“It has given me my health, happiness, love and livelihood!”

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Megan had tried everything to lose weight her entire life but nothing had worked. After having tried to lose weight through extreme exercising she injured herself and had to go to the doctor. That doctor told her about the keto diet:

One of my biggest influences, when I started a keto lifestyle, was the Diet Doctor website. While I traveled in a sales job up and down the state I loved, I literally listened to 100s of hours of your videos over the time I worked until I had enough success with my keto diet and subsequent books that I was able to quit my job and work for myself.

For many years I struggled with my weight – which I’m sure many women can relate to! I’ve been hovering around 100 kg (220 lbs) most of my adult life. I’ve tried everything from Weight Watchers to fad diets, to eating “clean”; healthy vegetable and grain-based diets – you name it. But nothing worked.

By in my late 20s, I started putting on even more weight and continued doing so every year up until the age of 45, when I reached an all-time high of 110 kg (243 lbs). Growing up as a skinny kid, I felt like a stranger in my own skin and very depressed. It also didn’t help that I had stopped menstruating around 30 years of age, and I put this down to my endometriosis. I suspected I was in menopause so I requested a fertility test and found out my hormones suggested I had already gone through the transition. While I was not always planning to have children, it was still a bit of a surprise to my partner of 29 years, Dave, and me.

No matter what changes I made to my diet, the weight just wouldn’t shift. Desperate to lose weight, I started exercising as much as I could. I power walked twice a day, swam daily, and attended weekly boot camp sessions. After months of exercise routines, my body couldn’t take it anymore. Not only had I not lost any weight, I ended up with Achilles tendonitis, bursitis and a massive heel spur. When my specialist asked how I injured my foot so bad I told him how I was desperately trying to lose weight and exercising like crazy but couldn’t even lose a gram of weight. He suggested that I could be insulin resistant and to not only try a ketogenic diet but to get the testing done to see.

After a series of blood tests, his concerns were confirmed – I was insulin resistant, had a fatty liver and was recommended metformin. While the results were not a surprise, I was actually really happy to have an answer and a plan to see if I could lose the weight and regain my health. I changed my diet immediately and began blogging about it. With a strong background in cooking and recipe development, I dove straight in. In the first week, I lost 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)! After so long of not even being able to drop any weight, the change was immediate!

The weight kept coming off each week, and considering I am effectively a middle-aged post-menopausal woman, that is just amazing! As my foot injuries healed, I also started walking and swimming again.

Within six months, I’d lost a huge 27 kg (60 lbs). I felt better than ever, my energy levels soared, and for once I felt in control of my body and life. My success and joy in the ketogenic diet-related on my blog and it took off really fast. My partner Dave also lost over 10 kg (22 lbs) and gained great muscle and looks amazing as well. Far younger than his 48 years of age. I have now lost over 30 kg (66 lbs). I have left my old job after the success launch of my first 2 books and now run my own business. All thanks to a keto diet and the inspiring Diet Doctor videos, packed with so much information and breaking it down into information with facts that essentially make you see the sense in it all.

I feel more than amazing now. I fit into normal sized clothes, I can move around freely, exercise without any pain, and my mind has never been clearer. The ketogenic diet has made me so happy, inspired and given me more energy and focus than ever before. Keto is my life in more ways than one. It has given me my health, happiness, love, livelihood, and many more years of life I am sure.

I would like to say thank you to my doctor for suggesting the problem, regardless of risk and persecution (in Australia) for suggesting a keto diet, and I would also like to thank you, Andreas, for such a fabulous site full of inspiration, and other amazing doctors, bloggers, and health professionals, for everyone the world over.

I hope that one day a low-carb diet is something everyone follows and understands that this way of life makes you feel truly invincible.

Thanks, Megan

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Thank you, Megan, for sharing your story! We’re very happy that you could regain your health, congratulations on your success!

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10 comments

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  2. Daniel
    Well done !
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  4. Steve
    I've been on it since July 4, 2018 and have lost 41 lbs. Feeling great.
    Great job Megan!
  5. Chrestina
    Keto, 16 months and 105 lbs lost! Slowly moving to carnivore every other days and loving it!
  6. Doug
    Great job! The best part for me was the joint pain going away second week in ketosis. Unbelievable lifestyle change
  7. Meesh
    Been on it a month next week no real weight loss. Have not cheated. Blood sugar is better. Very frustrating.😥
    Reply: #13
  8. Granee
    Down 33 lbs. In 3 months. Amazing!
  9. Paula
    fantastic !!!
  10. Gina Burton
    I'm so pleased to see stories like this. The keto diet has changed my life completely. It irks me when news keeps showing up about how this isn't the right diet or it's completely in health but the truth is that for a large portion of the population that is insulin resistant this is the right choice for them. I can now workout twice a day, think more clearly, have the kind of energy and stamina that supports my physical job and just be way more productive. I tried going vegan for months at a time and felt lethargic and completely run down, tried a balanced diet and exercise and so many other things that just didn't work this life style not only works but many of the people who do have it become a way of life are drastically changed forever. Thank you for your amazing story. Congrats to everyone for making the change if you aren't loosing try more fat and fasting, I would also do a workout like running, jump rope even speed walking during your fasting hours that should get it for you.
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  12. Elizabeth
    That's fantastic Meagan ,well done ,I started the keto way of eating about 6 weeks ago and I love it ,I really like how I don't feel hungry ,love trying the new recipes everyday ,I have lost around 6kgs which I'm happy with 😁diet doc is a fantastic site so full of information thanks 🙏🏻
  13. Tillie
    Hi Meesh, do not give up. You might have "abused" your body for years and now it does not know what to.
    Is starvation coming or what is going on?
    Keep on doing the right thing and start your food diary. There might be something that is sabotaging your effort.
    Hang in there, you and your body are unique. Do not compare yourself, weight WILL start moving!

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