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1 Jul

When Eating Healthy is Making You Fat!

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!

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Hey Mark,

It occurred to me after reading a number of other success stories that I myself had a success story to share, and while I believe that there are many to thank for helping me get where I am now, you have played a large part in my transformation.

So let me give you my back story.

Excuses I wish I had…

At this point it’s important I clarify a few things. I’m 45 and have been battling my weight for about 25 years. I can’t pin my body fat woes on any specific tragedy.

I would love to be able to blame my troubles on some sort of genetic mutation that makes me eat like a hyena. Sadly, I cannot (which is really too bad because I think I would have made an excellent X-Men character.)

I would love to be able to say I suffer from a rare genetic disorder known as no metabolism. Unfortunately, my metabolism is alive and well and doing the speed limit on most occasions.

I would love to say I am a victim of gravity. Where others experience a gravitational pull, I experience a gravitational grounding, which basically nails my butt to the earth. It might certainly explain those times I could not get out of bed or off the couch, but sadly gravity has no issue with me and subjects me to the same forces as the rest of its flock.

Regular guy doing all the right things…

No Mark, for the past 25 years in fact, I have been someone who I think a fair number of your readers might relate to.

  • I have always been very active
  • I have worked out 4 or 5 days/week for most of those 25 years
  • I was a vegetarian for the last 19 years
  • When I worked out, it was with a high degree of intensity
  • I ate 5 or 6 healthy meals each day
  • I prepared almost all my own foods
  • About 95% of my meals were organic whole foods
  • About 50% of those meals were raw
  • I seldom ate junk food
  • I ate out even less

And what did all that get me?

my mug shot

[That mug shot was taken in November, 2010.]

That’s what all of the above got me.

I can’t tell you what I weigh in that photo because I had long ago given up on the scale as a unit of measurement. I won’t get into the details of the nasty breakup, other than to say one of us was not being honest about how much I weighed.

But I can tell you that waist required a 36-inch pant. And I can tell you that I am not sticking my stomach out to look fatter than I really am. If anything, I was holding it in slightly because I was embarrassed how I looked, even though it never occurred to me that I would be sharing this photo with anyone other than Microsoft Word.

When doing something looks like nothing…

There is an old saying that you can’t get something for nothing. That may be true, but that body above is proof you can get nothing for something. It seemed that no matter what I did, it always looked like I did nothing. I decided that I didn’t want that legacy on my tombstone…

RIP Dean Dwyer
1965 to 2065
He proved you can get nothing for something.

Clearly, what I was doing wasn’t working and on November 23rd I finally had my, “Dude where is my body?” moment.

I needed to do something completely different if I was going to unleash the body that was trapped in my imagination for the past 25 years.

And so I fired all the health experts I had relied on in the past. I tossed out every notion I had about what I thought constituted good health and that included questioning whether a vegetarian diet was right for my body-type.

I really wasn’t sure where to begin. I just knew I had to do something seismic. I needed to take some steps that would drastically alter my course. Simply eating healthy (too vague to even measure) and working out (my default weight loss option) weren’t working.

It became obvious to me that there was more to this journey then I realized and I had to be open to explore it if I wanted a different result. I already knew what to do to be fat.

Stealing from Google…

So I sat down and wrote out a philosophy for my health. Google has one titled, 10 Things We Know To Be True, that governs the very essence of their business, and since they seem to be scrapping by, I figured I better have one too. I knew if I was going to have any success this time around I needed to have a framework from which to evaluate my successes and failures.

While my current philosophy contains 26 items, at the time I started with the simple notion of recording every thing I ate. My rationale was simple. I couldn’t possibly know what worked for my body-type unless I had data I could refer to.

This was a science experiment of the utmost importance and I needed the raw data. This journey would be no different from Thomas Edison’s journey to create the light bulb. He made countless notes and observations on each and every failed experiment, each moving him incrementally closer to finding a solution that worked. I needed to take the exact same approach.

And so I started logging all my foods all the time (I still do this…don’t want to mess with my success). I was still vegetarian at the time and after a few months I could definitely see changes. Not massive changes, but enough change to keep me going.

My theory was and still is, that the very act of recording makes me a mindful eater, as opposed to a mindless eater (which is what I was for 25 years), and as such, I would make better choices even if little else in my diet was different.

