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How late is too late, to get started eating Paleo? (Imagine a 40 year old just now discovering Paleo!)

Answered on October 22, 2013
Created October 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Question: How late is too late, to get started eating Paleo?

On one hand, the answer is self-evident: "it's never too late"; "better late than never"; "it can only be a good thing, no matter what age"; etc

But I want to delve in a bit deeper:

Clearly, there is a *turning point in the curve* after which, starting to eat paleo will only give you marginal help. For example, If you're 80 years old, with diabetes and every other SAD-induced disease under the sun, then paleo will only help you a tiny bit. On the other hand, if you're a kid eating lots of bread and cereal, but start eating paleo when you're 13 - then clearly you will have basically a full lifetime of benefits. I'm wondering, where is the tipping point in the curve?

For example, take someone who is 40 years old and has spent a lifetime eating SAD; this is a good sample age because statistically, it's about the midway point (sorry to be depressing!). Imagine this hypothetical person, at 40, he/she "sees the light" (!) about paleo and changes over. Everything else being equal (and knowing every person is different, etc), if he/she eats awesomely paleo for the next few decades, does that leave him/her enough time to minimize the risk of the major SAD-related diseases?

Is there anyone here who became paleo after 40, who has a story to share?

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on October 21, 2013
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Wow @samc that is truly incredible and so inspiring

I kind of feel like this is somewhat similar to stopping smoking or drinking in excess. Of course, there are many people over the age of 70 or so who think, "Why stop smoking now? I've made it this long?" but the reality is every little bit helps

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on October 22, 2013
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I started Paleo when I was 41, I was about 20 pounds overweight and, in retrospect suffered from a pretty long list of minor health problems (I considered it a normal part of getting older at the time, until the diet reversed it all). I lost the weight, got a LOT more energy, obtained better digestion, energy, moods, lost minor skin conditions, muscle and joint pain, etc.

In a sense starting the diet when you are a bit older might actually help you to appreciate the benefits even more.

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on October 21, 2013
at 10:47 AM

I began at 65...

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on October 21, 2013
at 07:25 AM

My story is similar to samc's but I started at 59 (a year ago).

I was never extremely overweight... just kinda pudgy at my worst.

I was very athletic from about 15 years old; football, tennis, wrestling, crew, rugby, skiing and have the permanent injuries show for it. :(

I'm 6' and now 185 - 190. I've got muscle tone / definition back from ~15 years ago. People mistake recent photos recent photos for ones taken 5 to 8 years ago & vice versa.

As an adult I've been as light as 175 (probably under 10% BF - crew) and as heavy as 225 a few times (probably approaching 30% BF - surgery recovery and a couple "don't care episodes").

I slid sideways into paleo from Slow Carb (Hyman's Blood Sugar Solution), 4 Hour Body, Primal Blueprint, finally paleo but with some dairy (nearly all fermented) after a friend was diagnosed diabetic.

After about 7 months of self experimentation (even bought a blood sugar meter), I was down from 220 to 190. Levis from 36's to 34's.

I think it can help at just about any age depending on how bad ones current condition is and what ones "best ever" condition was. If you've been a coach potato your entire life and never had any muscle ...you;re starting from scratch. If you were once well muscled / conditioned, I think "the road back" is easier than "brazing a new trail". Either way it's doable.

I'm guessing mid 60's is likely the average "doable" recovery age depending on how much damage has been done and how willing one is to "change your diet" and stick with it. I think under 50 is a "slam dunk" and 40-ish...like you never ate SAD.

imo the human body as an incredible capacity for healing / regeneration; just give it good food, very moderate exercise & good sleep

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:07 AM

Started at 56, lost 75lbs and added muscle that I never had before. No more sinus infections, rarely sick. Back problems 99% better.

As to starting at 80, I'd tell everyone to go for it, why not make your later years more tolerable and with less frequent doctor visits. As long as I'm breathing I will eat healthy and try to exercise to the best of my ability. I'm an all or nothing type so I'm 99.999% Paleo, with cheats only inadvertent, like somebody spikes my food with a teaspoon of sugar when I'm not looking.

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Wow @samc that is truly incredible and so inspiring

I kind of feel like this is somewhat similar to stopping smoking or drinking in excess. Of course, there are many people over the age of 70 or so who think, "Why stop smoking now? I've made it this long?" but the reality is every little bit helps

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