I'm new to Paleo, and still feeling my way around. I've seen some powerful testimonies - in words and photos - at a few blogs, but it would be super cool to have a huge list of Before and Afters here that folks could refer to when they are starting out or when they need a boost of inspiration.
Tell us how Paleo worked for you. Show your amazing Before and After photos.
Please inspire me and others to stay the course! It's tough jumping in when Conventional Wisdom says that eating red meat and fat are the worst things you could do to your health.
Thank you! Can't wait to see what folks post!
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on December 17, 2010
at 06:40 PM
I've hesitated to put some photos up because while my weight-loss (etc) may be dramatic personally, it's doesn't seem to be dramatic objectively. Regardless, here they are...
BEFORE - 185 lbs in July 2007
AFTER 1 - 145 lbs in March 2010
I kept telling myself, "The slower it takes to lose the weight, the longer you'll maintain the weight-loss." ;)
on December 16, 2010
at 09:27 PM
Dear everyone on Paleo,
You are ridiculously hot.
on December 15, 2010
at 04:47 AM
Here's an image I put together for my blog's About Page. I lost about 45 lbs of the weight using a low-calorie, (mostly) whole foods approach -- but not Paleo. Toward the end, I was very hungry. Always thought about food.
I lost the last 10 lbs or so after switching to a Paleo approach and then started adding some much needed muscle mass as well.
Still thriving on Paleo, love the approach / lifestyle. Never hungry, even if I don't eat.
on December 16, 2010
at 01:51 AM
Okay. I totally can't resist a before and after, I haven't been Paleo that long, but it has made a difference.
First. Here's me in July 2004. 247lbs.
This is me at my first goal weight of 150. Non-paleo.
This is me at my 2nd goal weight of 136 (officially normal BMI) and Paleo for 2 months. I lost the last 14lbs and dropped my bf from 30% to 24%. I think you can see the difference.
You also get a fun view of my office bathroom! \o/
I am counting on Paleo to continue to work on my body fat and just make me healthier all the way around.
on July 16, 2010
at 09:03 AM
Here's some of the info from my Before/After post from last year (before a pain-killer screwed up my hormones and sent my fat accumulation into overdrive):
Here's a shot of me in December of 2004, after two depressing years of living on campus, subsisting on pita bread and cheese, white bread and butter (scraped on thin, cos it's "so bad for me"), grilled chicken breasts, pizza, and lite ice-cream.
After 9 months of paleo eating, I stepped out in a bikini for the first time in my life during a holiday in Thailand:
I'm still battling some hormonal imbalance, but I'm working to see the scales move back towards where they were sitting during the Thailand trip. Despite the weight gain, my health hasn't been adversely impacted since I've stayed paleo throughout. My flexibility and strength continue to improve, and even my vision is better than it was two years ago!
I know that paleo will help me achieve the health and fitness that I desire; I know too much now to ever return to my old ways!
on July 13, 2011
at 02:56 PM
I started Paleo for healing purposes- after 13 years of vege/veganism (from age 10-23), I had been diagnosed with an 'incurable' immune deficiency, had stopped mentstruating, struggled with bloating and constipation, low energy, no libido, and anxiety. It's been a slow but steady healing process with a lot of trial and error. I wouldn't call this a 'before' and 'after', but more like a 'before' and 'continuing'. Here I am in 2005, vegan, 5'7", 135 lbs. Not overweight, but not very vital- Note the sickly skin coloring and belly bloat...
It took two years of Paleo to curb my regular upper-respiratory infections (due to the immune deficiency). In the past 3 years, I've only gotten sick twice! I use some herbal remedies, but no western medicine (sans one round of antibiotics). This picture is in 2010 (I'm on the left)- I had dropped underweight, to 113lbs, because I still wasn't mestruating and didn't have hormonal balance. My energy had gone thru the roof, tho, and my anxiety was no longer overwhelming!
In the past year, my hormones have regulated- it was a rather scary process over about 6 months. I literally went thru puberty again ("leave me alone! nobody understands me!!"): began menstruating regularly, gained almost 20lbs (in primarily muscle), grew a bum, went up a cup size, libido-galore, and my hair curled (seriously- I've had straight hair my whole life!). I'm learning to love my body, to love being a woman. Here I am now, at 130lbs, vigor and curls (and tequila and water...)-
on July 11, 2010
at 07:12 PM
Me age 20- living SAD Vegetarian at the UIUC dorms
Me age 24- After Movnat workshop and living ~3 years paleo
on January 27, 2011
at 09:11 AM
on December 16, 2010
at 09:07 PM
This is me at 290
This is me at 235. The sweat shirt makes me look eh but the hat makes it.
