How to lose 150 pounds on low carb – and keep it off for five years!

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Desi Miller lost 150 pounds on an LCHF diet five years ago, and she’s managed to keep it off.

Here she tells her story and the secrets she’s found to maintaining weight loss – including the emotional side of it.

This interview was done on the recent Low-Carb Cruise. It’s been available on our membership site for a month but I want everyone to be able to see it, so now it’s free for everyone.

Do you know anyone who would benefit from watching it? Feel free to share the link.

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Table of contents

  2:19 The weight felt like a moral failing
  3:15 Didn’t feel hungry all the time
  4:30 Feel better on more fat
  6:50 Secret to keeping the weight off
  9:15 Emotional burden
12:12 Tips to others?

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  1. bill
    Desi comes across very well. Thank you for that.
  2. Paul TR
    LCHF through ketone bodies (as we know) keeps brain young too.

    Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Jul;36(7):2296-303. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2015.03.012. Epub 2015 Mar 25.
    Caloric restriction increases ketone bodies metabolism and preserves blood flow in aging brain.
    Lin AL1, Zhang W2, Gao X3, Watts L4.
    Author information

    Caloric restriction (CR) has been shown to increase the life span and health span of a broad range of species. However, CR effects on in vivo brain functions are far from explored. In this study, we used multimetric neuroimaging methods to characterize the CR-induced changes of brain metabolic and vascular functions in aging rats. We found that old rats (24 months of age) with CR diet had reduced glucose uptake and lactate concentration, but increased ketone bodies level, compared with the age-matched and young (5 months of age) controls. The shifted metabolism was associated with preserved vascular function: old CR rats also had maintained cerebral blood flow relative to the age-matched controls. When investigating the metabolites in mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid cycle, we found that citrate and α-ketoglutarate were preserved in the old CR rats. We suggest that CR is neuroprotective; ketone bodies, cerebral blood flow, and α-ketoglutarate may play important roles in preserving brain physiology in aging.

  3. Sarah
    Thank you, Dr. Eenfeldt and staff for more great content, and pls pass this message along to Desi Miller: What a wonderful, warm, steady feeling you have about you! Thank you for your story, bless your heart for making it through all the hard times you have had, and bless you for sharing your amazing determination and growth. It will for sure be a help and inspiration to others. I am very moved. I too feel that learning kindness to oneself is at the heart of many kinds of healing. Love, Sarah
  4. Desi
    Hi Desi,
    I hope this Desi can have the same success.
    I am thankful for the day I found the Diet Doctor.
    Cheers Desi (Desley)
  5. Mags
    Geez, you are gorgeous Desi! This interview turned on a few lights in my head! I did LCHF for a year and lost 17kg. Happy with it, I thought I can up my carbs a little as my husband is eating Paleo (lost 15kg without even trying)...but it's not for me! I put on 8kg in no back to LCHF :-) I love the kindness you are suggesting...brilliant, I'll try that too:-) This interview was a joy to watch!!! xxx:-)
  6. Rae
    What a great interview, so inspiring.
  7. Nancy
    This was a great post. My question is when do you have the Low Carb Cruise. That interests me very much. It could help me find out what I don't understand now. Being with folks that travel on this LCHF eating plan.
  8. Lindsay Taylor
    Let’s face it, there are many products to aid in weight reduction, and many of us have bought them. I too have bought many of them but no good out of it. If you are among them, you definitely need to try the ebook instructions from- This is the only ebook which I have followed that I actually believe I feel the fat dissolving and floating away just because I am serious about the instructions given. Do I exercise? Yes, but I do not go to the gym every day. Because I felt more energized, I found myself adding a few more reps to various exercises in my routine and feeling better overall doing the day. Your choice, but I strongly suggest give it a try.
  9. Betsy
    Kindness, compassion, trauma survival, all speak to me. My story is quite similar and it was so helpful to see and hear Desi's story so close to my own. I have been eating LCHF for 4 weeks and lost 11 pounds with ease. What a blessing. Thank you for posting this interview. I am stronger physically, mentally, emotionally by changing to the LCHF nutrition.
  10. Jennifer
    I really related to this story, for years I have been trying to find balance. To be kinder and gentler to myself, while also finding what works for me. I've done low carb before (20 gm or less daily) and had good results but the program also had a big cheat meal a week, and that really made some issues for me and made it difficult to go back to low carb. I've also been doing IF for a while but finding something missing, stress made it difficult to stay on as I would crave carbs and cocktails. I am a few days into this and am starting to experience the calmness that other speak of. My skin is looking better, it wasnt bad before but in the morning I am noticing a glow that was absent before.
    I like how Desi thinks and has found her way. I have friends that are doing Cross fit and food prep etc, and in someway I was comparing myself to them. Why cant I be strong enough to do that as well. (am a bit older too) but I am finding meditation, yoga, and walking to be beneficial. I will focus on first be kind to myself.
    Thanks for a great interview, I know it was uncomfortable for you, but it will help many.
  11. Rosemarie
    What a lovely and articulate person. Her message about self-compassion and gentleness is one I need to remind myself to embrace. It's true that we're conditioned to think that being overweight is a character flaw, so I really appreciated her words about finding balance and being kind to one's self. Thank you, Desi. You're an exceptional young woman.
  12. Jade
    Thank you so much Desi, for sharing your story. You are an inspiration and I am grateful I got to hear this. I am just starting on the LCHF path and this has really helped cement my decision to do this.

    Thanks again


  13. sally
    really identify with constantly thinking about food, how much I eat or don't! So inspiring! About to embark on this and hoping for success
  14. Rebecca
    Thanks so much for sharing! I am struggling with my weight for about 20 years now, and always felt I just don't have enough willpower or discipline to simply eat healthy and lose weight. Starting the LCHF challenge is the best that ever happened to me, I feel. In these few days only (challenge still ongoing), it feels like I am finally getting back my life. Amazing experience! Thank you so much for providing all of this information and educating so many people to help them and me become healthier again.
  15. Susan Cooper
    I love the "bless my heart" idea, being kind and forgiving to yourself. The self-hatred is so derailing.

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