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How Julian’s Sister Changed His Life – and Made Him Lose 80 Pounds

Before and after

Before and after

Julian’s sister was worried about his health. He was overweight and had high blood pressure. His father had died of heart trouble in his forties, roughly Julian’s present age.

So Julian’s sister did something remarkable. She showed up with an envelope filled with cash, and announced that she was paying him for his time, to do some reading.

Two years later his life has changed. Here’s his story:

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80 pounds lighter, 2 years still kept it all off!

Until my twenties, I was a lean young man. Then, part way through my University years, I started getting heavier. Perhaps due to the stress and long hours of my school and part time work, I was eating for comfort, or maybe to “have energy.” In fact all that food made me sleepy. When I got married, I couldn’t quite fit into my one blue suit anymore. That was embarrassing.

This gradual addition of weight continued over the years. Then, in my forties, I really started to put on the weight. I was hungry a lot, and I ate when I was hungry. After yet another long, stressful day at work, I would reward myself at the Pub, usually beer and chicken wings. At one point, I joined a gym, and with personal training (not cheap) and eating better, and less quantity, (I was hungry all the time) I was rewarded with a modest weight loss. But finances could not permit the training to continue, or even the time to go to the gym. So I gained it all back, and with it, an unhealthy increase of blood pressure, necessitating medication. I developed breathing problems. Snoring is hard on a marriage, and so my wife suffered, as well. I had to do something, since the bromide of “eat less, move more” was not doing the trick. I read various books, obviously not the right ones.

My twin sister Cheryl, concerned for my health (our father had heart trouble, died in his forties) showed up one day with an envelope filled with cash and announced that she was paying me for my time, to do some reading. Otherwise when would I get around to it? I read up on Wheat Belly, and some other books, without interruption. I enjoyed that book, compelling, and provocative. I told her to keep the cash, and I read like a man possessed. After a month or so, my sister came to see me and gave me a big hug. Along with that sisterly love, I realized that she was measuring me!

Along with bread and sugar out of my diet, I was on my way to better health. The revelation was that fat could be a healthy part of my diet, to help me with the “always hungry syndrome.” How can you go to sleep at night if all you can think of, is food?

How did it go? In the first month I dropped nearly 20 pounds. In the period of time from September 2012 to March 2013 I lost a total of about 75 pounds, and I really felt great. Not just lighter, but rejuvenated, as well. Side effects included dizziness until I reduced my blood pressure medicine by half and then again until I stopped taking those pills. A bit of salt also helped. The book that really tipped the scales for me, so to speak was Phinney and Volek’s book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living. It really convinced me of the science behind a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. I enjoyed Eric Westman’s “No sugar, no starch” YouTube movie. I get teased by friends that most of the 8 million or so viewings were by me. Gary Taubes’ books were also very inspiring, and thorough. He even answered my emails when I wrote to him. I found a lot of encouragement in Jimmy Moore’s blog, and it has gone on and on. Lately I have read Tim Noakes’ book, Real Meal Revolution, and it has answered for me why most doctors have been reluctant to teach the principles of Nutritional Ketosis.

Everyone who knew me was glad to see the change, and I am sure they were hoping that I could keep off the weight.

I am a music teacher by profession, and one of my students is an expert trainer invited me back to the gym. He took all kinds of measurements in addition to weighing me. He was amazed that I had lost all that weight, mostly from my waist, and that I lost no muscle. My shirts had become looser, and I had to have them altered. Again and again. My pants were falling down! In time, I had to get a whole new wardrobe, and I made sure I got rid of the fat clothes, so I would never go back, and I never did.

It’s been two years and counting. I went from size Extra-Large to Medium, and my collar from 18 1/2 to 15.

My work in music involves a lot of sustained passionate effort, a high energy approach. I am trying to convince people of all ages to study music, and a real bonus of all this was that I had a huge increase in my energy level, and sense of positive well-being.

My state of mind has become much more optimistic. In January of 2013, I had a pastoral counseling session with my parish priest, because I felt as though my life had been given back to me, and I was thinking of how I might express my gratitude to God. I want to help people whenever, however I can. For the first time it feels like I am more than surviving.

I feel like the best that life can offer is still before me.

Julian

Comment

Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your fantastic health and weight improvements, Julian! And congratulations to your sister on a job well done.

Your Story

Do you have a success story you want to share with others on this blog? It’s a great way to inspire other people to change their lives, like you have done.

