Your success story here

Have you too been successful on a lower-carb diet? Have you lost weight or improved your health? Do you wish that you had known what you now know, earlier? Would it have saved you years of misery?

If so, perhaps you want to share your story so that others can benefit from it? So that they can be inspired by what you have achieved?

Note that we’re not only looking for final fantastic results. Early stories and stories of every kind of struggle are also most welcome.

If you want to share like the people below, there’s a fairly simple way.

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What to do

Just email us your story at frida@dietdoctor.com.

Include whatever you like. Here’s a simple suggestion, please feel free to make changes. If you only want to write three sentences that’s just fine too!

1. Your story:

  • What was your life like before?
  • What happened that changed things?
  • What is your life like now?
  • What was your biggest challenge and how did you approach it?
  • What do you wish you had known when you started?

2. Pictures are great for making your journey concrete. Before and after images are often fantastic. If you have a friend who enjoys taking pictures perhaps you can ask him or her to take a really nice picture of you? Selfies are also possible to use, of course.

3. To make your journey even more concrete, include age and country or state.

4. Please let me know if it’s ok to share your name or if you prefer to be anonymous. Also feel free to share any links you’d like people to find you at, like Facebook, Instagram or to a blog.

Good luck!

38 comments

  1. Maria Carrillo
    I need help in making an eating plan.
    Reply: #3
  2. Bill
    Maria, I have had some success on this diet. I'll share what I eat, but if you don't like this type of food, it may give you an idea of what you can do.

    I used to eat a fast food breakfast, like a sausage egg and cheese croissant, hash browns and a soda or coffee. Now I have an omelet with bacon and red onions (no bread, no potatoes and no soda). I drink black coffee.
    I used to have a hamburger, fries and a coke or tea for lunch. Sometimes chicken strips, you probably get the idea. Now I make a salad with mixed greens, peas, cheese, red onions, sun flower seeds with ranch dressing and I get grilled chicken (about 3 oz). I drink water.
    I have a snack around 3:30 PM that is usually some type of mozzarella cheese and some cherry tomatoes (like a caprese salad).
    For dinner I eat a piece of meat (chicken, steak, pork or fish). Cooked and seasoned really well. I'll also include a small side salad here or a caprese salad. Drink Water.
    Then I have a snack at about 7 pm that is a cinnamon and raisin English muffin well toasted (crunchy) with some butter. I also will sometimes have a small glass of red with it.

    I have lost 22 lbs in 8 weeks (I'm a guy and went from busting out of my 38" pants to having my 36" pants really loos on me). My daily calories with all this food is still around 1600. I do exercise, but not real hard. I walk after lunch for 30 minutes.
    I hope this helps you out.

  3. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Maria!

    Why not try our two week challenge? :)

    https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-get-started-on-low-carb-take-our-br...

    I need help in making an eating plan.

  4. Victoria
    What about stories that are not "successes" .... I was not overweight, got diagnosed with T2. I have been on LCHF for about 3 years; my levels are still not normal. They are not overly high but then they were not to begin with (start of 158 mornings now 119 mornings). I have tried fasting, very strict ketogenic ... everything but no change.
    Replies: #6, #37
  5. Lucille Laird
    Victoria, I am T2 as well. I find that if I exceed my protein requirement that my blood sugar readings are higher the next morning. Once I figured out my macros and measured everything I got much better control. my A1C has gone from 5.7 (US) to 5.4 over the past six months. Most mornings my blood sugar readings are between 80 & 90. I've lost 42 pounds this year (not bad for a 68 year old diabetic), I have become very comfortable with the Keto lifestyle. I have more energy, clarity of thinking, itchy skin problems disappeared, and regularity of digestive processes are all win-win for me. I do hope you find success too.
  6. Margaret
    I know I am taking a risk in saying this publicly, but I believe we have been deceived in more than just diet over the past 30 years. I have been a nurse since 1979 and have seen the labs get changed to lower and lower rates since then. I tend to believe this is so they can sell us more drugs. This goes for fasting blood sugars, cholesterol, blood pressure, and so on.
    Initially we viewed normal fasting blood sugar as 80-120. Then it was changed to 74 to 114. And now lab reports say that “normal” must be below 100.
    I’ve had T2D for about 5 years now, am overweight, and found that neither Metformin or Glipizide really helped to lower my blood sugars significantly. Last summer I was under a lot of stress, traveling (on a sabbatical) and unable to monitor my diet, and was running 200-250 for my fasting blood sugar – on Metformin! But in mid-September I discovered the LCHF diet, quit taking the Metformin, and my blood sugars have averaged about 130 from that point! (I have also lost 23# since then.)
    You need to look more at your HbA1c. It’s more accurate. Mine was 7.5 in October and within another month on LCHF had dropped to 5.4! When I used the formula to figure my average blood sugar based upon the A1c, my average blood sugar is now 108. So if you are eating low carb and are not overweight, I would wonder if you are now at what is normal for you!
    Reply: #31
  7. Pat
    i put the clip on youtube if you want to share with anyone https://youtu.be/N5CLAYU8ZTc
  8. Alin
    Hello,

