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September 12, 2013

It’s Not Just About the Weight Loss

By Mark Sisson
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Toss the scale!A whole lot of people come to the Primal Blueprint looking to lose weight. Some come with significant excess weight. Their before and after photos showcase amazing physical transformations that can have us doing a double take wondering how it’s the same person. Others, however, come to the PB with few actual pounds to lose. Their photos display less dramatic outward differences, but their stories tell otherwise.

Inherent to many of their narratives is the common refrain that people didn’t understand their interest in going on a “diet.” Why would they bother? What were they trying to prove? What exactly are they trying to accomplish anyway? As reader Stephart shared in her comment to last week’s gluten-free post, she’s been directly told, “You don’t need to diet. You’re tiny!”

Readers who begin the PB without weight loss goals tell me they’re often accused of being obsessive or vain. Family and friends worry and admonish them for imagining a problem where there is none. Others guilt them for their commitment, taking offense at their concern, which surely must be some kind of slight to those in their lives who really do have weight issues. Such are a few of the uninformed, insensitive or just inappropriate judgments they receive.

Not only do these accusations cross some serious personal boundaries, but they completely disregard the larger health picture any person may be dealing with at a given time. Sure, a person might look like a “normal” size, have a normal (or even low) BMI. They might even have genetics or youth or an expert side pose to suggest that they’re the ideal everyone else in mainstream society seems to be going for. We here know better. Weight isn’t the issue. Size isn’t even the issue. It’s health. And while thinness is correlated, it doesn’t guarantee it.

How many people fit the “skinny fat” label? Skinny fat means looking thin but having less lean tissue and more body fat – particularly around the abdomen – than is healthy. Those who are skinny fat are more likely to develop (or have) osteoporosis. Research suggests they’re also a lot more prone to developing diabetes than you’d guess. Almost 1 in 4 people of normal weight are “metabolically obese.” What’s more? They’re more likely to die, as well, than their slightly heavier counterparts, in part because they were likely less rigorously tested and followed by their doctors for conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

We all know people (or perhaps are one of these people) who can eat a typical S.A.D. diet or worse and not gain anything noticeable. It can be maddening, in fact, for the folks who work harder to maintain their weight. That said, don’t think for a minute that skinny folks get off the hook. They might not suffer the same social stigma or bear the inconvenience and weight-related mobility or joint issues that their heavier friends do, but they might be lured into complacence about poor health choices without the indicator of added weight. As our Success Stories show, those who begin with less weight to lose end up gaining more in their health and vitality than they ever thought possible.

What have “skinny” Groks reportedly lost in lieu of weight? Check it out.

I’m Going Into My 40th Year Feeling Healthier Than Ever

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Night sweats
  • Bone pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Bloating
  • Dry eyes
  • Sinus headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Brain fog
  • Menstrual pain
  • Diminished energy

Primal Ripples: Deeper Than Just Food

  • Less need for pain medication

The Primal Lifestyle Has Given Me a Life Worth Living

  • Chronic heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Crippling hunger
  • Random nausea
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Debilitating joint pain
  • Body stiffness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Random chest pain
  • Memory Loss
  • Low testosterone
  • Acne
  • Low sex drive
  • Teeth grinding
  • Liver problems
  • Cracking joints
  • Body odor
  • Balance problems

I Was Unhealthy and Getting Sicker: Something Had to Change

  • Dizziness
  • High Triglycerides

We Have More Energy to Be Better Partners, Parents, and People

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Shakes

Finally, I Am Me

  • Anxiety
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Migraines

I Am Finally on the Right Path to Optimum Health and Happiness

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic infections

I Am in Harmony with My Body and Mind for the First Time in a Long Time

  • Psoriasis

It Will Pass and I Will Be Stronger

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

How the 21-Day Challenge Helped Me

  • Sugar addiction

The Pain and Stiffness Disappeared and Has Never Returned

  • Mid-afternoon energy crashes
  • Finger pain and stiffness

I Feel Healthier, Stronger, and More Energetic

  • High blood pressure

The Primal Lifestyle Has Been a Game Changer

  • Sleep apnea
  • Gall bladder issues

And the list goes on and on…

Now, I’m not claiming the Primal Blueprint will solve all of your problems. There’s no such thing as a panacea in health and wellness. But I think it’s abundantly clear that its impact reaches much, much further than just weight loss. With all the benefits of the Primal Blueprint, it’s hard to justify withholding all the possibilities from your life. Am I wrong? If you’ve been on the fence or dabbling in the PB, the perfect opportunity is right around the corner. How about committing the upcoming 21-Day Challenge (commencing Monday, September 16th) and see what the PB can really do for you? And, yes, the skinny are encouraged to join. Your tribe awaits.

