Minus 99 pounds and a sugar-free year – thank you, LCHF!

ingela

Before and after

After having been tired, depressed and thirsty for some time, Ingela was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After some googling, she found LCHF. She immediately went strict low carb, and this is what she has achieved in just one year:

The Email

Hello!

I am 67 years old, turning 68 in September. I am married and have four kids and eight grandkids.

Everything started during the holidays in 2015, I didn’t feel good but didn’t know why… I called and talked to my daughter, who’s a nurse, and told her how I felt. I was thirsty and went to the bathroom frequently, I was tired and depressed.

Then she said: “I think you have diabetes, you should call immediately and be tested”. Said and done, I called and got an appointment on the 5th of January 2016. It turned out I had a blood sugar reading of 13,7 mmol/L (247 mg/dl) and an HbA1c of 78. I weighed 134 kilos (295 lbs). I immediately needed to start taking metformin daily.

The very same moment I returned home I googled diabetes and found LCHF. It couldn’t wait… At the next appointment on the 11th of February my HbA1c was 56 and my weight 127 kg (280 lbs).

I immediately started eating strict low carb, excluded everything which contained more than 5 grams of carbs per 100 grams from my diet. I excluded white flour, potatoes, rice, pasta, milk and all sugars. I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner and used different recipes that I found on Google. I only used cream with a fat content of 40% and real butter. I have not encountered any difficulties, my husband and my children and their families support me one hundred percent. Today, I’m completely sugar free, even though I used to eat sugar all the time, a true candy addict. When we decide to eat a specific dish, I google it and then I cook it according to LCHF.

In November my HbA1c was 25 and my weight around 95 kg (209 lbs), my blood sugar was between 3 and 4 mmol/L (54 to 72 mg/dl). Then I needed to stop taking metformin and now my blood sugar is stable between 4 and 5 mmol/L (72-90 mg/dl). I’ve taken Simvastin at night but since January of this year, I no longer need to take it.

Aside from LCHF, I’ve added some 16:8 intermittent fasting. I eat breakfast around 9 o’clock after my daily morning stroll. A cup of coffee with a few teaspoons of neutral coconut oil. Two slices of ham with shrimp salad and bell peppers and two slices of cheese with bell peppers. Then I have dinner around 4 or 5 PM. I have fish two times per week, meat, pork or chicken, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli. I make a potato salad from zucchini and a casserole with daikon.

I recently had another HbA1c test and my doctor is euphoric, it was at 27.

Best,
Ingela

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Congratulations to your success, Ingela!

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6 comments

  1. KAREN
    I am so happy you found LCHF and changed your life. Congrats, you look wonderful and healthy.
  2. Terri
    I am so happy for you . I am beginning the diet change that you are on. I have been diagnosed almost exactly as you have . I have been following the low carb for about three weeks . I pray you have continued success .
  3. Rosemary
    Your story is so inspiring to me; thank you for sharing it so honestly. I know that you feel "right" now in your skin. I am 130 lbs. overweight and started LCHF two days ago. I hope that I am as successful as you are! God Bless You
  4. Tamarah
    Blessings, Blessings, blessings to you for saving your own Life . And Bless your daughter too .

    so Happy for you. Enjoy your beautiful Life :-)

  5. Francoise
    Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey to a new healthy you!
  6. TeeDee
    Congratulations, Ingela! I loved reading about your success and find it spurs me on to keep going toward my goals. I wish you all the best and thanks for sharing your story. :)

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