Weight loss is tricky, but Stacy Blair from Minneapolis has revealed how she lost an amazing amount of weight, almost 16 stone. She told Women’s Health she was driven to tears by her frame at age 28. At her largest the woman weighed 352.4 lbs, or 25 stone, at only 5’1”, she was suffering from a number of health problems. Stacey was on medication for high blood pressure, despite being in her late 20s.
Now 30-years-old, Stacey weighs 132.4 lbs or 9.5 stone – a lost of almost 16 stone.
On her 30th birthday she posted on Instagram celebrating her new frame, marvelling at how she slimmed down from a XXXXL dress to a tine 28 inch waist.
Stacey felt diets diets didn’t work for her, but eventually she found the keto diet and turned her life around.
She said: “It is the first ‘diet’ that has ever truly worked for me. I don’t ever feel hungry or deprived, which makes it easy for me to treat it as a long-term lifestyle versus a short-term diet where I’m just waiting for my next cheat day.”
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What are Stacey’s diet tips?
Track what you eat – Stacey wrote down everything she ate using the MyFitnessPal app.
Meal prep – she ensured that she made meals beforehand so she could not be tempted to reach for unhealthy snacks when out of the house.
Make sure your diet is long term – Stacey claims you can’t exercise away a bad diet, so lifestyle changes to slim down ave to be long-lasting. Therefore it’s wise to pick a diet you know you can stick to.
Stacey’s keto meal plan:
Breakfast: Coffee with a splash of heavy cream, Stevia, a Two Good yogurt or Costco protein bar and collagen peptides.
Lunch: Homemade crockpot low-carb chilli.
Snacks: Almonds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds.
Dinner: Baked salmon with roasted asparagus or Brussels sprouts.
Dessert: Fresh strawberries with heavy cream, Stevia-sweetened chocolate, or low-carb ice cream.
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What is the keto diet?
The keto diet us a high fat diet, which aims to put the body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
This is when the body burns fat as its main source of fuel, instead of carbohydrates – which is the norm.
The diet is full of healthy fats like fish, nuts and full fat milk.
Carbs like pasta, potatoes and even some fruits are to be avoided.
What are keto diet foods?
- Milk and cheese
Another woman used a different weight loss diet plan to lose 10 stone.
She said: “There’s no secret. It’s calories in vs calories out. I was fortunate enough to have the help of a great doctor and we’ve achieved this without exercise.”
The dieter explained closely monitoring what she ate made the biggest difference to her weight loss.
She followed the calories in calories out diet plan, or CICO, to achieve her transformation.
Those who use this diet will closely track how many calories they eat in a day and make sure it is less than what they burn off.
What do nutritionists make of the keto diet plan?
Hebe Mills, who is an Associate Nutritionist, told Express.co.uk: “The Ketogenic diet has been used since the 1920s as a medical therapy diet for epilepsy patients that do not respond to anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) to aid seizure control.
It has also been used to improve symptoms in metabolic syndrome patients.
”The idea behind the diet is to prime the body into a state of ketosis by minimising the intake of carbohydrates (including starchy vegetables) and to use fat as the main source of energy.”
Ketosis is a state the body will go into when you don’t have enough carbs for energy. Side effects of ketosis are said to include bad breath and short-term fatigue.
Hebe explained: “Ketosis is a normal process in the body, which happens when your body doesn’t have enough carbs to burn for energy and instead burns fat and makes substances called ketones to use for fuel.”