But then, as always seems to be the case, I noticed that in mid-January of this year, I was putting weight back on. I knew this because I was taking a photo of myself every morning.

Needless to say I was horrified. It was that, “Crap, here we go again” moment.

But I must say, recording my eating was an accidental stroke of genius because it allowed me to take a step back and analyze what I was putting in my body and suddenly I had this thought…

What if eating healthy is making me fat?

I really couldn’t explain this any other way. On paper my stats looked great. Unfortunately, stats are 2-dimensional and I was living in a 3-dimensional world. The stats and my reality weren’t aligning.

Good calories, bad calories…

And so I jumped online and started doing research. I had no idea what I was looking for, but somehow I stumbled upon Gary Taubes, and this lead me to read his book, “Good Calories, Bad Calories.”

I found the book fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no Harry Potter, but I found the studies he cited and the narrative he provided to be just as engaging.

And as I poured over the studies he had presented, “it” happened.

I stumbled upon one line in one study voiced by one researcher (whose name I cannot remember) who suggested the following…

What if weight gain is a symptom and not a character flaw.

WOW! That line floored me.

I knew that people on the outside would look at my November pic and provide a quick and utterly useless diagnosis. Without knowing anything about me, they would simply say I needed to be more disciplined. I would need to cut back on my calories (take on some starvation diet – no thanks!) and expend more calories than I was taking in.

In essence, they would be implying that my situation was a result of a series of character flaws. Since I had already beaten myself up for 25 years thinking I was to blame, this new insight lead me to think…

What if I am not to blame?
What if this isn’t my fault?
What if the foods I am eating don’t allow my body (when I say body I’m referring to it on a cellular level) to do its job, which is to rid itself of the excess fat that has accumulated?

I can’t tell you how liberating this thoughts were. It literally changed the cultural landscape of my mind, which, in my experience, is the most challenging aspect of this whole journey.

A Primal discovery…

But I didn’t know what to do with this info.

I didn’t know what I was supposed to change in my diet to put this theory to work. And so I once again jumped on the internet and began researching diets.

And again, I have no idea how it happened Mark, but I ended up on your site and on this post: How to Succeed with the Primal Blueprint.

I had heard of the Paleo Diet before, but I had dismissed it simply because I knew the vegetarian lifestyle was the right way to go. Clearly, I was blinded by my arrogance and my ignorance.

I was captivated by the concept. The thought of a diet based on an evolutionary premise made sense to me. Hell, I scream like a two-year when someone scares the crap out of me and know that is an evolutionary mechanism at play, why couldn’t the same reasoning apply for diet.

It made perfect sense in theory.

Of course, there are lots of experts who are quick to point out all the negatives. But if this journey has taught me anything it is that I am the expert on me. No one, and I mean no one, can tell me what works for my body-type. That is my domain and my domain alone.

In the past, I was too willing to hand my domain to other people who clearly knew nothing about me and what made me tick.

And while I don’t believe there is one magic diet that works for everyone, I do believe there is one that works for me, and so I was determined to test what you were professing Senor Sisson.

Here is what I did…

  • I dropped the vegetarian diet immediately
  • I banned pasta, grains, legumes, rice, twigs, leaves, branches; you name it, I banned it
  • I adopted mass quantities of veggies, good meats, raw nuts and seeds and fruit (albeit on a very controlled basis)
  • I stopped thinking about my workouts as a tool for fat loss and began to look at them as a way to increase my body’s functionality (geared towards survival and being able to save a life)
rock toss 2 1 deadlift2 2 pullup on woodshed1 1 Dip lowered
  • And I followed the chart below to a tee. That bad boy has been my bible.
Picture2

And the results?

Before and after pics1

[Not sure why I am not smiling in the second photo. I am tempted to say I wasn’t ready for the photo, but I am the one who snapped the pic.]

Well, I have achieved results I have NEVER attained before and I have done so eating more now than I did in the past and doing less exercise than I did before (I now do 5 workouts that MUST be 30 minutes or less).

I went from a 36 inch pant size to a 29 inch pant size.

While some of the pictures speak for themselves (sorry for the shameless self-promotion), I want to make it clear that my journey is far from over. I will always be a work in progress.

