4 Stone weight loss! 20th January 2021
I started following the low carb advice on the website at the end of February 2020. Ten months on my weight is now 87kg – I have lost over 23kg which is just over 21% of my original body weight and by my calculations my BMI is now below 30 (29.9)!
My strongest motivation to lose weight was because of the damage to my knee. In January last year I saw Helen Peacock at the surgery and she did the Oxford Knee score questionnaire with me, resulting in a score of 33, and at that time my knee was getting worse. I did the questionnaire again recently and scored 40 (which means it’s currently not really a clinical problem!). This fantastic improvement is down to Losing weight and therefore load on the joints; reducing excess water in the joints and tissues in my legs and (I have no doubt) the reduction of inflammation that is a feature of the low carb diet.
I have tracked my weight loss throughout on this the graph. These images are before and after photos, (October 2019 to December 2020).
Low carb is really working for me, and I look forward to being able to report further losses to you as I continue to work my way to having a healthy weight and waist measurement.
Type 2 Diabetes Remission! September 21st 2020
We are delighted for this patient of ours who has already put his Type 2 Diabetes into remission, having been newly diagnosed only 4 MONTHS AGO. We use the HbA1c blood test to diagnose and monitor Type 2 Diabetes. A level of 42 mmol/mol is considered pre-diabetic and level of 48 is diagnostic of Type 2 Diabetes. His HbA1c started at 114 (extremely poor control). He started low carb (with NO MEDICATION) & he has already achieved reduced his HbA1c level of 41 (below the pre-diabetic threshold).
He has also lost 16kg (2 stone 7 pounds) so far in that short space of time, lighter than he has been for decades. He hasn’t counted calories and he hasn’t felt hungry. He is full of energy that he hasn’t had for a long time.
His initial blood tests indicated fatty liver disease (NAFLD). His liver function blood tests (ALT & Gamma GT) indicated that this had resolved WITHIN THE FIRST MONTH and keeps getting better.
Also after only a month his cholesterol profile was also much better, in particular, his triglycerides plummeted from a starting 4.25 to 0.75 mmol/l (376 to 66 mg/dl) and his Total Chol : HDL profile went from 5.5 to 3.4. The LDL also improved.
All in all, this is a stunning set of results with huge health benefits. All potentially achievable with lifestyle changes without medication.
February Motivation! February 9th 2020
So here’s Dr Andrews’ first success story for February 2020 and probably her favourite so far! In June 2019, this 64 year old male weighed 93kg ( 14 stone 9 lbs) with a BMI of 29, total cholesterol : HDL ratio of 2.8, HbA1c of 55 mmol/mol, ON INSULIN FOR 12 YEARS, 72 UNITS DAILY!
In February 2020, with Dr Andrews’ help, he weighed 78kg (12 stone 4 lbs) – weight loss 15kg (2 stone 5 lbs) with a BMI of 24, an improved total cholesterol : HDL ratio, down to 2.3, HbA1c reduced 42 mmol/mol ON ZERO INSULIN!
Wow – incredible! Wonderful news for doctor and patient!
First success story for 2020!
First success story for 2020! 65 yo male started LCHF in Feb 2019 – recently weight down 105kg to 85kg, BMI 32 to 26, HDL up from 1.2 to 1.4, BP down to 124/78. 5 inches of waist and off 2 BP pills = happy patient and happy doctor!
A Message from a former colleague – keep spreading the word!
Dr Andrews received a message from a GP training colleague she hasn’t seen for 15 years……keep spreading the word people – it’s working!
Patient testimonial from 2019 – Amazing job!
A huge congratulations to our patient who has embraced a low carb lifestyle! In 6 months she has lost 25kg and now has a normal BMI, a low BP, and has reduced her A1c from 44 to 35 and her cholesterol ratio from 4.5 to 3. Amazing job!
Mr Len Andrews, 20th June 2019.
On the 7th of January this year when I was visiting my family in the UK and not feeling good about myself, I weighed in at 16st 2lb. I was looking forward to my annual trip to Malaysia knowing that I would probably put on weight because of my love of the food there. My daughter (a GP in Finchingfield) suggested I consider a low carbohydrate diet as she knew that I loved meat, cheese and eggs and that this could work for me.
I have tried many diets before including the Cabbage Diet and the Slimfast plan. The Cabbage Diet worked well and I did lose weight, but once off the diet, the weight crept back on again.
The best thing for me about the low carbohydrate diet is that it was simple – I just had to cut out flour products, rice, pasta and potatoes and could eat fat and protein which taste good. The first few weeks the weight just fell off, then it started to slow down until I reached my target weight of 13 stone on the 6th of May. I now feel so much better in myself and have bought new clothes and am always looking in the mirror at myself and asking myself “Where has that belly gone?!”. I can honestly say since I have been low carb I have not felt hungry at all and I have passed the information on to a few of my friends (also despondent about their weight) who have also had excellent results.
Lastly, I am also off my blood pressure tablets as they are no longer needed. If you are struggling to lose weight or want to try and reduce your medication I would highly recommend you give the low carb lifestyle a go – it has changed my life.
Dr David Oliver, June 9th 2019.
I am a 52 year old GP working at Freshwell Health Centre. As I have been recommending the low carb lifestyle to my patients, I thought I’d better try it myself. This is a way better idea than trying out their tablets! I have enjoyed long distance running for many years, but even with all that exercise (typically 30 miles a week), I have never managed get get down to my target “racing weight” (as I call it) of 11st 2lb (BMI -21.6). I hovered around 12st 2lb instead – BMI (23.5) but not “overweight”.
I’ve now been living a low carb lifestyle for only a few weeks and I have also been experimenting with time restricted eating. I am already down to my target “racing weight”. I was never fat on the outside, so I can only assume that I must have been Thin on the Outside Fat on the Inside (“TOFI”). One stone of fat seems like an awful lot of fat to pack around your internal organs. We know that the presence of “visceral” (internal organ)” fat is a significant risk factor for many chronic diseases.
It’s early days, but I am quite staggered by the transformation I feel in other ways too. I feel healthy, younger and I have so much more energy than I have had for years. I don’t get gastric reflux any more. My blood pressure was borderline for a while but has now normalised. My muscles hurt much less when I run. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when I run my next marathon burning fat not carbs. A low carb lifestyle is so much more than just losing weight. I’m hooked!