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April 08 2011

I Decided to Do Something About It

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It’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.

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….

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. Wow! You look amazing! Good luck with the restaurant business!

  2. I saw the guy in the before shot (thinking it was the after shot) and thought what a hottie. Very serious looking in the after shots.
    I’m glad you got healthier and to the body size that brings you comfort. Good luck in your pursuits.

  3. Damn! i wish i would have started 10 months ago! Congrats Albert! Yours are the results i’m working toward.

  4. Albert, how long did your result take to achieve? what were your dietary habits? drink alcohol? etc…

    1. He said he was 240 in May and got down to 175 by mid-July, if that helps.

    2. Hi Alice,

      I don’t know exactly how long it took me but losing fat was a lot easier once \i started eating primal. I normally eat a bunch of veggies, loads of fat and protein whenever I’m hungry and that works for me. I don’t drink alcohol because I just don’t like it, I do eat dark chocolate EVERY day though 🙂 40g or so a day (somedays less) of G&B’s 85% or Lindt 90%.

      I live life, and don’t feel deprived at all. Just make smart choices, exercise whenever you feel like and you are good to go!

      1. Hey Albert,

        Where are you thinking about starting up a primal restaurant? I’ve tinkered around with the idea before and think it might go over pretty well.

        My husband and I joke about the meals I make and rate them. Only the best make it to our imaginary restaurant menu.

        If you need any suggestions or someone to bounce feedback on, let me know!

        1. Hey!

          I’m thinking the US would be the best place to start the first restaurant (yeah, I’m thinking big and planning to open a restaurant chain) I’m currently planning it, looking for potential investors/business partners. I am thinking California would be a suitable area (weather, population, food quality).

          The idea of cooking meals and rating them is amazing, I love cooking and designing recipes and have many recipes saved in my computer (would love to share them with everyone so I’m starting a blog! 🙂 )

          Suggestions are always welcomed so please hit me with some ideas!

          Grok on!

        2. Lol I’ve got about 1/2 a business plan for a primal restaurant worked out and another concept for a fast casual that I’ve been casually referring to as “Carnivore Cafe” or “Meat Eaters”
          realistically I won’t be able to get the money for either of the ideas for years so if someone wants to grab them and run with them I’ve no problem helping out.

      2. The transformation is awesome. I just want to get clear on the time frame for this final transformation.

        In May you were 240 lbs and July you were 175 lbs.; was this July of the following year? If not how did you manage to lose nearly a pound a day to achieve this result???

        1. Thanks.

          I lost all the weight in 2010 so yeah, in a total of 6 months I managed to lose over 80lbs.

          At first I was just losing weight (that includes muscle) so it explains the quick weight drop, weight loss slowed down once I started eating right (i.e primal) but fat loss increased… meaning I was losing fat and building muscle at the same time (yes, it’s possible!) 🙂

  5. Wow! What an inspiring transformation both in body and peace of mind. I hope your restaurant idea spreads!!

  6. Oh wow! This is why I love Fridays!! Amazing job done – it’s fun to see people my age doing this too.

    Sidenote: My boyfriend walked past me while looking at the last two pictures and thought I was on a PlayGirl site or something…keep up the good work!!

  7. do you have a girlfriend?

    🙂 you look great. keep up the great work!!

  8. Amazing work Albert! I’d love to learn more about how you got your body fat so low. What do your daily meals look like? What do you do for HIIT and how often?

    1. Thanks man!

      I eat when hungry really, some days I may eat 5 times some other days only once or twice. I go by feeling. My meals are always whole foods, just don’t eat anything that’s processed and you will do great. Avoid all grains, legumes and milk. (I do dairy but only in grass-fed cheese, cream or butter)

      HIIT is usually sprints, either out in the park or on a treadmill. Go all out for 30 secs, rest 30 secs, repeat until you can do no more, then do one more 🙂 and go take a shower. Now you can eat that piece of buffalo knowing it will be used to repair your trained body!

  9. It’s funny how all these stories seem the same and are completely amazing, including my own. I’ll never get tired of seeing people be happier and healthier by going the true way of the H. sapien sapien.