Would you describe yourself as presently – or formerly – skinny fat? What’s been your experience when you’ve told people you’re doing the PB (or any other dietary and lifestyle change)? What health issues has the PB changed for you, and what would you tell those who have fewer pounds but just as many benefits to gain by going Primal? Thanks for reading, everyone. Enjoy the end of the week.

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Debbie
3 years 18 days ago

I had to change my diet for my mental health and energy. I had no life!

barb
barb
3 years 18 days ago

ditto

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 18 days ago

Interesting. I will be keeping an eye on my elbows from now on!

High Energy
High Energy
3 years 18 days ago
Since going Primal this past November, I’ve been labeled, “Extreme”, “Party Pooper”, and “Obsessive.” What’s worse is I have 2 children in elementary school that I have raised eating Primally since birth. A vast majority of people, be it family, friends, or mere acquaintances make comments such as, “I feel badly for your boys,” “Let them be kids!” and “You are raising them to have an unhealthy relationship with food.” That last comment was made by my one and only sibling who allows her 3 children to chow whenever on junk food. I had to laugh out loud directly at… Read more »
KariVery
KariVery
3 years 17 days ago

Maybe you should have said “I am letting my kids be kids – healthy kids that won’t grow into unhealthy adults!”

Congrats on getting such great benefits from PB too!

Jen
Jen
3 years 17 days ago

I’m so glad to hear someone else noticed they lost less hair! I noticed after 30 days of eating this way. After “falling off the wagon” for a month hair is falling out again!! Back on the wagon now. And waiting for the brain fog to lift.

Egglet
Egglet
3 years 15 days ago
I’ve also heard the same kind of comments from people, especially about my children (6 & 4). Upon hearing that I don’t let them have sugar in any form except for a bit of fruit I was told that I’m mean and that when they’re older they’ll ‘go nuts’ and try all the sugary stuff that they were never allowed to have. My answer to that was this: by your logic then, should I light up a few cigarettes for them? Maybe pop open a couple of cans of beer to go with their dinner? So that they don’t go… Read more »
Petra
3 years 17 days ago

Hi Debbie,

Can you deliberate on that?
I feel overall better on primal lifestyle,yet sometimes my moods just go down andI need to fix that with carbs.
So I’m trying to find mental balance aswell.

Thanks,
Petra

Ryan
Ryan
3 years 18 days ago

My elbows are smooth, and I don’t get yellow funky earwax any more. That’s in addition to getting blood pressure and weight under control.

barb
barb
3 years 18 days ago

ditto for funky earwax and smooth elbows

KariVery
KariVery
3 years 17 days ago

Funky Earwax and the Smooth Elbows sounds like a great band name…

Tom B-D
Tom B-D
3 years 17 days ago

yo im FUnky earWax and my elbows are smooooth
you gonna get down to my primal grooove
its not just about the weight see im feelin great
dont listen to the haters and eat your sweet potatoes

IcarianVX
IcarianVX
3 years 18 days ago

I never really thought about the elbow thing. But it’s true.
Never had the earwax deal.

Aria
Aria
3 years 18 days ago

I still get quite a lot of earwax. But I live in what’s technically a desert and wear a headset all the time…

Abby
Abby
3 years 18 days ago

I just did an elbow check and they’re so smooth! Whoda thunk. They used to be all scaly and cracked.

Kitty =^..^=
Kitty =^..^=
3 years 16 days ago

Just checked my elbows and waddayaknow, nice and smooth! 😀

Meagan
3 years 16 days ago

I think I get less “sand man” in the eyes upon waking!

