Another weight-gain trend reversed

Before and after

Before and after

I received an e-mail from Leanne in Cape Town, South Africa, about how she kept gaining weight while trying various diets. Here’s what happened when she instead recently found low-carb:

The Email


My name is Leanne. I’m 28 years old, married and a mother of 2. Since 2007, I have had a severe increase in my weight going from 95 kg to my heaviest at the beginning of this year 2014, a whopping 147 kg. I have tried during the past 7 years various diets and ‘healthy products’ but always losing and when I cannot afford the ‘diet’ products I pick up all the weight again.

I found out about your site via my mom in March this year. At first I was very sceptical due to the HIGH FAT intake. It baffled me that it was the first time I’m hearing such a thing. I’ve always heard the healthy way is low-fat, fat-free and so on.

Well, I am proud to say that thanks to your site, words and videos I have managed to lose 9 kg / 15 lbs in just 6 weeks. I haven’t started any exercises except a 30 min walk a day and I’m beyond surprised at the fact that I have virtually no cravings for anything sweet and when on occasion (Mother’s Day) I have a piece of cake, I almost immediately follow it with 2 glasses of water.

Thank you for your guidance and your insight.
I have attached 2 photos of me at the beginning and one taken yesterday.


Leanne, Cape Town, South Africa


Congratulations Leanne!


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  1. Joe
    Was it the diet or the snake that took the excess weight off ;)
  2. Leanne
    haha, definitely not the snake. Also, since that email ( a week ago) I'm down another 2kg. So now it is 11kg down.
  3. Brianna
    Woww Leanne 2 more and now 11kgs down !!.... Congrats from Mexico ! Please, can you tell us how many times do you eat a day and how much protein/fat is your daily intake, please ? Thank you for sharing.
  4. Leanne Manley
    On I have worked out my calorie intake with 70% for fat, 20% protein and 10% for carbs. All products I eat have between 0g - 7g of carbs per 100g. If I dont know the nutritional value I dont eat it. I eat 90% freshly made foods. I originally started with 3 meals a day but now I only eat when im hungry which is maybe twice a day. For example: today my first meal was at 14h00
    1 apple in slices with peanut butter ( salt and sugar free) with double cream yogurt as a dressing. Supper was 2oopsies with cheese, tomato and savory mince. .
  5. Brianna
    Thank you Leanne for your response. You ate deliciously today! I´ll try to cook oopsies. If there is a chance, let us know how slim you will get. Thank you again for sharing !!
  6. xrosolar
    Hey Leanne, congratulations, you are looking excellent! Keep the snake though, it suits you ;)

    You may want to try this small variation on what you are doing: eat less fruit and instead eat more meat. So when you are hungry at 1400 for your first meal instead of eating the apple etc try maybe two fatty lamb sausages. You won't get the blood sugar spike from the apple and peanut butter.

    Overall though keep doing what works for you. Obviously it's working!

  7. Leanne
    Xrosolar thanks for the advice. Actually, the apple I had yesterday was the first fruit I have had in 7weeks. Unfortunately I ran out of food at the office and that was all that was available.

    I as a rule don't eat fruit as it contains too much sugar but I made do with what I had.

    The snake is not them but in South Africa you need a licence and well they are almost everywhere so why bother. Just pick one up.

  8. Lisa
    Just pick one up! Now that's funny! Congrats on the success. I too love the low carb diet.
  9. Ro Solar
    Wow first fruit in 7 weeks. Very hardcore! Kudos. No Wonder snakes love you
  10. Leanne
    Thanks to everyones comments. I am now down to 135.2 so a total of 11.8kg down. I have been stuck for about 2 weeks on the scale but centimeters are down. I started at a pants size South africa/Uk/US of 48/26/22 and am now at 42/20/16. So a very nice 3 sizes down. I feel great.

    P.s. On the topic of snakes. We had an amazing 5week run of a nest of snake eggs that hatched in the field next to our house.

  11. Antoinette
    Hi Leanne

    Well done girl. You really look great. I am struggling to lose weight with the LCHF. I have been following it for 3 weeks now and lost nothing. I also gained nothing, which is some good news at least. Can you please send me an example of what you eat per day and how much of it. Like a meal plan with quantities of each food type. I suspect that either my protein is too high or my fat intake is too low.

    Reply: #16
  12. Leanne
    Antoinette, I'd suggest emailing the Andreas himself. Each person is different and it took a while but this has worked for me. My mom did do it with me and did not lose anything after 4weeks. She has changed her diet as she is lactose intolerant and she has found that she needs a more vegetarian diet.

    I have my protein as my first meal for the day as it helps my energy levels.
    So usually 2 fried eggs in butter with a mixture of green peppers, mushrooms, onions and tomato.
    Or, 3 eggs scrambled with a tablespoon of peanut butter (I love the taste together)
    Or, leftover chicken or meat from supper.

    My second meal for the day is usually high fat and little to none protein.
    Broccoli with cheese sauce and cauliflower mash.
    Oopsies with veg.
    Or my favourite is raw cauliflower with cream cheese as a dip.

    I only eat twice a day. If I have a sweet craving I'll buy the Lindt 90% cocoa or have Droewors.

  13. Antoinette
    Thanks Leanne

    I am eating three times a day with protein in the mornings and evenings. I will try to cut my meals to twice a day with protein only in one meal.

    I am NUTZ about peanunt butter, but I thought that we are not allowed to eat it on the LCHF plan. Do you have the sugar free type?

    One more question, how can one increase fat without involving protein?

    I had all the bloodtests done. I am healthy in every way, just VERY FAT! I am eating too much and I don't exercise. (Lifestyle blooper)

    I really appreciate the advice!

  14. Leanne

    I only buy the peanut butter that is salt and sugar free therefore an occasional tablespoon I feel is fine.

    If you are still eating 3 meals and either having cravings or not satisfied after eating you are definitely eating too little fat and too much protein. Just remember, eat the fatiest piece of meat you can buy. For instance, roasted pork belly, chicken thigh or wing and loin chops. Fats come in when preparing your food. I use real butter unsalted and/or coconut oil. Also when making sauces, use cream. Lots of cheese.

    A great breakfast or lunch that is quick is raw cauliflower, cut up cheese and cucumber. Use cream cheese as a dip. LOTS of FAT.

    My food intake is approx. 70% fat, 20% protein and max 10% carbs. The best is to have carbs that are 7g per 100g.

    Hope this helps.

  15. Vera
    Hi Leanne congrats on your loss.. just so u can get off a plateau cut out all dairy except butter it will shift u,, in my experience anyway.x
  16. Galina L.
    Check the part of Dr.Andreas blog "how to loose weight" for more specific advice before e-mailing him.
  17. Zoe
    Greetings from Jozi!
    I am so impressed! You look ama-zing!
    Please give us an update on your progress. I'm struggling with sticking to LCHF because the prep time, etc - I am up for work at 5, and sometimes just write off a day due to bad planning. What do you do for snacks? Whats quick?
  18. Julie
    You look great! Beautiful burm, too! :)
  19. Tamarah
    awesome !!

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