurant based on Primal eating consider adverting it as Gluten Free. You would not have to change the menu since gluten is only found in certain grains. The advantage is you’ll get customers who never heard of primal in addion to those who have.

Good luck.

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

hey thanks for the idea.

You are right on that, even though primal is the way to go a lot of people still aren’t aware of it….

I’m here to change that though!!

Rhyno
Rhyno
6 years 1 month ago

Ha, btw dude… you look like Demian Maia who is a BJJ World Champion and a UFC fighter, google him!!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Damn! the guy is ripped! I wish i’d look like him dude…. haha

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 1 month ago

WHOA! I wouldn’t have recognized you either. Way to GO!! πŸ™‚

Anna
6 years 1 month ago

GREAT STUFF!!! So amazing to see so many people with similar stories, I too lost a shed load of weight by going paleo/primal, am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been, have recently qualified as a fitness instructor/Personal Trainer and can’t wait to start helping people reach their goals and change their own lives and mindsets! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

PatrΓ­cia
6 years 1 month ago

Oh… My… God…

Mary
Mary
6 years 1 month ago

Man alive, what a massive achievement!!! And great to see a fellow UK primal buddy featured on the success stories. Awesome, awesome, awesome, mate. Looking positively hot πŸ™‚

Gabrielle
6 years 1 month ago

Albert, I just wanted to thank you for your advice. I have been struggling to lose weight even eating primally but I think that I have been over thinking things. So thank you very much for you advice and congrats on your success. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!!!

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Thank YOU for your comment Gabrielle!

It is a lot simpler than it looks really!

Just relax, play a lot, be in a comfortable environment and eat the right things…. Your body will thank you for it!

Good luck with your goals, although you won’t need I’m sure you are well on your way.

Jaime
Jaime
6 years 1 month ago

Awesome job, Albert! Yes, please come to Chicago! I’m here too. I just started eating primal and it’s definitely hard when you go to a sandwich shop and all that they have on the menu is sandwiches and your friends want to share hummus and pita bread and you have to explain to them why you aren’t eating. I do have the excuse that I’m allergic to wheat and lactose intolerant.

Primal Chicago baby! And again, Usted esta guapo! (sorry, my Spanish is very limited but I’m taking classes πŸ™‚

Albert
Albert
6 years 1 month ago

Is Chicago in some kind of “Primal revolution”?? hahaha

I wish I could go though….

Next time make some cauliflower hummus and some flax crackers for yourself, then share them with your friends and they will not miss the pitta bread full of lectins….

πŸ™‚

Jaime
Jaime
6 years 1 month ago

We should start a Primal Revolution!

I’ll have to try the cauliflower hummus with some flackers. I usually make guacamole and use sliced jicama as my chips when I’m craving something like that.

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