Before Weight Loss – 300 pounds? Size 26

After – 140 Pounds Lost – Now Size 4/6

When people approach me and ask “What made you finally decide to lose the weight?” I’ve been known to sarcastically argue, “Well I really liked being fat!” Seriously, though. When my doctor told me that I had reached stage III – morbidly obese on the BMI scale, I didn’t even flinch. It didn’t seem real. It wasn’t until I was riding the Thunder Mountain roller coaster at Disneyland when it really hit home. My companion on the ride, my five-year-old son, almost flew out from under the safety bar during the first hill. Because I was so large, the pull-down bar reached only my stomach, leaving a huge gap between me and my little boy. I spent the entire ride absolutely terrified – not because of the intended thrills, but because I was petrified that my son wasn’t safe.

People aren’t fat because they are lazy or selfish, they simply don’t know how to lose weight and keep it off. This moment was a tipping point for me when I decided I absolutely had to find a way, no matter what. I would’ve done anything, absolutely anything, to get rid of my excess weight. Before resorting to weight-loss surgery, which I considered being the “end of the line,” I decided to try one last dietary intervention. Enter the ketogenic approach to losing weight, where I discovered, by accident, that eating a higher fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet would help me finally solve the weight loss riddle.

The secret to my success was tossing out the established “rules” of weight loss and essentially learning to play dirty. I learned to listen to my own physical and emotional needs and rebel against the traditional beliefs about what healthy eating is supposed to look like. Even the ketogenic diet that has gained super-stardom fame in the last couple of years (thank you, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, and other A-listers) describes a framework for weight loss that was too strict for me. I was able to keep what worked and discard what didn’t; After much trial and error, I bucked the system by proving I could lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off for years, (YEARS!). The only catch? I had to do it my way.

DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Get Started Losing Weight While Breaking the Rules tells you exactly what I did. I explain why it works, and what I ate. It’s written with humor and honesty. I know this works and I want to help you succeed.

To help support you on your journey, I am working on a series of support guides. Because so many of us are on the go, the first priority was to create a guide for making keto friendly menu choices while eating fast food. This includes Starbucks, my friends! Over 35 restaurants are researched and dissected. Lists and recommendations for WHAT and HOW to order at coffee houses, burger joints, pizzerias, sandwich shops, not to mention Asian, seafood, chicken, and Mexican restaurants.


Need more support? Stephanie also leads a small group, premium keto support group on Facebook – for women only. 

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