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11 Oct

I Lost 105 Pounds in 12 Months and Changed My Life for Good!

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!

Hi Mark,

I’m a 24 year old overweight guy from Austria (the state in the alps, not the one where kangaroos roam around 😉 ). Sure, that prolly sounds like nothing special, but hold on!

I was the fat kid/guy for all of my life. As far as I can remember, I used to be fat. During childhood it didn’t really affect me in a negative way, though I remember my dad claiming when I was aged around 4 or 5, that I’ll look like a wooden barrel at age 14, if I keep on like that. Talk about learning to love yourself haha.

Anyway, up until junior high the weight never really affected my being that bad. I was sociable, had many friends and girls liked me as well.

As soon as I started junior high (around age 11) and hit puberty, sh*t slowly began to hit the fan. I started getting bullied, developed nerdy interests and the older I got, the more I began to shun myself from the outside world.

I even remember my parents telling me at age 12 that I will suffer from a heart attack by 20.

Since around age 11 I suffered from chronic bowel issues as well. Diarrhea, constipation and cramps were a daily occurrence for me.

By age 16 I was so depressed from all the bullying, that I fled into the world of massively multiplayer online role playing games. I was completely anti-social. That started a 3 year long addiction of doing nothing in my life but playing the same video game. Somehow though, miraculously, this kept me from gaining weight. I stayed around 120 kg (267 lbs) for this time. In British terms I was a NEET during this time.

Age 14

Obviously, fleeing into this magical world of elves, ninjas and pirates didn’t change my life for the better. After this time, which was filled with just as much drama as the time before, I realized that I needed to change. No one’s gonna help me except for myself.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make the click in my brain yet that was required to start changing my health. But the realization was strong enough that I needed to start changing my life path, career and personality-wise. I started looking for jobs that I knew I would enjoy, like online community manager and any other creative job within the European media industry.

In the spring of 2009, somehow I ended up with a game tester job at one of the biggest video game companies in the world. Overly excited I packed my bags and ran off to Germany to start my work there asap. It was fun, but peak season (August-December) was stressful as hell. So what’d I do to fight the stress? I began to emotionally eat, which over the course of a year brought me to my highest weight, 150 kg (330 lbs) in 2010.

150 kg 150 kg

In Germany I lived in a flat-share with 3 other people, luckily one of them moved out and instead a beautiful, funny and highly intelligent nutritional scientist moved in, because she started to work at the food planning of General Motors’ German division (Opel).

By that time I had the goal to work my way up the media industry and take care of my health, as soon as I have all the money I want. Thanks to her I slowly became convinced that by this time it’d be too late, I have to start right away.

She was taught the outdated principles of low fat, low protein, high carb grain based diets, so I followed that for a few months with calorie counting.

That worked nicely until my first vacation back at my hometown. I lost about 60 lbs in 5 months. But during the holidays all my will and principles broke loose again, so I gained all the weight back within 2-3 months.

This caused until summer of 2012 what in conventional wisdom would be called yo-yo dieting.

Luckily enough though, long before that, sometime in summer 2011 I found out about Paleo, Primal and Mark’s Daily Apple. I became a frequent MDA reader, caught up on all 140+ episodes of Robb Wolf’s Podcast and continued to listen, ate grain free, started CrossFit at CrossFit Werk (shoutout to Flo and his crew, great guys!) and so on. Like most people, you could say I was 80% Paleo.

But, and here’s the big but, mentally I wasn’t ready for it. A few months after I started Paleo in 2011 I became homesick for the first time and was really depressed for another 4 months. I just wanted to go home, but didn’t want to leave Germany without having a job position back in Austria. So I stayed and became more and more depressed. I literally wanted it all to end, I wanted to eat myself to death. So I did. During the homesickness I only ate the worst kinds of junkfoods and sweets all day long. Within the period of the depression I shot back up to 136 kg (299 lbs).

Then in July of 2012 my mind slowly started to think rationally again. At weight 136 kg, almost as fat of a belly as I used to have at 150 kg, I realized that I can’t let circumstances get to me. Like Bruce Lee said, to hell with circumstances, I create opportunities!

Since then I’ve given it my all. I’m 95% Paleo (once a week I drink alcohol based on Martin Berkhan’s Leangains recommendations and once every few weeks I make grain-free pancakes and/or eat potato chips). I dropped milk products because I realized that after consuming them I become HIGHLY emotional, and because of dropping grains and milk products, these days the bowel issues are nearly gone.

One thing I should also note, in July 2012, because of the emotional eating I was back at size XXXXL. Now I’m down to size L. I have to admit, I still have quite the belly, because in the past 13 months I did too much cardio instead of strength training, but now that I’m happy with the weight on the scale, I work even harder to replace my fat with muscle mass. I also really enjoy getting stronger strength-wise.

