Ya know, I’ve always been prone to trying crazy things when it comes to “health and fitness”. I’ve run the gamut of different supplements (nothing too crazy there), different diets, different workout routines, and most all of this based off all the “expert” advice I gleaned from reading stacks upon stacks of muscle rags. I mean, after reading 30-40 magazines full of pictures of oily, ‘roided bodybuilders, I figured I was basically a personal trainer/dietitian. The amount of useful information you get out of the ads alone is amazing! (snark)
I’ve gone through the whole calorie counting thing to get cut (it worked, but took months), and at the other end of the spectrum tried 30 days of the GOMAD diet to gain weight (and needless to say that was brutal). When I wasn’t experimenting with crazy diets, I was just trying to “eat healthy”. Which naturally included whole grains, half a gallon of low fat chocolate milk, and Combos (they’re a weakness okay).
Well over the past year or so, since I started blogging and trying to dig in a little more, I realize by the day that I really had little to no real knowledge of what is actually healthy and/or fit.
Enter the Paleo Solution. I read the book, swallowed it hook line and sinker (as I’m prone to doing whenever I read something), and since I enjoy giving things a shot and really seeing the effects for myself, I decided that would be my next “challenge”. I mean, shoot, if I’m crazy enough to drink a gallon of whole milk a day for 30 days, why not give this a shot and see what happens.
So that’s what I did, and when I say I’m going to do something, I do it legit. So for 30 days I was pure Paleo with my diet, as well as getting that 8 hours of sleep that Robb so highly recommends.
How was it?
It. Was. Awesome. I felt like a million bucks after my body adjusted to the new schedule (didn’t take very long), had tons of energy, was super motivated, and the craziest thing was… I lost weight. Many of you may think, well isn’t that the point? Well, for some, yes, I guess that’s “the point”, but honestly that wasn’t at all what I was going for. I had NO intentions of losing weight.
Why? Well for one, I was more trying the diet to see if it was an all around “healthier” option, and two, I have been working on a handful of power and Olympic weightlifting goals that all involve achieving a 1 repetition maximum. My previous experience with weight loss? Losing weight = losing strength. I couldn’t be
having that. But not this time. This time I dropped weight (a total of 8lbs. in 30 days, as well as dropping from 9.6% body fat to 7.8%) and continued to make strength gains in the gym. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.
So how did I do it? Counting every calorie while eating small portions of meat, some carrots, and a fig? No, no, no. I didn’t count a single calorie, didn’t limit my portions once, and never reigned in my appetite. I ate tons, and tons of food. It was glorious. And not just chicken breasts and broccoli. No, this was legit food. People at work were amazed at the stuff I was bringing in. One guy would come over almost every
day to ask what that “amazing smell” was…
“Oh this? I made it. It’s 4 grass-fed hamburgers on a bed of romaine, topped with homemade guac sprinkled with organic pixie dust…. Have fun with your hotpocket of death” (paraphrase)
All in all, the 30 day challenge was awesome for me; and while I’m currently not 100% “Paleo” (a man’s gotta drink now and again… okay, well this man does), almost all the food I make for myself is Paleo friendly, and it certainly affects all my decisions in the grocery store, and out on the town.
And I feel, much, much, better for it.
Anyway, if you aren’t sold yet, I’d encourage you to take up Robb’s challenge like I did myself: just try it for 30 days, take measurements, get before and after blood work done (you can see the results of that on my blog), get your sleep (important for me!), continue to exercise, and just see how you feel.
Over and out,