Real Results Video Interview – Chris Tamme – 100 Pounds Lost

After watching my interview last week with Timothy Zork, who lost 80 pounds by “going Paleo,” Chris decided he wanted to be next on the list and immediately emailed me and we set things up.

He sent over a number of before and after pictures. I’ll present a couple of them here and the rest of them are embedded in the video interview. Now here’s some excerpts from his email. Chris is 35 years young and stands 6′ 1″.

I started my journey in August of 2008. I was tired of being overweight and out of shape. My new job had me living by myself in a new town and my family was 5 hours away. There was no better time to make a change to my horrible lifestyle. So at 280lbs I decided it was time to get in shape and lose some weight. Really, weight loss was at the top of mind and I could care less about better health. Little did I know that they go hand in hand. I started running and running and running some more. It was brutal and I was thouroughly abused, but I got up every morning and ran my guts out.

I believed that calories in/ calories out was all that mattered. My diet was made up of processed garbage and grains, oh all the grains I ate. I was downing 2 boxes of cereal a week not understanding what I was doing to my body. I wasn’t getting the proper micronutrients and I was paying for it. After 9 months of this I was 60lbs lighter but I didn’t feel much better and my weight loss was completely stalled. On top of all that I had a serious case of achilles tendonitis. If you have never had tendonitis then thank the gods because it is one of the most painful things I have ever gone through. The worst part is that I figured well I am a runner and these kinds of injuries are what runners have to deal with. Hell there are whole threads on dedicated to chronic running injuries. What an idiot I was to keep running through all that.

The Before Chris
The Before Chris

At this point I went looking for a better way. I knew there had to be an easier method out there. I got on the internet and for a week straight read through every diet website I could find. Then I found paleo and it all made sense. I read The Paleo Diet for Athletes and started making changes to my diet. Things started to happen to me. Weight I had been fighting started falling off and all because of a change in my diet. Paleo was a diet but then I stumbled on The Primal Blueprint and here was an all encompassing lifestyle that was simple and easy to follow. It all made sense and I am now a complete convert to the Primal Lifestyle. I have stopped packing on the miles and miles of running and have gone to simple short workouts. I can spend more time with my family and less time trying to lose weight.

I am now 100lbs lighter then when I started and easily maintain my weight at 180lbs. The funny thing is I have stopped shedding pounds but I am still shedding inches. Last year I lost 1.5 inches off my waist and I can’t wait to see how many inches I have lost this year. I am betting it is at least 1″ while I stay at 180lbs. I never thought in a million years that I would ever be this weight or this size ever. The last time I wore 32″ waist pants I was in the 8th grade and 180lbs I was a senior in high school. Now the 32’s are starting to get loose and I am thinking that 30’s might be in the near future if I am not careful. I can never think anything is impossible anymore.

The After Chris

You can read more about Chris’ Paleo / Primal journey on his blog.

The primary reason I’ve chosen the video interview format is to capture the emotional excitement, relief, joy and the whole basket of good feelings that come from this sort of life changing experience. So have a look and get an earful.

I think this sort of media has a chance to draw in new folks to the paleo / Primal experience as nothing else. You can help in that by clicking the Recommend button at the top of the post for Facebook, Tweet or reTweet, and perhaps most valuable of all, please consider giving the video a “Thumbs Up” on YouTube.


Are you ready to tell your story to the word and inspire others to life transforming awesomeness? I’m looking for impressive results, and it needs to be on a “Paleoish” or “Primalish” regime. This blog could have played a role, but not necessary and I will be happy to highlight and link to whomever it was that got you started…so you other bloggers, feel free also to email your reader success stories (with their permission, or entice them to do so) and you’ll get the credit for starting them on their path).

Email before & after pics and your stories to my email on my About page.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Chris Tamme on August 29, 2011 at 11:57

    Thanks for the opportunity and the venue to tell my Paleo success story. I am flattered that I was picked to do an interview like this. For a long time I have dreamed of being able to be the after picture. I want to get on my soapbox now and preach about changing you life for the better but I will let the video do the talking.