I am now down to 224 but do not have an updated picture. EDIT: weighted in at 223 this afternoon:
EDIT 2: Weighted in at 208 3/1/11 - Do I look healthier?
Edit 3: Up 5 pounds (213) but down one pant size (size 33).
on December 15, 2010
at 02:10 AM
November 2009 and November 2010
on July 13, 2010
at 11:04 AM
I've only been paleo for about 4 months, in this time my asthma, acne and allergies have mostly disappeared. My original goal was to put on weight but I actually lost about 7-8kg. Now I'm starting to gain that again in muscle mass.
January 2011 Almost a year of Paleo now. Getting stronger and feeling great. I think this is going to be a great year. I'll update in a couple of months.
on August 21, 2011
at 02:40 AM
I don't have pre/post body shots, but the weight definitely came off in my face. Furthermore, my hair and skin look a lot better than they used to--in the first picture, I'm wearing foundation and lipstick. In the second picture, I'm wearing neither.
1: Pre-paleo, a couple of years ago. 2: Today, 11 months paleo.
on January 03, 2011
at 10:21 PM
Here's my story! Major life changes happened in 2006 and I ended up going from about 155 lbs to 175 lbs over a few months, then that kept creeping up to about 184 lbs late spring of 2010. Those years were very stressful (moving to another country, wedding, grad school, starting a business) and I tried to do the low carb thing a few times but could never stick with it.
It was tough because I used to do nude and ahem other alternative modelling and was very comfortable with my body, but here I was feeling like a lump, low energy, just not seeming like "myself" anymore. But I was so busy and focused that I didn't really care and didn't know how I could possibly ever have the energy or interest in "working out" (the way I thought you were supposed to lose weight at the time).
My stepson got into paleo via crossfit in 2009 and then my husband started in January 2010 and lost 20 or so lbs seemingly effortlessly over the next few months... so I jumped on board in June 2010.
The initial month or so had some tough cravings -- I didn't think in a million years I'd be able to completely give up pasta, bread, etc. but I rediscovered saturated fat and re-learned cooking with these new paleo principles, and suddenly it was an exciting and delicious new challenge. Other than the first couple of weeks, I've never felt like I've been suffering or depriving myself of what I wanted to eat. I have a fitbit and tracked food for at least a couple of months through their site so I could understand what I was eating.
The last six months have seen some refinement in my approach... at first it was mostly to kill the sugar, obvious grains/potatoes/legumes, up the meat, and adjust supplements. Then I started understanding the whole omega thing, and became more concerned with the oils and quality of meat I was using -- both for the sake of my own health, and the planet's. Then the sleep and blue light thing. Now I also use less sweeteners, minimize the frankenpaleo baking, avoid gluten like a celiac, sleep with blackout curtains, drink a mug of coffee with half a cup of heavy cream in the late morning, and usually only eat twice a day.
I can now proudly say that after 6 months I am a full on paleo nerd, telling people about it everywhere I go. It has caused me to challenge everything I assumed about diet, the products we use, the way we live... through this community I've also stopped using shampoo and other detergents, factory farmed ingredients, grain-based cat food, and as of this weekend, hormonal birth control. I have my arsenal of cheats, like occasional fries, GF baked goods, or peanut butter... but I'm happy with the balance.
My tastes have changed, I'm exploring previously-unthinkable foods, and through this newfound energy, finally getting seriously back into an art form I used to love -- bellydance.
So far I've lost 2 dress sizes, 26 lbs (down to 158), and over 5" off my waist. The waist was pretty dramatic -- snug shirts fitting over my stomach was the most sudden change.
The weight loss definitely slowed down over the past couple of months. I'm at a point where I'm really happy with my body again and am not shooting for any specific number, but I suspect another 5-10 lbs might happen when all is said and done, especially if I add in some planned strength training this year.
And now... pics!
My wedding in 2008 -- just the face, but you can see it
Warming up with my bellydance troupe
on January 03, 2011
at 04:23 PM
on January 03, 2011
at 01:24 AM
I am not exactly an "after" yet. I am still learning and adjusting. I have my weaknesses and can no way claim to be 100%. I'm hovering around 90%. I feel great, though. And I am SO close to where I want to be that i already feel like I've won. I love living this way! I started at 158 and am currently at 130.
on March 02, 2012
at 12:35 PM
Pre Paleo - 178# Despite non-stop gym workouts for years I thought I was a "Hard Gainer"
Post Paleo - 195# Can add and drop muscle mass at will now.
on June 17, 2011
at 03:43 AM
The picture on the left is me in early 2010 (topped of at 189). The right is a couple weeks ago (hover between 157 - 160).
on January 03, 2011
at 07:50 PM
April 2006 - April 2010 lost 50+ lbs doing Intermittent Fasting and increasing weightlifting and mild cardio - Yes, I was stuck at that composition for about a year and half.
