-302 pounds on an LCHF diet

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Is it possible to lose 300 pounds on an LCHF diet? It is indeed!

Real Meal Revolution: AJ van der Walt Is One of the Biggest Banting Inspirations Ever!

AJ got started with low carb when he was “a stroke waiting to happen”: weighing 621 pounds (282 kg) and with blood pressure readings at 186/125. Over two years, he has lost 302 lbs (137 kg) and completely transformed his life.

This is an amazingly inspirational story! Do you know of anyone who has lost this much weight on low carb?

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18 comments

  1. Janet
    Dr. Westman recently shared this TedX talk. 425 pound loss in 23 months with a ketogenic diet.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRN9P0dOI6E
    Reply: #4
  2. gbl
    I know of a lot of people who have lost huge amounts of weight, low-carb, low calorie, you name it, but have they KEPT IT OFF? No. As soon as they start eating normally, even though within limits, they gain it back.

    Show us those who have kept it off for five, ten years. I dare you.

    Reply: #6
  3. Janknitz
    Gbl, your premise depends on how you define "eating normally". If "eating normally" means eating a diet full of sugar, starches, and processed foods, then--yes, you can expect to gain all the weight back and more. It's insanity to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

    Six years ago I lost 75 lbs on LCHF and I'm within 4 pounds of that low weight 6 years later. For me, "normal eating" IS LCHF. I love how I eat and I feel great. I will never return to the insanity of high carb, processed low fat crap. I never count calories (LCHF has never been low calorie for me). I eat delicious, healthful food in its natural state. THIS is "normal eating" to me.

    It's up to YOU to decide how you want to define "normal eating" for yourself. I dare YOU to try the sane way. ;o)

  4. bill
    It's not Eric Westman, but it's interesting
    nontheless. Too bad the presenter still
    says to avoid saturated fat. And, he doesn't
    attribute the ketone graph to Volek and
    Phinney.
  5. Esme
    I love it. Keep them coming! LCHF is my maintenance diet. I feel healthy and am keeping off the weightloss (have lost in stages so I can practice keeping it off). I'm down about 65 lbs in about a year and a half or a bit more.
  6. Pierre
    "As soon as they start eating normally"

    Can you define what is eating normally for you ?

    I agree what Janknits wrote.

  7. Jean
    "Show us those who have kept it off for five, ten years. I dare you." (gbl)

    A little over a decade ago I weighed 245 lbs. I started eating a lchf diet. I now weigh 127 lbs. I have no trouble maintaining. I still eat lchf, no processed foods, no junk.

  8. gbl
    "Eating normally .... within limits". Read what I wrote.

    Jean, to make this more than sensationalism, we must have more stories like yours. Quick weight loss, great #'s in the short term, lots of hype: that's not science.

    I want factual scientific proof. Otherwise, this is what the "Biggest Losers" type diet industry does. I see posts here touting LCHF studies which studies the writers claim say LCHF is best--but that's not what the studies say if you read them. Read the study, not the rave about them. The studies use qualifying statements, and admit they did not have good data.

    It makes sense to eat the way people ate in one or two generations back. But does it make sense to eat so much animal protein? They didn't, and also they ate little, and sparingly, and moved much more then we do. Is it good conscience to eat such a one-sided diet? It appears it is for TD2 control in the short term, but otherwise, and in the long-term?

    Less "church", more science.

    Reply: #12
  9. Jean
    gbl - of course you are right. we need more long term studies and more nuanced interpretations. All I can speak to is my own n=1 experiment. For me the results have been spectacular, both in terms of my weight and my overall health.
  10. Jean
    gbl - Also, in order to motivate some people to make changes, you need a little "church". I see this site as trying to provide both motivation and science. If we wait until we have perfect knowledge we will wait forever. Plus I do not see high protein diets being advocated here. What is being advocated is a low carb , moderate protein, high fat diet based on real food. Makes sense to me.
  11. gbl
    Animal fat and animal protein come in the same package.

