Anyone not have it work well?
Here's my story, started in January 2013:
The diet in one easy nutshell:
For the past 3-5 years, I’ve felt 5-8 pounds overweight and bloated. Tried to lose it solely on the calories in/calories out equation while eating “well” (which I did). Unlike 10 years ago, I just couldn’t exercise enough to get that little extra off. By January, I was tipping the scale at 170, 10 pounds heavier than the weight I really felt good at and heavier than I’ve ever been. I was frustrated.
So, while talking with a business friend of mine in December, who’s similar age and very athletic, he told me about the Primal Blueprint or “Paleo” diet he was on that gave him great success. Most generally, it espouses that while humans have been around several million years, agriculture only about 10,000. Humans are not fully adapted to all the grains in our diet. Instead, we remain hunter/gatherers. The biggest principal of the Paleo diet is don’t eat/avoid grains. This was hard for me (OK, after all the carbs-for-runners regimen, it was SUPER hard). When he first told me about the diet I said “Yeah, whatever… that’s not going to work with me.” But a month later, I figured, what the hell and tried it. The Primal Blueprint suggests a 3-week challenge wherein you try the diet for three weeks. If you don’t like the results, change back. I could do that.
I’ll tell ya, the first 1-2 weeks is pretty hard. I had to give up cereal for breakfast (the hardest thing). You’d be surprised also, how much junk (and carbs) you give up by just avoiding grains. The diet is a little bit like Atkins. The first week, I absolutely craved bread, crackers, cereal, pasta, you name it. But, after the second week, it started to be no big deal. Even better, I had lost a solid 3 pounds by then. Also good, I wasn’t counting any calories at all nor going hungry. If I was hungry, I ate: vegetables, fruit and meat (a lot of it). Bacon several times a week for breakfast, eggs, cottage cheese, nuts, cheese, berries of all kinds, fruit, avocados… Most of my meals now consist of meat & some kind of vegetable. Other than alcohol, I try to avoid sugary stuff (but, I’m not perfect). Beer was one grain food I just wasn’t going to give up (ever!).
Equally amazing, I found it super easy even while eating out at restaurants. You can eat almost anywhere and still eat the diet. Order the hamburger but skip the bun. Salads, fish & other meat dishes. Oder an extra side of vegetables instead of that rice, mashed potatoes, pasta or bread. It’s easy. In-N-Out burger even serves a “protein” style Double-Double (no bun, lettuce instead).
So, I’ve been on the diet since January. I’m down that full 10 pounds (after about 3 months) and feel great. Definitely, I cheat now & then. I’m not a good strict dieter. General rules of thumb work much better for me with a little cheating now & then just for fun. I’ll still have that bowl of cereal now & then. The cereal is great going down but strangely, 30 minutes after, I feel like crap – bloated and wishing I hadn’t indulged.
If you’re into the science, there’s some discussion about how carbs convert to sugars the easiest and if not used immediately are stored as fat. Eating more fat, however, teaches your body to use & burn it better. Thus, you begin to burn more fat even while eating more of it. Previously, as long as your body was getting tons of carbs that convert quickly to sugars, it didn’t need to bother looking to stored fat for energy. It just craved the next carb fix that was coming. Hence the craving cycle.
Anyway, I’m a true believer and can’t believe how easy it was to take of 10 pounds and feel better while still eating lots of good stuff (steak, seafood, bacon, avocados, etc.). That’s been my experience…
PS: I haven’t bought any of this guy’s books or any supplements. Just took info from the website.
This CBS article below speaks the truth.