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February 08 2013

I Knew a Change Had to Be Made

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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!

On January 1st of this year my sister challenged the family to a “biggest loser” challenge. I was a little irritated since I felt this was pointed at me. I’m also competitive by nature, and so I decided to accept her challenge.

I weighed 299 lbs when I did the first “weigh in”. I was 35, in size 42 jeans, and had approximately 40% body fat. I hadn’t expressed my frustrations with my weight to anyone, but I knew my family was getting concerned with my health. As a father of two wonderful girls, and husband to a beautiful wife, I knew a change had to be made.

Heath - Before

I am also a law enforcement officer, and not being in better shape was a safety concern for me on the job. As an instructor in arrest control techniques and firearms I felt that I was not setting a good example for the other officers. I hated the fact I was becoming the fat doughnut eating cop.

Heath - January, 2012

I was eating what I believed was a healthy diet, and I felt I was active. I did not eat out much, and ate home made meals everyday. I grew up with a mother who baked bread everyday, and pastas and even our cereal was homemade. My wife remained in good shape while my weight ballooned over 11 years of marriage.

Heath - Before

Last summer I paid a personal trainer, who was a world champion grappler, to help me get in shape. The workouts were very intense, to the point of vomiting after the workout. After months of this I had lost a grand total of 5 lbs, and I eventually gave up the workouts.

One of my co-workers, Greg, a 64 year old man who looks 50 and is ripped, explained the paleo lifestyle to me when I told him about my family’s “Biggest Loser” challenge. I was skeptical since nothing had been working, but obviously it was working for him, so I thought I would give it a try. Greg gave me the Mark’s Daily Apple website and told me about getting cookbooks and other resources.

I explained to my wife the diet and I could not have asked for a more supportive spouse. She changed the way she cooked and shopped for food. We commented on the fact that our cupboards were becoming bare from the lack of processed food, but our fridge was overflowing with meats, vegetables, and other raw foods.

At the end of 6 months the family weighed in to see who had won the challenge. I had dropped from 299 lbs down to 206 lbs, and from 40% body fat to 17%. I not only had won our little family competition, but I was also one of the few that was able to stick to my “diet”. I almost felt guilty with the victory, the weight had come off quickly and easily, I ate when I was hungry, and I ate delicious food.

Heath - After

Besides the weight loss, I also experienced other benefits that I had not expected. I had experienced migraines for years, and have yet to suffer from one since going Primal. My minor hay fever allergies also disappeared. My overall health and energy levels are much improved. I had my my gall bladder taken out two years ago, and had the typical side effects which sent me running for the bathroom. This also went away. I wish I had known about the Primal Blueprint diet before I lost my gall bladder.

I have dropped ten pant sizes, and am now on my fourth gun belt. I look more professional in uniform, and I have other officers asking me how I achieved the weight loss. Two other friends/officers have lost a combined 70 lbs in two months after I convinced them to try going Primal.

Heath - After

It is cliche, but honestly I now feel that I have a new lease on life. With all the health benefits I have experienced since going Primal, I will not go back to eating the typical American diet. I look forward to continuing my transformation, eating well, and feeling young again. Thanks!

Heath

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  1. Heath wow! What a transformation, congratulations!

    Has the rest of the family that couldn’t stick to their diets given primal a go?

    1. Thanks for the congrats! Unfortunately, no, but I think I’m starting to make some headway. I probably lecture them too much, lol.

      1. Yea I know how that goes… Well you definatley set a good example and made a great case for it, hopefully they’ll come around!

      2. Buy them Fat Head (click on my name), it’s 1h45mins long and very good at explaining Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories + low carb + some paleo… it’ll basically show your family in a summarized but entertaining way why everything they think they know about healthy eating is wrong…

        It also has some good bonus material that goes into more detail about the science/research, etc.

  2. Wow. Well done, Heath. I especially love the part about your wife being so fantastically supportive. Standing ovation for BOTH of you!

