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Who had started Paleo for non-weight loss reasons

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 23, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Just curious how many of you out there started on Paleo and your reasons had nothing to do with weight loss.

I started Paleo for my health, I never really thought about weight, but recently, I am getting the feeling that it has become the new weight loss fad diet?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 16, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Ever so tactful!

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on July 16, 2012
at 04:33 AM

Paleo cleared my skin after about two months. Give it time!

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on June 29, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Have you tried dairy dairy and more dairy? GOMAD isn't exactly paleo but it might not be the worst thing to do

868d5a80240dbf8ccfd88ad63abbf1a1

on June 26, 2012
at 01:18 PM

It may be a new framework, but it's not a fad! It's sustainable, you're not deprived, and it's about long-term health, not short-term results :)

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 24, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Sucks the skin problems are the hardest to solve

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 24, 2012
at 09:40 AM

Are you serious? Well, I guess that's encouraging...

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 05:44 AM

No, but as he works full time in a chinese restaurant he eats mostly a traditional Chinese diet, an is reluctant try anything new. Getting him to switch from white to brown rice took 12 years!

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on June 24, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Does he eat Paleo? I found when I "cheated" the Paleo-wagon worst my snoring comes back strongest, when I'm strictest my snoring stays away.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 01:04 AM

I don't get it. Who is Jimmy Moore?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I love your comment!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 01:02 AM

My husband snore from the minute he falls asleep. It's horrible, and he is not overweight at all. I kick him, pinch his nose shut...He went to see a ENT doctor and they told him everything was normal <>

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Same reasons. Also general fatigue and slight depression. All solved with some tweaking except skin.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 23, 2012
at 01:10 PM

I'm a big stress eater, too. I still do it, but now I'll grab a handful of cabbage, an apple, leftover meat, etc., instead of processed, sugar laden crap I used to, so it isn't as bad.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:21 AM

Turned out that LC paleo is great for mood disorders (depression and anxiety) too. Even better bonus than weight loss.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:18 AM

Add me to this list, prediabetes, but T2 looming right over the horizon. I lost my father to T2, and don't want to go that way.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on June 23, 2012
at 10:05 AM

Yeah, me too, started low-carbing after I caught the diabetes, and then got sucked into the Paleo thing.

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on June 23, 2012
at 05:02 AM

LOL! I can only report what my wife of 14 years, ;), tells me about my snoring, but yeah she would often kick my many times a night for snoring. She really loves this.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:56 AM

You're a good boyfriend :-)

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:54 AM

You don't snore? will you marry me?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:34 AM

It is a great, welcome side effect :-)

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3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

(244)

on June 23, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I started paleo as a means of bulking up. I figured that a lot of the prescribed foods were very calorie dense (loads of meat and fat on everything). I ended up getting Down to about 6 percent body fat and can comfortably stay there. I never did bulk up, but all other aspects of my life greatly improved, and have only got better as a got stricter. Turns out I was very gluten intolerant. Now if only I could figure out a way to gain some weight while eating this way!

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on June 29, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Have you tried dairy dairy and more dairy? GOMAD isn't exactly paleo but it might not be the worst thing to do

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6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on June 23, 2012
at 08:23 AM

I didn't really start to lose weight. I was looking for optimal health. I had already lose about 20kg before finding paleo, i have about 2kg to lose still, but I don't think I will ever lose it. i love food too much to restrict enough to get a six pack (And I stress eat).

Its more about eating as healthy as possible for me.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 23, 2012
at 01:10 PM

I'm a big stress eater, too. I still do it, but now I'll grab a handful of cabbage, an apple, leftover meat, etc., instead of processed, sugar laden crap I used to, so it isn't as bad.

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868d5a80240dbf8ccfd88ad63abbf1a1

on June 23, 2012
at 08:07 AM

I didn't start paleo to lose weight. I started it for health reasons.

I'd always been pretty healthy before, but I wanted a more holistic, long-term view of health. I used to count calories, and I was becoming obsessed with it. I knew in the back of my mind that surely, SURELY counting, measuring, weighing and scrutinizing everything I ate or drank wasn't sustainable, nourishing or healthy. But I didn't have a framework in which to work before.

Paleo gave me the structure - backed by logic, research and the support of thousands of blogs and websites across the world - to develop a healthy eating and living framework. I'm never hungry, I eat delicious food, and I don't feel guilty when I 'slip' and have a biscuit or a glass of wine every now and then. I just know I need to steer myself back in the right direction. Yes, I miss chocolate and cupcakes and pizza and especially pasta. But I don't miss the guilt, regret, bloating or cost associated with eating processed crap any more.

