(Original post by BLaZeDRas)
should this be in the "fitness" section?
sorry if its in the wrong sub-forum
Now here is my own story (briefly)
-- I have always struggled throughout the years, trying to lose weight... to be quite fair it made me miserable. I was happy at school and with friends, but whenever I had the chance to think about how it affected me and how I felt hopeless... it really did get me down.
During 2010, at Uni, I was bigger than ever and the stress of not liking the course/feeling ill had gotten to me, not to mention the severe digestive problems I had for well over a year. Everything collapsed, I had a panic attack one day and I became a wreck... I had anxiety from the most minute amounts of caffeine, or social situations in which I was fine before. I now realize it was likely my adrenal glands being overworked/shot. The doctors had no clue, the EEG came back fine "slightly elevated from anxiety [they said]"... I just had to lose weight. But... I had been eating whole grains, avoiding saturated fat and trying to live healthily... even going to the gym and using kettlebells at home (not always regularly, because I didn't feel like I was up to it, now I know why)
I was over 20 stone (I never weighed myself before starting this journey but the first time I weigh'd myself after a while doing it I was 19 st 9 lbs) and I felt like CRAP. I had tried mainstream advice.
One day I stumbled across a video on youtube by "Sean Croxton" of undergroundwellness (UGW). It was just him, talking about how GOOD for you coconut oil and saturated fat from animals was.... I thought WHAT... but kept watching, looking at all his videos... he was giving biochemistry reasoning, evolutionary reasoning, logical reasoning. I started taking his advice... this eventually lead me on to "paleo"...
I haven't completely leaned out yet.. I've gone from 44 waist to 32... XXXL shirts to large/medium; I am now 13 stone 7 lbs
(the number is pretty meaningless at this stage but can be useful early on as I am increasing muscle and losing fat atm)... I don't count calories, fat or even carbs to some degree (quality and timing is far more important).
Please, if you have health problems (fat loss is only an added bonus of this, I have also cured EVERY single health problem I had, digestive health, anxiety.. you name it and there is tons of clinical/anecdotal evidence for it improving many conditions including auto-immune conditions), check these links out... I promise you they are worth your time:
[the main offenders are wheat/grains/vegetable oils/excess sugar+pufas, though obviously it is a very complex situation]
- excellent free podcast and blog
- excellent free blog
- another great site/free videos/podcast
- brilliant place to ask questions or see anecdotal stories
there are many more of these amazing free resources trying to help people in the "paleosphere" but I hope these ones can help you get started.
Please feel free to add me on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/petros.constantopoulos
) if you wish, or ask questions on here.. I am by no means an expert but have been looking into this solidly for a while now and wish to help people who feel as helpless as I once did.
[TL : DR] Long story short...
It is not as simple as "a calorie is a calorie"... this is demonstrable fact; different foods (even when the macro-nutrient ratios are exactly the same) have vastly different effects on leptin sensitivity, other hormone sensitivity/resistance and various other health indicators and markers.
I am advocating people look into the issue because we are told by the media/medical professionals all the time that it is just calories in/out
These pictures aren't "that
" recent (and yes I'm attempting to grow my hair in the more recent one, that was when i had my hair straightened and I look lame), but I don't take many pictures of myself so here are a couple...