Start Weight:(28 Dec 12) 220.0 lb
Current Weight:(27 Sep 13) 206.2 lb
Goal Weight:185.0 lb
following: Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)
performance: losing 0.9 lb a week

For most of my life I've adhered to the calorie-in/calorie-out dogma of weight gain/loss that is taught in nutrition classes and voiced by most doctor's and nutritionists.

About 10 years or so ago I hit 280lbs and decided to lose the weight. It took me over a year but I eventually got down to about 235lbs... and was hungry most of the time. I also never got that great explosion of energy people claimed to get when losing weight. I stayed around this weight for a few months and then happened into a job working as a day labor shoveling dirt and working with concrete got me down to around 215lbs. Then I returned to my typical desk jobs and the weight crept back up.

Since then college, career, family, and back up to almost 260lbs!

I've since done a lot of reading and learned from various books and blogs.

From: "Why We Get Fat", "Dr. Atkins", "The New Atkins", "Fat Head" (Movie)

I learned that carbs spike insulin which controls our fat storage and that dietary fat, especially saturated fat, is healthy and doesn't cause weight gain and should typically make up the bulk of our calories.

From: "Wheat Belly" "Marks Daily Apple" (Blog), "Wellness Mama" (Blog)

I learned that grains and nuts have anti-nutrients that can actually pull good nutrients from your body leading to deficiencies.

From "The Schwarzbien Principal"

I learned how important hormone regulation is and how diet and exercise is critical in keeping them in balance.

From: "Nourishing Traditions", "Deep Nutrition".

I learned how important it is to eat how traditional cultures eat.

Eat bone broth, organ meats, dairy fat from grass feed ruminants, fermented foods, cod liver oil, soak and sprout grains & nuts, salt, etc. avoid polyunsaturated fats (aka PUFAs) that are high in Omega-6 and polyunsaturated fats that are cooked.

I can't claim that I completely eat this way as it can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. But I do what I can and am open to new ideas.

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cals: 345kcal | fat: 21.13g | carbs: 2.66g | prot: 34.91g
Mexican Meatloaf
A tasty low carb Mexican flavored meatloaf.
cals: 80kcal | fat: 6.98g | carbs: 4.32g | prot: 1.36g
Zucchini Noodles
A great pasta substitute.
cals: 304kcal | fat: 12.43g | carbs: 6.55g | prot: 40.16g
Cheesy Beef Bake
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What a Paleo Diet Really Looked Like
And of course... one of many responses:
posted 27 Sep 2013, 12:12
Thermodynamics? Not really...
Been a while since I've been here... glad to see the level of discourse has improved by several orders of magnitude!
posted 29 Jul 2013, 15:19
The rational and scientific weight loss discussion thread
Spacey47 wrote:

If some Muppet thinks eating rubbish food but at a low calorie is going to be good for them long term that's their look out and not my job to educate them

Diablo360x meet Spacey47, Spacey47 meet Diablo360x.
posted 10 May 2013, 17:39
The rational and scientific weight loss discussion thread
Spacey47 wrote:
mikefarinha wrote:
Just like Mark Sisson explains in his book The Primal Blueprint... as the 80/20 rule. You're eating a Primal diet.

Yeah I know I have read it , posted on his site etc

As a way to eat its fine, but his whole fat burning spiel is nonsense

I eat loads of carbs and enjoy them

I'm glad you mentioned this. I just want to make this one point and then I'm outta here.

You've read The Primal Blueprint. You know that
1. Animal fat is healthy
2. Animal protein is healthy
3. Vegetable oils are unhealthy
4. Processed grains are not healthy
5. Prefer heavy weights over chronic-cardio
6. Reduce stress and improve sleep to improve your health/metabolism

You take your wealth of knowledge for granted when you simply say calories are king.

When you say calories are king what people here is that they need to stop supersizing 3x a week. They don't hear that they should stop eating McDonalds everyday.

When you say calories are king what people here is that they should cut out as much fat as possible because we all know fat has 9kcals/gram which is more than carbs or protein. They don't hear that fat is healthy and satiating and should be a part of ones diet.

When you say calories are king people hear they should drink diet soda at each meal instead of regular soda. They don't hear that they should strive for more water and less artificial garbage.

When you say everything in moderation each person hears what they want to hear. Why would anyone eat a moderate amount of margarine when butter is completely healthy?

Do you get my point?

I agree that a low-carb diet isn't a long-term solution for weight loss for most. However a low-carb diet isn't harmful and it can have certain therapeutic effects on the body. For example research is now showing that ketogenic diet has beneficial improvements with both epilepsy and Alzheimer's. And those are just the beneficial effects that we know of. Why bash people for doing something that is working for them?

You have a wealth of knowledge that you deny people because you take this knowledge for granted. People don't know what it means to eat healthy, you do.

I apologize for egging you on but I don't think you realize what people believe a healthy diet consists of.

Kashi breakfast cereal with lowfat milk is not a health promoting breakfast; Chicken McNuggets, frys, and a diet coke is not a healthy lunch; and pasta in a low fat sauce is not a healthy dinner.

If the above is your typical diet then simply reducing calories will not yield long-term success. Preach whole natural foods, then preach low-calorie.

As you said, fix your diet first if you want to lose more weight.
posted 10 May 2013, 14:40
The rational and scientific weight loss discussion thread
Just like Mark Sisson explains in his book The Primal Blueprint... as the 80/20 rule. You're eating a Primal diet.
posted 10 May 2013, 12:20
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Checking in today. Just got a promotion at work and have also gotten some my family's financial issues set on a good trajectory. Money issues can be ...
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Waist is about the same as before 37.25"... maybe a little less. Also, I'm going to be winding down even more my participation here on Fat Secret as this ...
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