  10. Hey where are you looking to open a restaurant? I’d be interested in funding /aiding / joining you in some way if you’re from Chicagoland

    1. Hey Mike,

      Really glad to hear you are interested in the idea. I´m currently living in London, UK but have the idea of moving to the US every single day in my mind. Get in touch with me via email at albert88en @ gmail . com

  11. Each of these success stories give more inspiration each time I read one.

    1. Looking to move to the US, haven’t decided which city yet but being Spanish means I’ll have to get sponsored or save A LOT of money before I could even think of it happening.

      Any US girl wants to marry me? I’m a good cook! LOL!! 😉

        1. Hahaha I’m sure I would love San Francisco!

          When am I moving then? 😛

          Thanks for all the comments! This post made my day!

          Grok on!

      1. San Diego is better than San Francisco. Already have a restaurant logo, concept, and some financial projections…. :o)

        1. Sounds like you got a plan! If you wanna get in touch email me at albert88en gmail. com 🙂

  12. Albert: incredible!

    Mike from Chicago: I’m in chicago and already have started a push to get local restaurants to provide primal/paleo friendly options. We also are going to start a weekly food/exercise clinic at my warehouse in Pilsen.

    1. Wow! A lot of people supporting the idea! I´m stunned!

      Shall I move to Chico?? 🙂

      1. beer and burger town for sure, burritos, college town. food out is very inexpensive there–i don’t know how restaurants make it. i think there’s a lot that go under.

      2. but chico is a nice town–sometimes i miss it but i like Oregon a lot better.

        1. I live in the Chicago-land area and not a huge fan of it all. It has its good point, but the city is not where my heart is. I was already 20 pounds (which took 6 years to gain) heavier when I moved here, and within two years I packed on another 20 pounds from all the crazy beef and burger chains around here. I’m a sucker for a good cheeseburger. Portillo’s anyone??? I never cared for cheese fries before, and couldn’t care less about beef sandwiches, but here, I got hooked on it all. All my choices of course, but resisting is hard when the suggestion is made, and I’ve struggled…boy have I, but I’m ready for big change in my life and switching to the PB lifestyle is my top priority. It’s been rough, so I’m moving back to where I was happiest and starting over.

        2. I live in the Chicago-land area and not a huge fan of it all. It has its good points, but the city is not where my heart is. I was already 20 pounds (which took 6 years to gain) heavier when I moved here, and within two years I packed on another 20 pounds from all the crazy beef and burger chains around here. I’m a sucker for a good cheeseburger. Portillo’s anyone??? I never cared for cheese fries before, and couldn’t care less about beef sandwiches, but here, I got hooked on it all. All my choices of course, but resisting is hard when the suggestion is made, and I’ve struggled…boy have I, but I’m ready for big change in my life and switching to the PB lifestyle is my top priority. It’s been rough, so I’m moving back to where I was happiest and starting over.

  13. WOW. Congrats, Albert! I literally said, out loud, “Holy shit!” when I got to your after photos. Really amazing, this is the kind of thing that I show to my friends to encourage them to eat paleo!

    1. Thanks!

      I’m glad this motivates people to take the step and get their lives and health under control.

      It’s funny when you go to the doctor and he asks you how the hell your bloodwork looks A-Perfect and you tell him it’s the way you eat (200+ grams of FAT a day) and then he says that can’t be possible…..

      ha!

  14. You were a cutie before, but dang! Being healthy makes us good looking doesn’t it?! 😀

    I too went the route of people in the gym telling me to eat low fat, whole grains, 20/40/40, yadda, yadda, yadda… EVEN though I KNEW low-fat was seriously Bupkis! That’s how I found this site! I thought, “How can I be healthy AND lose weight? WHAT am I missing?”

    1. Thanks! 😉

      I believe looking good doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy. That comes as a “side effect” when eating primal.

      I bet your performance and mood are way better now that you’re primal right?

      🙂

  15. ummm. Hawt! Congrats on your results from all your hard work! Such and inspiration.

  16. Wow, you look so good. You must feel amazing as well. Please give some advice to someone who is struggling to lose her own weight.
    *Please tell us what you eat like every day.
    *And, please share what kind of workouts you do.
    That would really help a lot of us out! Thanks so much and Congrats!!!

