Kevin was overweight and constantly felt tired and unenergetic. Getting up in the morning was a battle, but with a family to take care of, he didn’t really care about his own health. Then he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and knew it was time to make some drastic changes:
Dear Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt,
I can only thank you and your team for your wonderful resource and it is only right I share my success story as a result of Diet Doctor, the instant impact it has had on my life and my recent diagnosis as type 2 diabetic.
What was your life like before?
Living life in ignorant bliss! I knew my eating habits were not great – lots of convenience foods, takeaways etc. I kidded myself that with three teenage kids to bring up focussing on my own health and dietary needs was an impossibility.
I was hovering around 14 stones (200 lbs) (BMI 31) for a good while, with low fitness activity. I would constantly feel tired and unenergetic. Getting up in the morning was a battle.
What happened that changed things?The initial screening brought no surprises, the shock came when my blood results returned. I was recalled to my doctor and diagnosed type 2 diabetic with a HbA1c of 94 mmol/mol (10.8%), a reading of 48 and above puts you in the red. This hit hard and I knew it was time to make some drastic changes. I had suffered the sad loss of two siblings at an early age, on from breast cancer at 33 and one from an epilepsy-related condition at 21. They didn’t get a choice, I did. It was only right for the sake of my wife and children that I took it.
I went for my 40+ NHS Health Check feeling in reasonable health. I knew my weight would be an issue. I had also noticed an increase in thirst and the need to urinate, including waking 2 or 3 times a night which affected my sleep regime.
What is your life like now?The results were nothing short of miraculous. The weight fell off at a decent rate of 1-4 lbs per week. I had stacks of energy. I was sleeping better and waking up in the morning naturally feeling ready and raring to go. So once the challenge was up, I was sold – LCHF was the way forward. I combined it with 16:8 IF (intermittent fasting) which was surprisingly easy. I am also now able to add in longer fasts without even thinking about it. If I don’t feel hungry I will increase the 16-hour fast until I do. I have managed 36 hours without trouble just on lots of fluids (water, bulletproof coffee and bouillon).
I hit google hard and trawled through the plethora of information out there with respect to my newly diagnosed condition. Truly overwhelming and lots of conflicting advice. Luckily, I stumbled across Diet Doctor and after watching some of the videos and success stories I made an instant decision to give the 2-week challenge a crack. I literally followed the guidance verbatim. Best decision of my life. It didn’t even feel like dieting, no calorie counting, no real hunger, just being careful with the ingredients you choose, a bit of planning and getting over the “fat fear”. I would class it more of a WOE (way of eating).
Well, the results speak for themselves. I had my first diabetes review on July 19th and was amazed…
I had lost 10 kg, BMI down to 27.2 and best of all my HbA1c shot down to 36 mmol/mol (5.5) which is well into the low risk category and well under the level considered as even pre-diabetic! All in around 12 weeks!
What was your biggest challenge and how did you approach it?
Although my diet previously was poor, I was not a “sugary” person. I didn’t have sugar in tea/coffee, I rarely snacked, would choose starter/mains over mains/dessert so finding a way of eating that would make an impact seemed impossible. When I analysed my diet fully, I recognised my biggest sin was the amount of carbs I consumed. I lived on pasta, bread, rice and potatoes. When I saw the portion size of a pasta dish containing 20 g carbs I was horrified. I would easily eat 8-10 times this amount in one sitting. So I made a conscious decision to hit the carbs hard. Enter https://www.dietdoctor.com/!
What do you wish you had known when you started?
Nothing really. Diet Doctor gave me all the information and resources I needed to crack on instantly. If anything, I wish I had known about it sooner!
Kevin Moulding, Age 45. East Sussex, UK.
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Congratulations on your success, Kevin and thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us!
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