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“I Finally Kept My Promise to My Mom”

Before & after

Before & after

Here’s a story about a long struggle ending in success… by doing the opposite. A story about regaining health and losing weight – by eating MORE.

Christoph in Austria sent me his story about how he finally kept the promise he had given his mother:

The Email

Hello Andreas!

My experiences with LCHF… sorry for this long long email… ;)

I was overweight my whole life. At 12 years my weight was 92 kg (200 lbs) at 175 cm (5′ 8″). My life – full of useless diets – started back then. In August 2009 I was 18 and finally reached the top… I weighed 126 kg (277 lbs) at 187 cm (6’1″). My mom – she was a nurse at a hospital – was so worried about my weight because she had to deal with strokes and heart attacks every day at work. She had a small weight problem too, so we decided to change the situation together.

We started doing Weight Watchers. It was okay for me to eat all that whole-grains-stuff but I really felt hungry all the time. After 6 months I managed to lose 20 kg (44 lbs) and felt great but then it stopped. When I suddenly regained 2 kg (4.4 lbs) in one week I still remember the promise I gave my mom: “Don’t worry! I will get my dream-body!”

I still remember the evening when my brother came and told me: “… mama has died…”

One year passed. I wasn’t able to do any sports but tried to keep up with a “healthy” lifestyle. I ate lots of whole grains and almost no fats but I finally regained 15 kg (33 lbs). I was desperate… but in March 2011 I decided to give it another try. Again I started doing Weight Watchers and again weighed 102 kg (225 lbs) some months later. Then this strange plateau happened again. I didn’t lose any weight for months, on the contrary, I started regaining some weight again. At that time I rode my bicycle for about 16 hours a week (!!!) and ate around 1500 calories a day… I’m not lying! I swear it…

Finally, in January 2013 – my weight loss still didn’t continue – I made a radical decision and started eating every 2 days. I ate around 2000 calories on one day and nothing (only water and tea) on the second. Finally I could drop my weight down to 90 kg (198 lbs). When my weight loss again got stuck I decided to do exactly what the medical guidelines tell me to do. So at least 60% of my calories came from carbs (especially whole grains) and less than 30% from fats. My weight didn’t change and I started feeling horrible. I had those extreme cravings for chocolate and stuff like that. When I couldn’t resist it anymore I ate lots of donuts and pieces of cake… and I regained 3 kg (6.6 lbs) in one week…

That evening I decided to try the very opposite – even if it kills me – and googled the words “low carb”.
After a while I found this wonderful page called DietDoctor.com and it lead me to names like “Gary Taubes”, “Stephen Phinney”, “Robert Lustig” and yeah, of course, “Andreas Eenfeldt” etc….

I started doing Freeletics (it’s like Crossfit) but still was eating lots of carbs. I gained muscle – Weight Watchers lead to an enormous muscle loss – but I also gained fat… then I started LCHF. After 10 days of feeling horrible – I had quit smoking and this felt exactly the same way – I suddenly felt that energy inside of me. I ate 3000 calories a day and my weight dropped. I couldn’t believe it. I was eating 80 % of my calories from fat and almost no carbs (30 g a day)… so I stopped counting my calories and ate what I wanted to…

Now in October 2014 my weight is 79 kg (174 lbs) and my body-fat percentage dropped to 9 %. I’ve got a six pack! :)

This means I’ve lost 46.8 kg (103.2 lbs). Without LCHF I would have regained it completely. I know it. I still eat what I want and don’t gain any weight. My cravings are completely gone now and I feel so great!

Thank you, Andreas! I finally kept my promise to my mom… I have my “dream-body” now…

Keep on fighting, Doc! The paradigm shift will come, I know it!

Nice greetings from Austria,
Christoph

P.S.: My grandma is now doing LCHF too. Her blood-pressure is normal now and her diabetes medication is gone now! :)

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31 Comments

Top Comments

  1. Misko
    Wow, great job and good for you!

    Commenter no2 even says your picture is photoshopped, it seems, lol; which can actually be taken as a compliment. Seems you've got sugar burner(s) not even believing their eyes!

    Very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. SteveC
    Lisa Miller - you're an idiot.

    Well done Christoph, fantastic effort!

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All Comments

  1. Nikki Lowson
    Amazing achievement!
    Congratulations Christoph :)
  2. Lisa Miller
    Photoshop is a hell of a program!
  3. Rolf
    Großartig ! Herzlichen Glückwunsch.
    (Ihr Österreicher braucht eigentlich gar nicht in die Ferne
    schweifen. Ihr habt doch die "Bibel" der richtigen Ernährung:
    Dr. Wolfgang Lutz: Leben ohne Brot.
    Richte mich seit 35 Jahren mit Erfolg danach)
  4. Vicente
    Amazing change, Christoph.

    Congratulations!

  5. Mark
    Well done!
  6. Doreen Cavaxza
    What an amazing job! I'm sure your mom would be both happy and proud. Also, please know that success stories like yours is helping to keep me on track with my own LCHF road to health and success story (soon to come). Thank you so much for sharing your experience!
  7. Misko
    Wow, great job and good for you!

    Commenter no2 even says your picture is photoshopped, it seems, lol; which can actually be taken as a compliment. Seems you've got sugar burner(s) not even believing their eyes!