    1. The support definitely makes a difference. Great to see a loving couple change their way of eating together — for the better. Awesome job!

  3. Very inspiring and wonderful story! I am a registered nurse who whole-heartedly believes in this Primal lifestyle and I wish more of my patients would be as motivated and educated as you are instead of always wanting to opt for the bariatric surgeries. Congratulations on your success!

    1. I encourage the Primal lifestyle. After eating primal, pasta dishes lose appeal. I never cared for breads, rolls, dressing, Danish type pastries, cereals, etc. These surgeries mentioned have bad side effects I’ve read. Starchy foods slow you down and slow digestion.

  4. Wow, your story gave me goose bumps! Nice work! I’m going to forward to my mom. This is truly life-affirming!

        1. Same .. Except my dad was trying it for a while, lost some weight , was told by the doctor to keep it up, but alas, the pizza and bread quickly came back, and he doesn’t seem to care in the least, even tho I try to encourage him everyday. It isn’t easy to be patient about it. He NEEDS to do this for his health! Best of luck to all with the same issue! I wish you MUCH patience!

        2. You can’t push someone to want to do something, they have to want to do it for themselves or they are not gonna stick at it.

        3. I game my mum the 21 day transformation for mothers day. My dad sticks to it really well but my mum just can’t give up the bread or the sweets, even though she knows that she loses weight when she stops. 🙁

  5. Wow! You look fantastic! I wish I could get anyone to listen to me about this lifestyle, mostly my Dad but that will never happen. Thanks for sharing your story!

  6. Awesome work! I can relate to the gallbladder issue. I had mine out 6 months ago. I was worried about the fat intake of going primal but I have never felt better and I have lost 17 pounds in the process.

  7. Great Job, Heath. You look great, and I know you feel better.

  8. Congratulations! Such a great success story! Like you, our pantry went bare & the fridge is now always stuffed with “real” foods ever since our family went Primal.

    Congratulations again!!

    1. Book ’em Dano! Love that you have the other officers noticing.

  9. Astonishing transformation, Heath! I imagine it makes your job easier, too. Thank you for your service. Your wife is awesome and deserves a lot of credit for making such a 180 in foodstyle!

  10. Fantastic! Your story is getting forwarded for sure. Congratulations!

  11. Great success story Heath, and congratulations on the changes made. I hope you can inspire the rest of your family as much as you inspire MDA readers!

  12. I can relate to the bare pantry syndrome! Many congratulations to you and kudos to your wife for being supportive and helpful. I wish you and your family many healthy and happy years.

    1. I love the bare pantry syndrome!

      Since going Primal, my cabinets stay much cleaner because they are free of powdery crumbly stuff like boxes of cereal or rice, paper bags of flour and SUGAR etc. Everything is either in the fridge, or in an unopened can.

      Bonus: no mice or bugs. There’s nothing for them to eat.

  13. Wow. Great job. I feel safer already. Thank you. 🙂

    “Our cupboards were becoming bare from the lack of processed food, but our fridge was overflowing with meats, vegetables, and other raw foods.” Yes! That’s how it should be. 🙂

  14. AMAZING! As the girlfriend of a law enforcement officer who has lost about 30# eating paleo, I applaud your efforts and what you do for your community.

  15. WOW! Great job and tremendous transformation! Good for you AND your family.

    Best wishes on maintaining your new healthy life.

  16. Love the comment about pantry and refrigerator. I was just saying the same thing to my mother last weekend. Good luck to you.

  17. Wow, you look great! Fighting crime and leaping buildings in a single bound 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  18. He can arrest me ANYTIME! Trump up the charges if necessary!!

  19. My coworkers and I just finished a very heated arguement over whether this man’s testimony is true. They are saying it is impossible to lose over 70 pounds in less than 2 months. I’m stepping out on faith that his testimony is true. Is there a way to get someone else to verify this?

    1. I believe he took 6 months to loose the weight and his friend lost a combined 70 lbs in 2 months. I know the beginning sentence sounds misleading, but I think he meant last yr Jan.

