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8 Apr

I Decided to Do Something About It

real life stories stories 1 2It’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.

before2 2 before 2

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….

after2 1 after 1

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. Stellar before and after shots :) Congrats on the success!

    Mica wrote on April 9th, 2011
  2. Great job! You look like you feel fabulous!

    Erin wrote on April 9th, 2011
  3. Soy de Sevilla, llevo unos meses con esto del primal en todos los aspectos y me va muy bien, aunque por entorno me cuesta seguir la forma de comer hago lo que puedo y mejorando cada dia.

    Yo estudie cocina y te aseguro que la idea del restaurante es muy buena.

    Sergio Crespo wrote on April 10th, 2011
    • Entiendo lo del entorno, la verdad que vivir fuera de espanya para mi es una ventaja en ese sentido…. Aqui la variedad de alimentos y la calidad es un poco mas grande y aun en ambientes sociales puedo seguir mi forma de alimentacion sin problemas.

      Me alegro de que vaya bien! A ver si consigo sacar la idea del restaurante adelante y te invito a la apertura.

      Un saludo

      Albert wrote on April 11th, 2011
  4. Fantastic results Albert.

    Your after shots look unbelievable. You must be so proud of yourself & everything that you have achieved.

    Good Luck for the Primal restuarant. Sounds like it will be a hit.

    Tash wrote on April 10th, 2011
  5. I will go to your restaurant. Keep us posted!!!

    Meagan wrote on April 10th, 2011
    • First customer yay! :)

      I will keep you posted, check out my blog, it should be up and running pretty soon!

      Albert wrote on April 11th, 2011
  6. Congratulations! You look amazing!! And your story is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

    Olivia wrote on April 10th, 2011
  7. Btw, Albert, if you want to try out a beginner session (where you are taught the fundamental moves), you’ll need to book one online and come over to the gym in Bethnal Green. No Crossfit gym will let you just turn up for a session without having done CF before or having done a beginner session first. As for CF London itself, the staff there are very knowledgeable (and super friendly) and the people who train there are a great bunch too. Hope you give it a go – you won’t regret it!

    April Foster wrote on April 10th, 2011
    • Oh! Thanks for letting me know! I was gonna show up there tomorrow and most likely get refused to train huh?! :)

      I’ll book it online today. See you there then!

      Albert wrote on April 11th, 2011
  8. Hey Albert! Looking good, bud!

    You and I have almost identical testimonies, except for I still have that last 10 – 12 lbs to lose. Currently hovering around 175 lbs, 14 – 15% BF, and I’m 5’6″. I’d love to either get down to 165 or build up my core muscles a bit to be around 170. 10% BF is my goal!

    How long did it take you to get over your adrenal fatigue symptoms? I fear I have the same (as I was overtrained and got down to 1500 cal. a day as well last summer), and I’m looking to shake these last few pounds. Just wondering about your workout split nowadays.

    We actually have a very similar body build, with maybe a slight height difference. So perhaps your tips would help! Thanks!

    Clay wrote on April 11th, 2011
    • Hey! Congrats on the weight loss dude.

      Firstly get your sleep dialed in, I am talking 8-9 hours a day in a pitch black room. Eating primal, sleeping well and avoiding stress in life (like overtraining) will take care of the adrenal fatigue. Also you might want to drop coffee and any other stimulants from your diet for a while.

      Don’t count calories! Your body needs nourishment and if you are cutting your calories you may be missing some key nutrients.

      My recommendation for those last 10 lbs would be patience, follow the primal blueprint fitness and nutrition guidelines, don’t overtrain (less is more believe me) and you will get there flawlessly.

      Last but not least. Get out in the sun! :)

      Keep up the great work and enjoy a primal life!

      Albert wrote on April 12th, 2011
      • Thanks man! Looks as if you’ve affirmed I’m doing everything right. Patience really is key.

        I no longer drink caffeine, and I’m trying my best to overcome some emotional stressors (for more reasons than just weight loss).

        The hardest part has been not counting calories, because all of the numbers are still in my head, haha.

        I hope the restaurant succeeds, and if it ends up being in the States, maybe I’ll come for a visit! Especially if you can offer a sugar-free cheesecake for dessert!