The great thing now is I am 100% certain what I am doing works. My job is to simply stay out of my own way.

regular photo

Other benefits?

Surprisingly, I have had many friends who have been captivated by the changes I have made and have asked me to help them create change in their own lives as well. While I never really expected this to be an outcome of my efforts (simply because I had failed spectacularly so many times over the past 25 years) I definitely want to do all I can to add to the primal tribe.

[If you haven’t read Hawaiian Scottie’s story, Living the Dream, check it out. Not only did I love his story, but I was inspired by his ability to add 8 people to his tribe.]

I also recently launched www.beingprimal.com, which is going to be a video based site to help shed some light on the emotional and psychological aspect of this Primal journey. [sorry that is shameless self-promotion part 2]

My mistake in the past was thinking this was simply a diet and exercise issue. It is much more complex than that.

This is an emotional and psychological journey first and foremost. It’s a journey into understanding who we are. Until we are willing to plunge into the depths of our murky inner self and figure out why we do what we do, all the other stuff is meaningless, because it won’t last. We will find a way to blow it up long before the results can ever reveal themselves.

So Mark, I thank you for not only helping me unleash that body that I knew I had, but I thank you for unleashing a passion that was buried even deeper within me.

All the best amigo,

DD

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Very inspirational story Dean. I’ve been going on and off with the grains and potatoes, but this has inspired me to cut them out completely. Keep up the awesome work!

    David wrote on July 2nd, 2011
    • Hey David. Thanks. That was huge for me…I realized I couldn’t do this part-time. It had to be a full-time thing. Keep me posted on how things are going.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  2. Reading your story from Sweden…great work, great pics and great philosophy! Very inspiring!

    Patrick Wahlberg wrote on July 2nd, 2011
    • Sweden…I LOVE Sweden. Thanks for dropping by Patrick and thanks for taking the time to leaving some great feedback.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  3. Dean, you look wonderful! Do you ever eat dairy or legumes now that you’re maintaining weight loss (I presume)? Your story is incredible. Thank you for sharing!

    Lauren B wrote on July 2nd, 2011
    • Hey Lauren, no I don’t. Legumes, in a word, make me fat. I learned this when trying Tim Ferris’ slow carb breakfast. Discovered bean were killing me.

      And diary and I don’t get along. Well we do…we have been known to have some wild one night stands, unfortunately diary NEVER leaves….sticks to me like glue…so that is banned as well.

      And thanks for the feedback. I love the adjective wonderful :-)

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  4. I am also a reformed vegetarian and cardio junkie–I stayed thin until I hit my late 30s but once I hit 40 nothing I did worked anymore. I’ve spent the last year grain-free and sugar-free and have become a shameless carnivore. I dropped 20 pounds and 1/3 of my body fat and I look better than I did when I was running competitive cross country and track. Even though I have no doubts about the benefits of my lifestyle changes, it really reinforces those changes for me when I see how they have worked in someone else’s life. It’s so frustrating to know that all that work and self-discipline over the years was actually working against me. Thank you for sharing your story!

    stephanie brown wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Hey Stephanie,

      While I am tempted to agree with your line where you said, “It’s so frustrating to know that all that work and self-discipline over the years was actually working against me” I actually believe for me it is the opposite.

      By having to struggle with this for so long, I appreciate my success so much more. It has also made me really analyze the factors that have gone into this so I could help guide others who are struggling as well.

      I have found that far too often those who achieve success (in any area of life) don’t really understand all the factors that have gone into their turnaround and thus do a poor job helping teach people how to create their own change.

      And quite frankly I see my 25 years of struggle as a huge plus, because I GET IT…the struggle. And I think others see it too…I’m not gifted or lucky or more disciplined or have some special trait that others don’t have…i’m just a regular dude who has weaved about 40 different ideas to get results.

      Just something for you to think about. People could learn a lot from your struggles as well :-)

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  5. Fabulous story.

    My favorite line: “I am the expert on me.”

    What I love about this story is your willingness to learn, then apply those practices. The theory of workouts not removing fat but just making the body more functional…brilliant.

    Excellent story, and you look fantastic.

    Grim wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Hey Grim (you aren’t the reaper are you?),

      I must admit I quite love the line myself.

