What is everyone's progress since starting the diet if recent? I am down 46 lbs since January 1st. Eating a very simple, high-protein, low carb diet with minimal fruits and nuts and all of the green leafy veggies I want. Coconut oil for eggs in the morning. A salad and protein in the afternoon. Protein and veg for dinner. I also occasionally fast for a day. No hunger pains and appetite has decreased a lot.
My husband and I started Paleo in October 2010. At the time we were both 36 years old and had always been obese. I'm 5'6" and weighed about 245lbs (down from an all-time high of 265lbs) and he is 6'3" and was about 355lbs. For the first year we were far from consistent - there were holidays, we travel (A LOT), we LOVE food, he grew up as the human trash compactor ("K will eat the leftovers!) and it was hard to resist his mom. We would cheat pretty regularly because "a little bit won't kills us." But despite all that, a couple of things were almost immediately apparent.
Despite our inconsistencies, we each lost about 35lbs the first year. Then, in October 2011 I started reading about gluten in relation to autoimmune disease. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. We decided that gluten was the #1 evil and should be avoided 100%. So we went a little crazy with gluten-free goodies...we found a local gluten free bakery and discovered the frozen gluten free case at Whole Foods. We ate GF muffins, pizza, cake, brownies. And lots of ice cream - 'cause that's gluten free, right? We each gained back 10lbs.
Despite gaining back the 10lbs, friends and relatives continue to comment on my weight loss. I believe this is due to lack of inflammation from not having any gluten.
One of my biggest problems is that I perceive myself as still looking the same as I did at 265lbs. Even though I look at pictures and then look in the mirror and technically see the difference, I still feel huge. I went from a size 22/24 to mostly size 16. I'm still down 40+ pounds from my highest weight.
Anyway, all of this to say that in the last couple of weeks we have recommitted ourselves to being lacto-Paleo. Trying to stay as low carb as possible and mainly eat meat and veggies. Dairy is limited to morning coffee and we eat 1-2 servings of fruit. But we will probably even cut that out at some point. I am also trying to adhere to the autoimmune protocol (other than dairy). No eggs, no nightshades.
Love this forum. Thank you to everyone!
I've lost 57 pounds since November 1st following the Archevore outline by Dr. Kurt Harris. I kept my carbs between 50-100g per day for the first 3 months, then upped the carbs to about 150g per day starting February 1st. I still follow the same outline, and from a macronutrient standpoint it looks a lot like Perfect Health Diet, which is fine by me.
On a recent post I shared a graph of my weight fluctuations over the last 15 years. I topped out at 264 this past summer, juiced raw vegetables and fruits for about a month, then started with this at 255 lbs on 11/1. As of Thursday 3/8 I'm down to 198 pounds, which is the first time I've been below 200 since 2002.
A few noteworthy things that have improved:
Digestion. I used to have major problems with heartburn, bloating, and what was most likely some form of IBS. I don't think I ever knew what normal digestion was supposed to be like until recently. By middle to end of January, things really seemed to level out finally and now it's like I don't even really notice that I even have a digestive tract anymore. It just all flows so much better now. I like to think this means some stuff has healed up in there.
Skin. Lots I could comment on here, but a few things would be: a major decrease in overall oiliness (I attribute this to cutting out all the heavy vegetable/seed oil consumption), no more dry elbows and knuckles, and of all things the bottoms of my feet feel soft again like when I was much younger.
Mouth/Dental Health. I think this may really have kicked in good when I started supplementing with vitamin K2, but I no longer seem to have much if any plaque build-up, and what I did have has all but vanished. The bigger thing though, is the inside of my mouth feels smooth and clean like I don't think it's ever been, from the roof of my mouth to the inside of my cheeks, tongue, gums, all of it. I used to grind my teeth and bite my cheeks and tongue a lot (especially during sleep) and both were always torn up. My tongue is the only thing that still shows a slight bit of scalloping on the sides, but it's like night and day compared to how it used to be.
Stress/Mood. This continues to improve daily along with everything else, but I really have seen a dramatic difference in my overall stress level (remember the biting my cheeks/tongue thing?). I'm much more calm and relaxed throughout the day, and seem to negotiate problems and challenges much easier. My overall mental health has improved and I've experienced a dramatic decline in depressive thoughts and behaviors. Losing the weight has definitely helped self-esteem and such, but I've noticed better mental vibes overall since week 1. I've come to think that the bad SAD food was feeding a lot of the mental health troubles I've been experiencing over the years just as much as the physical issues.