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Charlotte
3 years 18 days ago

love this! I think the quicker people learn that “diets” dont lead anywhere good- and that you have to change your lifestyle and eat/ exercise smartly, not just with the sole focus to be skinny- the better. i used to be skinny fat. no more 🙂

Matt
3 years 18 days ago

People want a quick fix – especially Americans. The struggle in the health field is taking this concept to cross cultural lines. Traditional Asians or Hispanics don’t respond too well when you tell them to cut out their main staple of carbohydrates out of their diet.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 18 days ago

Me too Charlotte. Skinny Fat, looked good in clothes, but not really any muscles underneath…all my heavy friends always called me lucky, while I had migraines, 8 colds a year, sinus infections, sore joints, dry eyes, etc. All completely gone now. When I would complain about my health, the friends would just laugh and thought I was healthy as a horse. Skinny means NOTHING!

Stevemid
Stevemid
3 years 18 days ago

I lost the guilt when eating bacon 🙂

Camilo
Camilo
3 years 18 days ago

haha great. This comment made my day 🙂

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 18 days ago

+1

Groktimus Primal
3 years 18 days ago

I’ve lost weight and my mind 🙂

Amy
Amy
3 years 17 days ago

Of I’ve all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most. 😉

MattyT
MattyT
3 years 18 days ago

I think PB fixes everyone on the inside first, weight loss (for those that need it) comes second.

Tom T.
3 years 18 days ago

I believe this is an important point. Healthy food consumption along with some exercise should start with results coming from the inside out. Energy levels go up and the body becomes healthier before you see dramatic physical changes.

Danny
Danny
3 years 18 days ago

I am a male with decent muscle mass and about 20% body fat…so while clothed most people don’t think there’s much to lose.

It’s a tough situation here in the midwest where I live as some degree of being overweight is the norm. Thus to be careful about what I eat causes a reaction…and to say I do it just for health reasons also seems to imply unhealthiness for the other person…which can also offend people.

Rachel
Rachel
3 years 18 days ago

Midwesterners tend to worry about offending others. A good line my friend uses is, “I feel best when I eat this way.” Bingo! Conversation is over. The comment is self-directed and there is no looming “maybe you should eat this way too” feeling.

Cledbo
Cledbo
3 years 17 days ago

+1
Perfect response, in my book. Who can argue with how something makes you feel? No one, that’s who.

Deanna
Deanna
3 years 17 days ago

I like this response. I am formerly skinny-fat, and a guy friend was waxing poetic about how awesome it is to be like us and eat whatever we wanted. He was eating cake, I think, and I just smiled and nodded: bacon!

Yep, I’m lucky that I get to eat whatever I want…

Brian
Brian
3 years 18 days ago

My allergies have not gone away, but they have been greatly reduced since I have started the primal diet.

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 18 days ago

Hey Brian. Have you tried raw local honey? I just recently found some at my local farmer’s market and plan to go back soon to buy a ton of it!

Try putting a tablespoon in green tea once a day. Hope it helps!

Ham-bone
Ham-bone
3 years 18 days ago

“Your tribe awaits.” Is that going to be the slogan?! I’d totally buy a shirt that says that.

JennF
JennF
3 years 18 days ago

I absolutely would as well. I can’t wait for the Challenge!

Stéphane
Stéphane
3 years 18 days ago

was just going to say the same thing – love that slogan!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 18 days ago

My local JCC beat you to it.

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 18 days ago

Love it! I’d totally buy a Primal shirt that said that too!

TLC
3 years 17 days ago

I would definitely buy this t-shirt!

Egglet
Egglet
3 years 15 days ago

Tank top for me, please!

Tina
Tina
3 years 18 days ago
I am 46 years old. A few months ago, I completed a 2 year weight loss journey, losing 60 pounds and getting my BMI into the healthy range at 23%. I went from a size 16 to a size 6. But I still needed to do more. I was skinny fat! I had to decide, do I really want to keep losing, and be a size 2, or do I want to lose fat? I was on my way to being a skinny-fat size 2! So I decided to stop focusing on my weight or my size (although I still… Read more »
Tina
Tina
3 years 18 days ago

Oh and I have lost 2 inches off my waist and hips.

