First of all, if the mods decide that there is a better forum for this thread, please, by all means, move it there.
General Disclaimer: I am by no means advertising the lifestyle that I spend the majority of this thread talking about. I'm only relating my own
personal experiences with it.
Hey ATS'ers. It's been quite a while since I have authored a serious thread of my own (mostly through lack of time), but I decided to sit down on
this cold and windy Saturday afternoon and share with you an idea that has literally changed every facet of my life.
A little background...
I grew up as the stereotypical “fat kid.” I always kept active in sports, from soccer to Little League, to doing “neighborhood tag” for most
of my early life. I kept gaining weight. I had plenty of friends and an equal amount of enemies (bullies and those of small mind). I was able to
shrug them off, and got in quite a few physical conflicts throughout junior high. I won due to my stature, and gained respect by high school.
In high school I was a section leader with the competitive marching band I was involved with. The physical activity involved with that kind of
organization rivaled that of the football team...and that's no joke. In an average field practice (4-12 hours depending on the day), I burned upwards
of 8,000 calories (no joke), lugging around a large metal instrument on my shoulders for the 8 hour practice days. Running back and forth to field
spots and rehearsing the movements over and over again attributed to the calorie burning. I was quite in shape by the time I reached my junior year
of high school. I could run a solid 8 minute mile, march in formation for hours on end, and outplay and out maneuver most of my other classmates. Of
course, I added more food to my diet (mostly carbs) to keep up with the pace of our rehearsals. By the time I graduated high school, I was 212 lbs.,
around 19% body fat, and the rest lean muscle. Now, that's a lot to carry on a diminuitive 5'7” frame, but I looked, and felt great.
I went on to college and continued to have the high carb diet that I had sworn by during high school. I was no longer doing anything remotely
resembling the amount of physical activity I did in high school. I immediately gained 30 lbs. in the first semester of college. It only went up from
there. By the time I was a junior in college, I weighed in at a whopping 312 lbs., which caused a horrible break up and some health problems for me.
I ended up purchasing an X-Box and Dance Dance Revolution at the time in an attempt to start losing some of that weight in a fun way (at my doctor's
orders). I shifted my diet quite a bit and was able to lose around 22 lbs. I was still hulking at that point, and I lost interest. I had bouts of
depression over my seemingly hopeless situation. This was in 2006.
I returned to grad school in the fall of 2006, and once again, had a weight gain. I was back to 300 lbs. by December of that year. At this point, my
roommate got me involved in gym activities, and showed me how to cook more healthy foods. I was a great cook before, but I managed to cook more like
Julia Child---very rich foods, and lots of carbs involved. I lost around 40 lbs. by the time I left grad school. I was at 260 in May of 2008. I
landed my first professional job the following Fall, but the stress involved with it, as well as being away from my entire support network caused me
to drink heavily and eat really bad foods. Back up to 280 by the end of that year. The following summer, I moved back home due to family illness
and budget cutbacks, and spend the next 6 months in isolation. I didn't eat much due to severe situational depression. I gained and lost 20-30 lbs.
for the next year and a half, and something someone said to me changed my outlook. I hated the way I looked in the mirror, and I hated being out of
breath climbing stairs. I retreated into the online world, which is how I found ATS. In February of 2011, something snapped inside of my head. I
was determined not to live the life of a fat man. I started with subtle changes in my diet: cutting out “white foods,” most dairy, and eating
more veg and fruits, with low fat meats. I also exercised my arse off---7 days a week of intense cardio, and 4 days a week of weight training. It
worked, for the most part. I dropped 30 lbs. in about 3-4 months. Lost a few pant sizes, and clothes that I hadn't worn in years were starting to
fit again. However, I got back into my old routine of massive carb consumption during that summer, as the job I worked demanded that I had high
energy for most of the 12-16 hour work days. I didn't shift back to low carb, high fat foods in the Fall, and gained some weight back. In January of
this year, I decided that I had enough, and started following a strict low-carb regimen. I started losing weight, yet again, but it didn't seem to
have the effect that I wanted. I was still eating low-fat foods, and calorie counting like a man with OCD in a Lego plant. It didn't work. I
stalled at 238 lbs. in March. Which leads me to the next section of this rather long-winded thread.
The Primal Blueprint and Me
I was introduced to the Primal Blueprint in March of this year through a friend of mine. He had started doing this extreme lifestyle change last year
and bulked up in lean muscle and lost a ton of body fat. He explained it as this: “Eat whatever high fat meats you want, with copious amounts of
veg and fruits. Cut out ALL wheat-based products/grains (including corn and certain types of beans), and eventually your body will start seeing some
massive changes. To put it simply: if you couldn't kill it/gather it/grow it yourself, don't eat it.” He introduced me to the blog:
Mark's Daily Apple
(Mods, if I wasn't supposed to link to this blog, then please remove it, but it does have quite a bit of weight within the context of this thread, so
please keep that in mind.)
I became enamored with the success stories, the simplicity of the lifestyle, and the way that it works with all different kinds of body types. Simply
put, just as my friend stated, by eating only natural, unprocessed foods, keeping between 100-150 grams of carbs a day (through plants only
doing light walking for a total of 2.5 hours a week, and doing weight lifting 3-4 days a week, your body will
shed fat and gain muscle. I was
very skeptical, considering all of the “government tested” food pyramid studies*.
*more about this later
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