October 04 2013

The Complete Story Behind the Woman That Lost 88 Pounds in Seconds

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Hi Mark,

If you were on the Internet at all a couple weeks ago, you may have seen an article or two or six about a young lady losing 88lbs over the course of a year, complete with morphing GIF progress pictures, a la Roseanne’s opening credits. The animated GIF took my story viral with headlines reading “Woman Loses 88lbs in Seconds”. Well, would you believe that same gal is an avid MDA reader who attributes the bulk of her weight loss to her Paleo/Primal lifestyle? Yes, seriously!

My name’s Amanda, and my decision to go Primal was the best thing that ever happened to me… even if I didn’t know what it was called at the time.

People often ask me, “When did you decide to lose weight?” The simplest answer (and one that, unfortunately, hasn’t been appropriately conveyed in my recent surprise media blitz) is that I didn’t; I was simply tired of being tired, and in trying to fix that, the weight loss naturally followed suit. For context, let’s jump back to the day I fondly refer to as my Day of Reckoning.

Amanda - Before Primal

It was an otherwise forgettable Saturday in April 2011, and I closed my eyes as I gingerly stepped onto the doctor’s scale. In what I can only assume was an effort to lighten the mood, my general practitioner hummed as she gently tapped the counterweights into place. “222 pounds,” she announced. This was the first time I had weighed myself in over 7 years. I didn’t mention this fact to my GP; it was one thing to be 24 years old, 5’4″ and obese; it was another to admit willful ignorance of my health to the person I’d just tasked with fixing it. Because surprisingly enough, my weight wasn’t the primary reason for my visit to the doctor that day (I had resigned to being overweight years prior). Since graduating high school (and consequently living on my own), I was in a constant state of fatigue and anxiety. I was drowsy during the day and completely restless at night. I had horrible indigestion, regular migraines, mysterious muscle cramps, a myriad of skin problems…the list goes on. I had initially blamed graduate school for the constant headaches and your standard-issue lack of willpower for the insidious weight gain, but as I (and my academic performance) continued to suffer, I became desperate for answers. After a battery of tests, my GP concluded that I was “stressed”. As for the weight gain? “Not enough exercise”.

Amanda - Before Primal

I left the clinic feeling initially defeated, but on that day, a single, unshakable notion implanted itself in my brain: there’s got to be something they’re missing. This nagging feeling drove me to a quest for knowledge. And after months of scouring the Internet, reading articles, and even consulting two other medical professionals, I still only had theories. In an almost last-ditch effort, a nutritionist friend recommended I try an elimination diet of the most common food allergens (gluten/wheat, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, lactose, casein, honey, etc.) for 30 days, then slowly reintroduce them and see how I feel. The idea that any of those foods could cause me pain seemed totally counter-intuitive to everything I had been taught about nutrition, but I was tired of being tired, so I figured it was worth a shot.

Amanda - 4th of July

So on July 5th, 2011, I did a complete overhaul of my diet and started “eating clean”, as I called it. Within days, I felt better. I was more alert during the day. I had fewer headaches. I was less irritable. I slept like a baby. I was so ecstatic that my energy levels were up that I didn’t notice my clothes were getting a little baggy. Figuring I should probably learn from my past mistakes, I decided to buy a scale, snap one single “Before” picture and, just for funsies, keep track of whether or not I had lost any weight.

Amanda - Before Primal

By August 5th, I had lost 18 pounds.

I wasn’t counting calories, practicing portion control, or even exercising (well, beyond walking to and from my classes). I had dedicated myself to “clean eating” so I’d stop feeling like crap, and the weight just kept falling off.

After the first 30 days, I reintroduced eggs into my diet with no discernible side effects. Two weeks after that, nuts and low-lactose dairy re-joined the party, also with no negative side effects to speak of. Two weeks after *that*, however, was my birthday. After almost two months of no bread, I had convinced myself that I deserved just one slice of thick, syrupy french toast (one of my old favorite foods) to celebrate my 25th year of existence. About 15 minutes after consuming said slice of deliciousness, I knew I had made a huge mistake. Almost immediately, I had a horrible cramp in my stomach. About 30 minutes after the pain subsided, I could barely keep my eyes open. I was in pain, moody, and exhausted… and it was only 10am! Sugar and wheat products were clearly problematic for me, and I quickly learned that not only could I, in fact, live without them, I could thrive without them.

I also started calorie counting, though not intentionally at first. Because the majority of my meals consisted of eggs/meats/fish and veggies, I filled up very quickly on significantly less food than I used to. Over time, I naturally began eating less and less. Purely out of curiosity, I started keeping a food journal to see how many calories I was consuming while still being satiated. I was pleased to discover that I was unintentionally eating at a deficit! On average, I was consuming about 1300-1400 calories/day, which for someone living a sedentary lifestyle like I had been, proved to be plenty of food.

