A 30-year-old woman from Laplace has lost 100 pounds following a low-carb plan alongside 16:8 intermittent fasting, as told to Emily Shiffer, Women’s Health.

Prior to losing weight, April Campbell, a stay-at-home mom struggled with persistent fatigue. She also suffered from hypertension during her pregnancy with her fourth child. Soon afterward, she struggled with overeating. During holidays and celebrations, she would overdo on carbs and would end up feeling fatigued and sluggish. Her weight then spiked to 275 pounds.

"I’ve been letting quarantine kick my butt with being off track, but I won’t let it win! It’s a lifestyle!" April wrote on Instagram.

“On February 4, 2019, at 28 years old, I reached my breaking point. I had a moment seeing myself in the mirror, unable to believe how I had let myself go. On that day, I told myself out loud that only I have the ability to change myself. It’s like I had a new mindset on weight loss,” April told Women’s Health.

Since that day, she did everything she could to change the way she felt about her body. She started making notes on what she planned to do to achieve that.

Not only did she penned down positive thoughts, but also whatever she ate during the day and the workouts she had completed. This kept her motivated.

A gist of her weight-loss journey:

  • Diet: She researched eating plans including keto, the carnivore diet as well as the low-carb diets. She chose the low-carb eating plan since it was less restrictive. She could eat carbs as long as they fit into her daily calorie limit.
  • Intermittent Fasting: She also incorporated the 16:8 intermittent fasting plan alongside the low-carb diet, after watching a lot of success stories on YouTube. Not only was she committed to the lifestyle modifications but she was also able to overcome her cravings. Intermittent fasting got easier in a couple of weeks and she felt a lot of improvement in her digestion, especially when she refrained from eating during her bedtime.
  • Calorie counting: She used the Carb Manager app to track how much she was really eating in a day.
  • Staying hydrated: She drank a lot of water- something she never did before. She drank up to 64 ounces every day. Water not only made her feel satiated but drinking water before a meal also prevented overeating.
  • Exercise: Since this was her first time working out, she felt exhausted in the beginning. But once she started working hard, things improved. She walked for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, and did the elliptical post-dinner for 30 minutes.
  • And in one year, she lost 100 pounds totally

“I want women to know it is possible and we all can do it. I also want to tell women to stop putting ourselves on the back burner just because we have children and busy lives. We cannot be our best selves to our children or anyone else if we are not truly happy with who we are,” April told Women’s Health.

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