A keto diet helped a size 26 woman, who was “addicted to food” shed a whopping 10 stone – by eating steak, bacon and fried cheese.
Alexa Fears, 34, who works in marketing, has credited a special high fat diet with transforming her from a morbidly obese 23 stone to a slender size 12.
Estimating that she weighed around 23 stone, Alexa shopped in specialist shops. However, the keto diet, or ketogenic diet, which involves following a low carb regimen, helped her lose 10 stone,
In her 20s she claims to have become “addicted to food.” While she snacked on crisps, chocolate and ice cream every day, her meals were mainly healthy. But she consumed hefty portions, taking her well over the 2,000 calories a day recommended for women by the NHS.
She said: “I’d buy nice, healthy food, like salads or snacky bits from M&S, but I’d buy loads of them – three or four – and eat them all in one go.
“I could never keep food in the house. I’d always eat it then and there.”
But then, in July last year she heard about the ketogenic diet, a high fat and low carbohydrate regimen, after reading about other peoples’ weight loss stories with the diet online.
Now Alexa is virtually unrecognisable, having shed 10 stone – five-and-a-half since September 2016 – and dropped seven dress sizes.
She has also taken up fitness – running 2.5km once a week and weight training twice a week.
“I’m way more into home cooking now,” she said. “I actually want to cook for myself rather than just grabbing snacks.”
Nowadays, her diet is full of healthy vegetables, but also includes fatty meat like bacon and juicy steak.
“I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself or cutting much out,” she said.
Having lost so much weight in such a short time frame, Alexa said she “spent a fortune” on clothes, as she was dropping a dress size every few weeks.
Now, she’s a size 12, and has kept one item of clothing from when she was at her biggest to serve as a reminder of her old unhealthy ways.
“Confidence-wise, this has been amazing,” she said. “Instagram has been a great help, and very supportive. Even though I’m not quite at my goal weight yet, I’ll get messages from people all over the world saying that I’ve inspired them.”
And now Alexa is feeling so amazing – and attracts admiring glances from strangers in the street – she is ready to get back into the dating game too.
Another woman lost three stone by cutting out one food from her diet plan.
Rather than drinking a whole bottle of wine a night, Jessica drinks two glasses– at around 125 calories each – twice a week.
What is the keto diet plan? The plan can help you lose a stone in six weeks.
The diet sends the body into a state of ketosis, when the body burns fat for energy, instead of carbohydrates.
Over 20 scientific studies have shown this diet results in high levels of weight loss.