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What's the reason everybody went paleo?

Answered on November 20, 2013
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on November 15, 2013
at 02:03 AM

After 20 years of following conventional wisdom it became obvious that conventional wisdom is wrong. Getting fat while burning 4000 calories a week??? Recent scientific information on human growth hormone lead me to forums like this one. I've found enough information to realise this isn't a fad..

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on November 15, 2013
at 01:53 AM

I came to the conclusion that it is the closest thing to the ideal human diet after many months of researching and studying. Reading through physiology and biology textbooks, looking at countless scientific studies on google scholar, skeptically analyzing dietary guidelines, and self experimentation. Nothing beats seeking the truth out for yourself, as opposed to blind faith in some guru or some government/special interest/pseudoscientific organization. I still keep an open mind, just in case the research I've done so far is wrong and Paleo isn't really the best thing after all.

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on November 20, 2013
at 08:14 PM

My partner is trying it out to loose some weight because a blood pressure test mandated by his workplace pointed to rising blood pressure and I want to support him by following along. We're both about 20-30lbs over our "optimal" healthy weight (where we'd both like to be and I refuse to buy into the fact that either of us are "obese". I view it as having become a wide-spread media buzz word in this day in age and is often poorly and incorrectly applied.)

Coworkers of his have lost 10lbs a week and I wanted to see if this was unreasonable and/or unhealthy as in the past I've read that about 2-5lbs a week is healthy. I have to say, avoiding certain foods has had me on a downward trend of about 7lbs over the week and a half or so I've been following along with the diet. Even having a splurge of a foot long tuna on honey oat sandwhich from Subway (I forgot bread was a no-no) hasn't impacted the steady downward trend.

Now, I do tend to shed weight fairly easily once I lighten my usual diet or become more active so it remains to be seen whether or not this is simply a product of a lighter overall diet, or a product of a primarily paleo/primal diet. Time will tell! In the meantime, it is simply driving me to go fishing more!

I do have to say though that I'm going to miss my bread and butter. And potatoes of every type. :( But I do enjoy having squash as a paleo-compatible alternative.

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on November 18, 2013
at 02:31 PM

I had recurring vertigo attacks twice a month and random impaired vision. Doctors diagnosis was "stress". Since I started paleo it went away... my stress, of course.

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on November 18, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Mental health! Amazing difference! I'll never go back to grains (I don't demonize them though)

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on November 18, 2013
at 05:24 AM

my friend recommended MDA as an example of a well written blog (i wanted to start writing) and from there it snowballed pretty quickly.

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on November 17, 2013
at 08:48 PM

My husband and I were both overweight and continuing to gain. We tried Nutrisystem and it did work. However, the food was horrible! The fruit and veggies part was good. We are planning to retire in Costa Rica and I cannot have that stuff shipped there. I am not sure that I could down one more container of cheesy-mac. I stumbled on this as an alternative to the zone. I liked the real food aspect. I can get all of this food in Costa Rica when we move. I have never felt better since the switch.

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on November 16, 2013
at 01:33 AM

The peace of mind that comes with this diet is certainly important, from the knowledge that your body is fully functioning to the calmer approach to life. Intestinal health is big too. Smaller swings in energy. Better than yoga.

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on November 15, 2013
at 08:45 PM

June 2012 I was 100 lbs obese. I'd gone to the doctor two years before that when I'd lost my period and had some at-home research confirmed, that I had PCOS and was pre-diabetic... at 21. When I finally did decide to start losing weight, I tracked everything meticulously and lived by 'everything in moderation,' while doing a lot more research on weight loss and health.

Eventually I ran into Dr. Lustig's short series called 'The Skinny on Obesity' where he talks about processed HFCS and refined sugar saturating the American processed food market, keeping people hungry by screwing with hormone signals, and encouraging people.. to buy and eat more food. I did more looking into that, then came across an interview with him where someone asked about Paleo. I remember the face he made; eyebrows shot up, though he doesn't really 'express' visually that much about anything. And he said, "people can do amazing things on Paleo. But its expensive." So, I went to search paleo, found Mark Sisson, read like a beast, tried dropping gluten, ran across my family's lack of understanding, started eating normally again, realized I felt more like crap, started eating more strictly and refraining from nonn-paleo foods, and finally started explaining the whats and why's of paleo to my wife. April of this year she decided to drop wheat and beans. Everything's been slowly improving ever since, and I can't wait until next year.

Oh, and I have tons of energy, very few moodswings, a regular period (kinda.), a clear head, and lost 105 lbs.

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on November 15, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Got diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance in september. Didn't want to fuck up my Bode even more with the hormones the doc wanted me to take. Was reading all sience reports I could find about my condition and it seems like insulin resistance is not just a symptom but also a reason for making all other symptoms worse. Started Paleo to get the insulin under control oktober 2nd. Feel a lot better now but mastering the hormones will probably take longer.