Size Large Shirt!

Weight-wise I’m now from 136 kg in July 2012 down to 88 kg in August 2013 (299 lbs to 194 lbs).

July 28, 2013

My personality also got a lot stronger from July 2012 ’til today. Back then I couldn’t talk to any pretty lady and never had a girlfriend. Now I can talk to any human being, no matter if female or male, ugly or pretty, now I only need to learn how to flirt haha 😉

Either way, my next big goals are set in terms of strength. Unfortunately, though to scoliosis I cannot even do wall pushups without suffering from pain in my shoulder joints. So I’m slowly working myself towards wall pushups, followed by inclined pushups etc., so in the future I will be able to do real pushups.

July 2013

Okay, now it’s prolly time to start cutting my story short. Overall, life is good now. There’s still lots of room to improve, but I’m REALLY happy with where it’s going. If you would’ve told me 3 years ago that my life would be as it is today, I would’ve laughed at you in disbelief.

Because of this, I really want to thank you, Mark, the Paleo & the Primal communities, for all that you do. Without you all who knows where I would be today. Maybe I’d be dead.

So thanks a lot and all the best from Austria,


P.S. As I’m still a success story in the making, in 12 more months I will write you another big email haha!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. One word. Inspiration.

    kate marrin wrote on October 11th, 2013
  2. Thank you so much for posting this Daniel. An amazing and inspirational story!

    Mel wrote on October 11th, 2013
    • Aww thank you Mel,

      I’m glad it could inspire you!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 13th, 2013
  3. Daniel – what a great story! You actually remind me of the people over at the Nerd Fitness forums (look it up, you’d love it over there) with the way you escaped into video games to avoid the outside world. I hope that you continue on the path to success and keep spreading that positive energy….there are so many people like you on day 0 who need that encouragement.

    Lindsay wrote on October 11th, 2013
    • Thank you Lindsay, I’m glad you like it!

      My story was released on the Nerd Fitness Blog on August 27th as well, maybe that’s how I remind you of them haha 😉

      Because I’m working on my own project, a german language blog “Get Fit Geek”, and getting a certification as PT, I’m unfortunately so busy that I have to stick with being a regular reader over there.

      Have a great evening!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 13th, 2013
  4. Daniel~you saved your own life, congratulations. You are two different people in those photos. And…you’re a good looking guy, the thing with the ladies will work its way out. GREAT job and KEEP it up. You are embarked on an entirely new life!

    Peter wrote on October 11th, 2013
    • Wow, thanks so much for your kind words, Peter! :)

      I absolutely agree with you, I too think it’ll work it’s way out. Ever since I submitted the story, thanks to the strength training I started, I continually keep feeling better and better about myself all the time.

      Have a great day!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 13th, 2013
  5. What a great story! keep it up!

    PaleoDentist wrote on October 11th, 2013
  6. Daniel – Awesome transformation! You mentioned that you still have more to do….don’t we all ! Again, great job – you have much to be proud of!

    maxdriver wrote on October 12th, 2013
  7. Bravo and congratulations, Daniel! Your inspiring success brought me to tears! (This happens with me sometimes on MDA Fridays. :) )

    Now I beg your indulgence with this long post, which I’m writing on the chance that it can help you break through in an area that’s important to you!

    You’ve obviously already increased your self-confidence by having taken control of your body and its wellbeing! I understand your residual shyness around women and your desire to transcend that. (It’s part of my profession – more on that in a moment.) When you say “flirting”, I think what you’re looking for is to have fun engaging with ladies, and to naturally create opportunities for something more – like dating!

    One important aspect of my work is helping men build authentic confidence in their masculinity and attractiveness to women – confidence that comes from the inside out. My suggestion is something you can easily do in any major city of Austria, Germany or most of Europe . . .

    I’ve helped hundreds of men gain the confidence you’re seeking through Argentine Tango! Tango is a wonderful mode of expression for people who are introspective and deep. It stimulates and challenges your intellect and your creativity, while offering sincere and intimate connection with the opposite sex. At the end of a 10-minute set of tangos, you each say “thank you” and the intimacy ends on a friendly note. You walk the lady back to her seat, and prepare for the next encounter.

    Argentine Tango is not what you see on TV; it’s not flashy, nor is it for sissies. By learning to walk simply and solidly with careful attention to the phrasing of the beautiful music, and by learning the right embrace, you can make women “melt in your arms”! You can have success at this even if you currently think you have “two left feet” or “no rhythm”.

    Whether or not it leads to a relationship off the dance floor, the confidence you’ll get from knowing that many women are looking forward to your invitation because you make them feel so dreamy-good will spill over into many aspects of your life! It will certainly change how you feel about yourself around women. I’ve seen this kind of transformation in many, many men.

    I’l looking forward to your report a year from now!

