Desperate to lose weight, Jimmy Lee Shreeve found that only one diet did the trick; that of Paleolithic man. Bring on the meat
August 14 2007
A few years ago, as I approached 40, I found I couldn't do up the top button of my jeans. Through my twenties and most of my thirties, I'd taken size 32; now, I needed a 36. I was in denial for months.
What stopped this was an unforgiving changing-room mirror. As I stood there without my T-shirt, I was confronted with the harsh reality that I had a spare tyre. There it was; like it or not, I was facing the onset of middle-age spread.
I decided to do something about it. First, I cranked up a serious exercise regime. I jogged every other day and did weights on the days in between, taking Sundays off. Diet-wise, I ate the universally recommended high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods: lots of rice, lentils, pasta, oats, fish, chicken and fruit and veg, but little red meat.
It didn't work. Yes, I felt fitter and was more muscular - but my waistline wasn't going down.
As I was about to give up in despair, I stumbled across the website of Art De Vany (http://www.arthurdevany.com
), an economics professor from California. I was dumbfounded. The guy was in his sixties and he looked spectacular. His muscles rippled, but not in the muscle-bound bodybuilder way. What's more, his stomach was flat and he had a genuine six-pack. He put people of 30 and younger to shame.
What was De Vany's secret? For nearly two decades, he'd been eating and exercising as humans did in Paleolithic times - the early Stone Age. He'd come across research suggesting that we should be eating like our hunter-gatherer forebears - lean meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, but no grains, beans or dairy. It had made sense, so he took it up.
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