“33 lbs down since I read Simpler in January. I really enjoy the non-obsessive approach to health in your writing.”
The number caught my eye, but the perspective sealed the deal — the recognition, above all else, that strong, vibrant health doesn’t have to come loaded with numbers, complexities, and all manner of obsessions. That’s a large theme in my upcoming ebook, Roots, but also in my first effort, Simpler, which laid out a simple, easy approach to restoring the body to great shape.
If my own (embarrassing) experience has proven anything, though, it’s this: a picture is worth a thousand words. Two pictures, then, might drove the point home better than anything else, and I’m glad to say that Jorge provided that and more.
Hit the jump for his story!
I already thanked you, but the truth is that I’m really excited about the physical improvements I’m having, so thanks again.
In December I read your ebook and I liked it a lot, I was already living a sort of minimalist lifestyle, so that part wasn’t new to me. But the part about eating and exercise definitely was something I’ve never heard.
(Note: Sorry about using kilograms measurements here, it’s easier to me)
I was overweight my entire life. When I was 18 I was over 100kg, and then I slowly started to lose some weight (but not that much). Two years ago I started being a vegetarian, and my weight increased dramatically. After a while, I tried running everyday (I was living in Tierra del Fuego, a really cold place, so imagine it wasn’t a very pleasant experience) but I was stuck at 90kg.
In January I travelled through Brazil for 2 weeks (it was amazing!), and when I realized that I’d lost some weight. I also realized that it was because unconsciously I ate primal/paleo during those days.
Then I remembered your book and I said to myself “This guy was right”. I started reading some other blogs (Mark Sisson and Richard Nikoley are my favorites) I decided to start eating this way everyday and start exercising like you said, and here I am… 75kg and happier than ever before. I’m excited about the next months.
I wrote about this in my blog. It’s in Spanish, but I put a Before/After picture you can check.
(Click to emlarge!)
First and foremost: congratulations, Jorge!
That’s an incredible change in a relatively short amount of time. With results like this, it’s little wonder to me that Paleo continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the public spotlight. Call it a little sad, too, that so many people still continue to over-exercise, eat government-approved whole grains and low-fat substitutes, and generally do so many harmful things with the absolute best of intentions.
Jorge’s success makes me wonder, however, how many people in the audience have seen similar results. If the ideas in Simpler have helped you — or if they served as an introduction to a Paleo/Primal lifestyle, at least — please don’t hesitate to contact me with your results. I’d love to feature more people here that have adopted a Paleo lifestyle to great success.
If you’ve been toeing the line, unsure whether to dive in, let me take this opportunity to ask just one question: why? I’m legitimately curious to hear the answer, as I’d love to work however I can to encourage people to give a Paleo lifestyle a chance. Jorge’s success is pretty characteristic of the first few months of a Paleo life, and by every indication a sign of great things to come, so here’s hoping his story might be just the little push you need to give Paleo a go.
If not, though, feel free to leave a comment down below expressing your concerns. I’m planning an upcoming series on the practical aspects of eating Paleo, and I’d love to tackle any and all of your problems and concerns in the interest of creating the best (and most thoroughly kick-ass) guide possible.
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