“I’ve never seen weight loss so fast”

Before and after

Before and after

Rikki had always struggled with her weight and had started to have health problems. A friend referred her to DietDoctor.com – and she started to eat “wonderfully delicious” food.

Soon people started to notice a change:

The Email


I wanted to share my success with this wonderful lifestyle change!

I’m a mother of two young boys and have always struggled with my weight. I was at my heaviest after my second child and started to develop some health problems, mostly blood pressure. Tipping the scales at 200 lbs (90 kg) I was at my wits end. Finally a friend of mine referred me to your website and suggested I give it a try.

I found the first week the toughest, just getting rid of the craving. However, I started to notice weight loss within the first week!! I couldn’t believe it, all the diets I’ve tried before I’ve never seen weight loss so fast! Plus this change was so easy to stick too! Who knew that you could eat wonderfully delicious recipies without much carbs to them at all! Few months in, people at work started to notice the slimming and wanted to know how I did it, and now several people are reporting weight loss and their love for this change! My husband even wanted to slim down after he saw how well I was doing and now he has lost 35 lbs (16 kg)!

I started this a week before Thanksgiving, and now in April I have lost a total of 55 lbs (25 kg)! I’m at my smallest in my adult life tipping scales at 145 lbs (65 kg)! I still continue to refer people to your site, telling them that they should try it, it worked wonders for me!

Thank you for your time,


Congratulations on your health and weight improvements, Rikki!

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Below, find out what you can do if you want to try LCHF for yourself, as well as stories from others who have tried.


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  1. Pierre
    It is quite amazing what happen when you quit grains and sugar consumption. No cardio exercises needed neither fancy diet.

    Probably 5kgs more to lose.

  2. Vicente
    Well done, Rikki.
  3. Jan
    So good to read another success story.

    LCHF just makes so much sense for all.

    Well done Rikki - thanks for sharing your story.

    All the best Jan

  4. Thea
    Thank you Rikki,
    I am really motivated to be stricter in how I follow the plan having seen your success. Best wishes.
  5. Eric Anderson
    The best advice on what to do AFTER you reach a goal weight is Doctor Richard K Bernstein.
    His books and free youtube advice is 1) Do not increase carbs 2) adjust protein (Down to lower weight or Up to increase weight)

    Since I measure my blood glucose it is easier to adjust protein to my goal 2 hour PP blood glucose range of 78 to 83 mg/dl which also seems to match most BMI ranges (25 is good for me - 23 is too low and 27 too high)

    I do not add protein to a single meal; rather I add a meal on a normal fast day or a 3rd meal on a 'normal' twice a day feed day. Adding one or two more ounces of protein to a single meal increased my blood glucose to the high 80's//low 90's

    QUESTION: What is usual BMI for long term ketogenic diet? I see several like phinney and Nokes seem to be closer to 22 BMI which although may not be optimal for a SAD eating person may be more optimal for long term ketogenic diets. ??? Humm 70 kilos for 183 cm would seem a bit thin?

  6. Crassus
    The hardest part for me is getting enough fat without too much protein. Any suggestions?
    Replies: #7, #12
  7. Len

    The hardest part for me is getting enough fat without too much protein. Any suggestions?

    I use a great app called KetoDiet that will allow you to calculate the proportions (macros) of carbs, fat and protein.

    Also, If you'd like to learn more about the ins and outs of ketogenic diets take a look at the book: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable.

  8. Eric Anderson
    Getting enough fat? Yes that can be the problem. I center many meals around a stick of butter (4 oz or 113 grams is 800 calories)

    For example scramble eggs in half stick of butter
    I use 4 whole eggs and 4 egg yolks is 320 fat calories plus the butter

    Chose meat like prime rib 80% fat and 20% protein
    Use cream butter gee sour cream

    Plane your fat; eat your fat
    Be careful of hidden carbs or excess protein in cream, sour cream or even butter (Gee is better as it removes milk solids leaving just fat)


  9. Eric Anderson
    Did I mention Coffee? I had unsalted butter (about 1 ounce) and 1 or 2 TBS heavy cream

    I also keep beef tallow in freezer to add to hamberger and or fry vegetables like cauliflower cabbage or chinese broccoli

    I target 227 grams of fat or more per day

    Listen to Doctor Richard K Bernstein on fat. Years ago he tried to increase the body weight of 5 thin diabetics by adding 900 plus calories of fat from olive oil per day.

    Result: After six months not one pound was gained.

    Reply: #10
  10. Jim
    Bernstein's olive oil experiment among diabetics is the ultimate (though N=5) proof for insulin beeing the real culprit. Fat does not significantly raise insulin - so no weight gain from fat alone.

    Remember, those people were diabetics (type 1 I suspect, possibly late stage type 2) - they were insulin deficient, because they were on a ketogenic diet and did not need insulin for lowering blood sugar. So they did not inject much.

    The other finding was, that protein also raises insulin (and other growth hormones, like IGF-1). So one should not overdo protein intake, as well. But since protein is only half as insulinogenic (and infinite times more an essential nutrient) as carbs, protein is a much better choice.

    As for BMI: Don't use that measure. It only works for standard percentages of body fat, muscle mass and water retention (none of wich applies to fat, ripped and/or LCHF/keto people).

    As long as you don't lose your muscle mass and as long as you keep your essential body fat (some 5% fat on men, around 15% on women) stable everything should be fine.

  11. BobM
    BMI is -- in my opinion -- a completely useless measure. It does not take into account body type. For instance, I have been lifting weights since I was in my early teens. At the lowest weight I can remember, when I was so ripped I could see each of my quadriceps and all of the veins in my arms, I was overweight by BMI. There is absolutely no way I can ever be in the normal BMI range. It's simply not possible.

