I have a LOT of fat/weight to lose (at least 80lbs) and I am working through Paleo Solution and Primal Blueprint. I tried going Paleo earlier this month but hit a snag and am now trying to get back on track. I am a little despondent because so many of the success stories I have seen are from people who have lost 30lbs or less and "leaned out" - not to denigrate their success (I'm jealous, I wish I only had that far to go) but I was wondering how many people have lost a large amount of weight, and (sort of a part 2) how long did it take for you to really get the hang of going paleo. I feel like I am doing well for a day or two, and then not...
Thank you in advance for any help all of you in the community can give me.
I started with 70-80 to lose. I'm about halfway--I'm guessing I've lost about 35 but the only measurement I take is my waist every month or two (down 4 inches since Sept.) so I can definitely relate to where you're standing now.
First, it hasn't been a straight-shot journey. I didn't start one day and maintain perfection. What happened is I started last April and was perfect for over 3 months. Then the old mental conversations started (I have a history of binge eating.) In August, I finally bought a bunch of neolithic snacks/treats and went on a week-long binge. The good news is that nothing tasted as I (thought I) remembered and I got sick as a dog. After a week, I was back to ancestral eating and within a week I felt great again.
BUT I'm a slow learner. So, in late August I did it again. The neolithic stuff tasted even worse and I got even more sick.
Back I went to ancestral eating and I haven't strayed since. At the huge Thanksgiving spread yesterday, I looked at all the things I would've inhaled a year ago and realized I no longer see that stuff as food. I looked right past and spotted some raw veggies and the fruit salad I brought. I added a nice pile of turkey meat and had a great meal. I received my share of puzzled looks, but I walked away from the feast with a light heart and a springy step.
YOU CAN DO THIS! Yes, it will take time to re-train your eyes/taste buds. Some day you will bite into a forkful of meat or veggie or fruit and realize it tastes TERRIFIC. You won't need sugar or chemicals or processed grain to enjoy the experience of delicious guilt-free food.
I'll be rooting for you.
I've lost over 150 lbs in a little over 2 years. I am 49 years old, female, and surgically post-menopausal, with multiple sclerosis and a life-long congenital immune system problem that causes my body to attack its own tissues every time I'm exposed to a disease vector. I am also a 2-time cancer survivor (bone and uterus), but have residual heart muscle damage from chemo.
I started out somewhere over 450 lbs (we don't know how far -- 450 was as high as the scale would go). I now weigh in at 286 lbs. I'm still losing. You can do this -- it's a long game... a marathon, not a sprint. You have to look at things over time -- and you can't just look at pounds. You have to watch your body, and see how it's reshaping itself. Not all of your success will show up on the scale -- and if you count on the scale to tell you how you're doing, you may miss some opportunities to really cherish the more holistic improvements. You will probably hit at least one plateau, where your body needs to re-balance itself... so you won't lose weight for a little bit... a few days, a few weeks -- even a few months. You just have to hang on, and trust your body when it tells you its feeling GOOD... and listen carefully when it tells you its feeling BAD.
This isn't a diet, and it won't behave on your body like a diet. You're going to have to stick with it and give yourself time to heal, AND you're going to have to tweak it every now and again, so that you're getting into the best position to heal yourself.
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Dont worry too much about where you have to reach. Enjoy the journey, the destination will arrive by itself, sooner or later.
Be creative, Creativity is the quality that you bring to any activity. It is an attitude, an inner approach -- how one looks at things.
Never mind the 2 days that you did not do well - concentrate on the the day that you did. Persevere with confidence, that will be all that will really matter. Good Luck.!
I have been reading Jack Krauss on his blog , I have been eating the bacon and eggs in the morning per his instructions and I am not hungry for the rest of the day, I force myself to eat, and I have given up all grains
I have lost about 50 pounds so far from my highest recorded weight. I lost some of that before switching to an ancestral diet, but most of it has been since the switch which I started in July and was in full force by August. I still have more weight to lose.
I was already eating a whole foods diet, so the switch to an ancestral diet wasn't too difficult for me. I was already eating local grassfed/pastured meats and local, seasonal fruits and veggies. I transitioned into WAPF first, adding more meat and fat to my diet. The main switch for me when I decided to move towards a more primal/paleo/ancentral diet was getting all the grains out of my diet and reducing my legume consumption. (I initially removed all legumes, but felt better when I added them back in about once a week--traditionally prepared, of course. I suspect it was because they are a good source of magnesium.)
If I lower my carbs, I lose faster. But, I feel better when I keep my carbs at a moderate level, so I am fine with a slower--but steady--rate of loss. I don't want to do anything I can't maintain for the rest of my life.
I don't have direct experience with big-time weight loss, but take a gander at these links. You're going to do great.
Some folks hold onto 30/40 pounds for years or yo-yo constantly never reaching goal weight. So I see it as a huge success story when someone finally loses that 30/40 pounds they have been carrying for years. I think the more weight you have to lose the easier it comes off in the beginning if you get everything right. When you don't have much to lose you also use the excuse well I don't look that bad and justify eating the way you do.
I have issues binging too. Mine occur when I am too strict for weeks on end. Better to have a cheat meal/day for me. Having more than 30/40 pounds to lose must be quite daunting but can be done as all those success stories attest.