To say I felt empowered is an understatement. For the first time in years, it actually felt possible for me to be in control of my health. But beyond anecdotal evidence and a lot of trial-and-error, I really had no idea what I was doing. That’s when I found Mark’s Daily Apple, and everything fell into place. Mark’s explanations and insights reaffirmed the core tenet of my own circumstantial lifestyle change: thanks to genetics and body chemistry, eating some foods will make you feel kind of terrible. Not eating those foods will probably make you feel better.

After even more research, I dialed in my diet and began applying ketogenic macronutrient ratios to my paleolithic food choices, a combination that proved to be quite powerful in my only-marginally-active state. I began posting about my efforts on a lovely little website called reddit, where I found a fantastic community of folks looking to improve their lives by reclaiming their health. While I posted my “final” set of progress pictures and advice there over a year ago, it was actually a repost of my pictures by an anonymous redditor a week ago (totally unbeknownst to me) that brought my story to its most recent “buzz” status.

Amanda - After Primal

It hasn’t been easy getting my full story out there. Many media outlets wanted to simplify and distill my efforts down to sound bites; others flat-out refused to report on my actual diet, as my happily eating saturated fat while shunning grains and not exercising simply didn’t fit their conventional “diet” narrative. It’s been very frustrating at times, but for every misleading news segment, I get a dozen or so folks tracking me down on reddit and asking me about my story. Needless to say, I dole out Mark’s Daily Apple links like it’s my day job 🙂

Amanda - After Primal

It’s been a little over two years since I decided to reclaim my health through the Paleo/Primal Blueprint diet with a “keto” twist. Admittedly, I’m still working on the “moving more” part of the lifestyle equation. My current approach has become decidedly less “keto” and more Paleo as I attempt to up my activity level (i.e., incorporate more carbohydrate on workout days), and I’m going back and reading all the MDA Primal Fitness posts with a new level of appreciation and zeal. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my health discovery will yield, and, honestly, I don’t mind one bit if I’m the only one around to see it 😀

Amanda - After Primal

A million thanks to Mark and this incredible community for everything that you do. Be excellent to each other and Grok On!

-Amanda

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  1. Great job Amanda, you look wonderful and I bet you feel like you have a new lease on life.

    Bravo.

    1. I’ll second that; you’re beautiful! You look so happy in the second to last picture. This is an absolutely inspiring story. Congratulations!

  2. “To say I felt empowered is an understatement.” Best sentence in your story. Don’t. Stop. :))

  3. Those pictures are truly amazing!! Congrats to you — I love Friday most of all for these stories.

  4. Amazing transformation. Even your face looks different than with your former self.

    Congrats! This is a good one.

  5. It’s okay that the media didn’t want to know the truth about FAT. Every individual has to look beyond that and want to seek the answers themselves. Even if you told people it was fat and low carb that saved you, they wouldn’t believe it because most do not yet want to hear it. Really great to see that smile in the last couple photos.

  6. Great Job Amanda! It’s awesome to wake up every morning feeling great isn’t!!
    I got goose bumps reading your story and seeing your pictures. Amazing 🙂

    1. You got goose bumps. I’m crying. People discovering Empowerment does that to me.

  7. Yeah you are right about how some of those various websites refuse to accurately say what you did to lose the weight.

    You look great!

  8. Amanda, you look gorgeous and totally vibrant! Way to take the initiative to taking back your health. Your story is truly inspiring!

  9. Amazing Amanda! You look awesome!
    Your story has inspired me to “get back on the Primal wagon”.
    Breadless bacon butties from now on.
    Thank you.

  10. Amazing story, Amanda. THIS I gotta show to my non-primal family members!!! Grok on!

  11. This is so awesome- thank you for sharing! I love the variety of stories we get every Friday, and it’s great to see the media exposure. Keep up the good work!

  12. Where’s that guy who thought Mark was running out of success stories? Awesome.

    1. The only success stories we’re missing out on are from those who haven’t even tried yet. Based on the size of the obese population, there are WAAAAY more success stories yet to come.

  13. Awesome story!! I went through a similar “Day of Reckoning” myself when I decided that this state of affairs could go on no longer and launched into overhauling my diet. For some ppl it’s a gradual awakening and for others like you and me, it’s a big catalyst. Kudos to you on taking charge of your health.

  14. I love how the morph shows your face going from a frown to a smile.. AWESOME!!!

  15. You are one amazing woman! Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!

  16. Congratulations to you for taking matters into your own hands, and getting your health on track ! It is just shameful how , as you stated: “Many media outlets wanted to simplify and distill my efforts down to sound bites; others flat-out refused to report on my actual diet,” …. because it simply didn’t fit their “conventional “diet” narrative.” It’s fantastic that you are making your story available to people who really need the information. Keep fighting the good fight!

