Today, we have another success 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. Thank you for reading!
This may sound odd but I often say gaining weight actually changed my life – for the better!
No, not because I was too thin, but because the changes that I made to lose that weight gave me my life back.
Several years ago I had lost over 50 pounds by doing the typical eat less, move more thing (what I now call the “old fashioned” way). It was a ton of work but I lost the weight and even maintained it for a few years. I thought I was good to go.
But then, despite the fact that I was still doing the same things I had done to lose the weight originally—micromanaging everything I ate and exercising 6 days a week—I started gaining weight again, and quite quickly.
I was frustrated, scared and at a loss. This is what I’ve always been told to do to lose weight, but now it was no longer working. What do I do now?? Eat even less? Exercise even more?
A friend introduced me to Primal and I started reading everything I could. The success stories were so inspiring!
After several months — yes months — I was hesitant because grains and beans made up a huge part of my diet. And, I was a picky eater so I thought I’d starve if I had to get rid of those.
But I had gotten to the point that I knew I had to give it a try, I didn’t know of any other option.
And you know what? It wasn’t that hard and I certainly didn’t starve! I actually loved the food that I was eating and didn’t miss that other stuff near as much as I thought I would! I found that the main thing I missed was the convenience of things like bread and tortillas rather than actually missing eating them. But there are great Primal and keto-friendly ways to get around that convenience piece.
It didn’t take long before I started noticing the difference. The weight was coming off (without ever being hungry which was HUGE!) but that wasn’t even the best part. I FELT so much better. My digestive issues went away. The bone and joint pain that I blamed on getting older was gone. Allergies dramatically improved. I had more energy, I was sleeping better and I was no longer riding the blood sugar rollercoaster.
And over time (this definitely wasn’t overnight) I was actually able to get off all meds for anxiety and depression – something I never thought was even possible for me. I now feel better and stronger than I ever have—even through the craziness of 2020.
I never would have experienced these changes had I not started to gain weight again.
Eating this way (eventually incorporating keto) has changed my life in so many ways that I actually decided to become a Primal Health Coach so that I could help others make the same changes and not have to keep struggling.
I’m a lifer now! And to think I once feared giving up grains. Now, I can’t imagine eating them again!
Thanks again Mark for all you do!
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Kris. You’re an inspiration to us all, and stories like yours remind me why I do what I do. Grok on!