How One Woman Lost 88 Pounds on a Ketogenic-Paleo Diet

A woman who lost 88 pounds in a year was recently showcased on the website, Reddit. She lost the weight using a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic-Paleo diet, between July 2011 and July 2012, without exercising. Even better, she has kept it off ever since.

The 5-foot-4 inch Amanda, who hasn’t disclosed her last name, dropped from her original weight of 222 pounds to a slender 134 pounds, without exercising. So of course, people are asking for her secrets. She says she ate between 1200 and 1300 calories daily, combining the principles of the Paleolithic diet and the low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diet.

Amanda explains:

I do my own kind of Keto-Paleo hybrid. I constantly run into people who tell me it’s impossible to combine Keto and Paleo (because Paleo “allows” for too many carbs). Frankly, I’ve always viewed the Paleo diet as a very rough guideline as to what types of food you should eat for optimum overall health, while Keto provides the macro-nutrient recommendations necessary for fat loss.

The 26-year-old Amanda says it was fairly effortless. She ate eggs, fish, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, a little fruit and nuts, and avocado, coconut and almond oils. Her daily caloric breakdown was 60 percent fats, 30 percent proteins, and 10 percent carbohydrates.

Nutritional experts have spent the last couple of decades demonizing dietary fat, but research has shown this was a serious mistake. High quality fats are critical for good health.

A similar success was demonstrated by 51-year-old Lynne Daniel Ivey, who lost 185 pounds on the ketogenic diet. The 5-foot-4 Ivey started at a high weight of 324 pounds, but by 2012, she had slimmed down to 139 pounds by eating a diet high in fats and low in carbs. Obesity expert Dr Eric Westman was her physician. He says a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet produces quick weight loss, and it also offers the benefits of combatting epilepsy and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Eating Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, believes the low-carb ketogenic diet prevents, and in some cases reverses, Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD.

“Carbs are devastating for the brain,” he says. “Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Jeff Volek, author of The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, says the ketogenic diet reverses type 2 diabetes, prevents cardiovascular disease, and supports fast weight loss without hunger. “There are very few people that a ketogenic diet could not help,” according to Dr. Volek.