After a life-long battle with weight, Jean decided to make one last attempt before giving up. Fortunately, that last attempt happened to be the keto diet. And two years later, she was 140 pounds (65 kilos) lighter.
Here, Jean shares all the fantastic health benefits she has reaped on her journey and some helpful tips for anyone who wants to achieve the same thing.
Her story has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Jean’s keto story
I am a 37-year old female, born and raised in Kenya and currently living in Nairobi. I have lost a total of 140 pounds (65 kilos) from my highest weight. It took me two years to lose the weight, and have since maintained the loss for over one and a half years.
I started my weight loss-journey with calorie restriction while still eating carbs. I lost some weight but soon stalled for many months. The lack of progress nearly broke me, and I felt like giving up. After lots of research online, I discovered the ketogenic diet. I made sure to learn the science behind keto by watching many YouTube videos, reading keto books, and using keto community websites for support.In the past, I had tried every diet known to man and failed. So when I started reading about keto, it sounded crazy to me. After decades of demonizing fat and believing that you can’t live without carbs, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the high-fat aspect. But I decided to trust the process and the science before completely giving up… And so, I tried keto.
As soon as I began in May 2015, the weight began to drop once again (slowly but surely), and I started to feel so much better and healthier. I had no more carb-crash afternoon naps. I felt energized throughout the day, I had great concentration, my skin cleared up, and I lost weight and inches. Most importantly, my high blood pressure, which I’d suffered with for decades, finally reversed itself within a few months and has normalized to date without medication.
I also was amazed that within the first month of full keto eating, the painful menstruation cramps that I’d suffered with for decades also completely vanished. There are still so many more benefits than I can list, but long story short is that keto completely changed my life. For the first time in my life, I feel good about myself physically, emotionally, and mentally.
In addition to this, it is the easiest and tastiest “diet” that I ever did in my life. In fact, the only difficult part about it was the patience part — as would be the case with any weight-loss journey because it is a marathon, not a race — but I took the journey one day at a time, telling myself just for today, I will eat right, and a few days became a week, then a month, and now years. These days, I look back and feel so thankful for taking that chance and sticking to it… there were stalls, but I kept telling myself to keep on going no matter what, and during those stalls, I would still see inch loss and feel clothes getting looser.
I have lost the bulk of my weight from my upper body, letting me know that much of the visceral fat surrounding my vital organs has melted away. I have a waist for the first time in my life and now wear a belt with my dresses and enjoy shopping for trendy outfits (and not just for anything that would fit like in the past).
Since May 2015 (so shy of three years now), I have been eating this way, and I now know that I can sustainably eat this way for the rest of my life. Keto is so tasty. I love having the fatty cuts of meat along with non-starchy vegetables. Being able to salt, cook in delicious butter and coconut oil, and drizzle olive oil on my salads is amazing. I always feel satiated and full for hours after a meal. I never feel deprived. On some days, I do intermittent fasting (16:8).
When doing that initial research, I realized that the science of insulin resistance was sound. Especially for people who have struggled with weight issues for decades, perhaps since early childhood, and couldn’t lose weight on low-calorie diets, as were the case for me.What shocked me the most was that once I started keto, in the absence of sugar and carbs, the lifelong food cravings I had disappeared entirely, and for years now I’ve been cured of my sugar/carb addiction with no desire ever to binge again. This way of eating works. It’s the key to breaking lifelong struggles with food addiction and can reverse lifestyle diseases.
I still have weight to lose but, I can say that with the loss of 140 pounds (64 kilos), my life has completely transformed for the better and have gained my health back in leaps and bounds. I am also now active and go to the gym four to five times a week for strength training and cardio. However, throughout the journey, I focused 90-95% on my food and only used exercise as an addition for heart health. This way of eating works if one trusts the process.
I am thankful to keto advocates such as Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and many others who are spreading awareness of the benefits of the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) lifestyle which can reverse lifestyle diseases. Knowledge is power, and I hope that the world may open its eyes and see the health benefits of this lifestyle.
If you want to contact Jean, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and helpful insights, Jean! And a big congratulations on your success.
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