Alice
Alice
3 years 17 days ago

Sounds like you could write a good success story for Friday.

Ray
Ray
3 years 18 days ago

Following a primal template really allowed me to get to low bodyfat albeit not that low. I have to eat a high carb approach to fuel training and get to the levels I need. The biggest difference for me was clear skin. I sweat like an animal and have always struggled with acne on my body and it was virtually non existent after going primal.

Superchunk
Superchunk
3 years 18 days ago
An excellent and overdue post. I think it should really be “fat loss” rather than weight loss since the improved quality/quantity of protein combined with becoming more of a fat burner rather than a carb burner has left my weight fairly consistent but replaced body fat with muscle. I think the mantra should be: throw out your scale and look in a mirror. If you can see fat you are fat, so lift heavy and strive to continually improve your diet, and your weight and body will be whatever nature intended. Also, being overly carbed can have negative hormonal consequences… Read more »
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John Snyder
John Snyder
3 years 18 days ago
I was considered” in shape ” by family and friends, even when I hit 208# at 5’9″. I woke up with a headache every morning, blew my sinuses out like a trumpet, craved sugar every night, and drank a 16 oz. energy drink everyday just to get through it, then wondered why I could”nt sleep before 12:30-1:00.Bloating after every meal with epic flatulence also.After going primal on April 30th this year ALL THAT HAS GONE AWAY! Occasional backslides come with painful recurrences, my body reminding me what it really needs. I trained chronic cardio and overtrained with weights and havent… Read more »
NJ Paleo
3 years 18 days ago

Bingo, this is what I’ve gone through! I wasn’t overweight, but I decided to give it a go and came out of it feeling better than ever. People would make comments like, “you’re thin, why bother?” It wasn’t about “thin” it was about not feeling bloated and tired all the time.

Mack
Mack
3 years 18 days ago
The primal blueprint cured my ongoing sinusitis (2+ years of congestion) and my constantly inflamed adenoids. I have minor osteoarthritis in my hands an no longer suffer the pain caused by it. More importantly though, is the normalization of my mom’s high blood pressure. She has spent the last 10 years on increasing doses of all manner of medication with no changes, along with multiple hospitalizations due to very small heart attacks. About 5 months ago she went primal, and 3 months in had her first normal blood pressure reading in 10 years. THANK YOU MARK! There is no doubt… Read more »
Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 18 days ago

Yay for your mom!

Brittany
Brittany
3 years 17 days ago

Aww that is amazing! Happy to hear 🙂

pablo mablo
pablo mablo
3 years 18 days ago

this is me. I was 170 at 6’2″ when I started and am now 175.

I’m leaner, stronger and more mobile than I was before, which is all great.

But more to the point — I spend less time working out, more time with my family, more time playing and I finally feel like a member of the planet’s dominant species.

Lauryn
Lauryn
3 years 18 days ago
So many things have improved for me (allergies, joint pain, digestion issues, sugar cravings, low energy … all pretty much gone) and while I didn’t really need to lose weight, I also weight and am much trimmer overall. I do, however, take exception to one thing in this post: “They’re more likely to die, as well, than their slightly heavier counterparts …” We’re ALL likely to die. In fact, we’re all guaranteed to die. I’d just like to have a long, healthy life and not a slow, painful deterioration to an early grave, which is something I think the PB… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin
3 years 18 days ago
I’d say I fall into the skinny fat camp. Most of my adult life (I’m 48), I’ve been between 160-165 lbs at 6’2” (BMI~21). After going primal, I dropped to as low as 148 lbs. Then after adding in weekly push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, I’ve settled in at about 155 lbs. Health improvements include: • Feet/legs don’t feel heavy/stiff in morning • Chronic itchy skin (mainly torso) is gone, probably caused by gluten & casein • No longer need prescription meds for ED • Occasional 3-day bouts of heartburn are gone • Hand-joint soreness/tendonitis has cleared • Recurrent, moderate low… Read more »
Kenny
Kenny
3 years 18 days ago

Why isn’t #3 in 36 point font!?!

michael
michael
3 years 17 days ago

Because Kenny has nothing to compensate for.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 17 days ago

