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“Before, I Was Ruled by Food”

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Before and after 3 months

Emma had tried to lose weight with much effort and little results. Here’s her story about what happened in a few months when she instead followed her dad’s advice and tried an LCHF diet:

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Well, I guess my story is similar to lots of people on here, I hit on the information about the diet by accident really. My father had been researching different diets on the internet to try and improve his health. The things he was saying about the diet and the amount of fat intake were hard to take in and accept, because like everybody I have had 38 years of being told by everyone that Fat is bad for you.

At this stage I was aware of how overweight I had become, I had had 2 children and so stopped exercising and was most definitely over-eating and thought this was why I had piled on the weight. I also had gallstones, bad skin and piles brought on by the pregnancies.

I decided enough was enough so I started on a strict regime of exercise doing at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise a day (this I did for 82 days in a row) and I also ate so called healthy food, smaller portions too. Lots of Fruit and Veg and avoiding Fat. At first I lost a little bit of the weight but after a couple of weeks my weight stopped going down and actually stayed the same for about 5–6 weeks. This was extremely frustrating because I felt I was doing everything right but not getting any results and it wasn’t as if I had no weight to lose.

Then my Dad told me about the LCHF way of eating, and having a very open mind about things I decided to give it a go. And I haven’t looked back, in the last 13 weeks I have lost 32 lbs (15 kg). I haven’t had a single flare up with my gallstones since starting. My skin has cleared up and is in better condition than ever, as is my hair. After 2 weeks the piles had cleared up. I had had them for 3 years since the birth of my first child.

The most incredible thing that I have found to have happened is my frame of mind. I have suffered with depression for years. Since eating the LCHF way I haven’t had a major down time. I am altogether a calmer person, have more patience, generally more happy, and I find my problem solving is better too.

Before, I was ruled by food. I constantly thought about food even while eating, eating my dinner whilst wondering what to eat next. Also if I felt down, food would be the solution. Now eating the LCHF diet I have never felt less hungry, I don’t have any cravings. I tend to eat 2 meals a day because I am just not hungry in between meals. My husband and children are also on the diet. My husband has lost weight and had health benefits too. A friend who I told about the diet has lost 13 pounds (6 kg) in just 2 weeks and had been doing Weight Watchers for a long time and not getting anywhere. My Dad has seen many health benefits too and has lost a lot of weight too.

This is it. Now I have changed to LCHF and that is it for life for me. The more I read and hear about this diet and the health benefits, the more I just know that I could never go back to the other way of eating. The UK is miles behind Sweden in it’s thinking, and I just hope the word spreads over here for the sake of everybody’s health.

It’s early days for me really, and I still have a good amount of weight to lose. But felt I would like to share my story with others. If it only inspires 1 person, then it is worth it.

I am attaching photos, please feel free to use them and my name.

A big Thank you to you for making people aware of the LCHF diet.

Emma Lent

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Before and after 3 months

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Congratulations on your great health journey, Emma!!

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18 Comments

  1. Nate
    Emma, thanks for sharing your story. One part of it that I really like is that it is not just about you, but it includes your family. So, if your story inspires just one person, well they'll have a family too. If your story is repeated by others, it won't be long before the health benefits of LCHF are accepted in mainstream medicine. It's like that butterfly effect thing or maybe it's a mushroom like explosion. Anyway, thanks again and good luck.
  2. Pam Forrester
    Way to Go Emma! Send us an update and more pics when you get closer to goal. And if the last 10 lbs gets difficult to lose try the Johnson Up Day Down Day diet.
  3. Anthony
    Great work Emma ! Maybe also try Dr Mosley's fast exercise ... It works too.
  4. Anita
    Well done, Emma. Keep up the good work!
  5. Vicente
    Congratulations Emma! Thank you for sharing your story.

    Having been also obese in the past I can identify with most of what you tell us: health benefits, steady weight loss, no cravings, and, sure, the need to tell everybody that LCHF works fine.

  6. Emma
    Thank you everybody for the lovely comments, This diet is changing my life, in so many positive ways. Anthony thank you for the suggestion about Dr Mosley's fast exercise. I have looked into it and am going to introduce the intermittent fasting 5:2. For a few months and see how that goes too, Still eating LCHF obviously :-)
    Reply: #14
  7. Usman
    Hey Emma Congrats, i too have been on the LCHF but dont seem to be loosing much. could u be a bit more specific and tell me what your daily diet is .
    much appreciated
    thanks and all the best
  8. Cecilia
    Yay for Emma! You look great! and doesn't it feel great!? I have lost 8 lbs in 8 weeks and have about 15 more to go.

