Just one year ago, Stephanie was depressed, sick and exhausted – and at an all time high weight wise. Fortunately, a friend who had lost a substantial amount of weight on a low-carb diet inspired her to make a change.
The results so far are very impressive. Not only has she lost 62 lbs (28 kg), but she has also significantly improved her migraines, blood work and blood pressure. Here she shares exactly how she did it:
I am very grateful to have found your very informative and supportive website! Here’s my story.
I am celebrating a very important anniversary! I started eating low carb exactly one year ago, today. I am 58 years old. 5’8” (173 cm) tall. I have struggled with my weight all of my adult life. I have lost 20, 30, 40, 50 lbs more than once. I have always regained the weight and then some. I had been yo-yo-ing for 3 decades. I have tried it all.
A year ago, I was binge eating and at a lifetime high of 267 lbs (121 kg), feeling sick, exhausted, discouraged and depressed. And then… I was inspired by a friend who had lost a dramatic amount of weight and she shared the “secret” and pointed me in the direction of your website and some other really valuable resources.
I immersed myself in reading, videos, blogs, groups and somehow the combination of really being ready to make a change, coupled with a plan that makes sense to me has resulted in a really life changing year! I am thrilled to report that I have lost 62 lbs (28 kg) and I plan to continue losing. My goal is to lose 100 lbs (45 kg).I have really only been concentrating on being very low carb. Minimal exercise. I measure nothing. I count nothing. “Macros” are not in my vocabulary. Maybe they should be, but what I am doing is working for me, so far.
It never feels like a chore and it never feels like deprivation. I eat only unprocessed, high quality, delicious foods. Nothing from a box or bag except some frozen vegetables. I only eat when I am hungry. I eat to satiety. I have recently added some intermittent fasting.
The first 40 lbs (18 kg) were practically effortless. The next 25 lbs (11 kg) required more effort and now I seem to have reached a plateau where I have been stuck for a few weeks. I am just grateful not to have gained! I am not getting discouraged. I think I need to increase my activity, watch my portions and not get sloppy about hidden carbs.How did I get here? First, I cut out all bread and dessert. When I got comfortable with that, I cut out pasta, potatoes, rice, and beans. Then I cut out almost all fruit. Then I started looking for hidden carbs. It was a gradual process, one step at a time. At this point, I eat lots of veggies, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, full fat dairy, nuts, butter, olive oil, avocados, berries, etc.
My blood work and blood pressure are excellent. My migraine headaches are greatly improved. My knees and hips don’t hurt. For the first time in my life, I believe I have found a way of eating that makes it possible for me to manage my weight, control my appetite and feel my best! I now finally understand that this has to be the way I have to eat for the rest of my life. And that feels like something I can do! I appreciate the information and support provided by you and your team!
Starting weight: 267 lbs (121 kg)
Current weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Goal weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Thank you for sharing how you did it Stephanie, and best of luck on your continued journey!
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