E-mail your story to me at andreas@dietdoctor.com. Before and after photos are great for making your story concrete and relatable to other people. Let me know if it’s OK to publish your photo and name or if you’d rather remain anonymous.

Below, find out what you can do if you want to try LCHF for yourself, as well as stories from others who have tried.

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19 Comments

  1. Stephen
    One of the most well-written and intelligent testimonials I have read on this site. Well done, Julian. You will be an inspiration to many.
  2. Vicente
    Congratulations Julian!
    Thank you for sharing your experience. Truly inspiring!
  3. Murray
    Great job, Julian, putting your mind into it and making lasting changes.
  4. oolichan
    Congrats Julian, and thank-you to your sister.

    The books that you read are almost identical to the first several books that I read three years ago: Gary Taubes, Phinney and Volek, Eric Westman, Tim Noakes, plus the podcasts of Jimmy Moore.

    Let me recommend another excellent book "The Big Fat Surprise" by Nina Teicholz. I listened to it as an audiobook; it reinforces everything I've learned from the above authors.

    Keep up the great work; you and your sister are inspirations!

  5. Frances Lilian
    Your sister showed a lot of 'spunk'... and I like that. She saw what you needed and gave you the 'right tools for the job at hand'. I'm so glad you did not resist her helping hand (as many stubborn people do). Namaste... to you both.
  6. bill
    My sister says to me, "Yes, you're right about LCHF
    but I'm not going to give up my bread and fruit and
    pasta and I have to eat every 2 hours or I feel bad."
    She's has T2D and is overweight. Some people just
    won't do what they know is right. I call it metabolic
    brain or carb addled. We don't talk about it anymore.
    Makes me kinda sad.
  7. Crystal Ma
    Thank you Julian for sharing.

    Congratulations for such a inspirating experience. That's require lot of effort to make it happen. Hope you & families stay very healthy.

    Best wish,
    Crystal

  8. Dawn
    Well done, glad it worked for you. It doesn't for me, but that doesn't mean I've given up. Grain free and low carb - healthy fat for 3 years and not one pound have I lost. Food for me is 'eat to live'. I don't have a choice I'm diabetic so it has to be low carb.
    I read so many success stories I just wish one of them was me!
    Reply: #10
  9. Subra
    Hi Julian,

    Congratulations. Your story gives a lot of motivation to others. I have been on low carb for 4 months. I reduced 1 Kg every week for the first 8 weeks and then stagnant. I am fine with this reduction. Most importantly, my blood sugar is under control since following low carb.

  10. Robyn
    Hi, Dawn: How much protein are you eating? Also, please, if you have not already, check out Dr. Jason Fung's blog: intensivedietarymanagement.com. Best of luck and health to you.
  11. I am so pleased with the feedback, everyone! Thank you.
  12. Dawn
    Thanks Robyn, will check it out.
  13. emma
    that is my dad! yay dad
  14. Ursula
    Well done , I started just two days ago and am hoping will work for me as well, need to drop four stone
  15. Tamarah
    LCHF is the only way to Live,, why anyone would want to live any other way is beyond me. Congrats Julian, you are amazing,, all we can do is keep spreading the word and pray ppl hear us .

    I have been LCHF since April 6, 2015 , Fat gone 30pds . its slow for me but I have Yo Yo'ed all my life so my Body is a bit resistant I believe. I once tried to do LCHF but really didn't commit and still atesome processed foods and gained tons of weight,, you have to comit for it to work ,,I had to get strict . Now I barely eat 20gr a day of carb,, I cannot lose any other way. but I don't mind because the food is amazing and I am never hungry .

  16. Julian
    Stay the course! You are on the right path. Persist and you will succeed. Read up on the diet of the ancient Egyptians (Michael Edes Protein Power Book) and do the opposite. Good luck and be patient.
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  18. Still at it...
    Now four years into the plan and still going strong! Barely even one sick day over all that time. Outlook on life has gone up and up.
  19. Mark
    So encouraging to hear your story julian,. I am on a similar journey read all the wheat belly books. However I never put together that fact that u needed to eat hi fat as well. Friends warned me about the fat and told me how I would gain the weight back eating it. Was almost a year beige I found lchf. I am currently on the 2 week challenge. I also have type 2 diabetes. Since I started though I informed my endocrinologist at Stanford she suggested not taking the bydureon any more. My fasting blood sugar is 109. A1c is 5.8. Getting closer to my goals. Just needing to loose 60 lbs. Take care,
    Sincerely

    Mark Richardson

  20. Julian
    You can do it, Mark!
    Stay strong. Your body wants to be healthy.

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