It seems to me like many people here have previously "dieted" and followed other diets and tried many things to lose weight/control cravings/get fit/improve health.
I'm curious how many of you never gave a second thought to weight/fat/diet/calories before coming across and trying Paleo? And if so, was your weight previously stable, and did you have uncontrollable binges (not including before/during growth spurts)?
EDIT: When I say "dieting", what I mean is not necessarily eating whatever you want whenever you want anymore but following some sort of principle and restriction.
Nope, never dieted before, My weight just slowly crept up until I really noticed it affecting my life. I feel lucky in that by the time I cared to do something about it, I found paleo first.
I never dieted, but when I got to college and gained a bunch of weight, I went looking for ways to be healthy and found paleo. I went a little overboard with it though because I inadvertently reduced my calories too much and got underweight... lost my period... now I'm working on getting back to a healthy weight/outlook, but still on paleo. I guess if you've never dieted before, just be careful because the weight-loss outlook that many people in the paleo community have can make it too easy to keep losing weight when you don't need to.
Another one who never dieted. When I turned 21, it occurred to me that I should buckle down, grow up, and eat "healthy", which of course meant Wheat Thins, beans, whole wheat pasta, and Kashi cereals. But it wasn't a matter of reducing calories or trying to lose weight.
I'm mid-30s now and weigh less than I did then. I also work out less than ever before in my adult life. How awesome is that? Paleo rules.
Never before Paleo. I think counting points and calories is stupid. I have never seen anyone who "Dieted" sustain their weight loss, they constantly battle with playing the weight loss game. Going Paleo/Primal is a lifestyle change not another fly by night calorie counting scheme!
I've never had any weight problems (I'm technically underweight according to my BMI) or health problems. I've weighed the same since high school, regardless of what my diet and exercise has been like.
I actually started researching healthy diets/lifestyles after I got my first dog shortly after graduating college: the first creature other than myself I actually had to take care of and be 100% responsible for as an adult. I found out different dog foods were vastly different in quality, and eventually I switched from the holistic/natural kibbles to a raw prey-model diet for my dogs.
During all my research, and finding out how non-species-appropriate the dog food formulas are and how in-bed the vets were with the dog food companies, I started looking at my own diet and wondering if that was wrong too.
I first read books by Michael Pollan and Nina Planck, and was blown away and angered by how misled the American people have been on what constitutes a "healthy diet". I started moving towards the WAPF way of eating. Then I came across the idea of paleo and primal lifestyles, I'm not a big bread person anyway, and it just makes sense and seems like the healthiest option.
I never dieted before and like some have also said I don't consider myself to be "on a diet" now. I learned about paleo concepts at 35 years old and had never concerned myself with diet, nutrition, or exercise before.
Never "dieted" I used to not give a shit about me or anything else really. Graduated high school at around 225 (played football and was in rather decent shape) and was on a steady decline over the past 7 years until I hit 281, when it dawned on me I used to ridicule some kid back in high school for being a huge fatass wondering how anyone could let themselves get like that, and he was only 275. When I saw that, I was blown away and decided if I wanted to keep being a jerk I had to become somewhat reasonably sized. Paleo did it for me. I'm slimmer, in decent enough shape, and I can be a jerk and all is well again!
I tried to diet, then I realized I didn't need one. I justd needed to change what I did to my body. I don't consider paleo a diet. I think that was my first step to better health. The weight loss and energy is just a nice side effect of actually eating right. The paleo "lifestyle" is me telling myself I will never diet again.