    2. All I can say is that I became Primal on Jan 1 of this year and have already lost 25 pounds. And this is with me barely exercising, although I have started doing the Primal Fitness stuff now because I have the energy to do it. I’m sure Heath, as a police officer, is much more active in his daily job than I am, an IT worker sitting on his ass most of the day.

      Put me down as believing it is possible.

      Both my wife and oldest daughter are trying to get me to buy new clothes because my current ones are getting baggy. And they both don’t believe I am doing it with how I am eating.

      1. isn’t it funny how people don’t believe in something when the evidence is right in front of their eyes, and oftentimes they deeply believe in things without having any proof at all.

      2. Whether it is 70 pounds in 2 months or 6 months, my coworkers have issues with Paleo/Primal way of eating and exercising in general.

        I believe weight loss is possible in both time frames. Who makes the rules on how fast one can lose weight? Is there a medical reason why losing weight so fast can hurt one’s health?

        1. There’s a right way and a wrong way to lose weight. Eating nutrient dense food and adequate protein each day should protect lean mass and bone density. A decent amount of initial loss after getting insulin low is excess water. Then it’s a matter of getting your body to eat as much of its own body fat as possible with something like 3000 calories in 1 lb of body fat. Big guy like him, I’m not surprised. Everyone has different energy needs so what’s possible for one may not be possible for another.

    3. I started going Paleo in January of 2012, and lost 90 lbs over 6 months. I wrote this account in September and sent it in to Mark back then. I have two friends/officers who at that point had lost 70 lbs over two months between them. Hope that clears up some confusion!!!

  20. Wow what a brilliant transformation. It’s a ‘big deal’ to completely overhaul your lifestyle and make these changes and you should be so proud! Congrats on your awesome new look!

  21. Shavonne – yes I believe that might be impossible – but it says it took him 6 months, which I think is actually quite do-able.

  22. Now its time for you to gain some muscle mass. Honestly you look like a skinny geek

    1. Skinny geeks are my favourite. 🙂
      Besides, skinny doesn´t have to mean less strong. Or healthy. We are all cut frm different cloth.

  23. Heath – AWESOME STORY!

    You say, “but I was also one of the few that was able to stick to my ‘diet'”.

    This is what kills me . . . . didn’t everyone in the family look at what happened to Heath and understand that for many (most?) this is how it is supposed to be? Why aren’t they all on the bandwagon now?

    I am not surprised b/c this is how my family is but I don’t get it . . .

    1. I don’t really understand the difference between people who are open minded to diet shifts and those who will look at someone’s fantastic results and go “Nah, it was just a fluke (or whatever)” It’s totally the case in our family, too, though. I’ve been low carb and then primal for almost a decade. My family is unmoved. 🙁

    2. I am hoping my wife “sees the light”. She is trying to lose some weight but no where near as much as I am. She just shakes her head when she sees how much I am losing and what I am eating. It’s like she doesn’t believe it is possible so she won’t try it.

  24. My congratulations! What stands out for me is that you shine as an example to others to the very real possibilities of going primal. Your story will inspire many. Well done!

  25. Awesome. And may I say thank you for your law enforcement service? You guys do a lot of dangerous work for less pay than most people would accept.

  26. I love these Friday encouragers…great job!!!!

    I am working on a simple loss of 15 pounds by my 63rd birthday– and have been primal for a few months now– I hope I can match your success Heath–congrats.

  27. Heath, congratulations on your transformation your posture and dignity in the after pictures says it all. All the best to you and your beautiful supportive wife!

  28. how can anyone not want to AT LEAST try this lifestyle after reading a story like this?
    i have a coworker who deals w/ migraines several times a year, and i told him about all the success stories on here showing that getting rid of gluten and grains gets rid of migraines…he said it wasnt worth it for the few times a year he gets them. *facepalm*

    1. Not to mention the “invisible” damage being done that will show up as additional chronic illness as he ages . . .

    1. Sure. Why not? About 10 years ago, my husband and I both did South Beach (Primal is much easier and more satifying) and he dropped about 130 lbs in 9 months.