I thought that was #8

ninjainshadows
ninjainshadows
3 years 18 days ago

Dang! After reading the comment about elbows, I felt mine (Hadn’t thought about it since starting primal.) and they weren’t rough anymore either! Even though I’m on my elbows more now (planks) then I used to be. (situps)

Heather
Heather
3 years 18 days ago
Loved this. I’m 5’2″ and 140lbs was my highest weight – I gained almost 20lbs in the year after I turned 38. I starved myself down to 130 and ended up with a Fibromyalgia diagnosis. 6 months on the SAD – slightly calorie restricted, low fat, very low added sugar, lots of whole-grain. Lots of exercise. I was becoming diabetic as I DROPPED 10LBS. Those whole grains and fruit were giving me hellacious hypos – they were destroying my pancreas. I used to get them when I didn’t eat all day but they were now happening 90 minutes after eating… Read more »
Heather
Heather
3 years 18 days ago

And one other slightly odd thing. My hair has gotten curlier! (And I’m 3% below the average risk for DIABETES in my population – European – see 23andme.com for definition of European population)

Myra
Myra
3 years 18 days ago
Great post! I came to the primal way of life for health reasons since I had already lost more weight (not fat) than I wanted to following conventional wisdom. My gut issues have cleared up and issues that I didn’t know were issues (had them all my life) have cleared up. I’m still working on other issues that have surfaced, but I am sure I am on the right track. Although I initially dropped 6 lbs. on PB, I am now 4 lbs. heavier than when I started, but 2 sizes smaller. As I approach my 55th birthday, I am… Read more »
Bayrider
Bayrider
3 years 18 days ago
I have been lifelong skinny fat, always very active in sports like skiing and windsurfing but shunned exercise for it’s own sake other than walking to and from work etc. I am 5’9″ and my weight has been stable around 172 for the last 30 years. Looked fine as long as I sucked in the belly! One year ago at age 57 finally quit smoking (40 yrs seemed like pushing my luck a bit) and the weight hitting around 178 after an ocean cruise (never again!) I went full primal. I ride a bike vigorously and do bodyweight workouts, walk… Read more »
Bayrider
Bayrider
3 years 18 days ago

Forgot to mention that all my cholesterol and blood numbers showed huge improvements after 7 months primal. 20-50% across the board, very impressive, it blew my mind!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 18 days ago

Great job Bayrider. No matter how much we abuse our bodies, it’s amazing how they can regenerate and become very healthy again.

D. M. Mitchell
D. M. Mitchell
3 years 18 days ago
I think it was in Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” that I first learned that family members and friends don’t want you to succeed. It makes them look bad. As to the skinny fat issue: I saw before and after MRI scans of a thin fiftyish woman. The before showed the thigh bone, a little muscle and a lot of fat. The doctors put her on an exercise program and after six months took another MRI scan. Now it was the bone, a lot of muscle and a little fat. Like it should be and like following the… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 17 days ago

+1 on Napoleon Hill. Well worth the read.

Cledbo
Cledbo
3 years 17 days ago

Tall poppy syndrome will getcha only if you let it.

T J
3 years 18 days ago

I started eating PB due to high blood sugar. Got my blood sugar under control, lowered my blood pressure, I lost weight/fat, I felt better, I am no longer hungry every hour or 2, etc., etc. Plus, I love being able to eat lots of grass fed beef, lots of healthy fats & lots of healthy veggies.

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 18 days ago
I was and always will be “skinny”. At 53, over two years into Primal, I am still skinny. Through menopause I gained weight in womanly places, yes. But with my long lean limbs, I am still a stick compared to most people today. What I lost going Primal? — Daily sinus congestion. Bloating after every meal. Gas. Being so hungry I would have killed you. Being so hungry my brain would not function. Sugar and carb addiction. Inflammatory ailments – bunions, hip bursitis, gum disease. I’m sure I’ve left out a couple of things. My husband benefitted greatly as well… Read more »
Ailata
Ailata
3 years 17 days ago
Since going paleo 1 year ago, I have experienced many benefits: – I lost 7kg, still need to loose another 3 (need more exercise!) – my mind works better, it’s more focus and i’m with better mood – I’m not constantly hungry, or thinking about food all the time – I’m able to skip a meal (this would have been a disaster 1 year ago) – i have more energy and no sugar cravings – my period got shorter and on time – I’m more compassionate and more spiritual (i still don’t believe in any religion, but can understand more… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 17 days ago

Awesome!

katieCHI
katieCHI
3 years 18 days ago

Migraines gone, blood sugar shakes gone, IBS greatly reduced — but also great is a sense of ownership over my health. If I get stressed and the IBS creeps back, I can recognize it and takes steps to fix it.

