23 Paleo Success Stories That Will Blow Your Mind

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When people find out I’m Paleo, I’m almost always faced with some sort of debate. I’ve been thrown into a lot of arguments over Paleo (I mean, a LOT of arguments). And while usually I’m thinking to myself, “Can’t you just let me eat my bun-less burger in peace?” I also start thinking back to all the Success Stories I’ve interviewed for this site. If you want proof that Paleo works (or if you need help convincing someone else) I’ll just direct you to the people below. Read their stories. Look at their photos. Then we’ll talk.  -Kara


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Katie lost 85 lbs (and her fear of foods that contain fat).

Katie Before and After Paleo

I was so obsessed with “low-fat,” I literally wouldn’t eat anything unless it contained those two words. When you go through such a big change, you become really paranoid that something will mess everything up. Paleo released me from this idea that going out for ice-cream will set you back six months, or cause you to lose all the work you put in. Read her story here.


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Jennifer kicked yo-yo dieting for good by adopting a Paleo lifestyle!

Jennifer in her before jeans

Believe that this is one of the best things you can do for your body, and your entire mentality will change. You will look at food as something to nourish your body. This is hard, but not impossible. I love this lifestyle more than I love food. Read her story here.


Jody: Managing Mitochondria Disease with Paleo 

Jody before after

Jody was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease at age 34, a disease for which there is no cure. But having a “never take no for an answer” fighting attitude that we’ve seen in so many of our success stories, she went to the internet to find other possible solutions. Read her story here.

Jamison: After having a heart attack at age 26, lost over 100 lbs in 7 months

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Think organic food is expensive? Have a heart attack. That’s pretty damn expensive. Read Jamison’s 180 here.

Anthony: Lost 200 lbs in one year.

Anthony D'Amato Weight LossWithout working out. Yes; you read that correctly. When asked what he did for exercise, he said, “Well I started walking a mile…” Read his story here. 

 Doug: Lost 40 lbs in 6 months

Doug's Extreme Paleo Weight Loss“Fat, borderline alcoholic, and wolfing down every Twinkie in sight,” was how he described himself. Now, he’s a personal trainer and Crossfit coach in San Diego.

Leah: Lost 40 lbs in three months.

Leah's Extre Paleo Weight LossIn just three months, she was off prescriptions for high blood pressure, had asthma, acid reflux, and a case of Candida. Oh, and she lost 40 lbs. Read her full story in The 30 Day Guide to Paleo. 

Meg: GAINED weight and found ways to love her body

Meg before and after Meg is our one-and-only success story who GAINED weight. And after weighing UNDER 90 lbs in high school and battling an eating disorder, we’d say that’s one heck of an accomplishment.

Chrissy: My diet was sugar-free and fat-free everything

Chrissy's Paleo Weight LossEgg whites, supplements, and protein shakes: can you say “blah”? That’s what she lived off of during her body building phase.  Today, she says, “I didn’t know I could be this lean!”

Grace: Lost 50 lbs on Paleo on a college budget 

Grace's Extreme Paleo Weight Loss Don’t have the time or money to go Paleo? Grace was able to lose 50 lbs on a college budget, and while studying bioengineering (not exactly an easy major people!). You can read how she did it here. 

Jeanne: Lost 100 lbs in 9 months

Jeanne's Extreme Paleo Weight LossAfter her first workout with her son (who served as her trainer) she thought, “No way I am going to work THAT HARD, and throw it all away with bad food.” Read her story here. 

Megan: Manages Reynaud’s Phenomenon, Celiac disease, and Hashimotos Thyroiditis with a Paleo diet

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Think Paleo is strict? Try the Autoimmune Protocol. This former DI All-American athlete and former VEGAN switched Paleo after she was diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases. 

 Chae: Lost 140 lbs on Paleo

ChaeBeforeandAfter Welcome to the gun show! After going from 300 lbs to 190, Chae could not lose a pound more…Until she did a Paleo challenge. Now she’s a certified trainer to help others do the same. Read more of Chae’s story on her website, Eat Suite Live Sweet. You can also find her story in The 30 Day Guide to Paleo.

 John Mack: Lost 100 lbs in 9 months without working out

John Mack before and after photos Yep, go ahead and hate him: He didn’t step FOOT into a gym until he was nine months in. But the guy put his work in: John has never cheated. Corn, rice, gluten-free cereal, beer, you name it; he hasn’t had any of it since he started Paleo. 

Kathy: Reversed three years of Glandular Fever, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and insomnia with Paleo

Guest Post 1 Kathy’s doctors told her NOTHING was wrong with her. Does this look like nothing was wrong here?? Read how she took matters into her own hands here. 

 Steve: Went from 340 lbs to 8% body fat

Steve's Paleo Extreme Weight LossWant to know what Steve’s original goal was? To get BACK to 300 lbs. That was his whole goal. It took him SEVEN weeks to lose 50 lbs. 10 months in, he was already down 140. 


These success stories don’t have dramatic weight loss photos, but their results are equally inspiring!

The Family that Heals Together

Jaclyn helped her son lessen his ADHD through Paleo


Jen Robins

Jennifer has found relief from Lyme and Hashimoto’s by following a Paleo Diet


Breanna He Won't Know it's Paleo

Bre’anna has also found success treating Hashimotos using AutoImmune Paleo

Jessi Heggan from Jessi's Kitchen

… And so has Jessi, following a Paleo diet.


Gabriella has helped lessen her Chronic Lyme Disease symptoms with Paleo

Nora from A Clean Bake

Nora has overcome Leaky Gut and SIBO with a Paleo Diet

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Caroline manages her Type 1 Diabetes with a Paleo Diet



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