  29. Heath, I can see why you’ve kept the beard – no one would believe it’s really you!!!

    Seeing is believing. Great job!

  30. Good job on the weight loss, big guy! Maybe not a doughnut eater anymore but still a tax eater.

  31. Great story! Congrats on your transformation. But also, thank you for your service.

  32. Wow, tremendous job! Bet if you had shaved none of us would have recognized you in the after pics! (not suggesting you should shave just sayin’.) Congratulations to you and give your wife an extra kiss for being so supportive.

  33. Congratulations! You look amazing! Thanks for sharing your story! I hope your family follows the PB too…

  34. AWESOME! It’s wonderful to have a supportive partner. Was/are your family supportive as well? Can they not see that the primal/paleo lifestyle beats out ‘dieting’ any day of the week?

  35. What a great story! When you said,
    “We commented on the fact that our cupboards were becoming bare from the lack of processed food, but our fridge was overflowing with meats, vegetables, and other raw foods” it reminded me of a saying. “Live out of your refrigerator or die out of your pantry”

  36. wow. amazing. I have only a little weight to lose but suffer all that this gentleman did…which goes to show diet alone can be a culprit for many ailments. starting blueprint today.

  37. You’re The Man alright, that’s quite an accomplishment. You must feel like a million bucks after dropping 90+ lbs! Think of the many years you have added to your lifespan, and all of those years to be lived at peak quality and fitness.

    Primal is so simple and makes our lives awesome and badass. I tell loads of people I meet about Mark’s Daily Apple and how it will change their life, the rest is up to them.

  38. I’m so glad you discovered this way of life before you gained even more weight and your health issues became more severe. You look great!! Good job! My husband and I went Primal last January and lost a combined 80+ pounds by November. We are still enjoying this way of eating and frequently remark gleefully over getting to eat eggs, butter and steak and have cream in our coffee! We groan whenever we see cooking shows on TV where they’re promoting their dismal LOW FAT receipes!

  39. Holy $#!T man! Great job!!

    BTW, these stories and the comments are the most helpful thing out there for keeping me on track, everybody keep up the awesome work and positive support!

  40. Holy crap, that is impressive… Initially read it as having dropped that in two months rather than six and thought “well, that can’t be healthy!” Over six tho, well, that’s just being aggressive. Congrats!

  41. I love fridays stories!

    I am 7 days in and i have got the BUZZ!
    I am off to lash some liver on yum-yum.

  42. One of the big boys back from the brink!! Love the man transformations. Always forwarded to my men friends. “diet web sites” are usually girly with after pics more spanks than true healthy loss.
    You my friend are the REAL DEAL.
    Question?
    How’s your skin ? I always want to know this from those who practically halve themselves?

    I think anyone who manages to lose this much weight without medical intervention should get free skin off op.
    After all you’ve saved the govt a lot of money as they now can’t treat you for the plethora of obesity related disease. (well, here in Australia where medical treatment is free).
    Great job. Marvellous!! Your family surely must be begging for advice????

  43. Thank you for inspiring all of us with your story, Heath. I wish both you and your wife a lifetime of good health, and happiness!! And God’s blessings to you for ROCKING it as a police officer!! Thank you for serving your community so selflessly.

  44. Wonderful job! Congratulations! And, I think it is also wonderful that you have a committed and supportive spouse in your health journey. Kudos to her, as well.

    The positive, immensely rewarding life changes speak for themselves with this better way of eating/living.

    Thank you, Mark for another great Friday installment!

  45. OMG!!! you look amazing. The transformation was incredible. And that’s just the visible side effects of the wonderful new you. Congrats!

  46. Congrats Heath, what an accomplishment ! I bet that javenlia made for some tasty Primal eating. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

  47. Awesome story………you look fabulous – and happy. You have done your body a big favour and will be a healthy role model your kids as they grow up. Congratulations.

