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How to Lose 112 Pounds with LCHF Instead of Gastric Bypass Surgery!

Johanna

Before and after LCHF

Johanna Engström has had a fantastic journey. She was inches from having gastric bypass surgery, but decided at the last minute to try LCHF instead. Fast forward around one year and she’s lost 112 pounds! And her internal organs are still intact.

Truly impressive:

Expressen (Swedish paper): How we got thin and styled like the stars (Google translated from Swedish)

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  1. I was nearly precisely in her shoes (though heavier): 465lbs and facing gastric bypass surgery. Fortunately I found low carb, then keto, and dropped 135lbs since March 2011.

    It is startling how easily doctors recommend gastric bypass compared to how reluctant they are to suggest trying LCHF. Why it's not standard protocol to attempt LCHF first is absolutely baffling, and depressing.

    Congratulations to Johanna for her success. She will be an inspiration to countless people.

    -Michael

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  2. Marci Wyzdyx
    Gastric bypass surgery should be re-classified as a hate crime. It is surgically induced anorexia -- which has been known to kill people. About 1 out of 200 die each year following gastric bypass surgery.
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  1. greensleeves
    She looks beautiful! Literally 20 years younger. Great success story.
    Reply: #14
  2. Marci Wyzdyx
    Gastric bypass surgery should be re-classified as a hate crime. It is surgically induced anorexia -- which has been known to kill people. About 1 out of 200 die each year following gastric bypass surgery.
    Replies: #8, #16, #22, #24
  3. I was nearly precisely in her shoes (though heavier): 465lbs and facing gastric bypass surgery. Fortunately I found low carb, then keto, and dropped 135lbs since March 2011.

    It is startling how easily doctors recommend gastric bypass compared to how reluctant they are to suggest trying LCHF. Why it's not standard protocol to attempt LCHF first is absolutely baffling, and depressing.

    Congratulations to Johanna for her success. She will be an inspiration to countless people.

    -Michael

  4. Marion Hermannsen
    Mother and daughter? This has taken 20 years off you, so well done!!!
  5. Kindke
    Very impressive, she definitely looks way younger in the "after" picture.
  6. Sandy
    You do look much much younger. Congrats!!
  7. PJGordonRN
    Let's be realistic...though drastic, gastric bypass surgery doesn't kill even 1% the number of people that obesity does. So stop it. LCHF certainly is safer and should definitely be recommended 100 times more frequently than it is. I didn't die or have complications, but have been much more successful eating LCHF once I was educated about it. You can't choose LCHF if you're not aware of it.
  8. PJGordonRN
    Let's be realistic...though drastic, gastric bypass surgery doesn't kill even 1% the number of people that obesity does. So stop it. LCHF certainly is safer and should definitely be recommended 100 times more frequently than it is. I didn't die or have complications, but have been much more successful eating LCHF once I was educated about it. You can't choose LCHF if you're not aware of it.
  9. What a transformation!
  10. That's great. I've lost 160 pounds to date living a LCHF lifestyle. What FREEDOM this lifestyle has given me, along with energy and health. This web site has before and now pictures.
    http://ilivepaleo.tumblr.com/

    Thank you Dr. Eenfeldt for all you do to spread the word.

  11. John
    Are we sure the 2 photos belong to the same person?

    They look 2 different persons. I checked her Facebook profile but cannot see anything.

    Thanks.

  12. onestepaheadoflife
    Gastric bypass is killing people. If I would have known about LCHF before my surgery I would be in a better place. All I want to do is gain weight and I cant now. Dying a slow and painful life after gastric bypass.
    Reply: #15
  13. KStacey
    I went through EXACTLY the same thing in 2002. Was planning my gastric bypass and noticed all the forums/recovery groups were talking about the same thing. They couldn't eat carbs after the surgery. Bread/pasta/chips would cause 'dumping' etc. So I tried just not eating that stuff on my own. Add some additional exploratory self-educating and testing (which hasn't, and should never stop!) and 12 years later I'm still over 100 pounds down, and haven't had second thoughts once.