    The whole Paleo-Primal diet made sense to me but the light bulb did not go off until I found this webpage.

    Usman, from what I understand the trick is to Increase Fat! I was not succeeding until I seriously quit all bread and made no excuses for ice cream and made SURE I was getting enough fat (about 70% of calories, not that hard, I eat 'normal). i.e. eggs and bacon scrambled in 1 T. coconut oil, 3-4 cups coffee (actually shots of espresso) with 1 oz. (2 T.) cream each, treat: 72% dark chocolate up to 1.5 oz / day, salad with meat cheese and olive oil/vinegar dressing for lunch, meat and veggies with butter for dinner.

    HTH!

  9. usman
    Thanks for the tips Cecilia. will def up my fat intake n see .thanks rgds
  10. Emma
    Hi Usman, It really is a case of concentrating on your Fat intake, cutting out all grains and high carb foods, any root vegetable is high carb so I am avoiding them altogether. No pasta or rice either. Grated cauliflower makes a great rice substitute and shredded courgette a great pasta substitute too. I am keel ng my carb intake down to 20gms per day. A typical day for me is breakfast: Burger (90 percent meat) with 2 fried eggs cooked in lard with full fat Mayo. I don't tend to have lunch now but if need something I have full fat double cream and Greek yogurt with 5 or 6 rraspberries, or a filter coffee with 2 TSP of butter and 2 TSP of coconut oil added. For dinner I have meat fatty cuts leaving skin on to go crispy then cooked in butter with a handful of veg also cooked in butter. I find if I don't eat enough fat I don't lose weight if I have few too many carbs my weight goes up. Hope this helps stick with it you probably only need to make a few small changes :-)
  11. Usman
    Hi Emma, Thanks a bunch for the feedback.i have increased my fat intake now and hoping for changes in my weight.
    thanks for the tips. All the best. regards
  12. Bill
    Great stories that get shared here.

    Tell me Doc, what's your opinion on those who carry the Apoe 4 allele? I myself am a 3/4 and I've read that a high fat, particularly sat fat, is not good for anyone with 4 as it raises LDL and LDL-p.

    What's your opinion on the best diet for someone with 3/4?

    regards

    Bill

  13. Lori
    Emma, You look marvellous keep up the great work. I have also started the LCHF health living and I am now done 14 pounds and I also lost 2 pants size. :) I am going on my 5th week and counting. I feel so much better and sleep great now. My husband also started this health living with me and he is already done 20albs and 3 pants sizes. I am so proud of us. Keep up the great work Emma and maybe next we talk I will have before and after pics. Have a great day.
  14. Tareq
    Hi Emma!

    Thanks for Your inspiring story of success. Would appreciate it much if You can advise about what You eat, in simple terms, during the day in Your 2 meals. I find myself satisfied with one meal a day but this one is a mixture and not a LCHF one. I tried LCHF choices for a week or so but got palpitations, is that usual?
    Have a nice day!
    Thank you everybody for the lovely comments, This diet is changing my life, in so many positive ways. Anthony thank you for the suggestion about Dr Mosley's fast exercise. I have looked into it and am going to introduce the intermittent fasting 5:2. For a few months and see how that goes too, Still eating LCHF obviously

    Thank you everybody for the lovely comments, This diet is changing my life, in so many positive ways. Anthony thank you for the suggestion about Dr Mosley's fast exercise. I have looked into it and am going to introduce the intermittent fasting 5:2. For a few months and see how that goes too, Still eating LCHF obviously

    Thank you everybody for the lovely comments, This diet is changing my life, in so many positive ways. Anthony thank you for the suggestion about Dr Mosley's fast exercise. I have looked into it and am going to introduce the intermittent fasting 5:2. For a few months and see how that goes too, Still eating LCHF obviously

  15. Andie
    Wow! Emma, that's great! You look amazing!
    I must be doing something wrong. Because my weight loss is slow! very slow!
    I can't seem to get past the 6 small meals a day thing and I think I might be over eating.
    Do you eat a lot of veg Emma?
  16. Jenny
    I went LCHF for 6 weeks and lost 12 pounds and felt great! My blood pressure started going down, I no longer felt puffy and bloated. My constant hunger disappeared. But I stalled out on the weigh loss and gave up too soon. I went back to eating like I used to and gained all the weight back and I feel like crap! I am bloated and inflamed. It has only been 3 weeks! What a huge difference this diet made! I am going back on it starting with my next meal!
  17. FaylinaMeir
    Wow inspiring! I'd love to see how she looks now since it's been 2 years!
  18. Alison
    You have given me such hope. The photos and timeframe is the greatest encouragement. I too would love to see how your doing now.

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