  48. I’m happy for your success, but I can’t help but feel disheartened that you think that eating meat is the only way to lose weight and get fit. Eating a mostly raw fresh fruit and vegetable diet would do that AND give you the vitamins and nutrients you need to look and feel your best. I’m not saying go vegan, but our health would be a lot better off if we all ate less meat — not to mention the environment would be better off, and the poor animals who are treated so inhumanely in the factory farm system. The picture of you with the pig made me cringe and I find it sad that no one else even cares. Just look at the pig’s face!!

    1. The fact that you cringe at the pigs is strange to me. We produce 90%+ of our own food. When I was anti-hunt/anti-gun I purchased a peice of land in the Virginia mountains. After the first winter I cringed at the skeletons of the deer that starved through the winter. I decided to take the weak or elderly that I reasonabley beleived would not survive winters. Since then I have moved into processing all of our own foods and am currently installing a commercial kitchen on my property to move the processing from the kitchen and carport. I agree with the factory system. Trust me, we care. So much that we hunt.

    2. 1) We have protein requirements. We need certain essentially fatty acids. Eating fresh/raw fruit and vegetables does not fulfill that. Most people do not do well long term on raw fruits/vegetables alone, even if they have short term improvements from cutting processed food. If they are thin, it’s because they are depriving themselves of the calories and nutrients their brains/bodies need.

      2)My health is much better now that I eat more meat. How does that stand up next to the claim we’d *all* be more healthy with less meat? How much do you know about nutrition to make that universal claim?

      3)Who says the environment would be better off? The only people I’ve met who say that are also telling me how awesomely healthy I’d be eating less or no meat. Trust me, they are wrong on the second count. I have no reason to believe them on the first.

      4)Factory farming is not ideal — however, neither is the life of a wild animal. (See Patrick above) Dieing of “natural” causes in the wild is not usually a picnic.

      5)I care deeply about many things. But to make my home and therefore the world a better place, I must acknowledge my nutritional needs. If I could be healthy and not kill anything, I would do so. That is not how the world has been made.

    3. If god didn’t want us to eat animals he wouldn’t have made them out of meat.

    4. Jen,

      It is hugely important to eat ethically raised meat — to “get to know the cow,” so to speak, or a la Joel Salatin, to “respect the chicken’s chickeniness.” My husband and I choose to eat less meat because with the meat portion of our food budget we purchase a smaller, higher-quality amount rather than conventionally-raised factory-farmed. I’d like to share with you a quote from a book we’ve found useful in beginning our homesteading/farming endeavors:

      “The vegetarians point out that it is cruel to kill animals. The non-vegetarians point out that some factor has got to control the population-increase rate of every species: either predators (such as non-vegetarians!), disease, or famine, and of these, predators are possibly the most humane. Vegetarianism seems to be almost wholly an urban, or big-city, phenomenon, and is possibly due to people having been cut off from animals for so long that they tend to anthropomorphism. The humane non-vegetarian says (and I am one) that animals should be kept in the conditions most nearly approaching those for which they were evolved as possible, treated humanely and subjected to no cruelties and indignities, and, when their time comes, killed instantly and with no long journeys to far-away markets or abattoirs…the animal need have no inkling that anything is going to happen to it.”

      The book is “The Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency,” by John Seymour.

    5. Jen, there are plenty of us here, who do feel bad that animals must die to provide us with proper nutrition. There are even a few of us, who feel bad that plants die to feed us. (I know, because I am one of them.) Plants may not be sentient, but they are living thngs. I feel bad that when I till my garden, bugs and worms die.

      I’m the sort of person who will rescue worms that have gotten themselves stranded on my cement breezeway and porch and are drying out and dying. (They tend to do this during and after it rains, especially in the evening and at night.) I rescue June Bugs that are drowning in my dog’s water dish or my pool, even though they terrify me )gotta love phobias). I killed the snake that my cats had mortally wounded, because I didn’t want it to suffer. I am not going to stop eating animals (or plants) because I feel bad that they died to nurish me. I do my best to get my food from places where animals are raised humanely. I know that living things have to die for my family and me to be healthy and I have made peace with it.