    In that time I have known 9 people who have gotten some kind of bariatric (which, not-so-ironically, my spellcheck keeps wanting to change to 'barbaric') surgery. ONE has had long-term success, and he was a male in his mid-20s. One actually almost died just last month because they had to go in and repair something minor five years later, severed a major artery on the way out, and she lost 6 liters of blood as they frantically called every available surgeon in to repair her. I don't remember the specifics now, but I had googled it when I got the news and what happened to her has a 90% mortality rate. People should NOT be cutting into their bodies and rearranging perfectly healthy organs. Lose the weight with LCHF and save the money for a face lift! :-)

  14. Jen
    That's what I was about to say. Of course, she was already beautiful, but she literally looked Younger after, which has been one of my concerns. But my face is getting older, my body is weak and getting sick, and I've been refusing to go to my doctor until after I lose at least 25 pounds, because I'm NOT going to be another diabetes statistic, when I know I brought it on and I can get it off! (My question has been, HOW! !! In speeches, I hear people say, "People know how to eat healthy and lose weight. " No, I don't. Everything I try to do, there's someone saying, "That's bad. " I could do my own comedic weight loss skit. )
    I'm really impressed with this young lady. I'm going to look into this type diet. It's yet another that I once heard is bad, that it causes stones, etc. But it has helped more than it has killed!!! Can't say that for weight loss surgery.
  15. Jen
    I am so sorry. I have a friend who went through bypass and managed to stretch out a new stomach. I was about to have the surgery when I met a woman who lost her daughter to the surgery. Certainly not a good first option.
  16. Crayons
    Don't be dramatic. Wanting to aid people in losing weight is not a "hate crime" because being obese is equally as unhealthy as being anorexic and surgery isn't forced on anyone. Gastric surgery is however a dangerous and unnecessary method of weight loss that really should be re-examined.
  17. Heidi
    What is lchf
  18. Heidi
    Lchf what is at
  19. Low Carb High Fat :)
  20. Katherine
    I understand the low carb, but the high fat part is confusing. Won't the high fat cause artery issues or high cholesterol or something? Please explain it to me?! This sounds like such a promising plan for me! I'm nearly 80 lbs overweight. Thanks in advance
    Reply: #21
  21. Hi Catherine!

    I recommend that you read this blog post:
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/average-age-of-heart-attack-falls-to-60-gue...

    I understand the low carb, but the high fat part is confusing. Won't the high fat cause artery issues or high cholesterol or something? Please explain it to me?! This sounds like such a promising plan for me! I'm nearly 80 lbs overweight. Thanks in advance

  22. Kay
    This is actually not true, you should probably look that fact up first. And most people who die from this are from risk they take them self not from the surgery, you have a very strict diet to follow for a better health and life if you don't follow that you can kill yourself and a surgery that would have saved your life just went to waste.
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  24. Jennifer
    Not sure where you got this information from but my mom was 400lbs after gastric bypass she is now 160lbs. She was down to 180lbs but because she has cancer her weight fluctuates severely. The only thing that has happened as a cause of gastric is she is now iron deficient. Which is nothing eating high in iron foods and iron pulls can't help.
  25. Yvonne McCarthy
    I was morbidly obese for 30 years and tried it all. I even did some diets that could have really hurt my body....one was through a doctor that gave pills with no markings...he went to jail eventually. I had gastric bypass 15 years ago and lost 130 pounds. I have maintained that loss too. I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life and I have known HUNDREDS of people with virtually the same results. It is a fairly widely known statistic that people who lose 100 plus pounds on their own only have about a 5% chance of keeping that weight off. I really hope and pray that Johanna has a different result and keeps the weight off but the odds are against her. If they wish to do a story about this then show someone 5 or 10 years out that has the same success. My before and after picture can be seen here: http://goo.gl/pPn7oO My public Facebook page is under Bariatric Girl and there is an album of many other before and after pictures. There are so many comments here about gastric bypass that are incorrect. The surgery saved my life.

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