    1. Thanks!

      The only advice I could give you is soooo simple! Eat when hungry, things that nature gave us ( I just don’t eat anything that’s processed ). Even when you fancy ice cream or cake there are ways to make them naturally and in a way your body will love.
      Train when you feel energised and go hard for 20-30 mins. That’s all you need!

      The weight will come off magically 😉

      1. Hey Albert..
        What a fantastic success story! Very inspiring .. I have been strict Primal/Paleo for over a year now and do work out but weight loss just doesn’t seem to want to budge for me! .. very frustrating.. What kind of working out do you do eg. what is the HIIT that you do etc.. Do you exercise every day etc. ?Need some help with beign successful at this and any tips you can provide would be really appreciated !!

  17. Oh wow! You look amazing. Even more important, I bet you *feel* amazing. 🙂

    You know what I’d love to see, honestly? A paleo/primal type *grocery store.* I would LOVE to be able to walk into a grocery and not have my senses assaulted by stuff I don’t even want to eat. I have already noticed a difference in experience between shops that focus more on healthy foods (even if it’s only what they view as healthy, i.e., vegan everything) and places like Kroger, but I’d love to go that one more step and be able to skip the soy crap and the “organic” processed foods entirely.

    Just a thought. 🙂

    1. I wish I had the money to do that! In fact if I ever win the lottery that’s what I would do, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, theme parks…. All about primal!

      Thanks! 🙂

  18. The restaurant idea is fantastic! I was wondering about the tautness of your abs: no loose skin?? I’ve lost quite a bit of weight myself and, unfortunately, I’ve got excess skin in the abdomen region. Wonder if it’s a male/female thing?? Regardless, you look awesome!!

    1. Thanks!

      Cold showers and cocoa butter helped a lot with loose skin. I still use it and it’s slowly coming along very nicely.

      Try it!

      1. What do mean by cold showers and cocoa butter? Can you elaborate more on this, please?
        Awesome work on your body!!

  19. Wow, you look… well maybe I shouldn’t say lol. And not just weight loss but such a great life change too. Congrats!

  20. Ok I just got razzed by the coworkers for checking out hot guys on the internet- LOL!

    Seriously though, you look fantastic, and so much happier. Granted, ya were pretty easy on the eyes to begin with but now… hot damn!

    I love the idea of a Primal restaurant. Toyed with the idea myself but my town is completely saturated with eateries. I hope you get it up and going. It would be great to visit for opening night! 😀

    1. Ups! Sorry! hahaha

      Thanks for the comment though. The idea has been on my head for a long time, I just need the finances to make it real.

      I’m sure it’d work, a lot of people care about what they eat more these days (this community proves it) and if you give them an affordable yet very high quality and nutritious place to eat out….

  21. Right on man, that’s what happens when true wisdom is applied with vigor. I don’t care what anyone says or why, it feels good to look good!

  22. You look great. I’ve also played with the restaurant idea too. But here in new orleans, people think if you have bread it needs to be deep fried and then covered in sugar! The restaurant might even get picketed…lol.

    I’m a lonely primal girl down here…

  23. Albert- How many times a week do you do your sprints? Any resistance work?

    1. Right now I just train when I feel like really. Mainly due to work commitments and family issues…. I normally do some sprints and bodyweight exercises 2-3 times a week. Some heavy lifting when I make it to the gym.

      The key is to eat right and that just comes naturally so no problem there! 🙂

  24. When opening a restaurant based on Primal eating consider adverting it as Gluten Free. You would not have to change the menu since gluten is only found in certain grains. The advantage is you’ll get customers who never heard of primal in addion to those who have.

    Good luck.

    1. hey thanks for the idea.

      You are right on that, even though primal is the way to go a lot of people still aren’t aware of it….

      I’m here to change that though!!

  25. Ha, btw dude… you look like Demian Maia who is a BJJ World Champion and a UFC fighter, google him!!

    1. Damn! the guy is ripped! I wish i’d look like him dude…. haha

  26. GREAT STUFF!!! So amazing to see so many people with similar stories, I too lost a shed load of weight by going paleo/primal, am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been, have recently qualified as a fitness instructor/Personal Trainer and can’t wait to start helping people reach their goals and change their own lives and mindsets! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  27. Man alive, what a massive achievement!!! And great to see a fellow UK primal buddy featured on the success stories. Awesome, awesome, awesome, mate. Looking positively hot 🙂

  28. Albert, I just wanted to thank you for your advice. I have been struggling to lose weight even eating primally but I think that I have been over thinking things. So thank you very much for you advice and congrats on your success. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!!!

