A San Francisco woman credits the low carb, high-fat ketogenic diet for her jaw-dropping 92-pound weight loss in 10 months without exercise.
Suzanne Ryan previously weighed 289 pounds and lost 92 pounds in 10 months by following the ketogenic diet, which is a very low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet.
The 5-foot-11 Ryan, who now weighs 197 pounds, was just about to get gastric bypass surgery before adopting the keto diet. Suzanne chronicled her amazing weight loss on her blog, KetoKarma.
“When I first started keto I weighed 289 pounds, my energy level and self esteem were both at an all time low,” wrote Ryan, 31. “I felt tired and sick a lot of the time.
“Thankfully the ketogenic diet has turned my life around. I’m currently down 91.2 pounds in 44 weeks, and I couldn’t be happier with my new lifestyle!”
Suzanne tracked her caloric intake and limited her daily carb intake to 20 net grams (total carbs minus fiber). Unlike her previous attempts at weight loss, Ryan did not starve or eat tasteless meals, but instead enjoyed delicious food made with butter, bacon and cheese.
Ryan didn’t exercise for the first 24 weeks, but began a workout regimen after 6 months. “After week 24 I decided to do 45 minutes of exercise/weight lifting two to three times a week,” Suzanne wrote.
Ryan was so thrilled with her transformation she inspired her husband, Mick, 34, to go keto. Mick lost 70 pounds in 7 months, after starting the diet in April 2015.
Suzanne and Mick joins a growing number of people who have lost dramatic amounts of weight on the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet.
Laura Childs and her daughter Veronica lost 65 pounds and 55 pounds, respectively, several months after embarking on the low-carb, high-fat diet. They have maintained their weight loss for more than a year.
Laura, 51, and Veronica, 21, are in the best shape of their lives, thanks to their hybrid ketogenic Paleo diet.
In addition to fueling rapid weight loss without hunger, the Childs say their low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet improved their sleep, boosted their energy, and gave them glowing skin and lustrous hair.
The 5-foot-11 Laura once tipped the scales at 240 pounds and now weighs 175 pounds. Her daughter, Veronica, started off at 198 pounds and now weighs a sleek 143 pounds.
Laura and Veronica chronicled their eye-popping weight loss in their book, Low Carb High Fat No Hunger Diet. The book details the science behind ketosis and 75 delicious, easy low-carb recipes.
High-carb diets cause blood sugar spikes, which fuel inflammation, explained Volek. Inflammation is what causes weight gain, as well as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
In contrast, unprocessed dietary fat such as coconut oil and grass-fed beef has a negligible effect on blood sugar and insulin, which is why eating fat aids weight loss.
While the idea of consuming more fat may sound shocking given the low-fat diet mantra that has dominated the diet landscape, Volek said we actually evolved to thrive on a low-carb, high-fat diet.
“For about 98% of human history, we’ve been eating low-carb,” said Dr. Volek, the author of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living. “We evolved in a state of nutritional ketosis.”
Low-carb diets accelerate weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, explained obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman.
Dr. Westman, director of the Duke University Obesity Clinic, has helped thousands of people lose hundreds of thousands of pounds on the low carb, high-fat ketogenic, Atkins and Paleo diets.
Eating fat doesn’t make you fat, said Westman. To the contrary, eating fat makes you thin and healthy.
“I tell my patients not to fear the fat,” said Dr. Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity. “Eat lots of fat. There’s no problem with fat.”