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Success Story: “Low Carb – It’s Amazing How Easy It Is”

Published on March 21, 2014,

The DietDoctor has a great success story from Mauro who had no luck losing weight until he first dropped sugar and then the carbs. The before and after pics show how well it is working out…

“It’s Amazing How Easy It Is”Here’s Mauro’s LCHF story, from Mexico City: Hello Andreas, My name is Mauro Chan and I’m from México City. I found your page while I was trying to learn more about sugar, from the best on this theme, Dr. Robert Lustig. I wasn’t fat, but I was overweight and I started to diet and exercise but with no good results and one day I found the truth about sugar and I’d quit, but then I discovered your page and it was a phenomenal discovery. I started to lose weight quitting sugar, but it went way better when I quit carbohydrates!!!! It’s amazing how easy it is and eating what I really want, so I started to make my little war against sugar and the very bad information of media to eat very bad and make us so sick!

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Performance Up! Inflammation Down!: Professional Baseball Pitcher Goes Primal and Sees Immediate Results

Published on February 27, 2014,

Over at his Mark’s Daily Apple site, Mark Sisson has recently published a fascinating case study of a professional baseball pitcher who switched to a low carb, primal diet with impressive results – the latest in a regular stream of stories of pro athletes who are dropping the carbs…

Performance Up! Inflammation Down!: Professional Baseball Pitcher Goes Primal and Sees Immediate ResultsIt’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading! Dear Mark, My name is Greg and I am a 25 year old professional pitcher in the Marlins Organization. People don’t often associate professional athletes with poor health, but I was constantly considered a “bad-bodied left-handed pitcher.” The tag was placed on me and I accepted it. Just never wanted to change since it hadn’t affected my performance on the mound (or so I thought). This story really starts more in my high school years. I was a mindless eater constantly shoving down granola bars, rice, pasta, etc..

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70 Year-Old Triathlon Guru Advocates Paleo Diet

Published on January 16, 2014,

The Washington Post has an interview with 70 year-old Joel Friel who is the author of “The Triathlete’s Training Bible” and highly respected among generations of elite runners, bikers and triathletes. In it he describes how, in the mid-nineties, he switched from a high carb to a protein, fat and vegetable-based paleo diet…

The Triathletes Training Bible by Joel Friel

The Triathletes Training Bible
by Joel Friel

In 1995, I changed my diet. I had been eating a very-high-carbohydrate diet, lots of starches, especially breads, cereals, pastas. A friend of mine, a runner, kept telling me about a project he was working on, which he was calling the Paleo diet, short for Paleolithic. He kept telling me about it and the research on it.

He finally said to me, “Why don’t you try what I am suggesting for one month? If it doesn’t work, we won’t talk about it anymore.” I started eating that way, and for about two weeks I felt miserable. I wasn’t recovering well. I was hungry all the time.

But after three weeks, I felt really good. My training started to come around really nicely. I went for four weeks, then five weeks. I was doing a triathlon at that time, and I would normally begin to experience upper-respiratory conditions: a sniffly nose, even a sore throat, which is quite common if I got my volume [of exercise] very high, depending on how many hours I trained in a week. I felt fine. I didn’t have any sore throats or head colds. I wasn’t breaking down. I realized something was happening: My diet was changing my physiology.

I’ve been eating that way every since. That means lots of protein in my diet, lots of vegetables.

So just vegetables and protein?

Last year, Tim Noakes at the University of Cape Town, South Africa [a proponent of high-carb diets for athletes], an MD, started tweeting about changing his diet to eating low carbs, high fat. He was losing weight. His running times were getting better. He’s been a runner for decades, as I had been. I thought I would try it.

I started to cut back on fruits and starch in my diet. I lost a bunch of weight also. I was never what you would call overweight. But in the last few years, I experienced what all aging athletes experience, which is I was gaining weight in the off-season.

I’d go from 154 pounds to 165 pounds over the course of winter, and in the spring I would try to take it off by restricting calories. I changed my diet and noticed I began to lose weight immediately. In the course of eight weeks, I lost 12 pounds.

I was at race weight, which had always been a little bit of struggle every spring. I thought maybe I [would] lose some of my performance. It wasn’t a problem whatsoever.

When you say “high fat,” what do you mean?

Lots of fats. Bacon. Butter. Cheese. Really anything that is high-fat, saturated, not a trans fat. I eat a really high-fat diet. Basically the only carbohydrate I get is fruit at breakfast: half of a piece of fruit, half a pear, or sometime during the day I might have another piece of fruit after a ride.

So no sugar, cookies, alcohol?

My wife and I have a glass of wine every evening before supper. We don’t eat cookies, ice cream. We don’t keep stuff like that in the house. We just don’t eat it.

People think it’s a strict diet, but I enjoy what I eat. I am not depriving myself of anything. The research [I read] doesn’t support that fat causes heart disease or that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.

More at: Trainer says getting older doesn’t mean fitness must fall and recommends pushing harder

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