    Helaine wrote on October 12th, 2013
    • Hi Helaine,

      What a coincidence. I’ve just been talking to a female friend of mine about Tango. I don’t remember the circumstances, why we talked about it, but it’s one of the few dancing styles I’m interested in.

      And now that is very interesting, I never looked at Tango from this point of view.This makes me want to start learning Tango even more now, I will definitely sign-up for a class as soon as I move to a major city :) Unfortunately I live on the country side at the moment, the closest tango classes are too far away to travel there with public transports :(

      Have a great day!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 13th, 2013
      • Hey, then it’s time to get a car! :-)

        Margit wrote on October 16th, 2013
        • Hey Margit,

          Yeah, I should get over myself already and start driving again, but driving and cars are things I’m really not fond of at all. I only got my drivers license because I was forced to do it haha.

          I only drove about 500 km as well before I moved to Germany and with that move stopped needing to drive a car.


          Daniel Mulec wrote on October 18th, 2013
  8. Wonderful story, and honest of you to share the stop-and-start that happens to so many.

    Best wishes for continued success.

    Mitch wrote on October 12th, 2013
    • Hi Mitch,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Oh yeah, it was important for me to include it, to show that not every success story is all roses and rainbows 😉

      Thanks, I wish you all the best as well!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 13th, 2013
  9. Congratulations Daniel! Proof, if it is still needed, that no matter how far down the wrong path we go, we can get back on track and get home to open and loving arms. Thank heavens our bodies are so forgiving! Good luck with the rest of your journey and I look forward to reading the next installment.

    Grokesque wrote on October 13th, 2013
    • Hey Grokesque,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Indeed, I’m so happy that from all those years of being morbidly obese I don’t have any serious issues.

      Have a great day,


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 13th, 2013
  10. Congrats! I enjoy these success stories SO MUCH! Inspirational!!

    Goddess wrote on October 13th, 2013
  11. amazing! Daniel, you have so much life and strength in you to succeed and overcome any challenge in your life. Taking back one’s health is probably one of the most challenging things anyone can ever do. Keep up the great work!

    Jin wrote on October 13th, 2013
    • Hey Jin,

      Thanks a lot for your kind words!

      I will absolutely keep it up, nothing will ever stop me :D!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 18th, 2013
  12. WOW Daniel! Awesome transformation dude! I hope you continue to reach your new goals and get a job as Trainer at your dream gym. Grok on!

    mims wrote on October 14th, 2013
  13. Congrats on your success. Thanks for sharing it and motivating the rest of us. I continue to improve my health, but I know I have a long journey.

    Holly wrote on October 16th, 2013
    • Hey Holly,

      Thank you!

      Great for you, no matter how long the journey will be, I’m sure you will make it!

      If you ever wanna talk about it you can shoot me anytime an e-mail over at


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 18th, 2013
  14. Hey dude,
    you are a TRUE inspiration! Do not ever give up.

    Do *something* every day .. even if its ten minutes. And I practice this : “if it works – do it every day”. Whatever ‘it’ is – squats / lunges etc. I highly recommend you incorporate squats / lunges …. they are a gamechanger.

    You are a star – and you will shine. Your time to truely shine is just around the corner! :-)

    Well done on turning it around.

    Khalid wrote on October 16th, 2013
    • Hey Khalid,

      Thanks so much for your feedback!

      Oh yeah, I started strength training 11 weeks ago (about the same time when I submitted the story to MDA) and since then I made such huge progress, especially with the legs, thanks to squatting and co.

      Have a great day!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 18th, 2013
  15. Amazing stuff, Daniel.

    Thanks for sharing!


    Mark3000 wrote on October 16th, 2013
    • Hey Mark,

      Thanks for the compliment :)

      Have a great day!


      Daniel Mulec wrote on October 18th, 2013
  16. prolly?

    Sara wrote on October 18th, 2013
  17. Daniel said it perfect when he said “Mentally I was not ready for it”.
    I think this is the biggest problem for people wanting to change their lives.

    You have to be in the right mind set to truly tackle a life changing event like Daniel did.

    It was great to read how others help him get educated and disciplined to lose so much weight.

    I have just started a small blog called and stories like Daniels inspire me as much as I am trying to inspire others.


    Stewart Whicker wrote on October 18th, 2013
  18. You are an inspiration Daniel! Thank you for sharing your story.

    And don’t you worry about that flirting thing, to me there is nothing sexier than an educated, intelligent man! My husband is a civil engineer with degrees from Tufts and Princeton. He had me at hello!

    Karen wrote on October 21st, 2013
  19. Well done you! It’s hard work not just to change your habits and your body, but to learn that you are worth all of it. Keep up the positive attitude- there are plenty of ladies who love gamers 😉

    Meghan wrote on October 28th, 2013

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