Best of 2019: our top success stories
To do that, we want to first reflect on the past year. So many success stories inspired us, but these ten are some of the best. From reversing type 2 diabetes to gaining a new lease on life, these are our most popular success stories, in the words of the members who lived them.
Our ten most popular success stories of 2019:
#10 — “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle for health!”
After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012, Lori embarked on several diets without any true success. She became increasingly frustrated and depressed, because this surely was not the way she had envisioned her life to be.
Then she met a new doctor who said that he knew how to help her, but that she would have to be ready to turn conventional wisdom on its head:
#9 — How Michael lost 80 pounds on low carb and exercise
Michael Berta had 80 pounds (36 kg) of excessive weight, felt stripped of energy and suffered from bad acid reflux when he decided to start the simplest diet he could think of:
#8 — What active Katy gained by going on the keto diet
Katy was a very active person, always biking and moving, and still, she was overweight. She couldn’t figure out why. She felt fine, not tired or any other health issues, but she kept gaining weight. She tried out the two-week challenge and now, less than one year later, she tells us her story:
#7 — How the keto diet made Dani feel more amazing than ever
Even though Dani had always been on the heavier side, it wasn’t until the past few years that her weight started spiralling out of control. In addition, a couple of other health issues had crept up on her over time, such as high blood pressure, chronic pain and hormonal imbalances.
#6 — “Keto has been the easiest and simplest lifestyle change”
Like for so many others, Ryan’s weight struggles started with his puberty growth spurt. But it wasn’t until he was in his 20s that he actually started trying to lose the excessive weight.
After a few failed attempts where his weight came right back, he somehow realized that the “eat less, move more” mantra didn’t work for him. And apparently, by turning the conventional advice on its head he finally reached success:
#5 — “Skeptic now a true believer”
Vicky was always conscious of what she ate, cutting fat and filling up on carbs as recommended. But it didn’t stop her scale from climbing up to 345 pounds (156 kg):
#4 — “I feel like I cracked the code!”
When Juli heard of the low-carb high-fat diet in the 1980s she was horrified. During this decade, the fear of fat was very widespread, and she had caught onto the dogma too.
However, over time she came to realize that the low-everything diet she was following was not sustainable. When a good friend had been very successful with lowering the carbs and increasing the fats, Juli decided to educate herself and thereafter decided to jump in:
#3 — Free of IBS on a keto diet
After several failed attempts at following more conventional advice, Janny decided to try improving her health issues with IBS and seizures on her own.
She started researching and quickly found keto and intermittent fasting. This is what happened:
#2 — How fasting made all the difference for Jennifer
Jennifer thought she had tried every diet out there with no success. But there was one thing she had not tried:
#1 — “The key is just to keep carbs below 20 grams per day”
Done with diabetes? Based on his own experience, Michael offers three pieces of advice that he wishes he would have known when he was starting: