A woman who lost 88 pounds in one year on a high-fat, low-carb diet became an Internet sensation after a Reddit user posted a five-second GIF showcasing her stunning transformation.
The 5-foot-4 Amanda, who declined to give her last name, slimmed down from 222 pounds to 134 pounds on a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet. She lost the weight between July 2011 and July 2012 without exercising, and has since kept it off.
She consumed 1,200-1,300 calories a day combining the principles of the Paleolithic diet and a ketogenic diet. "I do my own kind of Keto-Paleo hybrid," Amanda wrote on Reddit.
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."
Amanda, 26, lost weight effortlessly by consuming "Paleo" foods such as eggs, fish, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, small amounts of fruit and nuts, and avocado/coconut/almond oils. Her daily caloric intake consisted of 60% fats, 30% protein and 10% carbs.
While conventional wisdom preaches that dietary fat is evil, the demonization of fat is increasingly being rejected by experts who underscore that high-quality fats (including saturated animal fats) are critical for good health.
Dr. Dominic D'Agostino of the University of South Florida Medical School has done ground-breaking research confirming that a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet starves cancer cells.
Last year, a 51-year-old woman named Lynne Daniel Ivey shed 185 pounds on the ketogenic diet. The 5-foot-4 Ivey, who once tipped the scales at 324 pounds, slimmed down to 139 pounds by eating a high-fat diet and reducing her carb intake.
Her physician, obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, said eating a high-fat diet fuels rapid and long-term weight loss. "I tell my patients not to fear the fat," he said. "Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There's no problem with fat."