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By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., February 17, 2012 - 12:02pm

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Brierley asks: Have you had success losing weight with any of these diets?


My experience with the Primal diet (lifestyle) is that it works terrific. This allows for some dairy (mainly cheese for me) in my Paleo diet. Results after 1 year: Lost 25 lbs (down from 174 to my high school weight of less than 150 on a 6'1" frame -- at age 57) and improved and now excellent blood lipids across the board (Triglycerides down, HDL-C up, LDL-C down, etc.). Blood glucose excellent. (BTW, I lost virtually all of that weight in the first 3 months.)

I eat eggs, uncured bacon, cheese, nuts, nut butters, dark chocolate, meat (grass fed whenever possible - from the local farmer's market), fish (sardines, herring, tuna, etc.), coconut oil and tons of veggies and fruits. No grains, no starchy white vegetables, no beans/legumes and no industrial seed oils. No processed food out of a box or package.

This lifestyle is not restrictive in the least, no watching or counting calories, NEVER any hunger. It is truly an awesome blessing to have converted my metabolism into a "fat burning beast" !

Why anyone with half a brain would bash this kind of diet just illustrates the ignorance and closed-mindedness of the author and peers in the CW diet establishment. Read Taubes' books, Davis's "Wheat Belly" and all the ready-available other summaries of the research studies that back up Paleo/Primal before composing an article consisting of mindless dribble like this. The resources listed on the blog/website for the documentary movie "Fathead" are also a great starting point.


01/28/2013 - 10:06am

You're very misinformed about calcium and dairy,yes calcium is in dairy but,it isn't an easily digestible form of calcium.So you're better of sticking to dark leafy greens for all your calcium needs.Fact!.As for the vitamin d comment you an obtain that from spending a little time in the sun,and b12 is found in spirulina which is also higher protein then steak.


01/10/2013 - 4:58pm

Wow, the nutritionist for this article really needs to do his/her research! Paleo is NOT low carb, dairy is not good for you and you can get plenty of vitamin D and every other micronutrient in meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and nuts (all encouraged to eat on the Paleo diet). There is so much scientific research readily available that supports the Paleo lifestyle that I can't believe the editors of EatingWell allowed this article to be published. Definitely not getting this magazine again.


01/06/2013 - 9:30pm

Dukan Diet does allow nonfat dairy.


01/03/2013 - 11:40am

Your body does not need dairy


10/03/2012 - 8:15pm

I have been on a paleo-like diet for the past 8 months and have lost over 60 pounds. I restricted my calorie intake to between 700-1000. It consisted of two 4 oz portions of quality protein, two servings of vegetables, fruit and nuts. The restricted calorie intake is difficult to maintain, and I sometimes have a slightly larger portion of protein or, more commonly, more fruit and nuts. After the first 15 pounds or so, my blood sugar was normal and I got off all of my Type II diabetes meds. My last A1C was 5.7. My physician, who has been trying to get me to lose weight for years, is more than encouraging. This diet is certainly not for everyone, but if you have been on a high-carb/low-fat diet as I have been on for years and still don't lose weight and have Type II, it is worth a shot.


09/11/2012 - 4:02pm

Paleo Diet. Vitamin K is in saturated fat on your meats, and you get calcium from your Greens! This nutritionist needs to do some studying so they can give out proper advice.


08/21/2012 - 2:01pm

People don't need dairy. You can get calcium from many green vegetables, even more than in dairy. -_-


08/09/2012 - 4:27pm

The paelo diet is fine. Just because we're not eating a billion grams of carbs per day in the form of wheat flour (white or whole, doesn't matter, look at the research against eating wheat), grains, sugar etc means we're not getting any carbs at all? So the vegetables and fruit that paleo followers eat have no carbs, or, realistically, enough carbs (naturally) to sustain a caveman (which we still are, agriculture has only been going 10, 000 years or so? So how are our bodies going to evolve that quickly in 10,000 years, just because our eating habits have changed drastically with agriculture/mass production doesnt mean it's a healthy progression, at all. Look at all the new cases of gluten insensitivity and intolerance.) Who wouldnt feel good on a paleo diet? Fruit, meat, fish, eggs, veg. Clean, natural eating. No chemicals. Refined sugar is unnatural and therefore terrible for humans. Calcium & vitamin D are easily obtained through other non dairy sources. And dairy is terrible for you too. Suprises me a dietitian would write such uninformed drivel.


08/08/2012 - 4:45pm

I have been on the Paleo plan for about 7 months and have never felt better. Not only have I dropped 20 pounds, but my Cholesterol is down 30 points and have more energy and need less sleep. No more bloated feeling or constipation. Yes, it is a lifestyle, one that supports REAL FOOD from local farms. It isn't difficult once you get all of that junk out of your house. Just plan to shop on the perimeter of your grocery store (produce and meats) and find as many farmer's markets as possible. I am never going back! Life in the Paleo world is good!


08/02/2012 - 12:52pm

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