    My name is Alin, and I have been on the LCHF program for almost 4 months (02.06.2016 - 20.12.2016)
    The reason a begun the diet is because at a routine medical check i did an abdominal ecograph and was told dat i have a non-alcoholic fatty liver (steatosis), and a possible gilbert syndrome (my total bilirubin was 1.77 mg/dl), as well the many health related benefits, described on your site.
    Apart from that, i can say i am generally healthy.

    Before i started the LCHF program:

    Age - 28 years
    Height - 180 cm
    Weight - 80 kg

    TGP(ALT) - 21 U/L
    TGO(AST) - 30 U/L
    Colesterol total - 152 mg/dl
    HDL colesterol - 62 mg/dl
    LDL colesterol - 91 mg/dl
    Triglycerides - 53 mg/dl
    Creatinine serum - 0.93/dl
    Bilirubin total - 1.77 mg/dl
    Glucose - 81 mg/dl

    After LCHF (16.12.2016)

    Weight - 77 kg (3 kg lost in the first week)

    TGP(ALT) - 56 U/L
    TGO(AST) - 43 U/L
    Colesterol total - 240 mg/dl
    HDL colesterol - 81.8 mg/dl
    LDL colesterol - 140.8 mg/dl
    Triglycerides - 87 mg/dl
    Creatinine serum - 1.43 mg/dl
    Bilirubin total - 2.31 mg/dl
    Glucose - 108 mg/dl

    On the diet this values got worse, my face was burning from time to time an got all red.
    Other problems i encountered, but expected, wore constipation and muscle cramps (especially on my calves in the morning), but i managed them as best that i could with an increase intake of salt and fiber (psyllium husks), and water.

    The good thing that i found during the diet is that i felt lighter (on a normal carb diet i always felt bloated, horrible), not hungry, and surprisingly energetic, it felt good (aside from the burning face)

    For the moment i have quit the diet on my doctor advice, and i am now trying to understand where i got it wrong.