        Clay wrote on April 12th, 2011
  9. hi albert,

    congrats with your results! it’s awesome!
    I am starting a primal restaurant in Berlin, germany. We are opening in may. It would be great to exchange experience and maybe link our places?

    best,

    boris

    Boris wrote on April 11th, 2011
    • Hi Boris,

      Congratulations on getting your Primal restaurant up and running! Have you got a name yet? Website perhaps? Get in touch with me so we can share experience and whatnot!

      Albert wrote on April 12th, 2011
      • Yes! we named our future restaurant ‘Sauvage’. We rented a dump and have been rebuilding the place since january. It’s been a hell of a job, but we’re entering the last weeks of renovating. Soon we’ll have a facebookpage and a website up. we realy hope the concept will work. The Paleo lifestyle is not so known here in Europe yet, but Berlin is a very alternative city and the ‘green wave’ is very present here, so we hope for the best. What’s sure is that we are the first ones in the city and maybe even the country? I’ll keep you posted!
        best,

        b

        Boris wrote on April 16th, 2011
  10. Congratulations on all your success, Albert! I’m wondering what you have done to help yourself in emotional situations. You used to reach for sugary things, but now what do you do? I imagine you are happier, but surely there are times that are tough. Emotional eating is the only thing I still need assistance with, although my body is where I want it now, too. You look fantastic, BTW!

    Jennifer wrote on April 12th, 2011
    • Self control helps here…. but yeah sometimes I had one too many spoonfuls of almond butter (any nut butter for that matter).

      One thing about eating a high fat diet is that even emotional eating goes away because you are just really full and can’t eat anymore!

      Thanks for the comment and keep up the good work!

      Albert wrote on April 12th, 2011
  11. Awesome, Albert. I won’t be there til next week now as I am off to Paris on Friday (it’s a hard life, I know) but hopefully I will catch you there in the future. Tell ‘em I sent you over. Get me in the good books. Enjoy… :)

    April Foster wrote on April 12th, 2011
    • I certainly will. The classes were full this week though, so I’ll be in next week.

      I’ll see you around! oh! and enjoy Paris :)

      Albert wrote on April 12th, 2011
  12. Alberto,

    Estas guapo como un tren!! :-D Bravo.

    OC

    ObligateCarnivore wrote on April 12th, 2011
    • :) Gracias!

      loving your nickname btw ;)

      Albert wrote on April 13th, 2011
      • how many carbs do you think you were and are now getting a day?

        im 3 weeks in to primal w carbs around 50-75g, and didnt lose as much fat as i thought i would. today i lowered my carbs down to about 25 and am hoping i can keep them this low for a while

        ViaSwiss wrote on April 13th, 2011
  13. ….and by “were”, i meant while you were noticing good fat loss

    ViaSwiss wrote on April 13th, 2011
  14. It’s not how many it’s the type of carbs I believe.

    I am now at 100-150 grams a day, mostly veggies, sweet potato here and there and some berries. I’ve noticed that on days I do a lot of fructose I get gassy and tired so I would keep fructose in check while eating good carbs without over stressing about it.

    On a side note if your carbs are religiously on the 50g level I’d suggest you start watching how much fat you are intaking and what kind….. If you are eating 50 grams of carbs a day but downing a can of coconut milk and several handfuls of nuts on top of your meals everyday it’s gonna be tough for your body to tap on your bodyfat for energy!

    Albert wrote on April 14th, 2011
    • What do you mean by dropping the amount of fat consumed? The PD is about fat and protein and whole carbs!!! “the type of carbs I believe…” is that true from personal experience, science, or this website or are you just talking out your ass to answer a question?

      Charles wrote on April 27th, 2011
      • Yes, yes some of his comments are contradictory. He’s half PD and half paleo diet. He mentiions both in the article. Some confusion there which is unfortunate for such a good result. Need to mix and match both to get his results.

        Kirk wrote on May 8th, 2011
        • Nothing fancy here. Being realistic if you want your body to burn your own bodyfat you need to reduce your fat intake at some point. After all calories do matter and if you are supplying your body enough energy (calories) it’s not going to burn your own reserves….