  49. I lost 53 pounds in 4 months with no excercise as I had an operation on my foot two weeks into my lifestyle change….

  50. Congratulations Heath to you and your family. What an awesome success story. I don’t think any of the commenters so far have congratulated Greg yet and I think he should be. Kudos to him for spreading the word. I have almost given up trying to explain to people because all they ever say is …….I could never give up my pasta etc Karen ……sigh………….

    1. I recently talked with a very bright young lady who is studying to become a Registered Dietitian. After some discussion I told her what I eat (or don’t eat), and all she could say was she couldn’t think of being able to give up bread and pasta. So I totally understand your pain!

      Obviously folks like Greg who lead by example DO make a difference – maybe a bit slower than the rest of us would like, but a difference nonetheless!

      1. Thank you PrimalGrandma for your comment! You are so right, people who lead by example do make a difference. I just get frustrated sometimes, especially with my own unhealthy family members. I so want to help.

  51. Nothing moves me more than a dad getting fit for his family. Well done indeed, man. May many others in your life learn from your example.

  52. Thanks for all the positive comments from everyone! Made my day (pun intended)…

  53. That’s freaking awesome. More than anything love hearing about the upswing to your general health, but the fat loss is also staggering.

    Well done Heath.

  54. I understand about the fridge, our 2nd one is on order and our cupboard is bare. Hubby and I are only a few months away from our own success story. You look fantastic. Congratulations. Mark, you need a t shirt that says, “Real food rots”.

  55. Wow, what a fantastic transformation! Your smile says it all. Congrats!

  56. “I have dropped ten pant sizes, and am now on my fourth gun belt.

    Love Love LOVE it!! Way to go!

  57. I love the primal lifestyle. Get that out of the way. And in total astonishment at what Our Man accomplished. But is anyone else wondering why the wife was not as blimpy as Our Man here since they were cooking most meals at home? No mention of workouts or physical activity. I wonder if what we are seeing here is the small percentage of the population that is truly allergic to gluten, wheat, you name it, etc…. and it made a huge,crazy difference. Does not discount the lifestyle and the effort but I am worried that most will not see this change if you are not in a small sliver of humanity.
    90 pounds in 6 months with no increase in physical activity is not most folks reality, even in the primal world.
    Love the poster, not a fan of the post as I’m dubious as to the application to us all. Gives fuel to the detractors.

    1. I don’t think that results like this, nor the disparity between the weights, is the result of one person out the couple being in a “small percentage of the population that is truly allergic to gluten, wheat, you name it, etc.”
      Just because a couple eats the same meals at home, does not mean that they are eating the same. Even before I went primal, I was always much slimmer than my husband, even though we cooked most of our meals at home. Since going primal, I’ve realized that I am sensitive to gluten (remember, I’m the slimmer of the two). I have no idea about my husband, but I have my suspicions. I know why there has always been a disparity in our weights, his carb consumption has always been proportionally much higher than mine. His snacks tend to be loaded with carbs. I’ve always eaten, proportionally, more fruits and vegetables than he does. (Though I do eat way more chocolate than him.) On work days, his breakfast usually came from McDonalds (before his health forced him to retire) or Pop-Tarts, and lunch was left-overs (with plenty of carbs). Both before going primal and now, on work days, my breakfast is a homemade smoothie, followed by boiled eggs around mid-morning, and my lunch is usually a salad. Back when I ate bread, I ate whole grain, and my husband eats white bread. You can see why, while on the surface, we appeared to be eating the same things, our diets were not the same and that I would be the slimmer of the two. Unfortunately, my husband’s diet has declined to the stereotypical SAD, and I’ve gone primal. My weight loss has been no where near as dramatic as this example, but I have less to lose (90 lbs is more than half my body weight), and I know where my problem areas are and am working to correct them, or at least mitigate the negative effects.

