A few years ago, I was your typical office-worker: stressed out, uneven energy, overweight, and inconsistent complexion. Now I'm just your typical 28-year old urban hunter-gatherer on a quest to be healthy, and having a few adventures along the way. See my full bio.
Success Stories: Homo Grok loses 80 lbs, bad gas, dry scalp
This is an awesome success story from Jay Myers, who saw the Colbert interview and lost over 80 pounds going primal. That's a lot of weight, but I'm always interested in health improvements besides weight. Because it's about health, not just weight loss.
First, check out the difference in Jay's face -- he looks like a different person...and seems to have re-gained a confident attitude. The guy on the left? Kind of a pushover. The guy on the right? Not so much.
Here's Jay talking about his story, plus some of the benefits he saw besides weight loss. (My underline.)
"About a week or so after seeing John Durant on The Colbert Report I decided to give this crazy and heart-disease-inducing caveman diet a try. It was silly... and I thought, what the heck... it'll be a larf.
okay lets see... well to start, when you talked about the diet my initial thought was "well he's hot... and he eats this way so at least the results on him are good." [JD: then you're really gonna like the Men of Paleo Swimsuit Calendar] and I also thought, "well this is similar to Atkins and in high school some of my friends tried atkins and lost weight." so initially i was sure I'd lose some weight at least.
Until recently my husband and I (yep, I'm Homo Grok!) have been living with his family so I could pay for university without having to take out any student loans (to me, the worse kinda loan on earth... one of the few things you CANNOT discharge in a bankruptcy...). Bottom line, I didn't have much control over my diet and often have no choice but to eat corn or pasta (I mean, his mother cooked it, and i love her to death too much to not). Even doing a LOT of cheating... i mean a LOT... I lost a TON of weight and gained a whole new outlook on life!
I was blown away by how much and the other side effects. i've had bad dandruff and really unhealthy hair my entire life. no amount of Head and Shoulders could calm the flakes. Eating primal/paleo immediately got rid of all flakes and itchy scalp within 3 weeks of trying it out. great "side improvement" (as Primal Toad and I call it).
Additionally there was gas... my fat ass had gas all the time and that all but disappears when eating primal/paleo for me. I was always under the impression that people had flatulence all the time and there was just nothing to do about it. Apparently the answer is simple: eat the way by which you were shaped by evolution. Now, every once in a while i'm put in a situation where I have no choice but to down a bowl of pasta for the sake of not looking like an ungreatful asshole to family (i don't do it for friends, but i can't say no to 70 year old grandparents). The gas does come back a little (but so does an unset tummy) but it never lasts long. My body can take nonpaleo stuff with ease once a blue moon because it knows it's only temporary and the good stuff will be coming soon.
As for complexion, i've never really had acne in my entire life (good genes? i dunno) save for but a few here and there. But going from fat face to slimmer healthier face definitely made my skin look better.
For the men in the audience they'd be surprised at how different their d*ck looks and feels once they're thinner, haha (i'm being quite frank here, lol).. The fact that I can look down and see my manhood without having to shift my belly around is amazing.... plus, it looks bigger when it's not surrounded by fat. [JD: Remember the 10% of British men who can't see their own penis?]
Above all the pure confidence of looking in the mirror and seeing not just a thin person, but a healthier person makes is what makes it all worth it. The study of human evolution is what has made my life amazing. Because of people like Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Mark Sisson, and of course, John Durant I am happier and more fulfilled than ever. Evolution (and a legitimate history lesson) has showed me the proper way for our bodies to eat which has made me healthier and happier. I was on a one-way track to diabetes paved with 100-calorie snack packs, ramen noodles, and whole wheat cereal. Today I'm comfortable in my own skin and enjoy life to the fullest... but what's best of all is that I do while eating bacon, pork, sausage, hamburgers, steak, REAL vegetables, eggs, and the occasional treat of true dark chocolate.
I'm living the dream baby and I'm glad to say that my success has spread to my sister-in-law and her husband as well as a close facebook friend who i've never even met in person that lives in the other side of the country. The brilliant people i've met through paleo/primal has been great. I'm only 25 years old and if i keep it up I could have another 75-100 years left of my life (who knows what the future holds). Before I was destined to be one of those guys riding around in WalMart on those motorized carts buy whole wheat and sugary treats thinking it was what my body needed.
How strange how much could come out of one guy making an appearance on The Colbert Report. One moment can spark change and above all save lives.
Never have I ever believed the following statement so profoundly: Health is Wealth.
Oh yeah, and I forgot... did I mention I also don't use soap or shampoo anymore and rarely use deodorant... I just.... don't need it
Awesome. Check out another set of before and after photos. Yes, you can see the weight loss, but ITS NOT JUST ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS. What I really see is the increase in confidence.
Rock on, Jay.