April 2010 Switched to EVOLUTIONARY-BASED Eating
April 2010 -January 2011 Dropped 21lbs and 4% bodyfat
Here are the pics, from worst point to NOW.
April, 2006 260lbs 46 inches BF% Unknown
December 31st, 2010 195lbs 30%BF
I'm just 14 days into a 3 month run of Scott Sonnon's TACFIT Warrior, and I can feel my abs even if you can't see them yet.
THEN, I was an XXL for my shirts and an XL for the pants. NOW, I'm down to a large for my shirts and down to a size 34/medium for my pants.
Big thanks to Scott Sonnon and Steven Barnes for helping me get my head and body working together again, and big thanks to Kurt Harris and Rob Wolf for getting my food right.
Day 14 of TACFIT Warrior, and I can feel the changes underneath the skin, and know that they will show through my ever thinning layer of fat SOON.
My short-term physical goal is to actually see my abs this spring, I think I last saw them in my teens.
I'll come back and add a newer photo to this post at the end of February. March 3rd, 2011
UPDATE: July 2011 in the ADK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adirondack_Park
October 2011: I'm flatter in front and have less inner thigh wibble... but I don;t think there is enough change to merit a new photo.. Feeling Great and strong, tho!!!!
on April 16, 2012
at 02:21 PM
I was so inspired by everyone else's progress that I thought I would share mine. When I started Paleo I was sure that I would never get rid of my belly. It turns out what I thought was Battle Scars from my two pregnancies was actually Wheat Belly. In 5 weeks I have lost 15 pounds with nothing but diet change and 1-2 long walks a week. I feel great and can't wait to see what kind of transformations the future holds.
on July 13, 2011
at 09:10 PM
SAD diet, 2008, 170 pounds
Had quit gluten,corn and soy, but still way too much sugar in my diet. Too thin because I was always sick. 125 pounds, 2010
Last week,4th of July. Nice middle ground, been Paleo 90/10 since January, working to make that 98/2 (Summer at the beach means a lot of BBQs, parties, eating out, bars and sitting at home would be the only way to be 100%).
on June 14, 2011
at 04:26 AM
This was end of December, 2009, and end of April, 2010-- I started Paleo on February 1st, 2010 and lost 50 pounds!
on November 21, 2011
at 06:57 PM
This is NOT an after picture... It is a before and now picture.
Paleo has done so much more for my health than weight loss. I am no longer insulin resistant and I am happier with a better disposition on life (it can't fix all my crazy, but it has helped.) I just started a blog http://apaleoishlife.blogspot.com/
on July 10, 2011
at 07:47 AM
Not totally due to paleo, about half doing the traditional eat less "bad stuff" and move more thing. Paleo was just my transition to better, more enjoyable eating. I think the overall positive attitude, as shown by my two thumbs up, is all because of paleo though!
on July 13, 2010
at 07:01 PM
I don't have pictures, and I don't think I have any drastic differences in the way I look. But I know a lot has changed. I have a lot of energy, I actually want to do stuff. My fibromyalgia got better - I have less muscle pain, joint pain or "fibro fog". I am generally more positive and cheerful. My skin cleared and now I hardly ever have any breaks. My digestive system works better - no bloating, minimum gases, no constipation... and no bad smell in the bathroom.
I can go for hours without snacks or need to eat NOW. I feel good even with fasting periods, which I couldn't do before.
My muscles got stronger and bigger, I have much more definition.
hm... can't think of anything more. I will have blood tests in two weeks, I am really looking forward to check that up!
on August 22, 2011
at 11:06 AM
Since this was one of the threads that really convinced me on getting started with paleo, I decided to add my contribution as well.
Before paleo I was somewhere above 100kg (I did not have a working scale at home in the beginning). I was eating bread/pasta in huge amounts, and still not feeling satisfied after a meal.
I have been mostly paleo for about 3.5 months now, with 2 weeks of non-paleo recently, and an occasional beer/wine/liquor/bread/pasta and other non-paleo stuff on social events.
In the first month I started with strict paleo in order to get my leptin sensitivity back to normal. In that month I lost about 10kg (mostly fluid I think; the biggest advantage was losing the "puffyness" in the face almost instantly.)
