The other evening I ran into a couple of friends of mine, Kevin & Joseph, and was glad to see a big improvement in both of them. Kevin had contacted me a few month back, had been reading my blog, and expressed frustration at trying for so many years to lose "a measly 15 pounds." We met for breakfast, I gave him a few insights, he picked up The Paleo Diet and went to it.
A few weeks back, he emailed to say that he's cut 10 pounds already. What I didn't know is that his partner, Joseph, was apparently following the prescriptions as well.
Well, let me tell you: they both looked great, and Joseph's face, in particular, was markedly leaner and thiner — and shined with health and vitality. His progress, so far? 17 pounds. I asked Joseph how he felt, and he said something quite relevant: "I feel like a normal person, again." I wish the both of them much continued success in their new life way.
Now, keep Joseph's insightful comment in mind as I quote an email from Aaron:
First of all, I just wanted to write thanking you for the work you're
doing on your blog. I forget exactly how I originally became a reader;
probably it was something Billy Beck had linked, back in the Honesty Log
days. But your posts about Paleo eating, IF, etc. really convinced me.
I've recently switched to a low-carb, high-fat diet, with intermittent
fasts and occasional intense workouts and I'm amazed: it just works.
If anybody had told me 18 months ago that I could skip meals without
even noticing, I would have laughed—I needed to eat every 4 hours. If
anybody had told me I could go 30 hours without eating—not just once,
but several times a month—I would have thought they were insane. Yet
now I do it all the time. So, again, thank you for the information and
I recently read Gary Taubes's book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. Even
though I was already in the choir, so to speak, his evidence is so
overwhelming that I'm amazed at how people can still insist on "low-fat,
whole grains." Churchill's quote about "stumbling over the truth" comes
to mind. I did not know the history of the McGovern report. In fact, I
had not considered the political dimension of the thing at all, and I
suppose no ideology has a monopoly on the "it failed, so do it again,
only harder!" mindset. But still, it fits my prejudices to blame this
on the Left-Statists.
As a contrast to Taubes, I give you my in-laws: the anti-Taubes. My
father-in-law is a retired pharmacist, and my mother-in-law a retired
nurse. They subscribe to the latest health bulletins from God knows
where. Everything in their kitchen is "low-fat, whole-grain." They use
Country Crock instead of butter. Even their ice cream is "Lite."
And they eat ALL. THE. TIME.
Now, my father-in-law works out just about every day, and he looks fit.
He's a runner, and he's a pretty fast runner for being nearly 70. But
he measures his raisin bran to make sure he's getting exactly One Cup,
and of course it's got skim milk on it. My mother-in-law nibbles all
day long: crackers, fig newtons, etc. (but all Low Fat!). She does not
look fit as fit, but she has bad knees and can't work out as much.
They are convinced, of course, that eating all that animal fat is really
bad for me. They think I'll fall off the wagon eventually, too. I
don't know why I would—I kind of enjoy not being hungry all the time.
That and not being 20lbs overweight like I used to be.
"They eat ALL. THE. TIME." That's not normal, folks. Congratulations to Aaron.