62 pounds lost and migraines greatly improved on 1-year low-carb anniversary

stephanie

Before and after

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:

Dear Andreas,

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!
Stephanie

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Thank you for sharing how you did it Stephanie, and best of luck on your continued journey!

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7 comments

  1. Elena
    Congratulations Stephanie! What a great achievement! I am the same age, height and starting weight as you - I quickly lost about 20 lbs and then got a bit sloppy so I have now been losing and gaining the same 3-4 lbs for months. You have inspired me to clean up my act and get going again! See you below 200 lbs very soon!
    Elena
  2. Dave
    Congrats Stephanie !! I'm 58 and my wife 53, we've both lost about 20 lbs on the keto diet in 4 months. I've got 10 more to go, the wife about 30.
    Go Keto !!
  3. Lynn Joyner
    I, too, have started this Keto way of eating. I am 60, 100 pounds overweight and was so upset with myself. I am in the process of fixing to move... but have energy... so my mindset changed and I can tell that it has! I am one week in and have lost 10 pounds. I feel great!!! I have changed my eating for life!
  4. Mary Titus
    Low carb cured my migraines. When I included fasting, my auras also vanished. Eating sugar and carbs was the stupidest thing I've ever done. I've been a ketogenic dieter for 16 years.
  5. Ji-Anne
    All the best to all! Challenge is keeping it off! As you introduce carbs ( wisely) you will regain...
  6. Rebekah Rada
    Way to go Stephanie! I’m so happy for you and your story is so uplifting. You are absolutely glowing!
  7. WarblingLisa
    Thanks so much for sharing your story, Stephanie. I'm a similar height, age, and weight, and feel my lack of weight loss progress is tied to too many flex (aka, cheat meals). Clearly, staying true to the lifestyle results in more consistent weight loss. Thanks for the inspiration! Good luck reaching "Onederland."

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