    Also, multiple epidemiological studies have been done indicating people who are overweight or obese (but not at the highest level of obesity) live longer than normal weight people. The shortest-lived are underweight by BMI. Now, these studies do no prove causation, but they do offer proof that being overweight or obese is not necessarily bad.

  12. Murray
    Use generous portions of high quality extra-virgin olive oil.

    This will get your fat percentage up and provides several other benefits. The DHPEA-EDA in olive oil (which is destroyed by heat) protects red blood cells from oxidation. Olive oil is high in vitamin E which is necessary for lyso PLs to transport DHA omega-3 into brain tissues for maintenance and repair (over 90% of Americans are vitamin E deficient). Olive oil enhances the absorption of minerals, vitamins and phyto-nutrients in the gut. Olive oil tastes great.

    Self-prepared olive oil emulsions add a lot to dishes. If you use mustard powder, garlic or egg yolk as a surfactant, you can get a great emulsion adding quite a lot of olive oil. Ignore the recipes that add just a little olive oil. Keep adding and whipping until it gets viscous. One of my favorites is avocado mousse with olive oil emulsified in, which goes well with everything from cooked kale to salmon to flat iron beefsteak (varying the seasoning accordingly). My wife now loves to have her steaks with avocado mousse, second only to green peppercorn sauce. (Bearnaise sauce comes in a close third.)

  13. Crassus
    Thanks for all the good advice.
  14. BobM
    By the way, anyone else (besides me) have problems losing weight on LCHF? I read these success stories of amazing weight loss in a short time period (congratulations, by the way), but neither my wife nor I experienced that. We both lost a quick 20 pounds (say, 10 kilos), then stopped losing. We've tried pretty much everything (no dairy, reduced calories, more fat, etc.). Now, I'm very slowly losing weight (or at least not gaining, as my pants are getting slightly looser over months), but I've also started to fast two days a week, eating nothing from dinner one day until dinner the next day on fast days. I haven't tried it long enough to determine if there is an effect.

    I think there are those of us who -- for whatever reason (severe insulin resistance?) -- simply do not lose weight quickly on LCHF. But perhaps I'm not doing something I should be doing.

    Reply: #16
  15. Guest
    Grattis from Sweden!
  16. dom
    Me too, i have lost one stone since the start of January, and no more, i don't want to sound sour, but always feel disappointed when the success stories come. I started the December before last, and i was two stone heavier than when i started, this January.

    Last year though, i was doing things i did not realise were not lchf. well, basically drinking milk, also, i did not stop beers, now i do not drink that. Anyway i had lost one stone by February, and thought well stopping milk works. But, since then no more weight loss.

    I don't know what it is, if i am doing something wrong or what, but its depressing. Though i said in an earlier post, i feel like my jeans go to the lower belt slot, and that i lost an inch on my chest when i measured, so it may not be moving on the scales but weight might be coming off. I hope so, i hope a really noticeable sign tells me that it is.

  17. dom
    And it's good and I am pleased for people who have had success. Don't get me wrong.
  18. dom
    Does anyone get new scientist? I do not subscribe anymore, but get the email.

    There is an article about brown fat being a weight loss factor, Has anyone heard about this before, I think its probable that someone has.

    Anyway, I might buy the magazine when i see it.

    Reply: #20
  19. Chris the Barbarian
    Dom, as long as you are making progress, everything is ok. Especially with loosing some inches on your waist you're making excellent progress. Is loosing weight a race ;)? Take your time.

    Just get every day right, then every week, every month,.... and eventually you get a year right, and success will come. Don't hop on the scale to often - maybe even just once a month.

    If you still have trouble with bursting through a plateau, try some intermittent fasting.

  20. erdoke
    If you have 22 minutes watching this video by Prof. Sikaris is worth it. Brown fat tissue is covered as well.
    Reply: #21
  21. Nate
    Thanks for the link to Prof. Sikaris' talk. It was very good and informative.

    I have a question about his favorite food mentioned at the end of the talk. What is the third ingredient that he puts in after the cream and yogurt? I could not understand what he was saying. I got the last ingredient, dark chocolate, but not the third. Thanks.

    Reply: #22
  22. Murray
    Nate, I think Professor Sikaris said "scorched almonds," but it might have been "Scotched" almonds, which would be fun.
    Reply: #23
  23. Nate
  24. Charlotte
    Hi Bob and DonM, I too am struggling just to lose anything from the outset let alone amidst a plateau! I have been on the LCHF diet since March 1 2015 and have not lost anything!! At first I put on weight although I think that has moved, apparently I appear to have lost some around my face, but I can't measure my face! In a previous post I gave my stats': 58yrs old, 5'9", 86kg. I am a lollypop shape, slim long legs and an apple on top!! Medications: HRT 2.5mg (hormone replacement therapy), Zoloft 50mg , Nexium 40mg,
    Candesarten 16mg. Please could someone please tell me if this combination of medication would actively interfere with weight loss. As I say I have not lost a thing and my measurements have altered minutely. Do I just need to be more patient? There must be a middle aged girl out there with a similar story?
  25. ana113
    I have lost 11kg in 9 months. Sometimes sat at the same weight for 6 weeks, then down .5kg. BUT in the end I did lose and I am still going strong. I am also much much better regarding aches, pains, sleep, concentration, energy. I am 59yo female. Will continue, but also wonder why I do not see the weight just melting away! Perhaps after years of abuse of my body I must accept that it will take time!
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    My order for 3 bottles did not come. Suppose coming on fri 11th Aug 2017. Time 6pm to 10pm. Feel disappointed .
    No call and No text from them.

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