  58. My jaw LITERALLY dropped when I saw the first ‘after’ picture. What an amazing transformation! Congratulations to you, and to your wife for being so supportive! =)

  59. I’m also law enforcement and have been primal several years now. Even more than making you look good, this lifestyle makes you feel so much better. Great transformation Heath.

  60. Can’t repeat the words that came out of my mouth when I saw the after photo, but I was shocked to say the least. Well done!

  61. How inspiring and wonderful! I have been working pretty hard on primal concepts in the past year, and I have just realized, after reading your story, that I, too, no longer am experiencing the horrible day-long headaches I used to get.

  62. Wow! I can relate to your story so much. I’m also a LEO and I know the difference it makes when you lose even a little weight. The gun belt fits easier, the vest is the other so restricting, you can sit in the patrol car without feeling so cramped, you have confidence that you can hold your own in a fight or foot pursuit without gassing out. I commend you on taking charge of your health. You are leading by example and I’m sure many of your LEO family are taking notice and evaluating their own health. Much love, brother!

  63. Congratulations! You have made one awesome transformation, isn’t it amazing what giving folks the right tools to take control of their own health can do. Your lovely wife and family now have a likely more energetic, healthy dad; your co-workers have a terrific role model for health improvement; your community now has a stronger, fitter public servant to help them and help keep them safe. And we all get to be inspired by your story! Win, win, win, win! 🙂

  64. Well done Heath! Fantastic achievement! I found paleo last year and lost 2 dress sizes (no idea about lbs as I didn’t weigh myself) but, alas, I regained most of it after falling back into bad habits after I moved back to the UK. All my old favourites were suddenly available in bulk again. Thankfully I am back on track again now, and getting the parents involved. Are they 100%? No. Are they getting there and making a lot more healthy choices? Yes, and it’s showing on the scales already. Mum, in particular, needs to do this to get her blood pressure under control.

  65. Congratulations! I soooo know what you mean about thinking that you were eating healthy. I made our own bread, cereal, etc. too. Your story is inspiring!

  66. I’m on the bus and when I read and scrolled down to weight loss picture I exclaimed ‘Jesus!’ Out loud. Wow, what a transformation. Big respect!!

  67. My favourite part is how your wife supoprted you completely from the word go.
    Congratulations!

  68. Way to go, Heath! My husband and I are both officers, too, just south of you in Texas. It’s always nice to see other LE folks on this site! Our department has a guy who teaches nutrition and exercise physiology classes every couple months, and he’s right in line with Paleo/Primal. He’s pretty good at presenting the info so that people are receptive. He says when you talk to people about nutrition, you’re really challenging their belief system. So true!

    Great job taking charge of your health and your life! You look fantastic! And you have a wonderful wife, too, to support you and help you in your efforts.

  69. Way to go from a brother in blue, Heath. I’ve been primal for 90 days and down to my size 32 jeans (from 36) for the first time in a decade, not to mention all the unexpected side benefits you described. About half of our unit looks like your “before” pics, and I probably sound like a kook I’m so evangelical about primal. I try to dial it back and let the results do the talking. Amazing the resistance that we encounter just explaining how it works. You look terrific, ma’ man!

  70. This is awesome! I have heard a similar story, one of my coworkers was suffering to daily, constant migraines and after many tests and MRI, they couldn’t figure out what was going on. She changed up her diet, went with this diet which cut out processed foods and gluten, her migraines went away and she found out that she had a gluten allergy that was causing her migraines. Now she is migraine-free and in great shape since she also lost weight and started exercising as well. 🙂

  71. YOu look fantastic! And I know you feel great! I love your story and am going to share it on Facebook

  72. What a great story! Inspirational! I love that your wife is so supportive. Have your daughters joined in and started Primal as well?

  73. Hey gents, any idea on how to convince my husband? He’s not overweight and the dr. says his blood numbers are good, but he has a family history of diabetes that really worries me. I’d love to get him off grains and sugar–I think he’d feel so much better.

