“I got my life back!”

Before and after

Before and after

Ingrid tried everything: powder diets, pills and, of course, low-fat foods. But the weight kept creeping up, slowly, and in the fall of 2010 the scale displayed 309 lbs (140 kg). Everything felt heavy. Sugar cravings, hunger and emotional eating were a never-ending nightmare.

In January 2011, she decided to try a low carb, high fat diet. Here’s what happened:

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All of my life I’ve been overweight and started emotional eating already as a child. I have always struggled with sugar cravings, been hungry almost constantly and my weight has yo-yoed throughout most of my life. The first time I felt fat and thought that I neeed to go on a diet, I was probably no more than 8 or 9 years old.

Life has been filled with a lot of feelings of shame, and I, together with so many others, was taught that fat was sinful. Fat was what made me fat, that was it. After many strenuous attempts to lose weight, I only weighed more and more. My weight increased rapidly after I stopped taking my birth control pills, and back then I had no idea that I had PCOS. I went to see doctors several times but didn’t really get any answers.

My weight ended up at 309 lbs. (140 kg) and I reached a dead end, deeply depressed and everything was heavy and difficult. I had always been chubby, but I had never been this big before. Everyday life became hard and the limitations of what I could do increased steadily.

Desperately, I tried everything, powder, bars, pills that would make the fat leave my body, and ate low-fat food, but nothing helped. My apetite was so big and it became even more impossible to control as I was always hungry. For a long time, I was convinced that it was fat that was making me fat, until I started reading about low carb (low-carb). I had tried it before but without really knowing what I was doing. I had only heard that it was good to avoid bread.

In the fall of 2010, I had reached the bottom, it was now or never. A gastric bypass was a gnawing thought in the back of my mind, even if it wasn’t something I really wanted. I read EVERYTHING I could find about LCHF and in January 2011 I started. From that day I slowly got my life back. I got my life back!

I have gone from being an overeater and an emotional eater, weight at 309 pounds (140 kilos) to today, having full control over what I eat, freedom from sugar cravings, satiated and pleased, and am currently weighing 176 pounds (80 kilos). For the first time in my life, I’ve lost weight without being hungry. But perhaps the most important thing is that I’m maintaining my weight and that I feel healthy inside and out. My body’s harmony feels amazing and I never thought it would be possible to get a normal relationship with food.

Thankfully, I know better, it was the carbs that made me fat.

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  1. Nate
    Another great story and the pictures pretty much tell it all. You look like two different people. The one on the right is full of confidence and the other, not.

    Reading about your understanding of being fat at the age of 9 reminded me of the great American movie Fed Up. (I don't know if it is available in other languages.) All of the obese kids in that movie are around the age of 12. They all are obviously suffering from the shame of being told over and over again something they knew way before some caring but uninformed/lazy? medical person said, "Eat less, exercise more". That repeated and repeated and repeated message made them feel shame and stupid and frustrated to the point of some becoming angry. Painfully sad.

    It makes me wonder about the observation and patient skills of the 'experts' that push the eat less, move more mime. How can they not see the emotions and hear the intelligence in their overweight, young patients? Somebody should do a study where they ask a large number of 10 year olds and their parents how one gains weight? I'm sure all of them would give the right answer. But then ask them why one does just stop doing that to avoid all of the shame and embarrassment, they would be mostly baffled and give all kinds of answers mostly without conviction.

    Oh, and the observation skills of talk show hosts and their celebrities is way better than the current nutritional 'experts'. Every other week I hear a discussion about losing weight by ditching the carbs. Recently on You Tube, I listened to the X Factor winner, Sam Bailey. She was on a talk show in Britain and they discussed her weight loss, which the host assumed was accomplished by avoiding carbs. She had worked out this clever strategy to first eat the meat on her plate then the veggies and lastly the starch. If she ate slowly, the waiter would come to clear the table before she ate the starch. Not bad observation skills for a new celeb with all of the hubbub that entails.

    The 'experts' should observe that their advise is wrong when talk show hosts and their guests blatantly ignore their 'expert' advice and simply assume just the opposite is right. The 'experts' should just thrown in the towel.

  2. Peregrina
    Nate, I say amen to everything in this comment. Thank you! As someone who played on two sports team at a time and avoided fat like the plague in high school having a doctor tell my mother and I with a straight face "if eating an apple makes you gain weight, eat half an apple" was just so beyond devastating. I was a smart "gifted" kid and athletic and it absolutely demolished any semblance of my fragile self-confidence which has lasting effects 20+ years later. So thank you for your comment, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!
    Ingrid, thank you of course for sharing your story! You are an inspiration!
  3. Eve
    Ingrid, I could have written your story. I have been overweight since the age of four and have been ashamed of it for as long as I can remember. I think my heaviest was even the same as your weight!
    I haven't been doing LCHF very long and haven't had amazing results yet (still finding my levels) but if someone who sounds like they'very been through exactly the same as me can do it, I know I can get there.
    I am now 37 and have never been the "correct" weight but I hope with every fibre in my body that this is it! Thank you for sharing x
  4. Tyrone
    Whoa!! She's a total hottie!!
  5. Terri F.
    Congratulations, Ingrid. You look so healthy and slim now. I could relate to a lot of your story--thanks so much for sharing it with others; you are an inspiration! Best wishes in all your future endeavors. :)
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  7. Kay
    Thankyou for inspiring me and giving me the boost I needed to give this a real go not a half hearted attempt. Thats an amazing thing to do for someone, Thankyou.

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