    I still see no reasonable explanation for why high carb eaters like Japanese, most Chinese, and South Koreans have far less obesity and Diabetes than westerners do. Where is the least meat low carb diet? As I mentioned two generations ago, people ate higher fat, but lean meat. There is something "high off the hog" and obscene about privileged westerners eating this planet destructive way. There is not measured moderation to it.

    Are low-carbers exchanging one kind of obsession for another? Maybe what needs to be learned is something other than how much can I eat and how full can I feel, without carbs.

    Elsewhere Dr. Andreas, without being aware that he has done so, apparently, de facto admits that yes, calories do count. Maybe you are eating too much he says. So we do indeed need to stay under certain caloric count.

    By the way, low carbing is not the invention of a few doctors working today: it was promulgated very successfully into a billion dollar business about 50 yrs ago by Weight Watchers. Never doubt the doctors here are also invested in their own interests: building their careers on your church attendance.

  12. ChrisWNC
    I think we have enough evidence to demonstrate that if you eat a low-carb, high fat diet you will lose weight and keep it off. I'm confused about what you are looking for? Of course, if you eat LCHF, lose weight, and then stop eating LCHF, you will gain weight back. That's the failure of every "diet." LCHF can't just be a "diet," it has to be a new way of eating. Also, LCHF is not a high protein diet, and doesn't have to include meat.
  13. gbl
    I'm looking for truth, and an end to doctors building their careers on hopeful easily led people who will inevitably be harmed.

    By a "normal" diet (someone asked what I meant) I mean, reasonable, moderation, and foods common to your area of the world your climate your latitude. Foods that are easily accessible and inexpensive, and which did not have to be flown 1000 miles for your plate. Meat, root vegetables, almost no greens, berries, dairy, cheese, some hardy cruciferous but nothing near what is used here, moderate grain carbs and sweets, with and/or after a meal when blood sugar is not going to go through the roof, the latter only at "occasions" and small. Even dairy and butter will not be used to the extent suggested here. Dairy cows kept pregnant and their calves slaughtered for veal so we can have lots of cheese and butter and creme? That is profoundly perverted.

    Avocados do not grow here, for example. This diet is obscene in its gluttony and disregard for the planet and the other creatures. It is NOT moderate. I don't advocate vegan or even vegetarianism although they too tout health benefits, but what is put forth here is not reasonable or doable in the majority of the world.

    And still, Andreas et al do not tell us why the Okinawa diet, the Chinese, Japanese or South Korean diet works, while being very high carb. Sorry, more activity alone does not explain it.

    First world problems.

  14. Char
    Do your research the Asian countries have the fasted growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Obesity is on the rise.
    Also you can be vegan and do LCHF. Why are you committed to insulting this program ? It works. Eating normal and healthy is eating LCHF for us. It's a lifestyle. A WOE not a diet
  15. gbl
    The changes are coming about where they are adapting to a western high fat diet.

    The traditional Asian diets, still eaten in the majority of China, South Korea and Japan, are high rice, vegetable, sea food, some beef, pork and chicken. LIttle fruit, and eating several meals a day.

    Because Char I see a lot of reliance of pseudo science and unsubstantiated information (the type in a sensationalist tabloid news source) passing as fact here, as proven by your comment.

    I do research. I check what the parameters of the studies are that I source.

    You can do that too.

  16. Sylvia
    Reply to gbl.
    Go to Dr.Jason Yung's blog to understand the science of LCHF. Also, read his book : The Obesity Code.
    Do this research .
  17. gbl
    Truth is persons with diabetes will be treating their illness with a low carb diet which is defacto low calorie.

    I've been there thanks.

    Read at Carb Sane.

  18. sulla
    gbl, look into Dr. Jason Fung's The Obesity Code. He promotes NO calorie (intermittent fasting) to address insulin resistance levels, which he shows to be the primary driver of obesity and diabetes. He also discusses the Asian diets and why a rice-based diet was not obesity promoting, but the recent addition of sugar in conjunction with high carb has.

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