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Created April 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I am just getting started on this plan and would love to hear some stories of struggle and success. I know I am not the only one who could use the encouragement as this is a big change for a lot of us.

So, that being said-

What worked best for you? What kind of success have you had?

I look forward to reading about what I could be experiencing in the near future!

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on May 04, 2012
at 07:57 PM

I started in January...

I have lost 47 lbs

I have an autoimmune disease (primary sclerosing cholangitis) and have had great symptom improvement. Ten years of insomnia stopped after 7 days and I sleep well. I had some chronic pain and headaches daily. Some days are pain free and the worst days are 10-15% my best days level of pain before. I have pruritis (itching) from increased bilirubin that is now lessening in the last few weeks, but still with me.

I hope this encourages you and I look forward to being encouraged by others.



on April 20, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I've been at it just over 2 years now. I'm down 45 pounds from my starting weight and have kept it within +/- 4 pounds of that for the past year with no particularly serious effort. I've experienced significant pain relief for two arthritic thumb joints, my sleep has, on average, improved, and my energy levels are much higher. Even if I don't "feel" obviously energetic, I have crazy-good stamina.

FWIW, the 45 pounds I lost were pretty much all fat - I tracked my body fat percentage (tape measurement method) throughout the loss period and my lean mass stayed exactly the same the whole time.

I think what worked best for me was reading everything I could get my hands on initially, to try to understand the fundamentals well. That has allowed me to have "treat" items occasionally while knowing how I was likely to react - and what I might need to do to recover. It was also fun to be at a hotel-based meeting for 3 days last week and be able to eat quite well (they offered real breakfast items, so I ate bacon by the plateful) and lose about a pound in the process.

If you opt for VLC/ketosis to spur weight loss, I advise you to supplement with potassium, magnesium citrate (or any mag supplement ending in "ate"), and salt. I suffered pretty disruptive cramps in my calves at night for a lot of the first year before I got the balance ironed out - on the one hand, it was a good signal I was in a weight loss sweet spot, but jumping out of bed every night from a deep sleep was annoying (and yet, my sleep was still better than "before").

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on April 20, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Immediate success: acne clearing up, positive improvements in cholesterol levels.

Noticeable success: eating more but still having low BF%.

Hopefully long-term success: not dealing with amenorrhea anymore and having a normal menstruation, being completely cured of eczema, maintaining a good body composition, being active and happy till I'm 100.

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