This post will explain exactly how Briana, a mother of three and reader of my blog, lost 100 pounds. For additional real-world examples and the fundamentals, I suggest reading How to Lose 100 Pounds on The Slow-Carb Diet.
If you're meeting me for the first time today, you'd never guess that a little over one year ago, I was 100 pounds heavier and the furthest thing from being proud in a bikini. I had a husband, two kids, a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and a great dane.
Along the way, Tim wrote and released The 4-Hour Body, and my story was featured on national television and throughout numerous editorials, spreads, and fitness publications -- the biggest of which was an appearance with Tim on the Dr. Long story short: despite being a personal trainer and all my previous hard work to be a "weight-loss success story," I ended up being one of those Mego-Prego women who really went for it! From the moment I first found out that I was pregnant I decided to use the "eating for two" excuse.
Needless to say, I exploded over nine months, and by the time I actually gave birth to my eight lb.
Faced with the depressing reality that the new weight wasn't "baby weight" and was really all me, I made it my mission to swiftly re-apply the SCD principles to shed the post-partum pounds in record time.
So many of us are miserable over the current condition of our bodies, we get motivated and inspired by reading stories such as mine, but that's not enough.
Before I began, I committed to document the entire process via a weekly pictorial where I would stand raw, real, and exposed in front of a camera wearing nothing but the same tiny black bikini. Beginning the day after I gave birth, I followed every slow-carb principle that is outlined -- except for the cheat day. Just with the slow-carb diet alone and zero exercise (due to some postpartum recovery issues between week one and week eight), I lost 36 POUNDS.
And 12 months after giving birth, I hit my goal and lost 100 pounds (23 pounds of which were pre-pregnancy), and completely transformed my body. Standing in front of the bright lights of a professional photographer week-after-week (often times without seeing much change), especially when you're a personal trainer who is 100 pounds over weight, is humiliating, humbling, and painful. The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. For the 4’9 fist-pumper, that meant a 1,300 calories-a-day diet and four days of exercise per week, reports MTV. I was a young mom in my early '20s, trying to balance everything and be everything to everyone but neglecting myself. After it, I felt compelled to pursue a career as a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. As a newly single-mom, I set out to "4-Hour Workweek" my life, started my own multi-faceted health and wellness company, and spent the last five years helping to transform the bodies and lives of hundreds of women around the world in ways they never thought were possible.
By "went for it" I mean -- if my weight gain had been an accurate barometer of my son's birth weight, I should have given birth to a kindergartner!
I indulged my cravings, and I packed on the pounds by way of ice-cream, Mexican food, lasagna, and a total break from the adapted SCD nutrition principles I worked so hard to establish in my own life and subsequently teach others. When I felt discouraged, or was having a internal struggle over something I shouldn't eat, I would look at the photos of where indulging got me -- fat. Turkey wrap "roll-ups" with a little hummus and a sliver of bell pepper or cucumber inside is my fave! I am a 31-year-old mother of three, I've lost more than 100 pounds on the Slow-Carb Diet, and I work every day to be a success story. I made my family the priority, which was great for them, but I lost myself somewhere along the way. I wanted to empower, educate, and inspire other women to transform their bodies and regain a renewed sense of self -- just as I had.
Something that will motivate us to walk away from the bread basket, or in my case -- back away from the sour cream twice-baked potato! Despite numerous failed attempts to lose weight and get in shape, the scale just kept creeping up.
I read it, I applied it day-in and day-out, and within six months I had not only lost the 73 POUNDS I had gained after having my first two kids, but I had completely transformed my body!
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