For me it is joint pain. It goes away without gluten and sugar and comes back when I eat sugar.
I think it is different for everyone, but that is one notable effect I get in the first week or so.
As far as my n=1 on paleo:
I'm less bloated all the time, especially after meals which equates to a flatter belly.
My skin feels "tighter," I can see more muscle definition and my veins pop out more.
No more acne. At all. Anywhere.
I tan much better and haven't burned once since going paleo, even though I haven't used sun tan lotion.
I get a lot of minor scratches and such when I hike and work with tools and it could just be in my head but I believe I heal faster on paleo. I don't want this to sound like voodoo, just an observation.
I noticed some of these changes days in and all of them within a couple weeks of doing 80% paleo. Doing the July Whole30 and I'm really pumped to see how good 100% strict paleo is going to make me feel.
That's as far as physical appearance. I can honestly say that I've never felt this light, strong, lean and athletic in my whole life, even though I've been playing different sports for 20 years.
So yeah, you could say I'm a fan.
it depends on your condition/diet/knowledge before paleo. Before I went paleo my diet was deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. My condition probably stemmed from mostly nutrient deficiencies and not being informed which was painful acne, tooth decay, couldn't get up at dawn, couldn't wear the same clothes or not take a shower without feeling dirty, poor posture and less motivation to exercise/play.
Paleo isn't just about the diet, it's a lifestyle which has 4 pillars: diet, exercise, posture and mental health.
Even without losing a whole lot of weight, my fat shifted from an "apple" shape to more of a "pear" shape. A few months ago I started pigging out on grains, and the weight came right on my waist again.
Within a few days my ankles stopped swelling. This is something I thought I'd just have to live with (I was afraid of becoming one of those old ladies in the grocery store with ankles so swollen they can hardly walk!) and I drank tons of water & watched my salt intake but still had swelling. Enough that if I wore ankle socks to exercise after I took them off it looked like I had a rubber band strapped around my ankles. Now it is totally gone! The second thing I noticed is that I wasn't wheezing when I was walking around outside on an awful humid day. I developed this a couple of years ago after a bout of swine flu and again, thought I was stuck with it and it's the reason I gave up my leisurely, totally relaxing runs. I'm kinda excited to try those again. I'm hoping that maybe my shin splints maybe (just maybe) will improve especially if I ease into barefoot running.
(This is not chronic cardio, BTW, when I say running I mean more like plodding along. I'm one of those penguin runners!)
Hi, For me, In 5 weeks, i have lost 4 inches from my waist. Exercise has involved digging a hauling for the gardens(we have several) and eating alomst 100% paleo (do have balsamic vinegar, and have tried greek yogurt).