    Reply: #14
  9. Yvette
    Hello,
    I'm Yvette
    And I just have a few things to say !
    I have IBS with diarrhea and this diet has changed my stomach so far for the better !!!! It's calmed it quite a bit !!' No bloating no gas or. It as much , just a bit ! But not what it was like before ! And I have lost 9 pounds in three weeks and several inches ! Also I have experienced the rash !!! First on my tummy
    Now in my back and it gets itchy from time to time ! But I'm dealing with it !
  10. Brenda
    My name is Brenda and I will be sharing my story here soon.I have gone from a size 28 to a size 6, starting weight was 310 lbs to now 159 lbs
  11. Christie
    just started December 1st 2016. I am 52 and already in menopause.. Starting weight 380#, I have lost 40# in 3 months and am eating WAY more calories than I should. I miss a lot of the foods I love, but keep going back to the scale to help keep my will power up. Even with a slip up Egg McMuffin or Quarter pounder with cheese (NO top bun) once or twice....I have not been derailed.
    I am a T2D for 10 years and have always been fat, even as a child. Last year I started to have respiratory problems and was in the Emergency room twice with difficulty breathing. I do have a fatty liver and the Apple body shape....BIG gut and chest....relatively lean legs.
    I do not keep track of my calories or even my proper percentages (fat, protein, etc). I just read labels and stay away from potatoes and flour and rice and pasta and fruits (occasional blue berrys). I try to stay below 20 grams of carbs per day, (Most days are closer to 10) and hardly ever go over 40 (only on a cheat day). I have not increased my exercise *yet and see this as new hope. I am very surprised how versatile cauliflower really is.
  12. Fernando
    Mi esposa esta en #lchf por decisión personal, se inyectaba 2 veces al dia y a pocos dias de iniciar dieta elimino la insulina de la noche, solo lo hace en las mañanas 60mg lenta. En un mes ha perdido 4 kilos, pero sufre dolores de cabeza en la noche y le viene fatiga. Solo toma agua y sigue descansando hasta el desayuno.
    Reply: #40
  13. Helen
    I am 69 year old female. Have just done two week challenge but only lost 1.5 kilos first week and nothing second week. Followed it exactly. Has this happened with others?
    Reply: #16
  14. Shane
    Alin,
    I have a question over your comment: You have been diagnosed with 'possible' Gilberts Syndrome? Did your GP say just what 'possible' meant, and did he send you for a liver function test? Did you ask your GP whether LCHF was going to have any adverse effect on you BEFORE you embarked on it?
    I run a weight loss group running on Ketogenic principles. If you had come along to me telling me that, I would have sent you straight back to the GP for clarification.
    Don't know what progress you've made since you left your comment in January, but would be interested if you've been back to the GP (Doctor) since and what he has said.
    This is why I insist on people coming to my group completing a medical questionnaire so issues like this are shown up BEFORE they start out on Keto/LCHF.
  15. Mayte Silvan
    Hello!. Finally I encourage writing, because for me it is difficult not to speak English and depend on a translator, (this is how I read all his articles, although I can not follow the videos). After a long terminal illness of my husband, menopause and having stopped smoking, I had gained in the last five years a total of 20 kg. In August 2016 I started this new way to feed LCHF after meeting you on the internet. Now, in April 2017, almost 7 months later, I have lost 12 kg, and I continue in LCHF, because for me, it is a way of life, not a diet to do some time, and because, in addition, I want to keep thinning until I get there To a weight that is closer to the one you had before. Now comes the explanation of why I dare to write: I have always had an analytics of what are known as "book", that is, perfect, as almost all my environment criticizes me for following this diet, including my head doctor, The other day I asked him to ask me for some analysis, including the omega 3 index, which would not be my surprise, when picking up the resusltados oil: Glucose-118; Uric acid- 7.9, Cholesterol-207, as well as ions also slightly altered. I had never had these figures! Now I do not know what to do, because I worry (just a little) uric acid and glucose, is this normal ?, and also I worry (just a little), what will say of this diet, which I ponder, My doctor Of course I will not change my diet at the moment, unless they keep raising these two parameters and either dangerous, can you give me a reasonable explanation ?, I expect your answer. Thank you very much for the altruistic work you do. Mayte Silvan
  16. Lassie
    Helen, I did this LCHF three years ago and lost 20 lbs in 6 weeks. I am now post menopausal and started LCHF again and have lost a measly 4 lbs in three weeks. Bummer.

    I remember how this plan worked for me before so I am sticking to it. I am following plan as it's not hard. I also fasting 7 pm to 11 am every day, only eat when I am hungry and eat right. Weight loss is so slow. So slow.

    Reply: #23
  17. Simon
    I was diagnosed with T2D at the end of Feb 2017. I weighed 79kg, my Hba1c was 7.5 and fasting blood sugar level was 12.5 which was high. I have had blood pressure around 140/90 for years and I was taking statins for cholesterol so the full metabolic syndrome. After 6 weeks on LCHF my weight is 70kg, my bp is below 120/80 I have come off statins and still have good cholesterol levels and my fasting BSL is between 6-6.5. I feel tons better though I can't yet shift my BSL below 6. It is early days yet, though. I have started doing a brisk 30 min walk a day and use the rowing machine 3 times a week. I am now slowly introducing the Friday Fast into my routine. I do meditation each day too. I have found my mental health has benefitted a great deal too.
    I have found the Apple health app fantastic (I don't work for them!) in keeping track of my vital stats. Good luck to everyone else who is also on this journey. It can be hard work at times and we need to hear words of encouragement.
  18. John B
    Morning Andreas,
    We have been following your program for 4 weeks now and I am very happy with my results.
    My belt size has reduced by 2 notches and I have lost 5 kilos.
    But, my wife (who is following it also) has put on 2 kilos.
    How can this be ?
    We are following the program diligently.
    Can there be a reason for her weight gain ? / and can you suggest a solution please ?
    She was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome some tears back – can this be the answer ?

    Kind Regards,
    thank you,
    John.

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  20. jenny
    I have submitted my story which I hope would motivate and give hope that exercise diet and intermittent fasting following Dr. Jason Fung and recipes on Diet Doctor can turn it around, unfortunately, my story has not gone to print?

    Especially so as in 11 months I reduced my A1C by 23% after throwing my metformin prescribed out of the window, and lost 18 kilos numbers although were high normal are now low normal range and consistent since December2016 todate.

