“Life is marvellous”



Would you trust a skinny cook? Renetté certainly didn’t believe that you could. Until she changed her life, lost 110 lbs (50 kg) and became one herself with the help of low carb.

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Dear Andreas,

This is my ongoing story and if you think it is good enough, I would love you to publish it as I truly believe that there are millions of misunderstood and lonely overweight people out there who need help. They need just one Eureka moment to change their lives.

I am one of those people because two years ago I was almost 50 kg (110 lbs) heavier and always tired and always sick.

At the height of my obesity, I had chronic pains in my Achilles tendons and couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes. My body ached, I had headaches and my breathing became strained.

Although I had countless ailments, I didn’t want to embark on yet another conventional diet and fell into the all-too common phrase “I know that I will die, but I will at least die happy”.

I have a genetic blood disorder called thrombophilia which causes deep vein thrombosis or clots in the blood. I was on Warfarin from the age of 21 so I could not consume a lot of green leafy vegetables as they are usually quite high in Vitamin K (which clots your blood) and counteracts with the Warfarin. They say that your first blood clot usually kills you – I have had four or five.

The fact was, that on conventional diets you could only have a small portion of protein, dairy and starch and I couldn’t fill up on green veggies and leafy salads so I was always hungry and felt deprived. I considered conventional diets too punitive and every time I gave up on a diet, I felt like a total loser who could not control my appetite. This wasn’t helping my already low self-esteem.

I started picking up weight in my late twenties, after my baby boy died when I was 34 weeks pregnant and simply ballooned over the years. I could not understand why I was such a glutton. I simply could not stop eating and I was embarrassingly greedy.

The watershed moment was just over two years ago when I was publically humiliated about my weight and what I looked like.

I was so embarrassed but I was also extremely angry and vowed to myself that I would never let such a humiliation happen to me again.

I asked my GP to prescribe a drug which could replace my Warfarin. I told him that I was tired of being obese and I was tired of the various problems which comes with obesity and I seriously needed to go on a diet.

My GP and his entire family were Banters and suggested that I purchase The Real Meal Revolution.

The science behind the Banting way of life made sense from the very beginning and my husband and I started Banting in March 2015.

I loved Banting from the very beginning and the weight started coming off quite quickly. I used to not be able to fit into a size 28 (which is the largest they go in retail clothing shops) and I now between a size 16 and 18, depending on the brand.

The first photo shows the size blouse I used to wear. The second photo is a representation of the 43 kg (95 lbs) I lost at that stage in dry dog and cat food and the last photo is of me standing with my whole body in one of my old trousers – in one of it’s legs.

I am a changed person. My BP, cholesterol and glucose readings are normal and my attitude towards life in general has changed.

Being an extremely enthusiastic cook from a very early age, I always thought that skinny cooks could not have the same passion for their food that I did, but that attitude has changed too.

My hubby and I love good food and love cooking absolutely delicious LCHF meals. We write our own recipes and I believe that we are the ultimate foodies.

I am still obsessed with food but now, and thanks to Banting, the obsession is very positive.

People are more willing to engage with me now, and I get compliments on my achievement on a daily basis. A lot of people ask me to help them with their weight loss and I have realised that obesity is not widely understood.

Almost a year ago I started writing a book on my weight-loss journey but I soon realised that the book had to more than my weight-loss so I started unpacking why I think that I became obese in the first place.

What a revelation when it dawned on me that I had many emotional issues which I was trying to deal with by becoming addicted to food. Just like the drug addict who shoots up or swallows a pill to feel better, I was overeating. Then I felt bad about eating so much, and ate some more to make myself feel better again and so the cycle developed and addition grew stronger. I also realised that I had been depressed for years and was quite literally slowly committing suicide by what I was eating and how much I was eating.

This vicious circle of over-eating to make myself feel better and then eating some more because I felt bad, pulled me up into a blinding tornado which dumped me into a deep and dark pit of despair. I knew that I had to get out of the pit and into the sun but I had no tools to claw my way out… and then, along came Banting.

I have had many conversations with people like me and every single one of them said “That is exactly how I feel!” They all agree to this analogy and by writing my book, I have dealt with many of the issues that I tried to ignore by overeating.

I am still in the process of writing the book and would like to call it “Would you trust a skinny cook? The memoirs of a fat woman” because I am not physically skinny yet but I am getting there and loving it. I suppose that I am no more skinny than Jamie Oliver is naked.

Through this process, I have lost a lot of emotional weight too and yes, I would trust a skinny cook now.

Life is marvellous.



Congratulations Renetté, and thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

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