I'm happy I shop at markets to give my money to farmers directly. I'm happy that when I have kids and particularly daughters, (hopefully) they're not going to have messed up attitudes to their bodies or weight, or pressures to look skinny instead of to be healthy. I'm happy I'm not going to develop adult on-set diabetes like relatives on both sides of my family. I'm happy that I'm the one responsible for how I feel about myself.

All of those reasons are why I started eating and living paleo, am why I'm going to continuing to do so in the future.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I love your comment!

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:30 AM

I started to get T2 diabetes under control. I do have a lot of weight to lose, but it is happily a side-effect of eating better.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:18 AM

Add me to this list, prediabetes, but T2 looming right over the horizon. I lost my father to T2, and don't want to go that way.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on June 23, 2012
at 10:05 AM

Yeah, me too, started low-carbing after I caught the diabetes, and then got sucked into the Paleo thing.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:34 AM

It is a great, welcome side effect :-)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:21 AM

Turned out that LC paleo is great for mood disorders (depression and anxiety) too. Even better bonus than weight loss.

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91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:37 PM

I started it to solve digestion and acne problems. It solved digestion problems but not the acne (although maybe it hasn't been enough time from what I've read).

I do think it's becoming the new fad weight loss diet as well. A coworkers personal trainer has him on it to lose weight, not as a lifestyle, and I see it popping up on magazine covers as the 'lose X lbs in a month' diet.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Same reasons. Also general fatigue and slight depression. All solved with some tweaking except skin.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 24, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Sucks the skin problems are the hardest to solve

868d5a80240dbf8ccfd88ad63abbf1a1

on June 26, 2012
at 01:18 PM

It may be a new framework, but it's not a fad! It's sustainable, you're not deprived, and it's about long-term health, not short-term results :)

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on July 16, 2012
at 04:33 AM

Paleo cleared my skin after about two months. Give it time!

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on June 23, 2012
at 02:34 PM

It seems like there are two major camps here. Those who are trying to lose weight and those who are into extreme fitness (judging by all the avitars of bare-chested guys). I never had a weight problem or had a major health problem. I guess I fall into a third camp--just want to be healthier. But I didn't realize that I was gluten intolerant until I stopped gluten and all sorts of things started to improve: Hip pain went away, mysterious rash disappeared, no more constipation, no bloating.

My personal trainer got me started on this diet. I had never been a soda drinker or a highly processed food snacker so the transition wasn't very difficult. While I still have a few problems to solve (major one being sleep) I think I'm now the healthiest that I have ever been.

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on June 23, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Health reasons, digestive issues, and an interest in long term health as well. The health benefits seem huge.

But also I was drawn to it because I have understood for years that humans have genetic primal programming that remains mostly unchanged (from studying psych and other general thought inquiries).

It seems to me that there are aspects to a paleo lifestyle, that are more than about the things we eat - though thats far more important than people realise. (And not just physical activity either).

The way we group, interact, the way our brains respond to light, to human touch, the way we remember things - its all geared to a way of life we no longer keep.

Whether its barefoot shoes, trying to cultivate a closer community or "tribe", or using softer lighting in the evening, the whole line of thought that is:

"is this the way we are meant to be, by our natures, by our history, by our genes?"

is a potent way to re-intergrate human needs back into a modern time that has forgotten its needs, deitary or otherwise.

Applying this line of thought to my food, is new for me. Paleo though, has long stuck a chord. And i have long thought about the other aspects, and it has reminded me that there are great benefits to re-evaluating modern behaviours, and asking that question, and trying to live more naturally in a modern age.

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on June 23, 2012
at 11:37 AM

I started paleo to prepare for pregnancy.

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on June 23, 2012
at 09:50 AM

I started paleo for my mental issues. I was too anxious around ppl. Its impossible to be like this nyc so. I had to give it a try. N boy has it worked. Ima different person. Ofcourse losing a bunch of weight was an awesome bonus.

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on June 23, 2012
at 08:46 AM

I started paleo for health reasons. I have suffered from all kinds of health problems thanks to years of vegetarianism and bad genes so I thought I would give it a try. Plus all the strongest guys in the gym were on paleo. I only found out while on the paleo sites that people were losing weight with it.

