It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts, so here some letters from viewers. Actually these are follow-up letters from people who’ve written to me before. Their letters are most of the post, so I’m not going to use quotes. The letters appear in regular text. My comments are in italics.
Down 40 pounds in mere months
Hello, Tom —
I wanted to follow up with you. I originally emailed in February, then again in April. June is here and I am now down 40 pounds! I started out at 245 lbs and I’m at 205. I feel great. My wife has lost about 20 lbs. Again for her to have lost this much weight is truly amazing — she’s never been able to lose it and keep it off because of PCOS and other factors. She’s seeing consistent loss, but in her case the measurements are really amazing. She’s lost 4 inches from her waist and several inches in other areas!
We don’t really count carbs, but generally get anywhere from 25-100 carbs a day. The carbs come from homemade sourdough bread (using natural yeast rather than quick rise stuff — no more than 1 slice a day), berries, and some veggies (above ground varieties). Once a month we might go each a small pizza or something not strict low carb, but for the most part we are avoiding a lot of the processed stuff we used to survive on.
Our typical breakfast is eggs with either bacon, sausage or made into an omelet with veggies. I add 2-3 tablespoons of cream to the eggs and whisk them up in a bowl. I also add 1-2 tablespoons of butter to the pan to help the eggs fry. Lunch is usually a big salad (homemade ranch dressing using ranch dressing mix, full fat greek yogurt and heavy cream) and some type of fatty meat – burger patties, 1/2 of a rib eye, or leftover beef stew (with real bone broth).
Dinner is usually veggies with cheese and/or butter on them and a meat – rib eye, ground beef, bone in skin on fried chicken, etc. For dessert we’ve stuck with berries and cream (thank you for introducing me to that!) and we have 1 piece of dark chocolate with each meal (>75% dark, each piece has 1g sugar). Let me tell ya, starting the day off with a piece of dark chocolate and having no guilt over doing it- – totally awesome.
Doing everything the modern American medical system tells me should make me fat, yet I’ve lost 40 lbs in 6 months and 0 exercise. My wife and I do go on maybe 1-2 walks a week and we’re active around the house, but I dont count that stuff as exercise. I do understand the importance of exercise, especially being behind a computer all day, but not solely for weight loss!
It is amazing to go through this journey. Friends and co-workers have noticed the weight loss and I have shared your movie, facebook groups and website with them, since it all started with Fat Head. Some friends of ours switched to a lower carb lifestyle a few days ago and have already seen results.
A good friend of mine and I were having a discussion and he asked me what I was doing. This guy is a skinny guy who runs 6 miles 2 or 3 times a week and has competed in Tough Mudder several times. He’s recently put on some weight and wanted to know what I was doing. I shared my story and what I’d learned about cholesterol. His cholesterol is at 250 and his doctor wants to put him on statins. I told him to never go to that doctor again and sent him several links, including some videos on YouTube from Fat Head the Movie. I couldn’t believe a doctor actually wanted to put this guy on statins!
Look forward to your book — thanks for everything you do.
Thank you, Matt. I’m looking forward to seeing the book too. Chareva is still drawing some of the characters, and I’m lovin’ what she’s doing with them.
Folks, notice Matt and his wife have kept losing weight, but haven’t been at 20 carbs for months on end. Some days it’s 25, other days they go up to 100. Exactly the point I was making in my previous couple of posts. It’s not necessary to aim for never-ending ketosis to lose weight and become healthy.
A five-year follow up on the whole family
My name is Lorraine and I wrote to you once in September 2011. It has been almost 5 years and I feel obligated to thank you again for the changes you have instilled in my life and also the people I love.
A few months after writing you, I did achieve my goal weight. I have been able to maintain my weight (between 125-130 pounds) effortlessly. Re-reading that post has reminded me of how dire my life was at 25. I was so very depressed and unhealthy, and I’ve nearly forgotten that dark time. I am now 30 years old and things have changed.
After my depression, I started to enjoy all the old things I used to love, like reading, video games, and social events. I also found new hobbies including biking, sprinting, weight training, and hiking. I started living again. I have completed graduate school. I am a physician assistant practicing for almost two years in an emergency department in a busy city hospital. I am also engaged to be married this coming fall. However, this e-mail isn’t really about me. It is more about those around me you have changed after I wrote that e-mail.
My father at the time was over 50 pounds overweight. He was pre-diabetic and had an awful lipid profile. Deep down, I knew he was teetering on the edge of full-blown heart disease. The odds were against him. After my success, he wanted to know what he was doing wrong. He was constantly dieting and failing. I had him watch your documentary. He found you amusing, but he was very doubtful.
He felt hopeless so he gave it a shot. In his 50s, he lost all the weight in only a few months. He began weight training, and as a 59-year-old man continues to weight train 3-4 times a week. He is no longer pre-diabetic and his lipid profile is as his doctor described “that of a 20 year old.” He too has been able to maintain his weight with ease. Because of your documentary, he was able to see the birth of his granddaughter (my niece) and he will be able to see my upcoming wedding. I honestly can say that I don’t know if that would have been possible at the rate he was going.
I met my fiance, a nurse, a little over 2 years ago. He is a type 1 diabetic. He had a hard time controlling his blood sugars so his A1C was never ideal. On his own accord, he started following a low-carb lifestyle. Moving downstate to be closer to me, he found a new endocrinologist. When he told his endocrinologist what he had changed, she gleamed. She and her husband (another doctor) follow a paleo lifestyle. A huge proponent of low-carb lifestyles, she recommends it to everyone, including all her diabetic patients. His A1C is now in an ideal range and his sugars remain controlled throughout the day. He no longer has bad highs, or even worse, bad lows. Also, the amount of insulin he administers daily has dramatically decreased by nearly 25-50%.
My sister was a few pounds overweight when she became pregnant. She was terrified of possibly gaining too much weight during pregnancy as many of her friends have done. She was fearful of conditions like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. She decided to start following a low-carb lifestyle as well. I gave her recipes, meal plans, and healthy snacking ideas. She was able to maintain a healthy weight throughout her pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy, 7-pound baby girl.
There are others you also helped including my mother, my mother-in-law, many coworkers, many friends, and even my future family. Proponents of the low-carb lifestyle, like you, are a catalyst to creating future healthier generations. Keep up the amazing work.
A million thanks,
A million thanks you to, Lorraine, for letting me know how much you and your loved ones have improved your health. I wish you and your fiance a lovely wedding and a wonderful life together.