    1. Thank YOU for your comment Gabrielle!

      It is a lot simpler than it looks really!

      Just relax, play a lot, be in a comfortable environment and eat the right things…. Your body will thank you for it!

      Good luck with your goals, although you won’t need I’m sure you are well on your way.

  29. Awesome job, Albert! Yes, please come to Chicago! I’m here too. I just started eating primal and it’s definitely hard when you go to a sandwich shop and all that they have on the menu is sandwiches and your friends want to share hummus and pita bread and you have to explain to them why you aren’t eating. I do have the excuse that I’m allergic to wheat and lactose intolerant.

    Primal Chicago baby! And again, Usted esta guapo! (sorry, my Spanish is very limited but I’m taking classes 🙂

    1. Is Chicago in some kind of “Primal revolution”?? hahaha

      I wish I could go though….

      Next time make some cauliflower hummus and some flax crackers for yourself, then share them with your friends and they will not miss the pitta bread full of lectins….

      🙂

  30. We should start a Primal Revolution!

    I’ll have to try the cauliflower hummus with some flackers. I usually make guacamole and use sliced jicama as my chips when I’m craving something like that.

  31. Hola Albert! Jaw drop…damn boy..you are looking fine!! Congrats on your journey and your tremendous success!

  32. Yours and Dave Parsons story are fantastic, among others. Thanks for sharing. Which kind of natural fat do you use the most – animal, olive or coconut or other?

    1. Thanks!

      I eat a lot of coconut products, but also use olive oil, beef tallow (amazing to cook any meat in) or any other quality animal fat. I eat a few nuts a day (some days more than I’d like) and avocados are a great source too….

  33. Okay, these Friday stories are always inspirational, but this one is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  34. wow! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m sort of ‘stuck’ right now, and needed to see this. Now, to show my ignorance, can someone tell me what HIIT is? Thanks.

    1. HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. I do it in the form of sprints but could be anything that has intervals of 100% effort with some rest periods in between.

  35. Albert, how often did you weigh yourself when you started primal? did you notice your weight every going up as you were nearing your goal?

  36. You’ve lost the bloated wheat face, you face has so much definition now. How did your mother react – did she say you are too skinny now!! WOW you look great.

  37. ROCKKIN IT BROTHER…
    YA LOOK GREAT! AND THE FOOD BUSINESS WILL GIVE YOU A HEART ATTACK LONG BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE NOW. I APPLAUD YOUR SUCCESS.
    KEEP SPREADING THE WORD AND BE THAT HAPPY GUY WE SEE THERE…
    MANLY BEAR HUG
    DAVE

    1. Thanks man!

      Your transformation is amazing too! 🙂

      I just wish more people would join this “primal revolution”…. it would make everything easier (less diseases, less depression….) oh well, I’ll keep dreaming and fighting for it that’s for sure!

      Grok on dude!

  38. Awesome work Albert. I would have said you were 31 at least in that first picture. It is not to offend you, but to compliment you on your current progress; you look at least 10 years younger in your after pictures.

  39. Well done Albert!

    Care to share some of your paleo/primal cooking recipes? You live in a place where the best jamon, excellent chorizo sausages and a good seaside with heaps of seafood rules!

    Reader’s Cookbook V2 anyone????

    1. Thanks!

      Keep an eye on my blog, I just opened it but will be updated with a few recipes and other stuff soon! 🙂

      I’m up for that reader’s cookbook V2!

  40. Absolutely awesome results!!! Love the restaurant idea too 🙂

  41. Wow! Congrats!! You must feel great. I have a question- what about fruits? When you mean no grains do you mean like NOTHING? I’m vegetarian and find it very hard to eat NO grains at all…usually a serving of quinoa a day, and a rice cake or 2/day…
    Wow, the difference is amazing!

