‘No carbs before Marbs’ might be one of the oldest diet sayings in the book, but this woman proved it actually works.
Imgur user peachyxo revealed she’d lost 111lbs (eight stone) over the course of 12 months just by sticking to a low carb diet.
She wrote: “I totally should’ve cleaned the grossness on my mirror before taking pictures this morning, but I was excited about it being my one year anniversary on keto!”
The ketogenic diet works by cutting out carbs and starchy foods and sticking to a high fat, high protein meal plan.
“I would typically have my meals follow this formula: protein + leafy green (or some kind of veggie) + cheese,” she wrote.
Starting at a weight of 303.4lbs (22 stone), she kept up the diet for a year until she reached her current weight of 192.4lbs (14 stone).
She also pointed out that she hadn’t exercised much throughout her weight-loss journey: “I worked out for like three weeks in April, then didn’t do anything for a few months, then started cycling and belly dance sporadically in October.”
Some might wonder how it was possible to lose so much weight in only one year without a rigorous exercise routine, but the ketogenic diet tricks the body into burning its own fat and calories rather than those in the food you’re eating.
When you eat carbohydrates, the body relies on the glucose in the food for energy. If you restrict carbs, the body (after a few days of shock) will start to burn ketones in the bloodstream, which break down your body’s fat, instead.
Many find they have heightened energy levels, increased focus and energy, and no longer crave sugary foods.
However, like with any diet, the keto diet comes with its fair share of warnings.
“Once your body enters ketosis, you also begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode. Then it actually becomes even harder to lose weight,” Lisa Cimperman, a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio, told Healthline.
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