    1. Like they say ‘you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink’. Hopefully with you eating healthy and not joining in with him on his bad habits he will change his attitude. Impossible, I think, to get someone to change who isn’t motivated!

  74. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your story! I hope one day to be on here also sharing my success with others! You are an inspiration!

  75. Holy cow! Wow, I’ve seen some transformations on this site, but wow! That’s freaking amazing!

  76. I love the OU shirt Heath. I’m a student manager for the football team, and it is awesome seeing other primal sooner fans.

  77. Wow, outstanding !

    A friend told me about this diet just last week. I am 35 and have always struggled with my weight. I’m now 195lbs and 5’8″. But I’m quite fit.

    After reading this blog post I am definitely going to do this diet for as long as it takes. Thanks for sharing your story and well done to you an your supportive wife.

    Take care
    Eddie

    1. Stick with it Eddie. I was your exact age, height and weight when I took up primal for good. I had dabbled in it before, but as a semi-pro football player my efforts to ‘beef up’ turned into me simply becoming fat, and out of shape. At 5’9 190 I went primal and in about 6 months of commitment to the plan, I was down to 152, with improved BP, heart rate and cholesterol. I’ve stayed at this weight for almost 2 years now and it couldn’t be easier. You can and will do it. You may hit some plateaus. I did at about 170. But eventually you will push through if you stay true to it. Good luck and grok on.

  78. Can’t get enough off the success stories the motivation you provide others is priceless.
    Congratulations on your success an keep up the good work .
    Ya have to admit meatballs taste way better than donuts

  79. Hey you look AMAZING! The hardest part is sticking to it. Man, you make me feel guilty.

  80. If you lost your beard, it would be a full on witness relocation transformation look! Well done.

  81. Congrats on the weight loss and health gains. You look great! And thank you for being one of those people willing to run towards a that which, those of us with any sense, are running away from – i.e. bad guys with guns, riots, etc. I’m a (medically retired) cop’s wife, so I KNOW y’all are nuts (but in a good way). But in all seriousness, congratulations.

  82. Just read your story, and WOW, brother, you have done a tremendous job! Congratulations!!
    From a brother in arms, I’m proud of you.

    I started Primal/Paleo just as I turned 56, at 250+ and in sad shape.

    Now 4 months later, at 217#, I do Crossfit 3x’s a week with my 27 year old son, and look and feel better than I did in my mid 30’s. While the weight has stopped dropping as drastically as it did in the beginning, I attribute that to the addition of a good bit of lean muscle growth.

    I’ve been a martial artist, a military and Law Enforcement instructor and a gym rat, most of my life. I have done several “diets” along the way. Some worked, most didn’t last. And while we never had a nutrition program in law enforcement, unless you consider donuts, 2 A.M. IHOP breakfasts and coffee “nutritional”, we did have all sorts of nonsensical workout regimines and weight charts, that were rarely enforced, except when convenient for the admin.
    Most of the workout programs, resulted in more injuries and heart attacks from people trying to “make time once a year”, than any good they may have done.

    As you have proven, the Paleo/Primal “lifestyle” change, has “broken the code” as it’s said.
    Once I changed my “lifestyle” as it pertained to food, everything changed.

    YOur health and “natural longevity” aside, you are probably (professionally) safer to yourself and your fellow officers now, that the weight is off, than you ever were before!!

    As a retired LEO, I just wish I’d have known all of this while I was still “On Duty.”

    Again, congratulations on the change.
    Keep up the great work and stay safe!

    GB

  83. I found your story absolutely amazing, Heath. That first “after” shot was jaw-dropping I tell you. So happy your health issues have cleared up too; gall bladder stuff and migranes – Yuk! You look wonderful and so happy! Glad you ditched the donuts too.

    You’re in a unique situation to inspire other LEO to get healthy and I’m sure you do. Thank you for your service, Heath.

    Thanks for sharing – You Made Our Day! 😉