Primal vs. the Pyramid – My 20 Year Weight Loss and Body Transformation Story
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A few years
ago, after watching my weight slowly creep up (along with my age
and my blood pressure) I decided it was time to do something. Something
different. I had struggled with weight issues since the age of 10
or so, and outside of a serious bout of anorexia nervosa, had been
slightly overweight for years. It was one thing to be slightly overweight
and self conscious; however, now it was affecting my health, and
it was clear that it would only get worse over time. Since I have
a Masters degree in Nutrition, I knew what conventional advice
would offer me. I also knew it didnt work. How many times
had I done the numbers in the last 20 years?
Desired weight loss = current weight x
(Create a calorie deficit of y + exercise like a maniac) * z weeks
= Perfect Body
me, this worked out to needing about 1200-1500 calories a day and
5-6 hours of cardio a week, which should have gotten me to my goal
within z weeks, no problem. This, of course, was 1200 calories carefully
metered out into the following conventional recommendations:
20% fat, 20% protein.
we all know that high fat and/or high protein diets are dangerous.
And so, armed
with my magic numbers, I would set out on my journey, with excellent
resolve and motivation. And yet
week after week after week,
no change. What I DID feel was hungry a lot of the time, grumpy,
deprived, and finally frustrated to the point of saying, well, there
is no point. I have enough education in nutrition and powerful tracking
tools to know that I was actually eating 1200 calories. I would
persist, and try again, and never, never a change.
20 years of self-experimentation, it was so clear that everything
I had learned about planning a healthy diet was not effective for
weight loss for me. I was getting all the vitamins and minerals
and fiber I needed according to the RDAs, but I was not truly healthy.
I was overweight not obese, but overweight. And my belly
was big. Things were not as they should be. I thought maybe this
is just how my body is and I need to accept it. But
I still didnt believe this to be true.
I started doing
some internet research on alternatives, and ended up reading a few
articles which talked about high fat diets as effective for weight
loss and muscle development. Despite this, when I first started
reading about eating MORE fat and exercising LESS, I was skeptical.
In fact, I stopped my research, dismissed it as a fad, and kept
up my high carb, high cardio ways. (Im slow to accept change
Finally, one day, I decided to give a different way of eating a
2-week trial. I was terrified I would end up gaining weight, but
the following quote had caught my attention:
is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different
not insane, so surely I wouldnt keep up this dietary nonsense
and expect to lose weight, right? And I started to try something
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