      And for me that workout epiphany was crucial. It’s not that I don’t believe that exercise contributes to fat loss, it’s just that I used to make stupid rationalizations thinking exercise would make up for BAD eating choices.

      And thanks for being specific about what you liked. I find that kind of feedback very helpful.

      DD

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  6. Thanks for sharing this. It’s the most inspirational story I’ve read and am definitely now going to give it a try. Thanks so much

    Jason wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • No no Jason…thank you. It’s amazing how impact two lines of feedback can be.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  7. Dean

    You just inspired me big time.As someone who just turned 43 seeing someone my age doing this is great motivation

    James wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Yo Dave, glad to hear…and 43…dude you are just a baby! :-)

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  8. I appreciate this story more than anything right now. I just joined yesterday but have been reading for months. I am 6 days in but am still vegetarian. I am not ready to go back to eating meat but I know that my eating habits that have got me to where I am are not working anymore which contain too many carbs and sugar. My journey began at 280 lbs and am currently at 164 lbs. This is not where I want to be. Thank you for sharing your amazing success. Extremely inspiring.

    Missy wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Glad you signed up here Lisa. Mark and the worker bees provide a lot of great stuff. I am certainly not going to tell you to jump on the meat bandwagon. Continue to do your own due diligence and keep making small changes that lead to positive change. I’m glad you were inspired….but do me a favour and take it one step further and take one small action today that is different from anything you have done before.

      Good luck!

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  9. Hello, your story is outstanding!!! At this point in time, I am pretty overwhelmed by all the information from the various sources available. Maybe it is my ADD kicking in but I’m not sure in which direction to go in and/or where to start. More power to you brother!!!! Chris

    Chris wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Hey Chris, thanks my brotha from another mother. Feel free to ask me any questions you would like on how I started. I’m here to help in any way I can.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
      • Where do I start? LOL Like I said, there is sooo much information.

        Chris wrote on July 3rd, 2011
        • I believe many feel the way you do amigo…it can be all very overwhelming. If you do think I can help let me know. You can also head over to the forums here in MDA as well…lots of great people who would gladly help you out,

          Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  10. Dean,

    Thanks for sharing your story! It is inspirational. You have reversed many years in less than one just by being open to other ideas and committing what you came to understand to be true! My favorite line in your story was when you spoke about being a work in progress. It’s a good reminder that we are never done, but constantly evolving.

    Congrats! And thank you!

    Twinwolf wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Thanks Twinwolf (any relation to Teenwolf?),

      That was a last minute add that line was. But I thought it was an important one to add because sometimes it comes across to people that these success stories have reached the pinnacle when in fact we are a long way from it. Glad you picked up on that. I award thee with a gold star.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  11. Hiya Dean, thanks for sharing your amazing story, and the insight to the head game some face. I have been dabbling with eating Paleo for awhile now, however finding it so hard to give up my Chai lattes and chocolate (on a daily basis!).

    Your story is so inspirational and written so entertainingly (is that a word?), I’ll also be lurking around your blog!

    KiwiLis wrote on July 4th, 2011
    • Lurk away K. And entertainly is now officially a word…I decree it so (note: I have no power to do so however.)

      With regards to the daily Chai lattes and chocolate…well change requires us to make tough decisions…I guess when I think about it, it is a love/hate relationship…which do you love or hate more…the daily treats or the way you look. If you love the treats more then you aren’t ready yet to make change me thinks…once the balance of power shifts however….:-)

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 4th, 2011
  12. Nice job Dean! I’ve been living primal for the past 2 years, but I love seeing stories like yours that give me the desire to go “all in”. There’s always more to do and areas to improve upon.

    Brad Barker wrote on July 4th, 2011
    • Little poker analogy there…love it…and I think I am going to steal that phrase for a future episode…no worries my friend…I will give you your props.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 4th, 2011
  13. Truest statement ever: My job is to simply stay out of my own way.
    That floored me the way ‘What if weight gain is a symptom and not a character flaw’ floored you. I´m going to write it on my mirror in permanent marker. Thanks!

    Alex wrote on July 5th, 2011
    • Nice. Just make sure you don’t make any spelling mistakes Alex. Friends don’t let friends off easy when they can’t spell. :-)

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 5th, 2011
  14. Hey Dean, I’ve been following your journey for a while now, and love where it’s taken you! So glad you discovered Taubes, he is a genius. Funny how we both ended up in the health/nutrition arena! You look and sound great, I’m so happy you have found the way to become the best expert on “you”– we all need such wisdom. Have a look at my website so you can see what I’ve been up to! I’d love to share some ideas!