After that month I decided to go a bit less strict (social events etc), and the weight loss continued at a steady but slower pace, until I got to about 90kg. I loved the fact that I could skip a day of eating altogether if I did not feel like eating that day, instead of being dependent on food. (I think I was as addicted to food as I had been to cigarettes in the past.)
During my vacation, my weight increased again about 3.5kg, due to not being paleo at all. (I consider 3.5kg acceptable, because we consumed mostly bread/cheese/wine, since we were in France after all.)
Oddly enough, it looks like the recurring weight is not where it used to be (my belly), so I have got no idea where the extra weight went; maybe it's on my earlobes ? ;)
I have slowly been moving again to a slightly stricter approach, and my weight is dropping again (currently about 92kg). I also started doing some Tabata sprints as wel again (2 times/week).
I decided to post a morph of a before and after pic just to show everyone - especially myself - how well paleo has been for my body (next to healing IBS which I had been struggling with for 2 years, not snoring any more - the Mrs. loves this - , and being able to wear some tighter clothing without looking like a human "Lazy Boy" ;) )
Here we go (3.5 months, after a slip of about 2 weeks during vacation):
I think I still have to lose about 10kg, but I will see where my body takes me... It looks like the belly fat is a bit more stubborn then the other fat, maybe because it has been there for about 10 years ?
My biggest paleo-sin is not getting enough sleep; I am coming from an average of about 3 to 5 hours, so I already made a lot of progress, but I still need to improve it... I think I am now probably sleeping about 6 hours on average.
After the initial six months of mostly paleo I plan on having my blood checked, introducing a moderate amount of carbs again (at a slow pace), and living a healthy life again...
If any of you are hesitating to try paleo, then just commit yourself to 30 days of paleo, and see where it takes you ! Good luck!
on March 20, 2011
at 05:47 AM
"Pre-Paleo" August 22, 2009. Weight: 163 lbs. Standard American Diet minus HFCS and hydrogenation.
Not terribly overweight, but I had very little definition and a bit of a belly.
Began strength training on the Powertec system Aug 1, 2010. Also began eating "Paleo" style Aug 9, 2010.
I've gained tremendous strength and my bodyfat % was measured at 10.1% a few weeks ago.
Mar 19, 2011, after 7 months Paleo and strength training 3x week. Weight: 150 lbs
Dips on the bench bar. My feet are actually about 2 feet off the ground here.
Aug 22, 2011, after 1 year Paleo and strength training (began 5x week 1 month ago). Weight: 158 lbs
Here's my station in our spare bedroom that we use as a gym.
It's a Powertec Workbench leverage system with 395 lbs of Olympic free weights.
I can do over 20 different exercises, incl squats and dead lifts. Bitchin machine because I don't need a spotter.
on August 08, 2012
at 01:16 AM
On the left: My highest weight, a few months before discovering paleo & WAPF On the right: 5 years later... results speak for themselves :)
on March 02, 2012
at 01:19 PM
from 18st (252lbs) to 12st (168-170lbs) in around a year, usual protocol paleo eating and a dash of weight training and HIIT
on August 21, 2011
at 06:19 PM
I know I posted a "before and after" previously, but I did a little more tweaking (you can read about the entire process here) so I figured that an update would be in order.
6 months later (first 3 "Paleo", next 3 "Primal")
It's also worth noting that I'm consistently hitting new PR's on all my lifts (65lb dumbbell curls, 295 bench, 100lb weighted pull up, 300+ for reps on squats and deadlift) and feel like an entirely new person. My diet is pretty low carb (sub 50gms/day) with moderate protein and high fat. I usually eat 2-3 meals and have been implementing 1-2 IF's (18-24 hrs including sleep) each week.
For the first time in my life, I feel like I'm free from the tyranny of food. This doesn't mean that I don't enjoy eating but rather that I am now able to fully enjoy a meal and then move on. I'm capable of simply being in the moment and can appreciate life's unfolding without the anxiety and need for constant stimulation that previously defined my experience. It is beautiful to feel contented whether I'm going on a walk, riding in the car, at work, or simply laying down on the grass watching the clouds go by.
on January 12, 2011
at 07:32 PM
I actually just had my first "progress" picture on Monday. This version is small and I'm blurred (I'm still too heavy to not be shy :P) but there is some progress:
I decided I was going to take my picture in the same place in the same color/similar outfit and in the same lighting because I don't want to be like those scam advertisers... but yeah, this is after one week actually being strict.
