Keto Before and After: 4 Low-Carb Success Stories
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Keto Before and After: 4 Low-Carb Success Stories

Posted 2 years ago

Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton


Lebron James, Tim Tebow, Kourtney Kardashian, and Alicia Vikander. Besides being famous, what do all these people have in common? 

Yes, they’ve all succeeded on the Keto diet

And those are just the prominent examples. There are countless Keto before and after stories from everyday people.

Many of these Keto success stories come from the Carb Manager community. For example, Carb Manager user Debbie lost 259 pounds over three years by counting carbs, planning her meals, and continually reminding herself that her health was #1. 

Along with Debbie, you’ll hear from three other people today who seized control of their health through diet and lifestyle mods. Wherever you are in your Keto journey, prepare to be encouraged, motivated, and inspired. 

Why Go Keto, Anyway?

Before we meet our Keto success stories, let’s spend a moment talking about the Ketogenic diet and its benefits. This will help set the scene for later. 

The Keto diet is a very low-carb diet that entails eating 55 to 75 percent of your calories from fat, 15 to 35 percent from protein, and under 10 percent from carbs. Keeping your macros in these ratios allows you to enter the fat-burning metabolic state called ketosis. 

Limiting carbs and increasing healthy fats is the key to ketosis. Keeping carbs low helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels low, which in turn tells your body: “YO we’re low on sugar. Time to burn fat for energy!”

Weight loss is the most researched ketosis benefit.[*] On a Keto diet, people tend to burn more fat, eat fewer calories, and burn more energy at rest.[*

But weight loss isn’t the whole enchilada. Other potential ketosis benefits include

These benefits are potential byproducts of being in ketosis, and you can enter ketosis by eating a Keto diet, intermittent fasting, exercising, or a combination of all three.

Let’s meet our Keto luminaries now.

Keto Before and After Success Stories

Each of the people you’re about to meet used Keto to dramatically improve their health. As members of the Carb Manager community, they generously shared their stories to inspire you. 

Success Story #1: Ashley S.

Ashley had struggled for years with post-partum weight loss. 

I have always gained no less than 60-80 pounds with each baby! In the "before" picture, I am a mere two months postpartum after my 5th baby, who was delivered via C Section. 

Ashley wanted to get healthy for the sake of her kids. 

My "why" is being as present a mother as I can be for my children. I lost a parent very young, which has given me a "seize the day" perspective on life and parenthood.

Ashley had been low-carb for many years but hadn’t been tracking macros. 

With this last journey, I used Carb Manager to help me adjust macros and get an overall feel for what my body best responded to.

What does she see as the greatest benefit of going Keto? 

A low-carb diet keeps you satiated, full of energy, and has the potential to heal you from the inside out. 

Ashley’s advice to others is simple. 

Consistency and creating this as a lifestyle, not a quick fix would be my primary advice!

Success Story #2: Christine L.

Like Ashley, Christine also struggled with baby weight. She was highly motivated to lose the 70 pounds she’d gained during her first pregnancy.

I had my best friend's wedding to attend, and I wanted to look more like myself. Plus, I wanted to be a healthy weight for when/if I decided to have another baby.

She did it. Using the Carb Manager app, she went from 220 pounds to 150 pounds within a year. 

I DID IT!! I carb and calorie counted, started walking and fitness boxing for exercise, and managed to drop the 70lbs!

Christine occasionally struggled with weight loss plateaus, but she would tinker with her routine, stay committed, and get back on track. Now that Christine is at her new weight, she’s feeling “happier and healthier!” What could be more important than that?

Success Story #3: Mike S.

Mike had always been athletic, but “as the years piled on so did my weight.” He was feeling “heavy and sluggish”, but was motivated by a coworker losing 50 pounds on Keto. What happened next?

I started with Carb Manager, and over the next six months I averaged at least 10 pounds of weight loss [per month].

Mike is now down to 204 pounds (from 265 pounds), with only 15 pounds remaining to reach his goal of 190. 

But according to Mike, the biggest benefit isn’t the weight loss. It’s the improvements in heart disease risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.

Overall, Mike is feeling pretty good about the whole thing. 

My energy is up, inflammation is down, and I haven’t been this healthy since my mid-20s.

Success Story #4: Debbie G. 

Debbie started her Keto journey at 438 pounds. Today she weighs 179 pounds. Let’s hear from her about what prompted the change. 

In January 2019, at 52 years old, after years of alcohol abuse, smoking, morbid obesity, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, many accidents and injuries, and having to use a rolling walker to just get to the kitchen, I finally decided to do something to save my life.

Going Keto didn’t happen overnight for Debbie. It was a gradual process. 

I started slowly, logging all the foods I ate without really changing my diet. This made me really aware of WHAT I was actually eating! Then a week later, I started reducing the carbs. I went from eating over 250g net carbs a day to 100, then a week later, 50, then a week later, 20.

Debbie believes much of her success can be attributed to appetite suppression on Keto.[*

You don't get nearly as hungry as low-fat diets; therefore, it's easier to stick to.

Her advice to others?

DON'T GIVE UP! Even if you go over your macros, try again the next day.

