Losing 143 pounds in a year with LCHF

Before and after

Before and after 365 days

Janne’s friend had sausages, cheese and béarnaise sauce during their movie night – he ate low-carb. This made Janne want to try it himself. At 353 lbs (160 kg) he felt that he didn’t have anything to lose, even though the dietitian had discouraged him.

Here’s what happened in a year:

The Email


My name is Janne. It is now exactly one year since I stumbled upon LCHF. I was at a movie night with a friend and his snack consisted of sausage, cheese and béarnaise sauce, which even at that time seemed more interesting than my own Coke and bag of chips. Which made med decide to try anyway, what did I have to lose? I weighed 353 (160 kg), had a waist circumference of 59 inches (150 cm), asthma which made most things very cumbersome. I wanted to undergo bariatric surgery and went to a dietitian without any major results. My dietitian strongly discouraged me from LCHF and said that it was unhealthy. I am glad that I didn’t listen.

So how has a year with LCHF changed my life for the better? I haven’t had to use an inhalator for a very long time and haven’t had a single asthma attack since last fall. My weight fluctuates between 209-216 lbs (98–95 kg) and my waist circumference is 36 inches (92 cm), which  gives me a weight loss of about 143 lbs (65 kg) and 23 inches (58 cm) smaller circumference. I no longer need to look for the tent department when I shop for clothes. Earlier I used to by size 5XL in t shirts, now M or L works well. I no longer suffer from migraines and my depression has more or less disappeared.

I’m also pretty convinced that I no longer need bariatric surgery. I can also add that I haven’t exercised any during this year other than common every-day exercise, as I was never interested in training. Now I’m beginning my second year and hope that things will continue to go as well as they have. You have my permission to publish this if you want.

/Janne Poikonen


Congratulations, Janne!

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