Hi all, This topic arose on the Techfit shirt thread, but I didn't want it to go too much off topic. Hence a new thread! Basically, the premise is this: I think wearing Techfit shirts is awesome, but I also think you need to look the part. Not that you need to be overly muscled to make it work, but being overweight in a tight shirt won't make anyone happy. If anything, I think Techfit makes you conscious of your own body, which is only good if you can concentrate on the benefits that provides. Anyhow, in the thread I mentioned a way to lose some weight, without restricting yourself too much in terms of amounts of foods. I recommended the paleo diet. I started following this diet myself over half a year ago, because of some food intolerances (mainly gluten, although I didn't know that at the time). I was just trying to find a way NOT to kill my wife every night with gas attacks, really. Or my buddies at evening futsal, for that matter. In short, the paleo diet goes by the premise that humans evolved to eat certain foods (meats, vegetables, eggs, that sort of stuff) and that we haven't adapted, at all, to the diet based on grains that we've been eating the last 10.000 years or so. The result is a screwed up hormone balance, overweight and a host of what we call 'welfare diseases'. I scratched everything from my diet, apart from meats, vegetables, eggs and fruit. Didn't take me long to feel tons better: no longer those huge energy dips during the day, which spring from high blood sugar levels from eating lots of carbs. Those of you into nutrition will notice carbs go on the back burner when you start eating like this. Protein and fats and your new staple. Now, get this: I wasn't doing this to lose weight. I was almost 80 kg and for a 1.80 m (5'11") guy that's ok-ish. I was in the starting phases of developing gut-fat, as a lot of guys do at my age (27). Half a year later I'm down to 71 kg. And I'm telling you, I stuff my face daily with meat, greens, eggs and fruit. But there's the thing: it's eating a lot of carbs (sugars) that causes your body to store fat, NOT fat in itself. I chuck in a good chunk of butter every time I prepare meat, because fat, contrary to what we've been told, is GOOD for you. So there you have it: if you want to lose some weight easily and feel better, I can hearthily recommend this diet. It's not really a diet, because there's no starving involved (well, our ancestors did skip a meal now and then, so that's fine, too). Now, a question from Guarda-Res from the other thread: Two very good sites to get you started are: Mark's daily apple Rob Wolff.com The sites may look a little cheesy and, well, American (*dodges incoming tomatoes from American BigSoccer readers*), but I've got books from both these guys and they're trustworthy and sensible authors. They've got some practical stuff on their sites to get you started. But it really is that simple: clean out all processed stuff from your house, especially if it includes grains. Ideally you only eat clean cuts of meat and biologically produced vegetables and fruit, but that may not be in your budget (I know I struggle with it). Paleo will probably cause you to spend more money on food (but it's worth it, because you're generally eating the stuff you should have been eating all along). For you as a fellow Dutchy I'd say get your vegetables at Lidl and roam the other stores for sales. I stock up on poulty and beef whenever I can. What I usually eat: Morning: 500 gr soft curd cheese (or cottage cheese, I don't know what it's called in English. Guarda: "volle kwark" ). None of that skimmed stuff, remember: fat is good. Alternatively I eat eggs and bacon, about 4 eggs and 4 slices of bacon. This will easily get me through the morning (protein and fats will keep you feeling satisfied for much longer than carbs). Oh, and as you've notice I do eat dairy: I have no lactose problems and it's still a great source of protein. If you can't handle the cow-protein stuff though, don't try it. Lunch: sometimes the eggs & bacon go here. Other times I eat leftovers from dinner the day before. And otherwise I go for a piece of meat (fish or beef, mostly - they are easy to prepare in a short time, considering I'm allowed to prepare meals at work - my boss does paleo as well, hehe), some tomatoes and basically mixing it into a salad. Dinner: anything vegetables and meat. I personally do eat potatoes, but in moderation (my wife fries them in cocosoil, it's the best fries you'll ever have AND much healthier than plantoils). So we'll eat chickenlegs with a salad, or broccoli with a piece of pork. Anything like that. Just eat as much as you need, there is NO need for moderation when it comes to these foods. I find I have no need for anything in between my meals, but you can go for nuts or some fruits. I don't eat many nuts myself, I can't handle many of them (which was the point of me starting to eat this way in the first place). Those are some tips.