After years of yoyo dieting and failures I went from 110+kg to 77kg and built muscle on a ketogenic diet in just 6 months

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A while back I offered up some free copies of Volek and Phinnney’s “Art and Science of low carb living” for some of your stories.  Here’s the first of my top 4 over (also the book winners).  Well done, the books are in the mail.

Let’s kick of with Lawrence’s story – After years of yoyo dieting and failures I went from 110+kg to 77kg and built muscle on a ketogenic diet in just 6 months 

“From when I was about 15 years old I started trying to lose weight by just tracking my calories, cutting back on the fat and doing 1 hour of running per day, this normally lead to a little bit of weight loss then hunger would kick in and I would end up heavier than when I started. I tried many diets between the age of 15-20 and most followed the same pattern of losing some weight then putting it and more on. I eventually found the paleo diet and cut my carbs down to under 100g per day removed sugar, grains, sweets from my diet, I kept high fat dairy in and with in just a few months I lost a lot of weight. After further research and reading I came across the ketogenic diet, so I dropped my carbs to less than 35g per day, made sure I didn’t go over 140g of protein then ate fat till I was full, this gave me a boost and i started losing weight even faster and had more energy so I also decided to start lifting weights.”
“The photos above the one on the left I was about 110kg but I don’t have any photos from when I was even heavier due to hiding in my room and staying away from any cameras. On the right is at my 21st birthday where I weighed in at 77kg. The time between my heaviest and lightest was from July 2013 to January 2014. Since then I have just been focusing on gaining muscle in the gym, and yes you can gain muscle easily with a ketogenic diet ;)”
A little more form further conversations
Grant: “Thanks that’s great – so over your childhood and teneage years did you always have a bit of weight issue?
Lawrence “Yeah was a little chubby then as I went into my teen years I put on weight, then started trying to actively diet from the age of 15 which was a yoyo, I am not tall and I remember when I was 15 going from 85kg to 80kg being a big achievement to try and impress a girl. I am 163cm now when I was 15 most likely 140ish so you can see how I would have been very overweight by the time I was over 110kg at 163cm
Grant: “Awesome stuff”
Lawrence: “If you want I have other data as well I just remembered I should add:

  • Reduced Fasting Glucose and Fasting Insulin, Improved Cholesterol:
  • HDL: 0.9 to 1.66, Trigs 1.7 to 1.0
  • LDL still high but I ran I subfraction test and they were mainly in the largest particle size, Also the calculated LDL was fairly off, my direct measurement was 4.5mmol/l where as calculated was 5mmol/l
  • Fatty liver disease gone.
  • Psoriasis break outs reduced
  • Better digestion and no more constipation, bowel movements 1-2 times per day now, compared to at some points once every 3rd day on previous diets.
  • More energy and nootropical benefits from ketosis, gone from a student about to be kicked out of university to getting distinction average.
Grant: final comment – “this is fabulous well done Lawrence, hopefully you can provide some inspiration, especially to the younger guys”

Author: Prof. Grant Schofield

I am Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and director of the university's Human Potential Centre (HPC) located at the Millennium Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. My research and teaching interests are in wellbeing and chronic disease prevention especially reducing the risk and eventual mortality and morbidity from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. I live by the motto "be the best you can be" and have a strong commitment to peak performance in which I also do consulting work. I’ve been interested in human health and performance for my whole career. I started in psychology, went into sport and exercise psychology, then into public health, especially physical activity, then obesity. There have been some twists and turns along the way, which are the reasons for why I do what I do – you can read about those in my first blog entry. I want to know how we can be the best we can be. This crosses disciplines such as biology, medicine, pubic health, and productivity management. The cornerstones are nutrition, exercise, sleep, neuroscience, psychology and wellbeing. In my blog, I cover these topics under the broad heading of the Science of Human Potential.

3 thoughts on “After years of yoyo dieting and failures I went from 110+kg to 77kg and built muscle on a ketogenic diet in just 6 months”

  1. Very impressed … well done Lawrence. Please explain … Lawrence had a subfraction test on LDL … is this the Apo A & Apo B tests?

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