Yes, it has. And I can proudly say, it’s been a successful year. The way I measure success is, was I able to stick with this lifestyle the entire time and the answer is, yes! After years of fad diets, 30 day challenges, boot camps, gyms, etc., I have finally found, in my opinion, the easiest weight management “program” there is. I don’t find myself starving, I get to eat great foods and my health has improved since going Primal.
Over the course of the year, I have lost nearly 30 pounds, six inches off my waist and no more back pain (I’m attributing that to the weight lost as well as no more inflammation from bad dieting). Incorporating workouts has also helped add some muscle to my 55 year old body and I feel stronger now than when I was in my 30’s. Plus, my wife loves the new body.
While I am thrilled at the results, I know I can do better. In no way did I stay 100% on plan (and never will), but I am very aware of areas that will help me reach my goals. Probably the biggest of those is drinking. I enjoy my evening alcohol (usually vodka) and never gave it up. Not ashamed to say I drink each night and never really thought about giving it up, even though I am well aware of how it affects my weight, sleep, health, etc. But I hit a plateau and can’t seem to get past it and if there’s one thing I learned about trying to loose weight, if you keep doing what you’ve always done, expect the same results. My brother in law is a great example of this. He is a boot camp fanatic, runs on weekends and can’t seem to loose weight. And it’s simple because you can’t out exercise bad eating. Sure he is probably healthier than had he not been doing all this but you can’t eat as you wish and expect exercise to give you weight loss. Almost 80% of weight loss is due to how you eat!
So here we go. This next year I expect to get rid of the stubborn belly fat through less alcohol (I can’t give it up completely!) and a much more structured workout plan. I now know what I am capable of and plan to see a six pack on this body in a couple months. Below are my starting pic and current (right after a 15 minute HIIT workout which is why the sweating.