George Regal
George Regal
3 years 17 days ago
Being Migraine free is truly a gift from the Gods isn’t it? Man, that is by far and away the number one benefit of going Primal. Type II Diabetes was definitely my number one health issue, but migraines meant ZERO quality of life! I had chronic migraines for 43 years and for all of those years I was nothing but a prisoner! I liken it to be stuffed inside a hamster ball and being rolled down a forever hill! I was dead inside and just waiting to die! IT made such a huge difference that I know consider the day… Read more »
Chris
Chris
3 years 18 days ago
I always appreciate articles and blog entries that remind us not to focus too much on weight. That being said, I am personally finding it tough not to do so. I’ve been Primal for a little over a year. I shed about 55 pounds and at least 10 percentage points of body fat (even by relatively inaccurate Tanita, the body fat % has gone down; I’ve also dropped clothing sizes and seen more muscle definition). All great stuff, and I’m extremely thankful to Mark as well as some other figures in the community. But now I’m very, very, very frustrated… Read more »
Myra
Myra
3 years 18 days ago

Stress could be what is stalling your weight loss. Figure out a way to deal with whatever is stressing you better and stop stressing about weight loss.

Cledbo
Cledbo
3 years 17 days ago

Throw out the scale. The only scale in my house is for weighing food – and only because I need to know how long to roast those huge chunks of meat for!

Cledbo
Cledbo
3 years 17 days ago

Also, don’t forget it took you a lot longer than a year to put all that weight on. Cut yourself some slack, give your brain a break, and focus instead on all the other cool changes going Primal is causing in you – like, apparently, smooth elbows! lol.

James
James
3 years 16 days ago
I find stress is what puts weight back on and keep it on. About the time I started going primal, I was coming off a two year period of constant high stress from working on a complicated project with people who were not team players. I was not eating right, not exercising, leaving me hovering around 200 lbs at 5- 10 1/2″ . Had a list of health problems, low energy, acne, bad sleep, snoring, etc. Now I try to minimize the stress, by balancing work more with family and activities, do circuit training 3 times a week (from a… Read more »
Stone
Stone
3 years 18 days ago
My trainer got me hooked on Paleo this past year. Thank you, UGH! One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is that I don’t experience those low blood sugar moments when I almost feel like I’m starving. His mantra “fat and fruit” has proven useful at snack time. Replacing my morning bowl of cereal with bacon and eggs really super charges my day, and I look forward to “playing” in the kitchen. I love eating real food! And since I installed wood floors, I spend more time going barefoot in the house; my balance (compromised by neuropathy) has improved.
Stan the Man
Stan the Man
3 years 18 days ago

Have you ever found yourself around an annoying loud noise that went on and on until you no longer paid conscious attention to it? But then the noise suddenly stopped, and you felt tremendous relief with the comparative silence? Going from S.A.D. to primal was like that for me.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 18 days ago

Things I did that I couldn’t before going primal:
– climbed certain trees / walked on fallen trees, branches, leaning trees
– walked distances and rough surfaces barefoot or in shoddy footwear
-swam/immersed in cold water
-stayed awake traveling for two days on a bicycle (with plenty of rest)
-gone two days without eating
-lived in an unheated trailer for a winter

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 18 days ago

Beautifully Grok…

Annie
Annie
3 years 18 days ago
I’m a 31 year old Mom of 2 kids (son: 2.5 & daughter: 12 months). I’m 5’9″ and currently 137 pounds. On July 10, 2013, I weighed 150. That was the day my family went Primal and we aren’t looking back. My husband has lost 15 pounds and my Goldfish & pancake loving son now begs me for kale chips. I thought we were healthy and by SAD standards we were. Losing weight has been a nice bonus but I didn’t really think I needed to. We went Primal bc I wanted to set a healthy example for my kids,… Read more »
Scott UK
Scott UK
3 years 17 days ago

A daily Alka Seltzer — gone.

