Between 2006 and 2014 I was in the worst health of my life. My body was trying to tell me something. I did not sleep for weeks at a time. I ached all over including my hair. Just sitting for a minute left my joints stiff. I could not walk 25 feet with out looking for a place to rest. I stuttered and had problems with word finding. My GI system was a mess. I’d need to run to the bathroom within 30 minutes of eating, accompanied by all the unmentionables that happen in bathrooms. It was hard to know what to attend to first, the commode or the wastepaper basket. I had nonstop headaches. I tried yoga to control the pain but felt worse after yoga than before. At work in order to manage the headaches, I would laydown under my desk because it was the darkest place I could find.

While I don’t remember how many diets I was on during those 8 years, my clothes kept getting tighter. In 2008, I found out I had Celiac’s disease. I removed all gluten from my diet a year earlier and went on a strict yeast free diet in order to heal from a systemic yeast infection. My doctors put me on medication to help me sleep and to manage hormone fluctuations. More weight packed on as I worked through more diets. Five years ago I came off all my meds, but still it was hard to lose the weight.

I never wanted to get on the scale. Despite many attempts at dieting, I never wanted to see the number. I would get on the scale backwards at home and at the doctor’s office. My husband would look at the readings on my phone and tell me if my latest attempt was moving the scale down. I really don’t know how much I weighed at my heaviest, I wore size 16, but believe I should have been an 18. 

I was overjoyed last summer, when 20 lbs. came off while following a strict 800 calorie bariatric diet of chocolate shakes and textured vegetable protein. Five pounds came back over winter. I took a DNA test in March that promised a wellness report that would tell me the best way to lose weight based on my genetics. The key to the problem, the report said, was the fat switch. What’s that? Digging deeper, I found a book on the Fat Switch. A few days later while at a resale book shop, my husband picked up a book by Maria Emmerich, Keto-adapted. In it was a chapter on the fat switch. My spring reads had been decided.

Spring is a time for starting fresh. While learning about the fat switch, I went back to the bariatric diet with the modification of counting net carbs. Even though I found it hard to log food, I was diligent. Eight weeks later I weighed the same, except now I knew what the fat switch was. According to the author, the fat switch turns on when we ingest any kind of carbohydrates. It is what moves excesses of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that our bodies cannot use for fuel into our fat cells. So what information was out there that would tell me how to eat. I went back to the Emmerich book, Keto-adapted. I’ve given 27 other diets a try, why not another! There are some crazy diets in my past. But, this one was different. I needed this to work. The nurse in me wanted to find empirical evidence that said it would work. Finding it gave me confidence that there was good science behind it.

I never looked back after giving up gluten in 2007 so I could give up the rest of the carbs too. My husband and I started on a Ketogenic Lifestyle at the end of May. By the beginning of July, I had lost 12 pounds and decided that other people need to know about this. I completed the Emmerich Keto Coaching program at the end of August. My weight loss to date is 53 pounds. I now wear a size 6. 

Even if a piece of this story is similar to yours and you are struggling and frustrated, please contact me. My 10 years as a health and wellness coach combined with education and information about a Ketogenic Lifestyle can help you be successful too.