For me, I was lucky enough to stumble across MarksDailyApple about 6 months after I graduated college. I was skinny fat at 200 lbs (6 feet tall). Down to 170 now and in the best shape of my life
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So who was it for you?
Actually, it was really Michael Pollan for me. I joined a local CSA and started getting my meat eggs and veggies there about six or seven years ago. I alwats had a vague interest in food politics, but Michael Pollan really changed my world view. Having the chance to learn about and experience the difference in my health from eating local and humane food got me solidly on a path that lead me from vegetarianism to paleo. Mark Sisson was what ultimately convinced me, and through MDA I found hunt gather love, robb wolf, et al. But Pollan changed my life.
I did Atkins about 7 or 8 years ago and lost about a hundred pounds in total (I gained it all back after quitting). It made sense to me because I knew from personal experience that there was no way my ancestors from as recently as a hundred years ago ate as many carbohydrates as people do today. I also saw the effect of obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease that modern diet has had on Native American's today. Atkins made sense on an intuitive level but the constipation and brain fog I experienced from having to stay in the "induction phase" in order to continue the weight loss made me quit. Then years later after trying all of the "conventional wisdom" methods of weight loss to differing levels of success I found a link to www.Marksdailyapple.com on a Mixed Martial Arts forum. It instantly "clicked" with me, although I have had a hard time complying with Paleo/primal in the years since that I had with Atkins or caloric restriction diets, even so the low level of compliance has kept me from continuing to gain over the years.
I first heard about it from Melissa at at huntgatherlove.com , but it wasn't until a friend of ours recommended watching Fathead, and then reading Gary Taube's books, that we decided to do more research, and we too ended up at Mark's Daily Apple and were convinced.
What's kept us here is the sudden peace and quiet in our previously disgruntled guts. We're grain free! (Said in our best Dave Ramsey voice!)
I did Atkins in 2001-2002 and I knew it was controlling my diabetes really well as I was able to go off meds (which I had no idea that it would have that effect when I started). but the scare tactics of "But you'll die of a heart attack" worked and I quit low carb (and then added back the meds and eventually Lipitor and blood pressure meds as well).
Three years ago, I just could not control my blood sugar and I knew I had to go back to low carb, but I was still scared as heart attacks run (in fact gallop) in my family. My father had 3 heart attacks and major surgery by the time he was my current age.
I turned to the internet and started hanging out at the Low Carbers Forum. That lead me to Dr. Michael Eades blog, where I was able to read convincing research about statins, heart disease, the lipid hypothesis and saturated fat. Not long after, I started reading Tom Naughton's blog and started wandering around the blogs of Jimmy Moore, Stephan Guyenet, PaNu and Hyperlipid. I read for about a year before actually (slowly) migrating to paleo. Dr. Harris was a huge influence, but Dr. Mike is where it started for me.
MDA, Robb Wolf, FTA all came a bit later for me. (But are awesome!).
I've been gluten-free and sugar-free for 12 years and intermittently grain free for some of those years. I encountered the Grain free diet through Dr. Mercola, but it wasn't enough. Several years ago when I was digging through the internet looking for grain free turkey stuffing ideas, I came across an obscure paleo recipe share site. It planted the seed and over the years I've researched it on and off. Finally I decided to give it a (serious) try 2 months ago.
I heard about paleo from Free the Animal, and really, what more could I ask for? Eating steak every day? Done! Though I seriously wondered about my ability to give up bread...
Worked my way through the blogosphere, read through Mark's Daily Apple, and read Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution". Finally found Archevore and was sold with Kurt Harris's thoughts on the diet.
I started with the Primal Blueprint, and am now on a vlc experiment (Archevore "how to lose weight").
I heard about Paleo from my CrossFit trainers then at my CrossFit certification. Did some more research on it and I loved the idea of eating everything fresh and I honestly think I found the answer to that belly fat. I cut out all grains last week and I feel great. Im really excited to go home (deployed) and be able to do this way better. Its hard with the food they give us but I really try! I can't wait to see how I look and feel 3,4,5 months from now. :)
Specifically, this question from Ambimorph: http://paleohacks.com/questions/25449/why-do-people-consider-ketosis-stressful-to-the-body linked via a tweet from her husband zooko
I had some knowledge of general metabolism and low-carb theory, but didn't really know anything about Paleo. I spent the rest of the weekend reading other posts and following links to other resources. Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser podcasts came next.
The combination of scientific investigation, debunking common misconceptions, evolutionary rationalism, common sense and better health was (and is) most attractive.
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