    PS: Ilana is here doing our annual literacy workshop– that’s another life: http://www.wordworkskingston.com I’ll show her your site, she’ll be impressed!

    Sus B wrote on July 6th, 2011
    • Had to laugh…dont’ get my name and the word wisdom linked together too often :-) Thanks so much for commenting here…just sent you a long email that starts all the way back in 1993 gurl…lets chat on skype soon. Thanks for reaching out.

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 6th, 2011
  15. DD, you look AMAZING! What an awesome story. Thank you for sharing, and thank you Mark for posting it!

    pat wrote on July 7th, 2011
    • Hey Pat…thanks. I don’t expect this post will get many more views or comments so I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. You may be the last :-( And yes THANK YOU MARK!

      Dean Dwyer wrote on July 7th, 2011
  16. Great story Dean! You have an easy writing style that is laced with humour which is the Paleo/Primal alternative to being laced with alcohol. :) The line “What if weight gain was a symptom and not a character flaw?” really hit home for me too. I was also one of those “eat healthy, and excercise” people that couldn’t change my body composition. And I always felt that no one belived me when I explained how I ate clean and worked out intensley for 5-6 days a week. You know how you get “the look” and the polite nod of the head when you try and explain how hard you are working to lose weight yet you still look the same as you did 6 months ago. I always believed that calories in/calories out was the bottom scientific line until I realized that trying to exist on 1300 calories/day and doing intense workouts 5 days a week wasn’t actually working for ME. Since shifting my diet over to Paleo I lost 20 lbs without even hitting the gym! Now that I’ve added some kickboxing and a bit of crossfit into the mix I can’t wait to see the results that will come. Soon I’ll have a smokin bod to show off too. And you should be proud of showing off–you earned it! Great job and thanks for the inspiration to keep moving forward.

    Luna Tick wrote on July 7th, 2011
    • Hey Luna, thank so much…your story sounds great…I can only assume I shall be ready yours fairly soon yes?

      dean dwyer wrote on July 10th, 2011
  17. Can you share the 26 point document?

    Charles wrote on July 8th, 2011
  18. I just find it hard to accept that I can NEVER eat carbs. No more potatoes, or rice, or bread, or pasta, ever? Jeez, that’s so harsh.

    kmac wrote on July 8th, 2011
    • Who ever said never? The foods you listed are things that you’re better off replacing with other foods (and I swear once you do you won’t miss them), but no ones going to stop you from eating them occasionally. Remember it’s not an “all or nothing” approach, though the stricter you are on what you eat the better off you’ll be. And trust me on this, it’s much easier to shoot for 100% paleo than to try and do 50%. Go cold turkey paleo and your body will adjust fairly quickly, at which point you’ll find yourself happy and energetic, but try and do any less and you’ll be subjecting yourself to some massive cravings while you slowly change your diet over.

      Dan Zierath wrote on July 8th, 2011
      • That worked for me…not sure everyone can do that…its a bit of a personality thing as well…but i can only speak for myself.

        dean dwyer wrote on July 10th, 2011
    • Well one should never say never…but if the alternative is to be fat and out of shape as was my situation then there is no debate…bye bye offending carbs!

      dean dwyer wrote on July 10th, 2011
  19. Dean – I bought TPB yesterday at Barnes and Noble and here I am reading your story today. I have yet to dive into the book. I’m thinking for me – a good start will be the before picture. The gut won’t subside. Can’t wait to share my story and new photo – thanks for the inspiration! If it’s meant to be… it’s up to ME!

    ME wrote on July 14th, 2011
    • Hey me (who me? no you)

      That is awesome. I started by taking a photo every morning. That was too much but I would study them everyday looking for evidence.

      The best thing though…you get to go back and see what kind of progress you are making. I am so glad I took the photo. Made the telling of this story possible.

      And it’s great motivation to have your story told here…we all need something to help keep us going on those days we feel like taking the day off.

      dean dwyer wrote on July 14th, 2011
  20. Love it! Adding this one to my Whole Foodies Facebook page too. You put into words everything Ive gone through!