I haven't lost weight, in fact quite the opposite! But I would never go back to eating lentils and spelt bread again! I'm not 'cured' yet but my digestive issues and daily headaches are much better!

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on June 23, 2012
at 05:01 AM

I started Paleo because I have severe eczema. Weight had nothing to do with it ??? if anything, I???m a tad underweight.

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:59 AM

I was going to a nutrionist who suggested I give up gluten because of my stomach issues. I gave that up and things improved and I stumbled onto Paleo/Primal during a web search. Started slowly cutting out grains and processed gluten free items....I started feeling amazing. My stomach has finally calmed down after years of distress. I was at a good weight when I started but I got leaner, less bloating.I have been gluten free for 4 years, Paleo/Primal 80-90% for the last 3 years. (the other 10-20% I still eat greek yogurt and occasionally have tacos on a corn tortilla)

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:54 AM

I got started because of my girlfriend. I honestly thought I was in pretty good health before, but once we started Paleo my (MINIMUM) twice-weekly migraines went away, sleep improved, I become generally less irritable... Lots o' good. Oh, and she has lost a lot of weight.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:56 AM

You're a good boyfriend :-)

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Add me to the list. Already found weight loss from low-carb, no sugar. I read Paleo books first and was won over on other benefits so I put it in to action and tweaked my diet to Paleoish lower carb after 3-months generic low carb.

Snoring stopped, head aches stopped, mysterious cough stopped, mental fog lifted. Plus some more weight was un expectedly lost!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:54 AM

You don't snore? will you marry me?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 01:02 AM

My husband snore from the minute he falls asleep. It's horrible, and he is not overweight at all. I kick him, pinch his nose shut...He went to see a ENT doctor and they told him everything was normal <>

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on June 24, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Does he eat Paleo? I found when I "cheated" the Paleo-wagon worst my snoring comes back strongest, when I'm strictest my snoring stays away.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 24, 2012
at 05:44 AM

No, but as he works full time in a chinese restaurant he eats mostly a traditional Chinese diet, an is reluctant try anything new. Getting him to switch from white to brown rice took 12 years!

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on June 23, 2012
at 05:02 AM

LOL! I can only report what my wife of 14 years, ;), tells me about my snoring, but yeah she would often kick my many times a night for snoring. She really loves this.

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on June 23, 2012
at 04:35 AM

I went paleo after being gluten free for 2 years.

I've have had stomach and gut issues for about 9 years. After being on vacation for a week and not eating my normal rice and quinoa things, I noticed my stomach felt better and I had way less gas. I went to my ND upon my return and she asked if I knew anything about the Paleo diet. I said nope, I guess I'm learning about it this week...

Nothing to do with weight loss, just wanting to find the next step towards feel better.

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on June 10, 2013
at 05:14 AM

I have begun Paleo because of the incredible pain I'm in due to rheumatoid arthritis (I'm 44). Only a couple weeks in now and no changes yet..but I'm trying to stay positive! I'm also underweight, and pretty much any kind of exercise leaves me in pain for days so I don't feel I fit the norm here. Sometimes I read some of the comments on these boards and think 'wow, I wish I just wanted to shift some weight, or just wanted a super-mega buff bod!' Yeah, I'm a bit bitter like that. ;)

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on June 26, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Until recently I would always think, "Man, what an intense workout! I'm gonna go eat Taco Bell now!" The main reason for me to do Paleo was to get rid of this ype of thinking I had always had. I, like many other small guys like myself, wanted to lose bodyfat, gain muscle, and get stronger. I was always active and had a great exercise routine but had a crappy diet. A friend of mine always said losing fat and gaining muscle is about 20% exercise and 80% diet. I guess I just didn't want to believe him, until we went to the pool and saw that he was absolutely ripped. I asked him how he got that way, and he told me his exercise routine (same as mine) didn't really change that much, but he stopped eating crappy foods. I heard about this diet after being convinced he was right and here I am on week 3!

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on June 23, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I "returned" to paleo to alleviate my lethargy, IBS, and sinus issues. About 8-9 years ago (2002) I went Paleo to lose weight (and I did - about 100lbs) but then started eating more and more like a strongman competitor because 5000 calories a day on Paleo was costing me about $50/day in food (with my newfound Paleo health I had taken up the sport of strongman). Also my son was born in 2004, which made my costs even more difficult. It started with dairy, then non-gluten grains, and eventually I was eating gluten grains, oats, tons of potatoes, and tons of chicken.