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on November 15, 2013
at 08:15 PM

I found this website while researching rosacea (I have an extreme case). I was determined not to take yet another round of antibiotics and knew something was/is wrong with my body, which is causing the rosacea.

I had already given up dairy (for over a month). After starting to read a lot of different sources (many referenced on this site), I gave up gluten. Then about 2 weeks later went full paleo.

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on November 15, 2013
at 03:41 PM

For me it was a natural progression as I switched from fast/junk food to quality food.

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on November 15, 2013
at 02:09 PM

I started a paleo/keto diet for athlete performance. Triathletes use a keto diet to run long distance without fuel...using body fat for fuel. It is a cool biohack. I ended up losing 40 pounds eating real food. I love drinking bulletproof coffee with grass-fed butter and MCT oil. I lost the brain fog I had and my mind is thinking sharp and focused. My GI problems have disappeared. The Paleo/Keto diet rocks!!!

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on November 15, 2013
at 01:52 PM

I was introduced to the idea of Paleo through my chiropractor...just this October 1st decided to go for it, and did the 30 day challenge. Lost 15 lbs!! my reason for trying it besides the weight loss, was to see if I could stay off of blood pressure meds, prevent diabetes, as I am hypo glycemic, and to get my hormones leveled out...I still have 40-45 lbs to lose (weight I have only gained after 40). I have been able to influence my husband and son to adapt some paleo ideas...still working on them:) I plan on this as a permanent lifestyle, not a short term fix, so I am going to be patient with the weight loss.

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on November 15, 2013
at 05:12 AM

A year and a half ago I was a depressed pothead with unstable blood sugar slowly cookie binging my way into my destiny- to be just as chubby, sick, diabetic, and unhappy as the rest of my family. I caught wind of vitamin therapy (for the depression) and yoga (for the fattyness) and when you enter that world, it's easy to run into paleo. I ate an unprocessed diet (with wheat, rice, and yogurt) for about a year before Paleo, but it just wasn't enough. I thought, 'there's more. I can definitely feel better then this!' I flirted with Paleo for a few months before saying screw it, and diving in. What's the worst that can happen, I thought.

That's one decision I'll never regret. Four months, and going strong. I'm happier, slimmer, and my blood sugar is rock solid. :)

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on November 15, 2013
at 04:57 AM

I slid sideways into paleo by way of Mark Hyman's Blood Sugar Solution, 4 Hour Body, Primal Blueprint.

It all got started at ~ 4th of July 2012. A friend of my wife poked me in my "saddle bag" and said "Bob, you;re fat". At 6' / 220 wasn't really fat but I was carry way too much extra. :)

I decided ..... I'll show them all, I lose the fat & I'll do it fast! I previously lost ~30 lbs on two occasions using Seth Robert's techniques from Shangri-La Diet (dumb name, seemingly crazy method but it works).

About the same time, I friend diagnosed with T2D and I happened to see Mark Hyman's Blood Sugar Solution on a PBS fundraiser drive. The friend bought the book but was too lazy to read it, so I did and started applying the techniques of "slow carbs" and other blood sugar leveling tips.

A co-worker turned me on to 4 Hour Body; no grains, no sugar, no fruit juice, very limited dairy, ... the fat just melted away w/o exercise.

I guess the reason I went paleo was ... it makes sense, it worked, I feel better, I can control my fat stores more easily and, ultimately, I am curious about how things work.

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on November 15, 2013
at 02:04 AM

I was a fast-food adapted vampire programmer for a few decades. Eventually, this caught up with me and I contracted bacterial blood poisoning and a viral infection that I just couldn't shake (with a high mortality rate.) After dealing with the infection, antibiotics, and antivirals for months my insulin sensitivity tanked and my adrenals got messed up. I also have a congenital heart condition (bi-cuspid aortic valve, same thing schwarzenegger had fixed.) As I approached my 30's, it was time for some big lifestyle changes.

Lately, I'm feeling great. This is the healthiest and strongest I've ever been, and I foresee more improvement and performance gains continuing into the coming years. Many skin issues I've had for years just disappeared. I'm even sleeping better. I've learned a ridiculous amount of trivial nutritional information.

Getting into a Paleo lifestyle has also improved the health of my family and friends, as you can't help but spread the love.

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on November 15, 2013
at 01:55 AM

Everybody? Nobody I personally know is eating Paleo except, kind of, my girlfriend who's sitting here eating a frozen-baked pizza but eats mostly Paleo because I'll cook it for her and she feels better eating my meals.

Well, personally I went Paleo to improve my health. I didn't need to lose weigh; I could stand to put on a few pounds (and have on Paleo). It's enlightening and empowering to throw CW to the wind and learn what really makes you feel good.

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