When I went from vegan to around 70/30 paleo (I wasn't supplying my own food) I went from around 270 to 230 pounds which is where I am in the January 3 picture. I did not have the mind to photograph myself then. Maybe it would have given me more motivation, but on the other hand, I'm kind of glad I don't have to see myself at that weight :P
on July 13, 2010
at 09:48 AM
I don't have any pictures, I don't own a camera, LOL, but, I'll let the statistics speak for themselves
Pre Paleo (normal range in Parentheses) Total Chol (70-140)=249 Trigs*(<150*)=996 HDL*(>39*)=24 LDL*(<100*)=134 Chol Ratio*(<1.3*)=18.13 A1C*(<6*)=8.9 Weight(175)=209 % Body Fat(20)=30 Meds=Lipitor, Tricor, lisinopril, Metformin, 50u. Insulin daily Pants size 36 waist/32 leg
After 1 year Paleo (I follow Dr. Bernstein and Mark Sisson/Kurt Harris's style) Total Chol=107 Trigs=124 HDL=40 LDL=61 Chol Ratio=.89 A1C=5.1 Weight=174 %BF=12.3 Meds=35u. Insulin daily(Doctor took me off everything else) Pants size 30 waist/32 leg
It worked for me!
Primal Insulin Dependent Diabetic
on December 18, 2012
at 11:06 PM
Me at 280 lbs and me at 160 lbs
on July 11, 2012
at 04:23 PM
July 11 2012
Well this is my journey SO FAR. I started Paleo on January 1,2012 with a friendly email from my friend Ryan who thought I could benefit from the lifestyle. I am 6'1", I started out 362 lbs and I am currently 275 lbs. I have been large my whole life, always thought I would be until I read the "Primal Blueprint". After I read the first book I got every other Paleo book I could get my hands on and dove right in.
I went from a 44" waist to currently a 38". I don't think I have been a 38" since middle school. I went from 3xl shirts to a 2xl and now a few Polo shirts that are XL. That was also a big motivator was being able to walk into a store and buy clothes, instead of ordering them online.
I work on a tugboat where the diets are terrible even though the coast guard has strict medical guidelines for BMI. That was also always on the back of my mind. They strive for a BMI of 40 or under, even though still unhealthy, if they went any lower there would be no one running tugboats.
This is my journey so far, I havent cheated at all and I can't go back. My goal weight for now is 225. I think with hard-work and determination I can achieve that goal. My friends and family have been supportive. I have also introduced family members, friends, and strangers to the diet. They have also found success. Well keep fighting the good fight!
PS. Tattoos are Paleo right?
on March 02, 2012
at 10:17 PM
I went from about 180 to 140 in the course of ~4 months. I'm not sure on the duration.
on January 26, 2011
at 11:22 PM
I've been reticent to do one of these because I came to paleo for autoimmunity and not for weight loss or body recomposition. My muscle/fat distribution has changed slightly, but the most drastic physical change for me has been my skin. I had horrible acne as a teen and it continued to a slightly lesser extent through my 20s.
In this photo, I'm 19. It's hard to tell because of the black and white, but I'm rather spotty on the face, back, and shoulders.
This photo was taken candidly this past December, after about 10 months paleo. (Makeup: just lipstick and eyeliner/shadow). Also note lack of allergic undereye bags.
Of course, I also learned how to groom my eyebrows in the intervening time.
on May 20, 2012
at 08:01 PM
Hi everyone I've been on the paleo diet for only 20 days and it has made such a big impact in my life so far. I'm absolutely in love with this diet! I started this diet May 1st in order to hopefully have a bikini body by June but I was also looking to permanently change my eating habits. My job requires me to have a lot of energy through out the entire day so I was also looking for a healthy diet that can keep me energized. This diet is PERFECT and just so amazing. I'm one of those people that loves feeling full and this diet allowed me to feel full and I still lost weight! I'm 5'4 and weighed about 120 before, which I know isn't big but I really hated my body shape I was very pear shaped I am now between 105-110 pounds and am finally on a diet that I don't feel like I'm starving myself! I do occasionally cheat (I love chocolate and coffee) but it didn't matter since the rest of my meals were healthy. Thank you person who came up with this diet! lol
Before(excuse the mess i was in the process of moving!): 5'4 120 Pounds After(finally moved in lol): 5'4 107 Pounds
on March 15, 2012
at 08:54 PM
Hey. I'm strictly on paleo since September and I've already lost about 32 lbs:). I have never been so slim before and I feel AWESOME! I don't have problems with getting up early on morning (as I used to have before), I sleep well (I have never slept good before), I have loads of energy. I train thai boxing, my body is now about 10% of fat. What do you think about my change? Before paleo my weight was about 146 lbs, now it's about 114 lbs. I'm 66.9 inches tall. What do you think? Should I keep my present weight or lose/gain some weight now?