          So yeah, stick to a primal diet and you’ll burn bodyfat, taper your fat intake as well for short periods of time here and there and you’ll get to 8-9% bf effortlessly. Hope this helps!

          Albert wrote on May 13th, 2011
  15. Damn! You look amazing! I just started eating Primal today after searching for a healthier way of eating; I, too, have been battling with the bulge for as long as I can remember. Little did I know that it was this EASY to lose weight and get healthy! I can’t wait to post my own success story. Good luck to you–and I hope your restaurant is a success!! That seems like such an awesome idea!

    Venne wrote on April 16th, 2011
  16. You have a totally new life. Congratulations; you look wonderful!

    Barb W wrote on April 18th, 2011
  17. Hello;
    I just wanted to add to all of your other positve comments about your great work and how healthly you now looking. Thank you for sharing your story. You’re a great inspiration and role model to me as someone that is just begining PB.

    ( one question: if you had any loose skin, how did you firm it up? This is something I’m currently dealing with! M.)

    Melissa wrote on April 25th, 2011
    • I’ll help you out there! Sometimes people get uppity and ignore their fans.
      In the shower loofah up the skin to get off the dead skin cells. Before getting out turn the water cold to tighten the skin. Afterwards, slather on some coco butter or shea to moisterize up.

      Tanner wrote on May 8th, 2011
    • Sorry I hadn’t checked the website in ages! Thanks for the nice comments. Loose skin is slowly going back itself but cocoa butter helps a lot (smells lovely too). Take hot/cold showers and apply cocoa butter always afterwards. You’ll see differences quickly. It helps with stretch marks too! :) Grok on!

      Albert wrote on May 13th, 2011
      • Cool! Thanks, Albert.

        Melissa wrote on May 16th, 2011
  18. You just made my boyfriend jealous .. AWESOME lol

    Congrats on your success and new found happiness!

    PandaGlam wrote on May 9th, 2011
    • LOL! Everyone can do it! Thanks!

      Albert wrote on May 13th, 2011
  19. Dios mio Albert, que buen trabajo!

    Carla wrote on May 16th, 2011
  20. I know this post is already a few months old but I just recently found out about this blog and it takes me a while to work my way back trough the posts. LOL.

    Long story short: I justed wanted to congratulate you to your success. This is an amazing story! I wish you all the best for your restaurant idea!!

    Jen

    Jen - Personal Trainer Miami Beach wrote on September 8th, 2011
    • Thanks Jen!

      Awesome to have you here.

      x

      Albert wrote on October 6th, 2011
  21. Can’t agree more with this article totally usefull information and straight to the point, congrats to the author

    Elijah Bak wrote on February 15th, 2012
    • Thanks a lot, I’m glad you found it useful!

      Albert wrote on May 5th, 2012
  22. Great story! I have been thinking for quite some time about the joys of owning a primal restaurant…I hope you can make your dream a success!

    Ed wrote on February 17th, 2012
    • I’m working on it! Thanks!

      Albert wrote on May 5th, 2012
  23. hey Albert, We’ve wrote eachother shortly two years ago and if i remember well, you gave me your email address which i can’t seem to find. So i hope this mssg reaches you. Sauvage is a success here so far! We’re almost celebrating our two years existance! We have a proposition for you – if you are still thinking of running a paleo restaurant, and you are still liviing in london – so write us! sauvage@live.de

    Boris Leite wrote on April 4th, 2013
  24. Hi Albert , I have fairly recently moved to Spain and in doing so I have gained 10 kg and my whole food mentality has changed and not for the better . Im British and have found the timetable and style of eating difficult so Im going to give Paleo a go . any suggestions for the spanish lifestyle ?

    Shona wrote on May 25th, 2013
  25. This story is by far theoat inspirational I have seen yet. It might be because Albert is my age, but it might also be that I hated who I saw in the mirror. I am 5 days into the diet and I have lost 8 pounds, feel exponentially better and have so much more energy. I have my friend doing it with me and has lost 4 pounds after only 2 days.

    Thank you so much Albert. Your story will keep me going on my journey. Hope to have my own success story soon.

    Anthony wrote on August 14th, 2013

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