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February 16 2018

The Primal Blueprint Was Just a Natural Fit For Me

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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!

I started to notice all the weight I was gaining towards the end of my sophomore year and beginning of my junior year of college. I mainly just wanted to lose the weight I had gained because I was embarrassed. But I also didn’t realize how high my blood pressure was getting for someone my age. Little did I know that this would start me down an amazing path.

I started dieting like everyone else seems to be teaching and preaching. I counted calories, ate and drank tons of “diet” approved stuff. Like diet sodas, fat free sweets and the like. I did see weight come off but I felt horrible. I was in the gym everyday, I had no energy and was grumpy. This lead to the typical yo-yo dieting. I thought to myself I’m way too young to be feeling this miserable. I knew there had to be a better way.

Thus, I looked and researched everything in the realm of dieting & nutrition. It eventually lead me to Paleo. I didn’t think I needed to eat this way in order to be healthy. I thought I could just count calories and still be a flexible dieter. But I decided to give it a try and the first couple of days were rough. But that was to be expected. Once I got over the first couple of days, I was amazed how amazing I felt. So I dove deeper into paleo.

I found Mark & Primal Blueprint when he was on a paleo podcast. I originally was interested in him because of his dressings and mayo. After finding them in a store & realizing how amazing they tasted, I decided to give the updated Primal Blueprint book a read. For a book that big I almost read it in two days. It was so good, and was just easy to read. A lot of paleo/primal books can be overwhelming. Mark did such a great job making it easy to understand and the primal blueprint was just a natural fit for me.

I incorporated the entire lifestyle. Not only did I finally lose all the weight. I felt amazing. I was way more productive in school, I was reading almost two books a week (outside of required reading for classes), I didn’t watch anymore tv, I started an online business, my relationships were better and I was just all around a more pleasant person. I wasn’t anxious anymore, my blood pressure was at a healthy level, I had tons of energy and also tons of motivation to the best I can be AND I still haven’t even graduated college! I’m getting ready to graduate in May with a double major in accounting & finance. I started trying to lose weight about a year and half ago and have been living a primal lifestyle for about 5 months or so now. I cannot thank Mark and everyone at Primal Blueprint enough!!

-Ryan Baumgart

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  1. You don’t look like the same person! Congratulations on your success, and I wish you well on your chosen career. (From someone with a degree in accounting and finance, too)

  2. Ryan,
    What does your weekly exercise routine look like. Can you give me a break down? I ask because I have a similar body type as you did before you started Paleo. Thanks, my friend.

      1. Hey man, I did various workouts throughout. I started with more bodybuilding type workouts like 5 days a week, with a lot of walking for my cardio. Then once I got more into primal/paleo I do more what Mark suggests in the book. Keep it simple & don’t stress my body too much! Focus on diet that is the most important by far!

  3. The following comment was posted on last weeks success story that is just as relevant here.
    “I like reading the more “modest” success stories. They prove that a Primal diet and lifestyle can benefit everyone, not just those who have hit rock bottom.”
    I fully agree. It’s great to read of people who have hit rock bottom, but have managed to turn their lives and come back almost from the edge of an early grave as it were, but for every case like that there are another ten whose health isn’t all it could be, and would clearly benefit from the Primal diet and lifestyle.

    1. I agree Paul, I was by no means on my last leg. But it gave me the energy & motivation that I hadn’t had since I was a little kid.

  4. Way to go all in and thanks for sharing Ryan! You look like a young, ripped Seth MacFarlane. 🙂

  5. Wow, what a transformation…congrats! And love hearing all of the other positive changes, including increased energy and motivation and even starting an online business. You’re so fortunate to discover this while you’re still in college.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I tell my family all the time how thankful I am I started this in college!

  6. Dude, you are killin’ it! You’ve got a 15 year head start from my point of view, so you should feel great about what lies ahead.

  7. Good work, Ryan!

    In case anybody has wondered, the reason most commercial mayo tastes “off” is because the manufacturers have all gone to using soybean oil, which is cheaper but tastes awful. It overpowers everything it’s used in.