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 lbs (65 kg) lighter.
Here she shares all the fantastic health benefits she has reaped on her journey, and some helpful tips for anyone who wants to do something similar:
I am a 37-year old female, Kenyan born and raised, living in Nairobi. I have lost a total of 140 pounds (65 kg) from my highest weight. It took me two years to lose the weight and have since maintained the loss for over 1.5 years now. I initially started my weight-loss journey by calorie restriction (still eating carbs), lost a bit of weight and then quickly hit a stall for many months that nearly broke me and almost made me give up. Then after lots of online research discovered the ketogenic diet and I made sure to learn the science behind it (watched lots of youtube videos and read keto books and used keto community websites for support).In the past I tried ever diet known to man and failed. So even though keto sounded crazy (it was difficult to initially wrap my head around the high-fat aspect after decades of fat being demonized, and also the concept of being able to live with “no carbs” which society conditioned us to believe were necessary), after having tried many diets and failed in the past, I decided to trust the process (and the science of it) and give things one last attempt before giving up completely… and so I tried keto.
As soon as I began on it in May 2015, the weight began to drop once again (slowly but surely) and I started to feel so much more better and healthier, I had no more carb-crash afternoon naps, I started to feel energized throughout the day, I had great concentration, my skin cleared up, I was losing weight and inches and most important of all within a few months into keto, my high blood pressure which I’d suffered with for decades finally reversed itself and normalized to date without medication.
I also was amazed that within the first month of full keto eating, my painful menstruation cramps that I’d suffered with for decades also completely vanished. In regards to my health there are still so many more benefits than I can count/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, 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 made a week, then a month and now years, and I look back and so thankful for taking that chance and sticking to it… there were stalls but I kept telling myself to just 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 a lot of the visceral fat that was surrounding my vital organs has melted away, I have a waist for the first time in my life and now able to wear a belt with my dresses and enjoy shopping for trendy outfits (and not just for anything that would fit like in the past).
In terms of the diet being tasty I loved having the fatty cuts of meat along with non-starchy vegetables, as well as being able to salt my meals and cook in delicious healthy oils like coconut oil and clarified butter and able to drizzle olive oil on my salads and add butter to my meals. I was always satiated with my meals (feel full for hours after a meal) and never once felt deprived. I also do intermittent fasting some days (16:8). In terms of keto itself, I have been eating this way since May 2015 (so just shy of 3 years now), and I now know that I can sustainably eat this way for the rest of my life.
After a lifelong struggle with weight since early childhood, failed diets and only ever increasing weight each time I failed, did I finally reach my highest weight (and my lowest emotional point), and at that point is when i finally admitted to myself that I was addicted to sugar and carbs.
The initial first six months or so of my weight-loss journey I stopped eating sugar and refined carbs, but was still eating natural sugars, starches and grains (sweet potatoes, fruit, legumes, beans, brown pasta/flour etc.) and initially at the very beginning, the weight started to come off, but thereafter stalled for months and I just could not understand why, I reduced my calories even further and the weight loss wouldn’t budge, I almost gave up and that’s when as mentioned earlier I started keto and that completely transformed my life.
When doing that initial research I realized that the science of insulin resistance really was sound (and especially for people in a similar situation to myself who had particularly struggled with weight issues for decades and in my case, since early childhood and couldn’t lose weight even on low-calorie diets).What shocked me the most was that once I started keto, in the absence of sugar and carbs, the lifelong food cravings I had completely disappeared and for years now have been cured of my sugar/carb addiction with no desire to ever binge again. This way of eating works and is the key to break lifelong struggles with food addictions and can in turn reverse lifestyle diseases.
I still have weight to lose but, I can say that with the loss of 140 pounds (64 kg), 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 4-5 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, among many others who are advocating for and spreading awareness on the benefits of the LCHF lifestyle of which can reverse lifestyle diseases through diet. 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 to your success.
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