At 57 years-old and 460lbs, my father passed away. Watching this happen at 40, I knew I needed to turn my life around. Grain Brain, and a ketogenic lifestyle, did that for me.
I went from 360 lbs. to ~250 lbs. in a couple years. I started with a modified keto diet, but as I saw results I continued to improve over a 3-year period to reach the optimal keto diet I am currently on, which is low-fat, high-protein, and extremely low-carb diet. As a lifestyle change, I have combined this with intense strength training. I feel 18 again, and can keep up with anyone else in the gym without needing carbs. I recover exceptionally well and my joints feel great. Best of all, my body is dropping fat fast. I’m almost in a size 34 jean now at 258 lbs.
I eat very clean, organic protein, lots of spinach, broccoli, asparagus, etc. I enjoy grass-fed beef, properly raised and fed chicken, and have been adding more fish to my diet as well. Never eat any wheat/gluten, ever.
You may remember that earlier in the summer of 2017 I launched the Shape Up for Summer Weight Loss Challenge with CBN. Well, now that we’re all wrapped up and in the final tally is in, I’m excited to share that, together, we’ve managed to shed 11,800 pounds. That’s as much as a semi-trailer, and in just 8 weeks. All this achieved by following the guidelines of The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.
If you didn’t get a chance to be a part of our initial challenge, or you want to give it another shot, you can go back at any time and start your own 8-week program. If you do, be sure to let me know your results!
A year and some months ago, I weighed in at 244 pounds. I had started cutting out sugar, but I really needed help with a healthy diet. My son-in-law told me about Grain Brain, and I ordered it immediately!
I started changing my diet right away. The weight just flew off of me and I felt so much better. In time I began to notice the change in my memory too!
I suffer from severe osteoarthritis of the spine and just about every other bone. I really needed to lose that weight and learn how to eat the right things. I will never change my new eating habits!
On today’s program, you’ll discover that diabetes may be reversible by means of nutritional interventions. My guest is Dr. Sarah Hallberg, a strong proponent of a very low-carbohydrate approach, not just for diabetes, but for weight loss and even for the improvement of cardiometabolic risk markers. With her organization, Virta Health, she just released a landmark study on this very subject.
Dr. Hallberg once gave a terrific TEDx talk that’s worth watching after our interview. She’s the medical director and founder of the Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program and will discuss her ongoing research on today’s episode of the Empowering Neurologist.
Before I read Grain Brain and Wheat Belly, I LOVED bread. I consider myself a baker and did not want to stop eating wheat or grain, but I eventually did. Over the 3 month period in which I stopped eating wheat, I lost 35 pounds with little or no increase in exercise. I’m 65 and I felt so much more energized that I began a walking program after the weight loss. The weight stayed off, but the bloating, constipation and indigestion returns if I indulge in pizza, cookies, or sandwiches. It’s immediate and painful and takes about 2 days to repair the damage. I don’t know if it’s grain, pesticides, or both but I need to stay away from these foods!
About 5 years ago I moved to Australia from England. I was about average weight, but you could probably say I was “skinny-fat” at the time (not much muscle). After a year of living in a new country and eating a lot of carbohydrates, junk food and sugars my weight ballooned to 185 lbs. (I’m 5′ 7″). I tried to lose the weight through cardiovascular exercise and low-fat diets, but this just made things worse, I was always hungry and just gained more weight. When I couldn’t stomach the diet anymore, I returned to my usual eating habits, and with it came excess weight gain.
In 2013 I was looking through the Internet for another solution and stumbled across ketogenic diets. I read lots of studies and participated in the forums online, and finally adopted this lifestyle. Continue reading
One of the most common questions I am asked, both when I am lecturing as well as on social media, focuses on the length of time it takes to change a person’s gut bacteria after dietary changes are made. Many would assume that these changes, which represent an adaptation of the gut microbes to a new diet, might take weeks or months. No doubt, people are anxious to know the answer to this question as they are becoming more and more aware of the critically important role of our gut microbes in determining our general health, weight, and risk for diseases including diabetes, arthritis, coronary artery disease, and even cancer.
In a recent study authored by Harvard researcher Lawrence David, the diets of six males and four females between the ages of 21 and 33 were manipulated in various ways. The subjects maintained a specific change in their diets for four days and assessments of their gut bacteria were made while on a new diet for six days thereafter. Continue reading