Getting Healthy Comes First

Most Keto success stories center around weight loss. It’s an easy metric to track, and it’s something friends, family, and the mirror notices. 

But Ashley, Christine, Mike, and Debbie’s stories aren’t just about weight loss. They’re also about long-term energy, health, and vitality. 

When you get healthy, weight loss is a natural byproduct. As Ashley puts it:

Losing weight to get healthy is a misconception. Getting healthy to lose weight is what provides lasting results.

Have a Keto success story to share? Follow this link to share your story and be in with a chance of winning a $50 gift card.

Disclaimer: All stories and testimonials are provided by real Carb Manager users, who have each received a gift card in compensation for sharing their experience. Their results are extraordinary and not typical. Carb Manager does not guarantee any specific health or medical outcomes for those using our product.

Comments 22

  • MarvellousArugula417497

    MarvellousArugula417497 a year ago

    Super inspiring!

    • Diet is the way to live!

      Diet is the way to live! a year ago

      Wow you all stuck together with your diet for years or less I’m thinking dang y’all got some persevere

      • Shnell25

        Shnell25 a year ago

        Seeing these success stories is just what’s I needed. I have hit a plateau and have been feeling like I should give up but these testimonies have given me the motivation to keep going.

        • Peg

          Peg 2 years ago

          Definitely works and CarbManager was with me through my 170 lb weight loss

          • StellarCauliflower769300

            StellarCauliflower769300 2 years ago

            Just what I needed to help me break through my plateau. Thank you for encouraging me with your wonderful, supportive stories. I am even more determined to succeed and conquer my weight problem while I build and strengthen my health

            • Craazybirdlady

              Craazybirdlady 2 years ago

              Congratulations keto heroes! You’ve encouraged me to begin working on my macros more to deal with my pain and inflammation. I’ve been basically bed-ridden for the last two years during Covid and gained 70 lbs. last year I lost 20 lbs on atkins but hit a plateau and quit! Thankfully I kept 18 lbs off but now it’s time to lose the rest. I’ve been on the keto diet for about 2 1/2 weeks and have lost over 10 lbs but I’ve just been counting carbs to do it. I have another 50 to go so I have plenty of time to work on my macros. Thank you so much for the inspiration you’ve given me and all of us!

              • Shnell25

                Shnell25 2 years ago

                So inspiring!!

                • Jmugg

                  Jmugg 2 years ago

                  Good job!! This is an awesome story.

                  • PropitiousMacadamia305172

                    PropitiousMacadamia305172 2 years ago


                    • RemarkableMacadamia599720

                      RemarkableMacadamia599720 2 years ago

                      I love these inspiring stories!! You are all so amazing. I’m new to keto and just getting into ketosis within the last 2 weeks. How long does it take to get into fat adaptation? Does anyone have advice😄

                      • LPK27

                        LPK27 2 years ago

                        I love these success stories - thanks for posting them! It just shows what’s possible. On hard days these are what I turn to for motivation. Instagram keto transformations are also mind bogglingly impressive. If they can, we can 😅

                        • Micholcketo

                          Micholcketo 2 years ago

                          I gained 20lbs in the last ten years with my second marriage. He likes to keep sweets around the house. I lost weight in the past with Atkins. I tried recently doing low carb and keto and it wasn't doing much. It wasn't until I downloaded Carb Manager that I realized how many carbs I was eating. I have now lost 15lbs in 3 months. I only have 5lbs to go for my goal weight. This is all without any exercise. Carb Manager is the way to go. The Keto diet has also reduced the inflammation from Crohns disease. I do plan on incorporating exercise soon.

                          • RemarkableKale951653

                            RemarkableKale951653 2 years ago

                            age 77 and 137.6 lbs with goal 125lbs. I lost 3.2 lbs and going great with exercise and 16/8 fasting!😊

                            • TravelQueen55

                              TravelQueen55 2 years ago

                              Great job all of you, I am not full Keto due to having a Heart Attack and the large amount of fat to consume, so I am working at it slow and steady.

                              • jayelledee

                                jayelledee 2 years ago

                                atkins is more protein than keto. try that. good luck

                            • WishILearnedThisYearsAgo

                              WishILearnedThisYearsAgo 2 years ago

                              Congratulations to all of you, y’all are a great inspiration to others! I’m new to Keto’s and loving it! I can’t believe how it’s helping ease my back pain some. I’m 53 and have have major pain since I broke my back at 15. Losing weight is a great motivator, but this pain relief is the cherry 🍒 on top! Stick with it y’all Keto’s works!!

                              • Drcharlyws

                                Drcharlyws 2 years ago

                                Inspiring and relevant! Thanks for sharing.

                                • Chrissyo29

                                  Chrissyo29 2 years ago

                                  Love hearing success

                                  • MarvellousKale922068

                                    MarvellousKale922068 2 years ago

                                    Great inspiration

                                    • ElfaGaitan

                                      ElfaGaitan 2 years ago

                                      Woooow, amazing! 🥳🥳

                                      • ChrisM

                                        ChrisM 2 years ago

                                        Truly inspiring

                                        • iCrush

                                          iCrush 2 years ago

                                          These are fantastic success stories! Good job everyone and keep living a healthy balanced lifestyle!