“I am now looking forward to celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary in the fall and being slim and fit”

Before and after

Before and after

Helen shares the magic trick she used to drop 50 pounds (22 kg) and get slim for her wedding anniversary:

The E-mail

Hello Dr Andreas!

I just wanted to thank you for the inspiration. It was your website that turned my life around. I am 45 years old getting ready to turn 46 in a couple months and celebrate my silver wedding anniversary with my husband. I suffer from degenerated disc disease and was looking towards surgery in the winter.

I started low-carbing on and off for the past year but the real magic happened when I introduced 24-hour fasting. In the middle of March of this year I was 206 pounds (93 kg). Today, on July 9th of the same year, I am now 156 pounds (71 kg).

I went from a size 16 to a size 6 by following a low-carb high-fat diet with 24-hour intermittent fasting. I am now looking forward to celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary in the fall and being slim and fit.

Thank you for all the work you do and getting the word out I share it with everybody I know.
Sincerely, Helen Forrest


We’re so happy to hear that you’re successful Helen. Your story is a great inspiration for other people wanting to try out intermittent fasting and low-carb. Way to go!

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  1. Gina
    Congratulations & happy anniversary in advance. Can someone share how often she 24 hour fasts? Every other day? 1x, 2x, 3x per week or some other pattern? Thanks.
    Reply: #9
  2. Debi
    I was wondering the same thing. I do two 24 hour fasts on Monday and Fridays each week, but haven't seen the weight loss I was hoping to see.
  3. Dawn
    This story is very inspirational for me. I am about her before weight right now and want to get down to 150 pounds. I am 55 though, post-menopausal and on anti-depressants. I haven't seen any weight loss in the first week. I don't want to get discouraged because I actually feel better on this LCHF diet.
  4. Ryan
    223 to 165 here. Male, 40 years old. I did this keeping to HFLC 80% of the time and doing 30 minutes of weight training 5 days a week. I intermittent fast 18-24hrs every single day. I do not do preworkout/postworkout supplements or anything other than fish oil and a daily vitamin. My point is, commit to a real fast and you will see results. I am now moving into week 15.
  5. Helen
    Hi this is Helen. Buy 24-hour fast that means I only eat dinner everyday. Basically I break my fast every night between 5 and 6 p.m. since I emailed this to dr. Andreas I have gone down another dress size I am now down to a size 4. I also do high intensity interval training most days of the week which is how I think it was able to come off more quickly. And I don't binge when I eat I simply eat enough protein and fat to fill me up which is usually a few fried eggs and some butter or coconut oil or olive oil and an ounce or two of some cheese. Sometimes I have vegetables sometimes I do not it depends if I'm hungry or not I'm usually full right after I'm done with the eggs. If I want a snack I may have a handful of nuts or some ninety percent dark chocolate and some natural peanut butter. I'm almost never hungry but when I am I'll just have some fat and I'm good until dinner time. I love this way of eating. I don't think I'm going to have to have that back surgery after all now. And thank you for the well wishes on my anniversary.
  6. Helen
    Sorry Gina I wasn't trying to report your comment I thought I was clicking a like sign to like your comment to say thank you
  7. Renee
    Amazing transformation! Thanks for the inspiration!
  8. kc
    Wow - so impressed. You make it seem super easy :) Would love to connect if you're on fb - also is there a Diet Dr fb group ?
  9. Tamarah
    Gina,, I fast Daily as well.. 24 hours,, its basically "one meal a day",, OMAD . Eat good whole foods until full !!

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