In late 2010, I went on vacation and while my wife and kid were park hopping (disney) I just wanted to stay in the hotel room and sleep. My guts were wrecked the whole time, I was a total mess. After some soul-searching, I realized the only times in my life where I wasn't so broken from a health standpoint, was when I was on the Paleo diet. I was 380lbs, and although I had officially "retired" from strongman a year earlier, was still eating like one.

So I came back. I am also now of the opinion that in the absence of food addiction, obesity is simply a symptom of a sick body, due to environmental stressors, and endocrinological affects of what we put in/on our bodies. Big surprise, I fixed those issues and the weight loss just came naturally.

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3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

(244)

on June 23, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I started paleo as a means of bulking up. I figured that a lot of the prescribed foods were very calorie dense (loads of meat and fat on everything). I ended up getting Down to about 6 percent body fat and can comfortably stay there. I never did bulk up, but all other aspects of my life greatly improved, and have only got better as a got stricter. Turns out I was very gluten intolerant. Now if only I could figure out a way to gain some weight while eating this way!

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on June 23, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I started it because of health, but I was overweight so the weight loss was a benefit (OK--let me clarify: I started it because of health, which included wanting to achieve the best health for me and my family, wanting to dodge the "we need our knees replaced at 58" bullet that seems to keep hitting members of my family, to stop chronic stomach problems, and yes, to lose weight, because at 5'6 and 185 lbs, my weight was a health issue. So, yes, weight loss was in there, but not in a vanity, "I want to look better" sort of way, but more in an "I want to run with my kids" way).

My husband definitely started it for health: he's 5'6 and 130 on his fat days. But, he wrestles with GI issues, adult-onset asthma, and chronic sinusitis. Not that we're always on the wagon, but he definitely feels it if he gives into the little devil on his shoulder saying "IPA! Chocolate Stout! Summer Pils!"

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on June 23, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Like Tyler, but mine was for a boy :)

I was raised and had eaten not too far off of Paleo/Primal my whole life so it wasn't a huge transition, was lucky and only had to make a few changes, but the benefits were, and still are, amazing.

Was able to stop taking medication for my rosacea - haven't had a breakout in over a year (yay!), started taking fish oil - no more crepitus in the knees (yay!), et al.

Adopting the lifestyle combined with my weight lifting and CrossFit I don't think I've ever been healthier, which is a huge statement as I've always looked and felt healthy but wowzers.. these are overdrive levels (thrilling!)

Unfortunately the one thing that has not improved is my terrible sense of humor :)

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5c45586ceb57c4cee16960b03f85c9d2

on January 16, 2013
at 06:17 PM

What are you talking about???

In your picture you look rather chunky to me.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 16, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Ever so tactful!

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90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

on July 16, 2012
at 04:39 AM

I started to clear up my skin, and after two months my acne completely disappeared. My sleep improved, my joint pain went away, and my mind is so much more clear. I love the steady energy that this diet provides. I keep slowly losing body fat, too, although I didn't have much to lose pre-paleo. 3 1/2 months in I'm starting to show a 6-pack without even trying! I Love this!

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on July 16, 2012
at 01:13 AM

I did it to reduce my chances of contracting one of the diseases of civilization that hunter-gatherers eating traditional diets seemed to be largely free of.

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on July 15, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I started paleo because I believe that's it's the #1 best way to feed my body. Also, as an athlete, it's the most effective and natural way I can get in shape and build the muscle I need to compete.

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on June 27, 2012
at 12:40 AM

To be honest, I started out of boredom. A co-worker was following the diet and I thought she was completely insane. I got annoyed with her for talking about it so much but, as a life-long lover of self experimentation, decided to give it a try for two weeks. Pre-paleo, I thought I was in terrific shape and a model of healthy and virtuous eating. I planned on going right back off it but I felt such amazing energy, lost the bloated stomach that I didn't realize was bloated, was able to go a full four hours without needing a constant stream of snacks, and I just didn't miss the rest of it. The two weeks turned into seven months and I cannot even imagine going back.

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on June 26, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I'm one of those people who has good genetics. Pre-paleo I ate pretty well; soda was rare, bacon and eggs was my go to breakfast with maybe some oatmeal or fruit, turkey/ham sammiches, and I liked my meat for dinner. Paleo just stabilized the living hell out of my mood, which is what I did it for. Tried it for a bit, and now I'm a fair 90/10 paleo or so(money preventing the last 10percent!)

