Last April I received an e-mail from Sameer Pitale in India, and then an updating e-mail in December. Here’s his success story, also including his family’s health and weight improvements.
Email on Apr 15, 2013
I am a 22-year-old student from India. I’ve been obese all my life. At my age, I have developed hypertension. I have worked very hard to lose weight, and I used to ride my bicycle every day to college, work and elsewhere. So, after riding my bike 19 miles (30 km) every day for 6 months I only lost 22 lbs (10 kg). So I was down from 265 lbs to 242 lbs (120 kg to 110 kg), and by the way, I am just 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm).
In October 2011, I got into a major accident, which damaged my left side and nearly destroyed my left hand permanently, as it was crushed under a water tanker. So after 40 days of hospitalization and 6 months of being bedridden, I walked for the first time in 7 months. I had severe muscle wasting, and went down to 185 lbs (84 kg). I had no muscles left in my body, and as I started to follow the regular, “optimal” healthy diet suggested by my physician, I quickly gained back the weight. Within 6 months I hit the 265-lbs (120 kg) mark once again! But it was worse this time, because I didn’t have any muscle mass, which had been wasting away during the time I was bedridden, but just fat. I was depressed and suicidal.
Then i got a link to your site from my professor. I started your diet three weeks ago. I have lost around 22 lbs (10 kg), but more significantly my stamina has gone up by leaps and bounds. Just yesterday I climbed two small mountains and walked more than 6 miles (10 km) in the scorching 100-104 F (38-40 C) Indian summer.
I am really sorry for this long email, but I can not tell you how grateful I am to you, and all the valuable info on your website.
Follow-Up Email Dec 15, 2013
I am writing this email exactly 8 months after the last one. These 8 months actually taught not only me, but my Mom and Dad, many new things about the LCHF lifestyle and how to stick with it. In 10 months, the three of us together lost a total weight of around 60 kg. That is, I lost 30 kg (120 kg to 90 kg); my mom 16 kg (86 kg to 70 kg) and my dad 14 kg (84 kg to 70 kg).
Both of my parents are 58 years. Also mom’s diabetes is completely under control and she doesn’t require any medicine for it.
In India, we have to face a huge problem with a non-vegetarian diet as it is very much disgraced and thought of as being criminal by many communities in India. There is also strong propaganda against eating meats and fish by various religious political /social organisations. Thus it was very difficult for us to start eating this way. Plus, there was the financial thing. We are from kind of a low income group and with my accident we lost all of our savings and are in a lot of debt. So when I started eating this way, Dad was initially concerned about expenses as meat and fish are very expensive foods (this August to November even vegetables were as expensive as meat !!!!). But, in less than a few months time he saw the changes in my health and so all of us adopted the same diet.
Today, our medical bills have been reduced to blood pressure tablets and nothing else, thanks to you. I will send some images when I hit the 70-kg (154 lbs) mark and my parents hit 60-65 kg (132-143 lbs). I don’t know how to thank you, Sir! All doctors are astonished with the results here, my Dad’s physician even told him to check his blood sugar as she was concerned about his rapid weight loss!!!!!
I will again mention the book Diet Wise by Dr. Kaith Scott-Mumby. His theories about certain foods causing allergies turned out to be true when I tested them. I had severe dust allergy and used to carry anti-histamines all the time, because I was hospitalized twice with severe allergic reactions. When I stopped eating wheat and sugar it turned out I don’t have any allergies!!! Hurray!!! The book is mostly based on the paleo diet, but he totally supports butter.
Congratulations to you, and your family’s, fantastic health improvements.
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