    1. Grains are full of lectins amongst other nasty stuff…. I believe everyone should avoid at least gluten.

      I eat fruits, berries, melon, mango, you name it. I don’t really like to eat large quantities of fruit though, the fructose content just seem to disturb my digestion slightly.

      Drop the grains and eat more meat! 🙂

  42. “Even when you fancy ice cream or cake there are ways to make them naturally and in a way your body will love.”

    How?! Hahaha, the only way I know is good frozen yogurt for the “fancy ice cream” and homemade whole-grain organic cake…tell me what you do pleaseee.

    1. Have you heard of coconut milk?? 🙂 I make a terrific ice cream with it, place a can in the fridge overnight, add flavours (cinnamon, fruit, cocoa, vanilla beans, you name it!) blend it all up and eat straight up like a mousse or put in the freezer for a couple of hours.

      🙂

      1. That sounds awesome! Think I’ll try that tomorrow.

        Amazing transformation man it’s good to see more people following the Primal path.

        Did u ever think your ending results would be like this?!

    1. Thanks toad!

      I visit your blog everyday, starting one myself.

      We should start the restaurant together! 😀

      Keep up the great work and by the way…. I’m in the PB Quick Meals giveaway, any chance I’d win?? 😛

  43. Congrats man, you made it… nothing better than primal living and eating. keep going and spread the word…
    Carsten

  44. Albert de que parte de España eres? yo hace tiempo que estoy leyendo y practicando cosas de primal y me gustaria ponerme en contacto.

    1. Un espanyol!! 😀

      Soy de Malaga pero vivo en Londres, y tu? Como llevas la vida primal?

      Un Saludo

  45. Wowzers! At first glance I thought the first two pictures were before and after pictures and though “OK, decent change but thats not 100 pounds lost, this guy is fudging the numbers abit.” Then I scrolled down all the way and saw the actual after pictures. You look great, congrats and true proof of what going primal can do! I bet you feel amazing! Awesome idea on the resteraunt too!

  46. Hey Albert,
    From a fellow (Aussie) London-er, if you open a primal restaurant here, I would be very happy to eat there, as I don’t know of anywhere here that offers food for that niche market. My mates at CrossFit London and I would be regulars for sure!
    Great story, and you look awesome! Nice to know there are hot men in London after all… 🙂

    1. Hey!

      Thanks for the compliments! 😀

      I would love to open a restaurant (either in the UK or the USA). It will take some time until I can get the project in shape though….I’m not financially at my best I would say.

      I’m interested in CrossFit London though! Where do you guys train? Could I pop down for a little taster session?

      Cheers

  47. Your body looks amazing, but the change in your face is unbelievable! Cut and animalistic. Nice.

  48. Hey Albert,
    CF London is fantastic! Check out http://crossfitlondonuk.com and if you want to try out a beginner session (where you are taught the fundamental moves), 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. The staff are very knowledgeable and the people who train there are a great bunch too. Hope you give it a go – you won’t regret it!

  49. Oops, not sure if the website address will be allowed through, but otherwise just google CF London for all the info you’ll need.

    1. Thanks. Will come down on Tuesday when I get a day off from work! 🙂

  50. 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.

    1. 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

  51. 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.

    1. First customer yay! 🙂

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

  52. Congratulations! You look amazing!! And your story is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  53. 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!

    1. 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!

  54. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

  55. 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

    1. 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!

      1. 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

  56. 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!

    1. 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!

  57. 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… 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

      1. 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

  58. ….and by “were”, i meant while you were noticing good fat loss

  59. 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!

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

  60. 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!

  61. You have a totally new life. Congratulations; you look wonderful!

  62. 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.)

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

  63. You just made my boyfriend jealous .. AWESOME lol

    Congrats on your success and new found happiness!

  64. 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

  65. Can’t agree more with this article totally usefull information and straight to the point, congrats to the author

  66. 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!

  67. 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

  68. 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 ?

  69. 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.

  70. Ouch!
    Feels quality. Was skeptical at first, I thought I was going to get one of the cheap ones that you over pay for at a grocery store. A little bigger than a baseball, maybe the size of a softball. Densely woven.
    Hope this helps,
    Mia Longmuor