Thank God it is the end of the Paleo Challenge. To be fair I learned a few things along the way, but suffered from a hideous lack of carbs.
Why I want to do Paleo:
1. It was a challenge at my Crossfit gym
2. I want to train my body to run more efficiently on fat. (See Bob Seebohar or Loren Cordain and Joel Friel)
3. I want to balance my blood sugar.
4. I like to experiment on on body to ultimate perform better.
5. And heck, I want to look better naked.
My macro nutrient balance was not what Cordain and Friel recommend in their book Paleo for Athletes which is 50% CHO, 30% Fat and 20% Protein. Mine was more like 25% CHO, 40% Fat and 35% protein. I found it difficult to get higher carbs when eating only lean meat, fish, nuts, vegetables and limited fruit. My average daily calories was between 1000 and 1400, too low for my body and exercise output but I really didn’t lose weight so I stayed with it.
What did happen over 4 weeks?
Before: weight 123 (the most I have weighed in years!), 1 rep max deadlift 205 pounds, met-con which is 21/15/9 reps of 15lb medicine ball squats + burpees for time 4:49.
After: weight 120; 3 pounds lighter – probably water, 1 rep max deadlift, an ugly and barely lifted 205; same, (I raced a 4 miler that morning) met-con 4:03; 46 seconds faster.
Here are my dorky before and after photos. After picking myself apart for the last hour, I am giving in and posting them. I think my posture might be better (see second row right) but mostly only my shoes changed and I am not wearing glasses. I should add that besides Paleo I was doing Crossfit 2-3 times a week and of course running.