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  3. Judi O on August 29, 2011 at 14:09

    My goodness – it’s Matt Damon, only better! Seriously, this is a wonderful gift you have given yourself and your family. You have much to be proud of – great job!

  4. rob on August 29, 2011 at 16:24

    I can see where running your ass off at 280 pounds would give you problems with your joints.

    • Chris Tamme on August 30, 2011 at 05:09

      My joints are fine. Achilles tendonitis is a completely different issue. I destroyed my ankles playing football in high school. Other then that everything is copacetic.

    • rob on August 30, 2011 at 09:25

      I’ve got a partially torn achilles tendon in one of my ankles, injured it in 1989 and it is still a problem today.

      The problem I encountered when I started running higher mileage (25+ miles a week) earlier this year were my hips which I think it is probably age related, I figured I could either stop running so much or count on a hip replacement down the road.

  5. Lute Nikoley on August 29, 2011 at 18:20

    Congratulations for a job well done, Chris. Wow, 100 lbs. and there are so many unbelievers and deniers and all it takes is to eat real food.

  6. Bill on August 29, 2011 at 18:33

    Well done! I’m right behind you, 50lbs off & needing some motivation to keep after it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Karen on August 29, 2011 at 19:40

    Effortless is the operative word for sure. Congrats to Chris for his transformation! Thanks for sharing your story. I know it can be hard to be so *public* but know that you can inspire so many to transform their lives.

    • Chris Tamme on August 30, 2011 at 05:11

      Thanks Karen. It is difficult because I know how nit picky people are and I have always had problems with criticism and can take it very personally. I have thick skin though and this is a message that needs to be spread.

  8. Sue on August 29, 2011 at 22:15

    Congratulations. You look so much younger and dress younger.

  9. Kristy on August 29, 2011 at 22:40

    Awesome story, my Paleo brother!! Way to go, Chris!!

  10. Skyler Tanner on August 30, 2011 at 04:30

    Hell of a job, Chris. It’s like I said to a woman yesterday: real food and intense exercise produces results? NO WAY! 😉

    I also have those swim trunks so hell of a job on being so stylish!

    • Chris Tamme on August 30, 2011 at 05:13

      It is amazing what actual food can do for you. It is time to stop the insanity and get off the hamster wheel.

      Those trunks are a small and were tight in that pic. They are falling off of me this summer.

  11. Dennis on August 30, 2011 at 09:08

    Great work Chris! Richard, thanks for putting this together. The videos are awesome and inspiring!!!

  12. the cottage child on August 30, 2011 at 09:23

    This was so fun to watch! Just tweeked a pretty good grocery list to make it even better, the stream of inspiration here really helps. Congratulations, Chris! Thanks, Richard!

  13. Brian on August 30, 2011 at 14:13

    Congratulations Chris! I’m following in your footsteps. I’m down 60lbs and want to lose another 30 or so. I feel some much better and look so much better already.

  14. BabyGirl on August 30, 2011 at 15:27

    Ok, he’s hot.

  15. Doug McGuff, MD on August 30, 2011 at 19:08

    Inspiring Chris! Great Job!
    Skyler, you mean someone else shops at Old Navy?

    • Chris Tamme on August 30, 2011 at 19:14

      Who wouldn’t shop at old navy?? $5 flip flops and $7 tees whats not to like!

  16. Mandy Tamme on August 31, 2011 at 11:40

    Chris did all the work to look the way he does, but I have to take credit for the shopping! 😉 Proud of you, honey!!

  17. Liam H on August 31, 2011 at 08:06

    Fantastic work. Well done. A very inspiring transformation. Yes it is a transformation. Again well done.

  18. Rob on August 31, 2011 at 16:40

    I love these stories! Good job on the weight loss, dude.

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