    To walk 10 mins AFTER each meal breakie, lunch and dinner, has worked amazingly, yes same as a brisk 30 min walk, the difference being doing three short bursts, seems to lower the sugars consistently more.

    My I enquire was it received.

  21. lchf lady
    I started LCHF with IF in april 2017 in hopes to reverse inflammation and various health problems...I have gone out of ketosis three times and believe the few times I varied the diet with more carbs or excessive protein it was not worth it as health issues quickly re established ...I am 75 and have had T2D for 20 years. I have been plagued by being overweight all of my adult life. my wt. has gone from 206# to 170#. wt. does fluctuate at times as we were told this would probably happen..i feel much better, sleep more soundly and have improved mental health. I still have food cravings but can resist these better than I use to. my FBS varies between 117 and 148 with PP blood sugar In the range of 108. Dr. Fung had stated that it may take a longer time for stats to improve if you are elderly, post menopausal and have been diabetic for a long time. Hope springs eternal. I am thankful my internet search brought me to diet doctor.com. " the eat less and exercise more " simply did not work and I was made to feel that I was not trying hard enough. we need the support of this community.
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  23. Clare
    Hi Lassie

    I started all this 4 years ago after reading Dr Zoe Harcombe's books then finding Diet Doctor. At 49 when I started I lost about 22lbs and felt good, since then (I'm 53 now) the lbs have crept back on even though I've continued being very low carb. I've been suffering horrendous but normal menopause symptoms - hot sweats, joint pain, lack of sleep, sore muscles etc but the thing that bothers me most is the weight gain and belly fat! I have however managed to stop gaining weight and when I'm incredibly strict and include fasting - especially from 6pm to 10am or later - I do lose weight, very slowly and the slightest transgress means it goes straight back on. Occasionally, in frustration, I have given in and eaten the same as my very slim partner. Typically muesli and semi skimmed milk for breakfast, soup and a sandwich at lunch, afternoon cake or a couple of biscuits then meat, vegetables and potatoes for late dinner - wow! I feel terrible fairly quickly, very bloated, swollen ankles at night and low mood.
    I advise lots of people to use Diet Doctor and to embrace low carb and keto and they lose loads of weight easily - it's frustrating but I completely believe in it. I'm hoping that when my hormones settle down the weight will fall off!

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  25. alice muhirwa Hirwa
    My name is Alice from Kigali _Rwanda, I started Law carb last year 2016 October up to day ,I have lost 20kg, from 117kg to 97 ...and my target is to reach 80 kg
  26. Nuno
    6 months past and i lost 7kg.
  27. Ana
    Hello. My leg need to carry less pounds. I am tire of my pain. I want to loose 40 pounds. I Weight 184 lbs.
    Reply: #28
  28. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Ana!

    Here you have our best tips:
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-lose-weight

    Hello. My leg need to carry less pounds. I am tire of my pain. I want to loose 40 pounds. I Weight 184 lbs.

  29. Aparthia
    Hi there I am diabetic and have been on a ketogenic diet for 3 weeks and have stopped taking metformin 850g twice a day and now my blood glucose is 6.7 and below before meals and 5.9 after meals what does this mean for me and my health..i used to have reading of around 9 is my low number.could this mean I am now diabetes free?
  30. patriawan
    I lost 50lbs in 2 1/2 mo with Keto and HIIT/weight exercise, I can share my story
  31. WarblingLisa
    I'm totally with Margaret on the changes to "normal/acceptable" ranges for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, etc. I recently had blood work done and was told I needed to get my 129 LDL reading down to below 70. Interestingly enough, I was also told to LOWER my HDL from an awesome 86 down to the range 40-65. What?!! This range was listed on the lab report, as well.

    My doctor said I needed to be on a statin because my total cholesterol was 234. I pointed out that given my HDL was 86 and my Triglycerides were 112, my risk of heart disease was incredibly low. I also said that most people could never get their LDL below 70 unless they were taking a statin. She agreed, saying the consensus among most healthcare professionals is everyone over 50 should be on a statin.

    Diet Doctor provides us with a wealth of up-to-date health information, so we know to question any doctor who insists on a statin. I can't help but wonder how many people are needlessly taking statins and dealing with side effects because they don't question.