I was anywhere from 130-138 pre-paleo, and so far paleo I've hit 132-136. Having the fundamentals of paleo down, now, I'm going to continue on for mental benefits + weight gain in the future.

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:17 PM

I wanted to reduce acne (it worked!), improve my sleep (it worked!), improve my digestion (it worked!) and even out my energy levels (it worked!).

I'm 30, 6' 165 lbs, and I started lifting weights about year ago to get stronger and gain some muscle. I gained about 15 lbs of muscle, but in order to do so I needed to eat a massive amount of carbs, grains, sugar, protein shakes, etc. I had constant digestive issues and my energy was all over the place. I couldn't sleep through the night because I would wake up hungry. I'd drink a protein shake...and wake up hungry a few hrs later. It didn't feel worth it.

I'm on day 26 or so of paleo and frankly can't imagine going back. I've lost a little bit of muscle, but my body fat % has dropped and I feel much healthier overall. Not so concerned about gaining muscle now b/c my muscular definition is much better.

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:17 PM

I figured weight loss was probably out of the picture for me. I thought I was permanently broken. All I wanted was to get a handle on my ravenous hunger which I got from long distance, long trail hiking. The hunger was insatiable. What a bonus that I lost 25lbs, got a handle on my hunger and feel 1000 times healthier.

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on June 26, 2012
at 05:28 PM

I came because of a shoulder injury, to reduce inflammation....but lots of other good things happened (intestinal happiness, dry skin reduced, stress level reduced, no more hayfever/congestion). Now I realize that when I cheat too much (several pieces of birthday cake, for example), my shoulder hurts again! But if I keep my cheats small (one beer), it feels fine.

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on June 26, 2012
at 02:12 PM

I was after health and longevity... I surely am pleased with my improved appearance,

and my partner has great things to say about how I look in only an apron. 8^)

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on June 26, 2012
at 01:12 AM

I started doing paleo for health, and deliciousness.

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Two reasons. The first has to do with my overall health. I was finding that I was having progressivly more difficult health problems to deal with. I started to feel like I was taking pills for everything. I had an Aciphex every morning or a Omeprizol. One week into Paleo and I am not taking it every day anymore. Now the second reason is pretty strange...I love to cook. I really wanted to expand my horizons and after my friend told me what he could do with veggies, I decided I really needed to give it a go.

Now I also have been loosing weight like crazy, which was a minor reason for me. Overall health was really the primary. I don't care how much I weigh, as long as I can be healthy and do the things I want to do.

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I started to get healthy, but the primary precipitator of that decision was my blood pressure, which was becoming too high at 26 and a healthy weight.

Unfortunately, paleo/primal has not helped with blood pressure as much as I would like, and I am still on supplements (CoQ-10, garlic) to keep it normal. It has helped with some other things though, like heartburn.

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on June 25, 2012
at 11:34 PM

I approached it as a means to desperately fix the lady problems I was having (yeah, down there). Doctors had suggested a diet of bland bread and oatmeal and blah and blah and I knew that didn't sound right, so I started to research PH Levels and such, eventually came across paleo and it has cured it.

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on June 23, 2012
at 10:14 AM

It's a combination for me. When I first heard about it it was in a weightloss context. I need to lose some weight, but I thought: Ha there's no way I can cut out all those things JUST to lose weight. Then I found out about all the other health aspects, and since I sufer from chronic migraines, IBS, hayfever, fatigue and just random pains all over my body, I figured it would be worth a shot. I'm on day 11 now and it's going great so far :)

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on June 23, 2012
at 10:07 AM

I DID start Paleo to lose weight. Obesity is just one of the many health issues that people see improve or disappear on a Paleo diet. For me, and for probably many people here, I was not looking for a "fad diet", but a permanent solution to being overweight. I found that, and cannot imagine going back to my old way of eating.

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on June 23, 2012
at 10:03 AM

Why, Mr. Low Carb Paleo himself - Jimmy Moore! Once he discovered that eating gluttonous portions of clean, "real" paleo foods actually resulted in weight GAIN, he then declared that the true benefits of this way of eating were not related to weight loss. Pretty convenient reasoning.

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on June 24, 2012
at 09:40 AM

Are you serious? Well, I guess that's encouraging...

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:04 AM

I don't get it. Who is Jimmy Moore?

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