Bleeding gums when I brush my teeth — gone.

Toe jam fungus — gone.

The previous phenomenology of hunger (ie panic ) — gone (replaced by a gradual slowing down feeling, plus mouth-watering once I’ve decided to eat).

About 20lbs and 3 inches from my waist — gone.

Fear of fat (and odd bits of animals) — gone.

(And, my food diary and cholesterol numbers almost gave my doctor a heart attack, until he saw that the high Total was made up of very high HDL.)

Sue
Sue
3 years 17 days ago
I just started going Primal this week. I haven’t had bread in about a year and the only grains I ever ate were oats (and that wasn’t a daily occurrence, more once a week maybe). I have all the symptoms of PCOS except the overweight part. While researching PCOS, I discovered high insulin and possible diabetes (which is the one health issue I fear the most). I am still learning the ins and outs of primal living, but have read different girls accounts of healing their PCOS. I used to be skinny fat but workout regularly doing different forms of… Read more »
Diane
Diane
3 years 17 days ago
I am like Chris above. I lost significant weight but have not been able to achieve the kind of cross-fit or bikini model physique you see in the typical success picture. But I continue with the program because of the health benefits. I feel like a completely different person. I’m stronger than I used to be, my weight is more stable even if it’s not actually “skinny”, my hunger is more stable, my mood is much improved. I don’t go crazy periodically like I used to, flying off the handle, yelling at people, feeling depressed and worthless. I’m even-keeled. I… Read more »
Cledbo
Cledbo
3 years 17 days ago
I think it’s definitely worth pointing out, and for everyone to accept, that those models/cross-fitters are a specific physiological ‘type’. A mate of mine I did the Whole30 with last year was complaining because he’d been paleo/primal for nearly 2 years, and while I was getting what all the boys termed “lady abs”, he was still stocky. I told him, it’s just how you are. You’ll probably never get the six pack look without a level of effort that simply isn’t worth it. Pinning your hopes and feelings of self-worth on looking like someone else is a fool’s errand. Some… Read more »
Eric S.
Eric S.
3 years 17 days ago
I guess I am one of those “skinny fat” folks. I have been blessed (and cursed) with being small and skinny my whole life. As a teenage boy, I hated being so skinny and tried to gain weight (I would have taken fat or muscle at the time). I ate 3,000 calories a day for awhile (double-cheeseburgers and fries with milk shakes, etc.) I couldn’t gain weight. I was 5 feet 8 inches tall and 120 pounds dripping wet. Stayed that way throughout my twenties and thirties. Now I am 45 and up to a whopping 140 pounds. I still… Read more »
Goddess
3 years 17 days ago

“Your Tribe Awaits” would be great on a shirt! Do it Mark!!

DrVladic
DrVladic
3 years 17 days ago
Ever since the first time I measured my BMI, it’s been slightly below “perfect.” I’m lean, had a six pack as long as I can remember, and nothing I eat changes my weight. But, I’ve had Ulcerative Colitis for about a decade now. For anyone who’s not familiar with it, I would gladly trade for obesity. I eat stuff and people say “how can you not get fat?” to which I reply “I just get really sick. It’s heaps worse.” The Primal Blueprint has changed my life. Years ago, I discovered the SCD and GAPS diets, but I didn’t have… Read more »
George
George
3 years 17 days ago

“I’m not better yet and I’m only sticking to the diet 70% of the time”. Hmmm … maybe you should focus on that phrase and make a logical connection. Just sayin’ 🙂

Glad you are feeling better, and congrats on your upcoming marriage!

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[…] A whole lot of people come to the Primal Blueprint looking to lose weight. Some come with significant excess weight. Their before and after photos showcase amazing physical transformations that can have us doing a double take wondering how it’s the same person. Others, however, come to the PB with few actual pounds to lose. […]… Mark’s Daily Apple […]

Dart
Dart
3 years 17 days ago

I started PB a size 10& 3 yrs later I’m still a 10. After all the awesome things that have happened as a result of 100% primal I still wish being slender was a part of my story. Now THAT is vain.

