Getting My 21 Year Old Body Back!


Written by: Tom Watson

At the age of 40 years old I had gone from the 185 lb 21 year old athletic former Marine, benching 320, squatting 405 and running 3 miles in under 18 minutes, to the puff weight of 223 lbs.


Tom at age 40, weighing 223 lbs.


It was then that I decided I wanted to be my former self again. Although the weights and times were not my goal, I wanted my old body back. I started one program after the other, losing 40 lbs and gaining 20 -30 back. Roller coaster to roller coaster. I couldn’t get the food part right, and compensated with 2 hour gym workouts, playing soccer 3-5 times a week and running miles upon miles.

Finally in November 2010 a friend told me about the Paleo Solution (Diet) and Robb Wolf. I started the diet that night and have been hooked since.

I started the paleo diet in Nov. 18, 2010. I weighed about 198 lbs at 5 feet 10. My blood work was at the top of good, ready to reach into the bottom of bad. Three months into the diet my blood work was perfect. My weight was in the 180’s, I was eating less food, working out less, and looking better. I now weigh 175 lbs. My body fat is about 13% (not bad for a 50 year old). I am currently eating about 1 1/2 – 2 meals a day, snacking on nuts or almond butter and honey when I get a little hungry. My post nasal drip and finger joint pain have gone away. I love this diet and will continue on it for the rest of my life.

Tom at age 49, 8 months into a paleo diet

Tom at age 49, 8 months into a paleo diet

I used to catch a cold or virus a couple times a year. Since starting on Paleo, I have not been sick for nearly two years.

There are times when I can’t eat Paleo or it is very difficult, vacations, eating out (which I rarely but sometimes have to do). I can feel the effects, but start back up and all is good.

My father (now 73) started on the diet shortly after me. He was 40 lbs over weight (lost 25-30 of that) had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was taking shots for diabetes. Since December 2010 he has been able to wean himself off most of the meds. In the next few months he should be MED FREE.
I am now a crusader for better food and share with whomever will listen. My vanity plate is ”PALEO”.

A diet is what you eat, whatever you eat. Some diets will help you lose weight quickly but cannot sustain you for the rest of your life. A diet needs to be a vehicle that can get you to your natural body weight, get you off your meds, eliminate the pain, eliminate the sickness and live a long happy life.

Tom at age 50. 22 months into a paleo diet.

Tom at age 50. 22 months into a paleo diet.

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  1. Sandra
    January 8, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I agree. Diets are just that — diets. Paleo is life.

  2. Lynn
    January 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Hubba-hubba! You look maaahvelous!

  3. Steve Reed
    January 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Looking outstanding Tom! So what sort of workout routine have you been using?

  4. Jackson
    January 27, 2013 at 5:14 am

    What an inspirational post! I also ballooned up to 275 as I approached 35. When I started working out, I had no experience, no plan, and a basic sense of diet. I came across paleo after reading up on a young natural lifter named Hadzovic, who uses much the same. I enjoyed paleo immensely, and continue to employ elements of it. What I’ve learned is no lifestyle is etched in stone. I live by a modified paleo. Some mornings, I chug a Sustain, dairy and gluten free nutrition shake from Best stand in for breakfast thus far. And price breaks down to a three dollar per day breakfast. Cheap but good for me. I also do a ton of supplements for joint support, EFAs, etc. Amazing. Anyway, love your website Robb!!!

  5. Keith
    January 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Great story Tom. I’m a newbie to paleo and have been doing this now for 4-5 weeks. I’ve dropped 21lbs to date. I’m doing the tracking with body measurements and photos. I’ve a while to go yet, but this is a lifestyle I can follow, I love the food, feel great and have lots of energy.

  6. Vesa Ivanovic
    February 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Great job Tom…thats the spirit !!!

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