I'm very excited to be hosting the new Success Stories
feature for Low Carb Luxury Magazine! I look forward to
sharing with all of you the stories of those who have embraced low
carb and found victory in it! We believe you'll find them inspiring,
encouraging, and even amusing.
I'd like you meet Chris
Martino, known on the Talking Low Carb Forums as ChrisM. Chris loves low carbing... now that he's
found it! You see, Chris was once (brace yourselves) a Slim Fast
Now, don't recoil in horror... I'm here to guide you
through this tale of adventure and peril, self-discovery and, of
As our young hero tells it, he didn't always have a
weight problem. Like so many of us, he was very active in high
school and had little difficulty keeping his weight under control.
It wasn't long before Chris found he'd gained the
"Freshman 15". Being an overachiever, he soon followed this up with
the Sophomore 40, Junior 30 and Senior 25!
In the years that
followed, Chris became a software programmer — something that
naturally lends itself to a lot of "butt time." It's no surprise
then that his weight only continued to climb upward.
Comfortable with himself, Chris did not yet see his
"expansion" as a problem. And while turning a blind eye to the
situation, the dreaded cycle was put in motion — the more he
gained, the less active he became. It was during this time that
Chris wed his longtime love, Beth.
Our hero first realized
his weight had become an issue he couldn't ignore when he no longer
liked how he looked in photographs. It wasn't long before he noted
problems breathing and was becoming quite winded when climbing
Nonetheless, Chris did not pick up the weight loss
gauntlet quite yet. In fact, it wasn't until the couple left their
city apartment for a place in the suburbs that Chris had his "Aha
Moment." He seized the opportunity to turn over a new leaf (and rake
the yard, and clean the gutters... ah, the joys of home ownership!)
Because both Chris and Beth wanted this to be the
beginning of a new chapter in their lives, Chris came up with "the
The plan included both exercise and diet. But what
diet? Chris decided the easiest thing to do would be to go on Slim
Ah Slim Fast... the name says it all, right?
Who hasn't thought of trying it? The name just
screams "get skinny quick!"
Their new neighborhood
was well suited to walking, and it allowed Chris to get past the
shyness he'd felt at publicly walking in the city. In this new
setting, Chris was able to start slowly with walking — eventually
working up to light jogging — sometimes with weights.
logical computer programmer, Chris was following "the plan" to the
letter. He eventually became familiar enough with calorie and fat
counts to begin straying from the shakes and bars and replacing them
with pre-packaged meals from the freezer section!
perservered, he managed to lose a whopping 80 pounds. But his
success began to waver. It seemed there was a catch. (Surely you've
noticed there's always a catch, right?)
found himself falling victim to cravings he couldn't control. And it
wasn't long before they led him from the straight and narrow path.
In fact, they led him to the fire-breathing dragon Chris has dubbed
"the stall that wouldn't end."
Now don't despair for the
hero of this tale — this is a Success Story after all!
Chris' dragon slayer turned out to be a co-worker who was
doing Atkins, and having great success with it!
never vehemently "against" low-carb plans, but he'd believed the
myths. He'd seen low carb as fundamentally unhealthy... a belief
many of us began with. Chris teased his colleague (he was still
losing weight faster with his "plan".) But it slowly dawned on him
that his friend was losing weight AND staying on plan AND was not
having cravings. Chris had begun to stray from his low-fat,
low-calorie diet. His dragon's fire was known as "Pizza."
After having lost only 5 pounds in 10 months, and having
read the now famous New York Times article by Gary Taubes, Chris was
convinced low carb was something he should try. And when his wife
Beth agreed to low carb with him, the last piece of the puzzle fell
He now knew he would be victorious in his quest.
And so he was...
As our hero and his bride
reach their glorious victory, they can proudly claim a 30 pound loss
for Beth and an additional 40 pound loss for Chris, bringing his
total weight loss to 120 pounds!
Commenting on his weight
loss tale, Chris shares that the low carb portion of his battle was
easier than he had anticipated. He knew going into the first phase
of Atkins — Induction — that withdrawal from sugar and carbs would
be a challenge. He was ready for that challenge. The strong cravings
for sugar began to dissipate after the first few days. He began to
lose that foggy feeling and lack of clarity. By the fourth day, he
was already feeling more energetic.
Chris and Beth channel their new-found
energy into exercise! They are both members of a gym, and go 3 to 5
times each week. Chris recently took up Martial Arts — something
he'd wanted to do but felt he couldn't when he was too heavy. He had
never thought of himself as someone with a self-esteem problem. In
retrospect, he sees there were many activities he wouldn't tackle
and experiences he avoided... a far cry from the Chris we know
today. The "new Chris" approaches all things with new-found zeal and
Unlike most low carbers, Chris has not run into any
nay-sayers. He says that people simply look at his success and ask
him about the low carb way of eating. It seems they are so impressed
by the results that they don't question the means.
His real challenge has
come from inside, rather than outside himself. Chris continues to
face occasional temptations. He does battle with these demons by
being prepared for times when his food choices may be limited. In
other situations, he draws on his resolve. He "powers through" to
make the best choices he can.
I see Chris and Beth as
wonderful examples who have truly woven low carb into the fabric of
their lives. They have made a place for exercise in their schedules,
but do what they like, not exercising merely because they feel they
They practice moderation in eating as well —
slowly working up the Atkins food ladder. They experiment with new
foods, sometimes having setbacks, always getting back up and on plan
In a time where there is so much "diet fiction," I'm
glad I can share with you a true low carb Hero's Tale.
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