The ketogenic diet takes a unique approach to weight-loss, putting the body into fat-burning mode through carb restriction and loading up on fatty foods.
As strange as the diet may seem to those not familiar with this way of eating, it’s worth giving a shot if other weight-loss attempts have failed you.
Don’t believe us? Check out these 10 inspirational keto before and after success stories that prove just how powerful and transformative keto can be.
1. Dominique Mancini
Dominique’s weight-loss journey started in early 2019 as one of her New Year’s resolutions. She regularly sets dieting goals for herself as part of her plan for the upcoming year. But things would usually end with failed attempts or simply not enough discipline to help her follow through.
Then, she found out about the ketogenic diet through her mother-in-law who started cutting out carbs to manage a health condition. Dominique soon learned that keto is also great for weight loss. She jumped head first into keto this January with the goal of losing 40 lbs total,10 lbs monthly. Besides dieting, Dominique went to the gym 6 days a week and did intermittent fasting.
I was determined to not let another year go by and have another failed attempt bring me further away from my goals.”
In just 3 short months, Dominique had lost her YEARLY goal of 40 lbs and dropped down a few clothing sizes as well making her feel CONFIDENT again.
2. Vivian Adorno
“This journey hasn’t been an easy one for me,” says Vivivan who had been overweight for most of her adult life and developed health and self-esteem problems as a result. “From high blood pressure and knee pains to chronic fatigue and low energy, it became obvious it was time for a change.”
She started the keto diet at the end of October 2018. One day, a friend mentioned the keto lifestyle that her sister had been following a while back. Vivian went home that night and started looking up keto, finding interesting studies and useful medical advice. At this point, she was at her heaviest, weighing 300 lbs and wearing a size 26. That night, she finally said,
No more! I want to be around for my children.”
Vivian started her ketogenic journey on Monday and made sure she followed the diet correctly, counting carbs and fasting occasionally. She lost 13 lbs already in the first week, making her excited and extra motivated. When she reached her first 25 lbs weight loss milestone, she began incorporating 30-minute exercises every other day. Her weight loss was visible, and people started asking questions. She’d explain keto is a lifestyle, not a diet.
What Vivian found hard about her journey was staying strong and committed. Being a mom, crazy eating was a problem in the house, with lots of junk food and eating at all hours. Nevertheless, she persisted despite the temptations.
“Simply thinking how it can cost me a lot of work to lose it just to gain it back for a delight that lasts a few seconds.”
And lo and behold now, Vivian has lost 135 lbs, going from 300 lbs to 164 lbs and from a size 26 to a size 8 (2x to S) in just 9 months! Vivian is motivated to help others struggling in their journey because as she puts it, “If I can do it, so can you!”
“I’ll always remember that girl who was so brave and determined to start this journey!!! I went out of my comfort zone and was stronger than all the criticism.
I’m proud of every step taken in this journey, every tear, every lesson, every setback, every fail because every accomplished goal made the struggle worthwhile.”
Right now, Vivian exercises daily for 1-2 hours and maintains her intermittent fasting anywhere between 16 and 18 hours. She eats 2 meals a day.
“It wasn’t easy,” she says, “but with dedication, commitment, and motivation, you can reach the goals you set for yourself and I am living proof of that.”
3. Jennifer Wurster
Jennifer started the keto diet in April of 2018.
“I had already lost about 60 lbs by then by doing meal replacement shakes. However, I was really looking to lean up more and lose those last 20 lbs. I researched keto like it was my job. Pinterest, Google, Facebook groups, you name it. I got started right away and learned a lot by trial and error.”
By August 2018, Jennifer had reached her lowest weight of 135 lbs.
I was ecstatic! I went from a size 18 to a size 2! From 1XL to S and sometimes XS. I have kept the weight off for a whole year.”
What Jennifer found works best is no dairy and no nuts. “For some reason, my body doesn’t react well to them,” she says. Jennifer supplements fat by taking fish oil and eating lots of bacon.
When she started her weight loss journey, Jennifer was on medication for high cholesterol and was using a CPAP machine to manage her sleep Apnea. She was 33 years old and just about ready to give up.
“I am now off my cholesterol meds and no longer have sleep apnea, so bye-bye CPAP machine!! I am currently training for my first half marathon in October. If I can do this I know you can too!”
