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Start Weight: 108kg

Start BMI: 44.5

Start Category: Morbidly Obese

Start Size: 18 bottom / 20 top

Current Weight: 77.9kg

Current BMI: 32

Current Category: Obese

Current Size: 14 bottom (loose) / 16 top

I hate hearing the word diet now. It gets throw around too much. The dictionary definitions for "DIET":

1. food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health.

2. a particular selection of food, especially as designed or prescribed to improve a person's physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease.

When I use the term diet, I am just referring to the 1st description. A conscious long-term change to my eating habits, not a temporary 3 week obsession with calorie counting and starvation.

I have just started the LCHF/Ketogenic diet. It is based around the principle of cutting out carbs and sugar, and replacing them with healthy fats. Avocado, nuts, animal-derived fats, olive oil, etc.

At first I was really hesitant about giving this "diet" a go, as it goes against everything that we have been told about saturated fat. But what I've learned from doing research on this way of eating, is that previous studies about saturated fats and its affect on the body were based on people who were eating on a high/er carb diet. (I could be wrong, but I am still new to this and still researching and experimenting, this is just my understanding so far).

My understanding is that I can either eat carbs, OR fats, but not both. I choose fats. Its tastier, and more importantly, it's working...for me. It won't work for everyone. I am going to be monitoring my bloodwork/cholesterol etc to make sure I'm doing the right thing and not harming my body. But so far I have lost 2kg in the first week, I have plenty of energy, no headaches, and I am enjoying YUMMY food. Its much easier to follow when you don't feel deprived.

I dont expect other people to understand it. I still have trouble with the concept myself sometimes. Some people say that they got a band so that they could eat normally and not have to constantly worry about their "diet". For me this will never happen. I am not naturally skinny. I will never be able to eat whatever I want and not worry about gaining weigh. I don't understand how this could ever be possible after having been almost 50kg overweight. Its just a ludicrous idea, in my opinion. For the rest of my life, I will be watching the scales and watching what I eat to make sure I never get back to that weight. I just can't do it.

Anyway, I have lost 30kg. I have 18kg left to go to get to my goal weight. Perhaps I could even lose another 5 after that if I choose to. But then I will be able to start slowly re-introducing carbs into my diet and experiment with how much I can eat to maintain a healthy weight.

My goal to was to be a comfortable size 14 or smaller for my wedding. I think it's definitely achievable :)

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I love your attitude Leanne!

I have to say that if you loose another 18kgs you'll have to be smaller than a 14. Each dress size is approx 6-7 kgs, so 18kgs is about 3 sizes!

And I'm sure your will do it, your amazing!

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