George
George
3 years 17 days ago

Look into IF (such as Leangains), that may be the missing element for you. Mark has some nice articles on the subject.

MommaH
MommaH
3 years 17 days ago

I’ve gained a better relationship with food and have been able to combat the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease by keeping my blood sugar stable and inflammation down. My skin is clear and I had a wonderfully healthy pregnancy. I have been breastfeeding exclusively for 4 months and feeling great (and eating a ton)

Truly amazing how great I feel! (And recovering from pregnancy has been much easier than expected! )

Rob
Rob
3 years 17 days ago
It is just shy of 2 years since I went primal. Oh how things have changed. In the past two weeks I have gotten comments from my massage therapist,”you are in really good shape. Compared to a lot of younger people you are doing so much better then them. And I mean it, your muscles are smooth, no knots, very good shape”. I was at the gym today doing a session of boot camp and the comment from one in our group was “man you are in such good shape”. Earlier this summer I’m walking down the street in shorts,… Read more »
Tammy
Tammy
3 years 13 days ago
“When I reflect I just can’t believe the transformation. And so achievable.” You’ve captured the essence of my experience with PB. I’m 57, female, 5’2″. I’ve never been obese or excessively overweight but after menopause, I started packing on the pounds-about 35–and couldn’t take them off. I accepted and made jokes about my pudgy self; I thought that’s just the way it’s going to be so there’s no use getting upset about it. The problem was I felt horrible. So I took the PB plunge in late February of this year after a miserable winter of aching joints and one… Read more »
Natasha
Natasha
3 years 17 days ago

Yes!!! I constantly get people telling me that I don’t need to “be on a diet.” I explain that it isn’t a diet for weight loss, but for health. This is also confusing since they say “well you look healthy to me.” To which I explain that it is more of a long-term health that I seek plus how can someone tell if I am healthy by looking at me. One thing you forgot to mention in thyroid imbalance by the way, a very common autoimmune condition that can often be resolved with a gluten-free and paleo lifestyle.

Cledbo
Cledbo
3 years 17 days ago
So many reasons I’m primal still after a year and a half, and none of them to do with the scales or the size of my waist: – More hair (on my head) – The longest, strongest fingernails I’ve ever had (seriously, they’re like acrylics) – Fewer headaches, haven’t had sinusitis in ages – Better sleep – More energy and drive to do things I used to put off, like the dishes or cleaning the car My eczema’s still in full swing, but I have at least determined once and for all that none of my triggers are food –… Read more »
Nat
3 years 17 days ago

Mark, loving the site as usual. Got some really great feedback from others which is nice but it did take me so long to read through them all. Very popular man lol x

en2ec
en2ec
3 years 17 days ago
I’ve had a lot of health improvements: – zero heartburn (I’d go through Tums like candy before) – no more stomach pain, constipation, bloating, and crazy flatulence (I’d miss 3 or 4 days of work a year after being on the toilet in agony for hours in the middle of the night). – much better sleep (my head hits the pillow, and I’m out) – greatly reduced snoring (and likely sleep apnea) – almost no issues with carpal tunnel syndrome — I used to need to wear a wrist brace when I slept or else I’d be doomed to utter… Read more »
Mike
Mike
3 years 17 days ago

Whats the 21-day challenge?

Danielle Thalman
Danielle Thalman
3 years 17 days ago

Improvements in allergies/nasal congestion, sleep quality, energy levels, eczema, muscle mass, sports performance, self confidence, mental performance, joint pain. And I too have smooth elbows now…weird!

Helena
Helena
3 years 17 days ago
One of my favorite ‘side effects’ of going Primal as been my reaction to bug bites. All my life if I’d get a mosquito bite [or any bug bite, really], it would swell up to a huge, itchy welt and wouldn’t go away for weeks, sometimes longer. It became a huge deterrent for going outside in the summer time for me. Occasionally I’d have to go to the doctor to address bites that wouldn’t heal on their own and I’d be given steroid creams. Since going Primal, I’m happy to say I don’t always notice when I get a mosquito… Read more »
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