Since Chris, Lynette, Brian Clark and a few others seem to have become interested in the Paleo diet I’m doing, I figured I’d give you guys a lowdown about how it happened.
I started doing Crossfit seriously on January 1st, 3x/week and was seeing strength and endurance gains but no body composition changes. I wanted to lose fat so I could see my abs, look good in a bathing suit, etc. Yes it’s vain, but whatever, it’s the truth and I know you probably feel the same way.
So I discovered the caveman diet through Andrew Hyde and Craig Silverman. Andrew said he’d lost like 15-20 pounds in a month and Craig was looking good too after starting on the Zone diet, so I was like what the hell, and started on this 12-step list. Then about a month later I went strict for 30 days. That’s when the changes really started.
I’m currently 29 days in and I’ll definitely be continuing this for at least another 2 weeks, but here’s what happened so far (keeping in mind I wasn’t intending to ‘lose weight’ but just lean out, so I don’t want any “you’re already so thin” comments):
- Can really see my abs for the first time ever.
- I’m getting ‘the lines,’ never seen those either. (You know what I mean.)
- Never feel overly stuffed, ever.
- Have totally adapted, feel little craving for bread, sugar in coffee, etc. Don’t really feel deprived.
Incidentally, since Lynette met up with me in Delaware she started on it and says she’s dropped a few sizes already.
I have a cheat day every week where I eat anything I want. Originally it was supposed to be a cheat meal, but I just kind of cave on any day I can do whatever I like, and I’m still making progress, so I just let it happen.
Basically this is super manageable, sustainable as a lifestyle, and it still allows me to eat anything I really crave once a week.
Anyway, I didn’t know that talking about this would provoke any interest, but since it has, feel free to ask me anything in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them or point to stuff I’ve read. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled program on Tuesday, but feel free to subscribe for more updates.
Further blog reading: Robb Wolf, PaNu, Mark’s Daily Apple, Primal Chat… there’s plenty more, really.
Further book reading: Paleo Diet, Good Calories, Bad Calories.
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