My Nose. Seems kind of funny, but my nose got smaller! I knew I had gained weight in my face like everywhere else, but my nose seriously seems about half the size it used to be. Even my 7-year-old said something about it out of the blue one day a month or so ago. I've always been a bit self-conscious about it, because (I now know) the inflammation I was dealing with over the last decade (probably from gluten and whatever else) had me seriously "puffed up" from nose to tail (ha) and it was a real bummer. I'm not a fan of posting pics of myself online, otherwise I would do so just so you could see what I'm talking about.
Overall, whenever I pass a mirror I can't help but double-take. I keep trying to figure out who this strange guy is that has apparently been buried under a heap of SAD-ness for all these years.
I've found my paleo experience to be more of a transition than a switchover. It's been happening for over a year--first cutting out most grains, then cutting back on artificial stuff, then cutting back on prepackaged foods, then cutting most dairy, and most recently after whole 30, cutting way back on fruit sugars and regular sugar, and adding a bunch of probiotics (kombucha and milk kefir). I still haven't managed to break the Diet Coke monkey on my back, but otherwise, am pretty close to a true paleo lifestyle.
I have great admiration to people who switch over fully, but that hasn't seemed to be my process.
Honestly, I haven't noticed a ton of changes in myself as a result, but that's ok. I'm making an investment in my future health as well--I believe that by eating a diet that is rich in protein and a variety of veggies is going to help me live a long and healthy life, and that's enough for me.
When I started in April 2011 my inner person was exactly like my body--fat, sluggish and sick. I dropped about 20 pounds in the first 2 months and since then the inner me has felt "lean and mean" and vigorous.
My fat loss since the first burst has been a series of shallow ledges, in which I lose a little fat and stabilize. There's no sign that my body is trying to return to higher weights, so slow and easy is working wonderfully. I hope to finish my fat loss by this fall but it will take as long as it takes. Recent blood work was excellent and I'm proud not to be taking any meds at 65.
Compared to SAD, my eating pattern would be low carb, but within this community it's moderate carb. I eat plenty of protein and fat, but I also eat 1-3 pieces of whole fruit, large leafy salads and generous quantities of non-starchy vegetables plus occasional tubers/roots.
I began the initial transition February of 2011 not going strict (weekends included) until around August. I have only lost around 5 lbs, but I attribute this mostly to the amount of muscle gained from doing CrossFit regularly for over a year now.
Although i've only lost 5 lbs, my body fat percentage has dropped 8%, my skin has completely cleared up, I sleep better, I am happier, I've got less disposable income ;), I am on a constant quest to educate myself about nutrition, and the best part....
I love both my body and myself for the first time in my life. And to me - that is priceless :)
Close to 40lbs since late November. Big uptick in weight following a little homemade eggnog binge on Christmas (nothing like copious amounts of egg, heavy cream, whiskey, and sugar). Otherwise been fairly steady and on a downward path.
I've been low-carb mostly, now I'm messing around with a little CR, IF, and LC Paleo principles as well as a very relaxed exercise regime, and regular exposure to cool water (treading water in un-heated pools and taking cool showers). It has been just what was needed to jumpstart my most recent loss of around 9lbs over the past two weeks. I'm getting in 1500cal on fasted days, sub-2000 on others, and as high as 2400 cals one day a week... eating 1-2 meals a day.
Supplements have also been on the downward spiral. 200/200mg of K1/K2 per day, 30mg of zinc, and 400mg of magnesium (Zinc and Magnesium taken at bedtime).
I began my diet transition back in Sept. 2003, when I shifted from a diet based heavily on grains and beans to one based on fruits, veggies, and meat, with the only grain being two slices of sprouted multi-grain toast in the evening. In five months, I went from 190 lbs down to 160 lbs. I then got into weight training and tried eating like a bodybuilder. I'm a hard gainer, and while I did manage to get back up to 190 lbs, I'd gained more paunch than muscle, so I went back to my normal eating habits and settled in at 180 lbs for a while before counting calories for a couple months and dropping down to 170 lbs. Around 2006, I ditched the last of the grain as well as the cheese. Since then, I have remained grain-free except for the occasional sushi roll, and I go on and off cheese (but not butter, cream, and yogurt.)