Time for another installment of Real Results from readers. Austin is an international reader, from Singapore. That's another very rewarding aspect of this blog that would not have been possible prior to the Internet. Here's Austin's report and photos
I've been a reader of Free the Animal for over 6 months now, and enjoy it tremendously. I'll keep my story short. For the last 10 years, my weight has been hovering between 85 to 92kg, until concern over my long term health (my mother's family has a history of diabetes and hypertension) finally led me to to do something about my weight and eating habits in June of 2009. I'm currently 34 years old by the way.
Google searches led me to Gary Taube's Good Calories Bad Calories, and blogs like Mark Sisson's Mark's Daily Apple, and Free the Animal. I applied what I learned, and slowly but steadily dropped nearly 20kg. My current weight is 70kg, and I went from size 34 jeans to size 30 jeans. The best thing is, I never, ever, felt hungry or deprived. I eat mostly real food,in the form of meat, vegetables & eggs, do IF occasionally, but I do eat a moderate amount of white rice daily. What can I say, I'm Chinese! A blood test done in December 2009 revealed these figures:
Fasting blood glucose was also in the healthy range.
As you can imagine, I was a very happy man when I read the report. Thanks Richard, for providing lots of useful information and entertainment throughout this process. I have to say It's a lot easier to identify with someone who is not a young stud and/or a former or current elite sportsman. I can't even begin to describe how my quality of life has improved since I made the change. Higher energy levels and no more dozing off in the office after lunch are just some of the things that come to mind. I'm in this for the long haul, and plan to continue to make progress in both health and body composition. As far as I'm concerned, there is always plenty of room for improvement.
And now, here's the amazing and impressive progress.
A hearty congratulations to Austin for a job very well done. I'm am honored to have played a role. This is what it's really all about folks, not the looming dietary purity raising its ugly head with increasing frequency in the Paleosphere as Paleo becomes increasingly popular.
Update: In comments, Austin posted a link to another before picture, from 2006. With that comparison, the body recomposition is even more dramatic. Here, I've cropped down the image: