From the time I was very young, I remember my extremities hurting if someone would grab me by the arm or jump on my legs. I believe now, from what I’ve learned that I have primary lipedema and possibly mild lymphedema. I was a normal weight in high school (somewhat plump preadolescent), weighing 127 or so, having a very skinny waist and rib cage, though somewhat heavy legs but not abnormal looking. After high school being less active, I began to gain weight.
However, I was fortunate to stumble across Dr. Atkins’ low carb diet book which set me on the path of being able to pretty much maintain a decent weight. This was in the 70s. However, after four babies, I found myself 80 pounds heavier.
I believe it was at this time when my lipedema developed. Throughout the years I could lose 40 to 50 pounds doing low carb, but I always gained it back. 4.5 years ago, I got serious about low carbs again, and lost 56 pounds, but struggled to keep it off (aging 30, losing 20, etc.), yo-yo-ing back and forth. So tiresome and frustrating!
I was so excited when my daughter came across carnivore!!! I thought, “I might as well give it a try. I’ve tried everything else.” We both started carnivore August 11, 2021. Since then, in eight months I’ve lost over 45 pounds. I continue to lose just a couple a month. I am now over 90 pounds down from my heaviest weight ever and still could maybe lose another 25. But I am so thrilled to be where I am AND TO ACTUALLY KNOW I WILL NEVER GAIN THIS BACK, as long as I maintain on carnivore. I am thrilled beyond measure. This is not even stating the health benefits.
My back pain is nearly 100% improved. My self-diagnosed fibromyalgia pain is gone! My knee pain is gone! I can actually stand up for more than 10 minutes at a time and not hurt. I was so debilitated that my husband and I were talking about moving from our two-story house of 44 years because of the stairs. I now go up and down without limiting my trips and without pain. It’s actually unbelievable to me!
I no longer dread going to bed to toss and turn in pain, because I am not in pain anymore. Oh, and I just turned 69 in April! My husband says my jeans are saggy in the butt…🤷🏼♀️But he’s okay with it! Sugar/carbs were poison to me —— and I am never going back!