  32. amelia
    My adult son and I started a LCHF diet on 27Dec2017 and I have lost 12kgs so far. My son has lost 19kg. We also include intermittent fasting - especially over the week-ends and this helps a lot. I haven't done any more exercise than I did before - I walk the dog once a day. I find eating more protein and full-fat cheeses help fill me up so that I don't eat as much as before. I hardly get hunger pangs anymore. I'm starting to learn to eat to survive and not eat just to eat. Thanks to this website!
  33. Samuel
    I joined Dietdr.com about 6 months ago, I weighed 278 lbs,and took 5 injections (250 units) of insulin daily. After six weeks on this program I was taken off insulin completely. I still take metformin because I have had two heart attacks. I now have lost 62 lbs and have found it very easy to stay on the program. I love the many video's presented on Diet Dr. I forgot to mention that I am 74 years old. Great website.
  34. Alex
    Hello,
    I was happily on low carb diet for 9 years with all my health data good, except cholesterol close to 300, which I didn't mind. At 80 I decided to try keto to improve my health further after reading Travis Christofferson, Dr. Jeff Volek, Jimmy More, Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, Dr. Ron Rosedale, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, Dr. David Perlmuter, and most of all by Dr. Mercola peddling his book FAT FOR FUEL. You say keto improves cardiovascular health ... My experience is opposite. After 6 months of keto I got atherosclerosis in my iliac arteries with claudication pain in my leg muscles.
    Reply: #39
  35. Maui Tagle
    I just started doing low carb diet two weeks ago after our company doctor made a seminar about its health benefits.
    In a span of 2 weeks I lost 3 kilos from 53 down to 50 kilos. I was very happy and I feel healthier my blood pressure became normal that I don't need to take anymore my hypertension medicine. it was amazing.
    Reply: #38
  36. Veronica
    This Keto Diet can be unhealthy and dangerous for some people, especially those who have had their Gallbladder removed. There is a problem with the digestion of Fats after having your Gallbladder removed. Also this Keto Diet can be very dangerous for anyone with Liver Disease. So do contact your doctor before starting or even attempting this diet. I did not even go full force into this diet before I was very sick after only a few days of the increased fats in my Keto Diet Plan. So please be careful. For some reason this Diet Doctor is not warning people of the dangers of this diet.
    Reply: #41
  37. Una
    Sadly this has not worked for me at all. I am tired and weary and not every story is a raving success story. This diet seems to be geared up to the American market for obese people and diabetis with inaccurate measurements and weights at time. I am neither or ever have been obese or diabetic. I wanted to lose just a few pounds as I had already list a stone and a gmhald by counting calories. I was recommended the site through the Bio Centre in London as there was not enough fat in my diet. I did the challenge absolutely religiously and to the letter of the law. But I never lost any weight or got any thinner after three months. Perhaps if I had six stone to lose I would be jumping for joy as obese people are bit I had six ounds to lose and was told I would feel so.much better. I feel I am acquiring an eating disorder, pit on weight, don't feel particularly well, living in an anti-social environment as it's not conductive to sharing meal.with your friends, particularly when you live on your own. And feel I'm not supported on here as I'm not obese, diabetic or even American but a quieter less hyped Brit! So tomorrow I am going out to buy some porridge oats, get some good high quality bread and most of all eat some fruit.
  38. Una
    That's great but some of us don't have that volume of weight to lose and also it was meant to improve health.
  39. Una
    This is not good Alex.
  40. Una
    English would help here!
  41. Una

    This Keto Diet can be unhealthy and dangerous for some people, especially those who have had their Gallbladder removed. There is a problem with the digestion of Fats after having your Gallbladder removed. Also this Keto Diet can be very dangerous for anyone with Liver Disease. So do contact your doctor before starting or even attempting this diet. I did not even go full force into this diet before I was very sick after only a few days of the increased fats in my Keto Diet Plan. So please be careful. For some reason this Diet Doctor is not warning people of the dangers of this diet.

    I don't have any gallbladder problems. Low carb is one thing. But low carb and piles of fat seems to help obese people lose weight quickly and not starve. I have never been obese and wouldn't allow myself to be more than a stone overweight. But beyond that, I have come to the conclusion that this is not for everyone and after three months of trying very hard and eating piles of eggs, cheese, and butter, and greasy washing up, it's really not for me. I miss eating fresh fruit and porridge, nice quality bread at times, and pasta and rice - particularly as I shall be going to Italy soon to friends. I can't sit there turning my nose up at every single meal they lovingly cook - and my friends are not fat! They dont pike food on the plate like American portions of pasta - enough for three people the last time I ate such over there. It is call about moderation and enjoying the fruits of this earth when half the world is actually starving - even in England!!

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