4. Celine Lascelle
Celine shares her story of trauma and emotional eating and how she finally managed to bring her weight and her life under control with a keto diet.
Celine struggled with weight her entire life. Throughout her childhood, she had been called names and her self-esteem suffered as a result. By the time Celine was in eighth grade, she was already a whopping 145 lbs, way ahead most other girls in her class.
“I believe my weight had a lot to do with me becoming an emotional eater after losing my mom in 1995 and then my grandmother in 1998. I continued to eat my feelings and suppress the abuse I endured; the emotional, mental, physical and verbal pretending to be ok when, in reality, I just wanted to give up and disappear.
I knew I was meant for something great and that if I didn’t give up on myself, then I couldn’t disappoint.
When I was 18, I ran away from home and ended up in a rough relationship that didn’t work out. At 22, I was already a divorced mom weighing 225 lbs. I decided to see a dietician and learned how to properly portion and eat right. I was successful initially and lost weight, dropping to 175 lbs. I started my second degree in college and there I met my second husband. But later, I had multiple surgeries and was given a list of diagnoses, which included anxiety, PTSD, severe panic attacks, high-functioning depression, endometriosis, PCOS, arthritis, insomnia, hysterectomy, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and a history of migraines, to name a few.
After trying many diets and seeing no results, a friend told me about the keto diet and I thought I would give it a try.
I started hitting the gym, cutting back on sugar, and drinking more fluids.
From May 2018 to August 2019, I went down from 275 to 182 lbs. I have lost approximately 85 lbs and have 15 to 20 lbs more to go”.
5. Angela Okafor
Angela shares how her curiosity about the keto diet turned into a life-changing experience.
On January 6, 2019, I decided to cut down on carbs for at least a month to see if it would make any difference.”
She also downloaded the CarbManager app and bought a kitchen scale to weigh all her portions carefully. She learned how to cook pasta dishes with cauliflower and zucchini in place of wheat. However, she admits that she developed a love-hate relationship with eggplants, which she used to make keto-friendly lasagna.
“At first, I was chugging Bulletproof coffee like there was no tomorrow but later cut down and started Intermittent fasting 5 days a week.”
She dropped 7 lbs the first week. She was checking her ketones with test strip and was elated she stayed in ketosis the whole time. She then lost 20 lbs within the first month.
“Strict keto was hard to sustain since I was still working out at the gym for 2 hrs a day, Monday to Friday.
That’s why I eventually switched to lazy keto and ate more protein to support muscle growth and that seemed to do the trick for me.”
She dropped 2 dress sizes and all her old clothes now fit her. She currently weighs 179 lbs but her goal weight is 170 lbs. However, Angela claims she is in no hurry since she considers keto a lifestyle change and not a fad diet to get her to her goal weight as soon as possible.
6. Melissa Davenport
Melissa is almost 32 years old and shares her ups and downs on her keto journey.
“Back in 2017, I noticed that I was changing physically in a way that wasn’t like me and that I didn’t like.”
About a year and a half ago, I was finally ready to make major physical and mental changes. I tried keto in 2018 when I was at my highest of 200 lbs.
I admit that after my first three tries, I failed and fell off the keto bandwagon numerous times.
I persisted and restarted my keto journey in May 2019 at 180 lbs, but this time with a clearer mind to not give up and keep myself accountable. I tracked my macros, took “before” photos, measured myself, and checked the scale once a week. Just 120 days later, here I am at 143 lbs!”
7. Shereeta VanVleet
Shereeta’s keto journey began in July of 2018. She was a 20-year-old retired Army veteran who never experienced problems with her weight or physical fitness, especially not during her time in service.
However, within 18 months after graduating college and starting her corporate career, the stress started to take its toll on her health and her body. She’d gone from being a healthy and fit 150-lbs soldier to weighing an unhealthy 249 lbs.
I was unhappy and felt desperate to get my life back. My doctor even considered putting me on medication for blood pressure and cholesterol. I was begging for another chance to get things right.”
She started researching keto and soon jumped right in. In just 13 months, she managed to return to her initial 149 lbs, and now she hopes to inspire others to discover how keto can help them to regain their health and meet their weight management goals.