Did you lose a LOT of weight?

I get that question a lot now. The answer is yes. But much more importantly I feel better than I’ve felt in my entire adult life. My body fat percentage is now in healthy range. And my muscles are both stronger when needed and more relaxed (less tension) when not. I’m sleeping better, have better energy throughout the day and often feel like I could swing on the trees. 

Starting last August, I started the Four Hour Body (4HB) slow-carb diet. This diet turns out to be roughly the same as the Paleo Diet, with addition of beans and lentils. I also started the 4HB exercise program. Starting in December of last year I got more interested in the Paleo/Primal movements and mostly switched my diet and exercise routines to the philosophy best espoused in Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint. 

To give you a better sense of raw numbers that I have seen in the last six months.

Body Weight: 190lbs -> 160 lbs

Body Fat %: 28% -> 16%

Waist: 34.5 inches -> 29 inches

Yes, buying new pants was a nice reward. But feeling better was the best reward.

The next few blog posts will give insight into the major components of diet, exercise and sleep. After that, I’ll post some of the best links and books I’ve found. Across the blogosphere, there is a lot of active discussion on Paleo/Primal lifestyle, new cookbooks every week, and now even a steady drum beat of scientific papers. You can get stuck reading for a very long time. If you are interested, I’d highly suggest starting with a summary, start acting and then start reading to fill in the knowledge gaps. Its much easier to read about all of this lifestyle change. Its harder to actually do it. But it turns out only doing it makes a difference and it actually doesn’t matter how deep you go on the science and theories. 

If you want a simple place to start:

  • No wheat, no sugar
  • Less hardcore cardio, more walking/low level biking + bodyweight exercise
  • Get 8 hours of good sleep a night in the darkest room possible

Next post will be diet in more detail.