“I have the key to living a healthy, fulfilling life without restrictions in a way I love!

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Cindy had always been health-conscious, but in her mid fifties her weight started to creep up. She became vegan for five years and gained 20 pounds, suffered from osteoarthritis and felt increasingly poorly.

Once again, she researched the internet… and this time she found the ketogenic diet.

The E-mail

Hi Andreas,

I am so excited and feel like, at long last, I have the key to living a healthy, fulfilling life without restrictions in a way I love! I have always been health conscious and worked out and ate a predominantly healthy diet. In my early 30’s I wanted to lose a few pounds and low-carb diets, Atkins type, were making the rounds at the gym where I worked out. I tried it for a few weeks and had amazing success!! Once I reached my goal I stopped, as at that time I “bought in” to the idea that it wasn’t a healthy diet and could create health issues.

Fast forward to my mid fifties… I was still active and health conscious but my weight started to creep up. At that point health was a priority and still believing carbohydrate restriction was “bad” I researched other options and (for various reasons) embraced a vegan lifestyle. I bought Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and it became my “bible.” I was a believer and even bought multiple copies of the book to give to family and friends, hoping to help them. Following a vegan diet over the past five years I have experienced a 20-pound weight gain, osteoarthritis (including a hip replacement) and an ever-increasing sense of feeling poorly, I called it feeling “old” and steadily working towards metabolic syndrome.

I realized what I was doing wasn’t working, so once again started researching and found the ketogenic diet, yippee! I started low-carb on Sept 19 of this year and within a couple of weeks I found IF (thanks Dr Fung!). That lead me to OMAD which is perfect for me.1 I have lost about 12 pounds in the past five weeks, I feel better than I have in over ten years, I have simplified my life in so many ways and I eat food I absolutely love!!

Thank you and the entire LCHF community (DietDoctor.com, Dr. Westman and Dr Fung are my new “heroes”). I will be 60 soon and so excited about the future of my health, the world of great food and feeling better every day for a change.

Thanks again!
Cindy N


Congratulations, Cindy to your improved health and energy!

Are you ready?


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  1. OMAD mean one meal a day. It’s the same thing as 24-hour fasts


  1. Agnes
    Please stop using stock photos on a health-related site! You are promoting REALITY, not lovely people running through the sunsets! Seriously!
    Reply: #3
  2. gbl
    I especially liked the previous one.
  3. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    We always much prefer to include real photos with reader stories. However, not everyone is comfortable with sharing one. And only providing text feels flat.

    What would you suggest we do in these situations?

  4. Fiona
    I don't mind the stock photos. What's important to me is the content and a web site that is easy to negotiate to help keep me focused on LCHF. The photos are a bonus.
  5. gbl
    This woman is natural looking and could be any of us over 60. I'm not offended by this image, and hope she gets paid a lot for her "modelling" work.
  6. Cindy C
    Some of us can look great in face and body, but the camera just does not "show " it. Certain makeup, angles, and a profession photographer may help the situation, but still not all are loved by the camera. We here are not looking for models. We would want to see a "real" person, but not all are willing to show themselves on such a wide reaching audience. Some are just really modest.
  7. Gentiann
    I love this picture, it depicts perfectly the happiness and hope expressed by Cindy: "I will be 60 soon and so excited about the future of my health". It is clearly mentioned that is a stock photo and, by the way, this lady is not running!
    I really do not understand why anybody could be upset about this lovely older lady enjoying a peaceful evening.
    Thanks, Dr Eenfeldt for this great website, useful and beautiful at the same time.
  8. Apicius
    I'm not offended by the stock photo. It doesn't happen often. Some people want to stay private...I can understand that. Need to keep a balance of messages from the extroverts and introverts.
  9. Marianne G
    Cindy, your post could have been mine! I too tried to follow the Eat To Live plan. I did lose weight, but felt terrible and was constantly hungry. I think this brand of veganism can be ok for people who are insulin sensitive or have normal metabolisms, but it can be disastrous for insulin resistant people like me. I ended up prediabetic. Fortunately I rediscovered lchf and turned that right around!

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