    Lisa Such wrote on November 13th, 2011
  21. Why are you lifting that rock with your back instead of your legs? Hello back injury town.

    Timothy wrote on January 30th, 2012
    • I lift rocks…the form for lifting a rock depends on the rock and you…and if you listen to your body and brain …not a coach or a book or a picture on a box or what you learn in a gym with a load on a bar. And SOME BACKS ARE STRONGER AND MORE TUNED INTO LIFTING ROCKS…
      The pic shows a mid motion move…for all we know his butt was on his heels when he actually did the lift…he could be using a form for lift and thrust rock ahead…not just a lift in itself….then it’s mechanics in motion..not just form for up and down.
      That’s my take on what I see…

      Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on January 31st, 2012
  22. Gosh, I can believe it. Your list of DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS is exactly MY list. I am still 30 pounds overweight. I am choosing not to be discouraged any more. No more buying endless diet and exercise books for the “answers”. Every day – lots of veggies, some protein, and a few nuts and fruits here I come. I want to be a success story like you.

    Debrakadabra wrote on April 10th, 2012
  23. Hi, Dean. Yours is an amazing and motivational story! Thank you for sharing it. I evicted harmful chemicals from our foods two years ago, which unexpectedly aided in my weight loss, but did nothing for the hubster. He wants to make a serious change, and looks to me for guidance (the dear man!) so I am in search mode. I found you by way of Alison (Warrior Woman) and am headed to your site to learn more. I love the way you write – very easy to read and appreciate!!

    Lori wrote on April 15th, 2012
  24. Wow. I wonder if you will get this but wanted to reply. This is the best transformation story I have read. I have had great results on the Atkins diet back in 2008… I lost 88lbs of weight I had gained with 3 pregnancies. I am now 42 and have been following the traditional diets of eating perfect macros 5-6 times a day, lifting weights and cardio 5-6 days a a week. I loathe measuring food. I have been reading this site for a few months. I was actually on another site and the link to your story was there and I clicked on it. I do very well without grains but conventional wisdom tells you that you simply cannot build muscle without them. I have been doing intense research on ketosis and muscle loss. I have found a wealth of information. I am now 100% convinced I can eat the way I love to eat and accomplish what I want without spending countless hours in the gym. Primal seems PERFECT!!!!

    Debbie wrote on April 26th, 2012
  25. What can I say but: inspired! Wow- your willingness to buck the CW when you were a card carrying member of the High Raw All Veg club shows a paradigm shift of epic proportions. You look great and your energy is bouncing off of my iPad screen. Kudos!

    CarlaC wrote on June 17th, 2012
  26. Check out the guns!!! Awesome story, and I love that you’re so adamant about no one diet works for everyone, but you know this works for you.

    As a younger guy, your story…as well as Mark himself, make me look forward to getting older. Being able to maintain physical health all the while being wiser…what could be better?

    Danny wrote on August 3rd, 2012
  27. so let me get this straight… all you eat is meats and veggies?

    Alek wrote on February 18th, 2013
  28. meats and veges..the rest is additional input of variaety…and those lil extra bits are the ones that will make of break it.. of course you must have the mind set to go with it..a body in motion with a brain in motion will be a wonderful change for many…its not rocket science…its your science of you..BODY.and MIND…make the YOU…of course a few rocks and logs and a good attitude help ….ENJOY the journey…PG

    PAPAGROK wrote on February 19th, 2013
  29. Great comment about GCBC and Harry Potter. Two of my absolute favorites.

    Caro wrote on March 20th, 2013
  30. “I would buy a whole loaf at whole foods in the good ole pre-primal days and eat half of it on the 7 minute car ride home.”

    I have done the same thing…with ice cream…and no spoon! Talk about, “not pretty”.

    But I did get some good news from my doctor, concerning my weight. He told me that about 5 or 6 days after I am dead…I’ll be at just about the perfect weight for my height.

    Steve Martin wrote on April 13th, 2013
  31. this is great ! i am 20y.o. and ive been unable to gain more muscle than ihave … ive been lifting since i was 14… but i am not getting any more muscle or fat. after reading this … i will try and do the same with foods and that carb meter ! this is amazing ! :)))

    tomas wrote on October 10th, 2014

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