    Very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Murray
    Congratulations on your persistence and adaptability to find out what works for you, despite the advice of so-called experts. I regained a six pack and sub10% body fat too on LCHF, without working out much. I run the dog in the morning about 6 km per week (with some sprinting), walk maybe 30 minutes per day, use a standup desk and do long walks, roller blading, kayaking, skiing or bike rides on the weekends, depending on the season.
  9. Raquel
    Very impressive story. I wish my friends heard me more about LCHF... but they prefer keep on whole grains and "light" processed food.
  10. Sandy
    what about cholesterol? my results went up on recent lab tests--to 284--help
  11. Sandy
    cholesterol results went up---LDL All other parts were good the ratio was 3.0 Please tell us what to do---thanks
    Reply: #14
  12. Anthony
    I have lost 45 pounds since Jan,2014. BUT......the weight loss has stopped and it is very frustrating.......But I will continue to eat the grain free,wheat free, sugar free low carb way.
  13. SteveC
    Lisa Miller - you're an idiot.

    Well done Christoph, fantastic effort!

  14. jim
    Hi Sandy!

    A Total:HDL ratio of 3.0 should be just fine (somewhat better than average). LDL does not tell you anything, if you don't analyze the numbers and sizes of those LDL particles.

    Even more predictive of cardiovascular health is the ratio TG:HDL. Assuming your cholesterol AND triglyceride levels are both measured in mg/dl, a ratio below 2 is ideal. 4 and above is bad.

  15. Sandy
    thanks, Jim
    trigly is 69
    HDL is 95
    VLDL is 14
    LDL is 175
    total chol is 284
    ratio is 3.0
    I am going to get back to consuming more coconut oil.
    This should help the levels when I retest in 6 months--would you agree?
    thanks again!!
    Replies: #17, #18
  16. JaseyinSF
    HOT!
  17. jim
    Sandy,

    your TG:HDL ratio is 0.73 - that's ridiculous, in a positive sense. The same for your Total/HDL and HDL/LDL ratios.

    Yes, your LDL ist rated "high". But how bad is that, from an LCHF perspective?

    You may go for a more expensive cholesterol particle size/number test, to further assess your risk. I don't believe you got familial hypercholesterolemia, you levels are still too low.

    Reportedly, olive oil (high in monounsaturated oleic acid) does not raise LDL, but still raises HDL.

    I'd try to largely replace coconut oil (mostly contains saturatet fatty acids) by fats/oils higher in monounsaturated fatty acids. Also, try to consume more omega-3 fats (from animal sources; vegetable omega-3 is inferior and always comes with omega-6).

    You cold also try "high oleic" breeds of sunflower oils. Also, butter and lard consist only of (roughly) one half saturated fats - the other half is oleic acid.

  18. Zepp
    284/95=3

    It should be 6 or less, 5 is better, 4 or less is very good!

    You got a very high HDL!

    And a very low trig!

    Dont change a wining concept!

    The Cholesterol Conundrum - and Root Cause Solution

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuj6nxCDBZ0

    Reply: #22
  19. Christoph
    Hey everybody!
    Thanks for the congratulations! (especially to JaseyinSF :D )

    @ those with the cholesterol "problems":
    Like already said: high total-cholesterol is not important, high HDL is perfect and high LDL doesn't tell you anything. With LCHF in 99.99% of cases it means LDL high but VLDL very low, so don't be worried (do a particle size test to be sure if you want). Your trig's should also be low.

    If your numbers are like this then you will get 120 years (at least if you're careful about crossing the road... ;) )

    Replies: #27, #29
  20. Mitch
    @Sandy

    You asked for help on what to do.
    They are very close to my numbers 18 months ago.

    My self prescribed 'treatment' was keep eating/moving/living the same way - lots of quality foods with heaps of natural fats, occasionally skipping meals ( often not hungry), walking, cycling, and some gym.

    I'm healthy, lean/muscular, fit, strong, active and happy - what do you think I should I do?

  21. dan
    Hmmm what I found really interesting was how he said that he had a similar feeling dropping the carbs as when he gave up smoking. I just mentioned this same feeling on my latest blog post -

    http://saturatedinfats.com/2014/10/23/hacking-dna/

    Maybe there actually is an addictive component to this.

  22. jim
    @Zepp:

    The video was enlightening, thx. ;-)

    Reply: #23
  23. Zepp
    Yeah.. he does a great jobb.. and I think moste people understand:

    ""But he has nothing at all on!" at last cried out all the people. The Emperor was vexed, for he knew that the people were right; but he thought the procession must go on now! And the lords of the bedchamber took greater pains than ever, to appear holding up a train, although, in reality, there was no train to hold.

    Hans Christian Andersen"

    http://www.thefatemperor.com/

  24. Michael
    Excellent transformation! Congratulations on your progress. I hadn't heard of Freeletics but I checked it out after reading your story. Thanks for sharing.
  25. Till
    Christoph,
    your story is very inspiring to me, since I am trying to do the exact same thing you did. I started LCHF and Freeletics about three weeks ago. Also our measurements are very similar. I am 1,92 with 116kg and my goal is to get that weight down to 90kg. So I am a little bit lighter than you were and I won't need to go down in weight as far as you did.
    So it's very motivating to read that you lost more weight than I need to lose, by doing exactly what I am doing right now.
  26. This Guy
    Good job.
  27. Samantha
    Well done christoph
    what a good looking boy
    i will be starting lchf diet this week, feeling nervous
    is there a way to contact you personally?
  28. Alvin
    Hey ,

    Do you did any fasting during the HFLC Diet and can you share your recieps and meal plan?

  29. Stephen
    Christoph

    Your story is inspirational and i am looking to join the low carb club. Any advice you can give or support i would be truly grateful.

    You have done amazingly well and look fantastic.

  30. Leona
    Whoa! X
  31. April
    Nice work! You've got this!

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