    I can never get over how much happier the success story peeps look in their after pics, but for some reason, you in particular just take the cake (wheat, dairy and high fructose corn syrup free cake, of course!)

  17. What an inspiration you are! You’re right: no one wants to hear how FAT is actually our friend. (My husband is still not really on board with that salient fact.) Your transformation is one for the books. Your dazzling mega-watt smile tells it all. Thank you for brightening my day!

  18. What a cool story! Thank you for sharing it! I think it’s so funny that you weren’t actually looking to lose weight when you started. You look gorgeous, and your smile made me smile. Isn’t this lifestyle fantabulous?

  19. Simply beautiful, Amanda. From start to finish. With thousands coming aboard Primal/Paleo everyday, I’m sure we will never run out of success stories. I hope you are in Mark’s next book.

  20. Amanda,

    I am so very happy for you and your new found life. I feel a real kinship with you as my story is very similar to yours. It took me much longer to figure it out though! I started at 300+lbs in 2010 at age 40 and after committing to paleo (same ” keto twist”:), after a year I was down to a lean 176lbs with no exceptional physical efforts. Today I weigh in at 185lbs after a couple of years of Mark’s style of paleo fitness and I have never looked or felt better in my life! I love your message! Keep preaching it and keep being an inspiration to others.

    Thanks,

    Norm

  21. WOW. Way to go, Amanda!

    Your comment that it’s been hard to get the full story about your transformation out there is so interesting. So glad you got to share it here!

  22. Amanda, I had seen your story online and I was thnking she has to have followed a paleo plan to look as healthy as you do. I was a hardcore vegan at one point and lost quite a bit of weight but I did not have that healthy glow that you do, and was always starving. I am now a hardcore MDA follower, and life has never been better.

  23. This is one of the best success stories I’ve read! Probably because I can relate to it greatly. (I’m the same height, and was at almost the same highest weight, and of course have had similar success once on a paleo/primal diet). Thanks for sharing. It is truly inspiring.

  24. Fantastic! I am impressed that you were able to accomplish your transformation with so little formal advice and guidance. It sounds like you did this largely on your own without a lot of support. It’s clear you have an intuitive understanding of your own body, an ability to conceptualize an effective plan and plenty of self discipline. That combination will serve you well in all your endeavors.

    If you can find active and fun sports that you enjoy it will bring even more satisfaction and health to your life. Hiking and biking, swimming, paddling, skiing, just walking a dog every day, whatever. We never enjoyed formally ‘working out’ but now we even look forward to those sessions and doing body weight exercises at home. Exercise becomes addictive!

  25. Great job Amanda – what a transformation! Sad that the message is so difficult for SAD sufferers to swallow in medialand, but it will get there if success like this keeps appearing!

  26. Amazing! Always cool when a decision or quest to get healthy leads to a huge physique change. GIF was a cool twist too!

    Sadly most people do it backwards starve to lose weight, thinking that if they get skinny they will be healthy.

  27. You look fantastic, Amanda! What does you GP say now?? Is she supportive of a primal way of eating, or still urging you to eat low fat?

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I’ve since moved and have changed general practitioners, so I’m not sure what my original GP would have to say about my lifestyle change. Maybe I should send her an email! 😉 Good news is, my new GP is totally on board; her son has Crohn’s, so she understands how broken and detrimental the Standard American Diet really is.

  28. In my life, I have come to admire how far someone has traveled and not necessarily the height of one’s station in life. You, Amanda, have not only moved off your street but you’ve reached an entirely different country! Very inspiring! Thank you.

    1. Well said, I concur. I have seen so many remarkable transformations in these stories. My own is relatively small and easily accomplished since I was never very much overweight but still the physical benefits have been great.

      One thing I have sadly become aware of since reading these stories, as an active and relatively fit person all my life I never took obese people seriously, as if they did not merit my time or attention, as if we had nothing in common. I now realize what a jerkoff attitude that is, but I bet a lot of people have that attitude unconsciously. Now I see these stories every week and it’s like the true and beautiful person has emerged from within a false shell. To me it is astonishing that anyone can accomplish such a transformation, I have never had to face such a challenge. I really am in awe of these folks who take charge and make such effective changes in their lives. Nowadays when I encounter so many heavy young people in our rural area I try to see that inner person and I hope they will find their way to becoming that person.

      1. Very thoughtful insight. I like that this community can inspire other, deeper changes, on top of reclaiming health.

  29. What a transformation…wow…, well done and thanks for sharing!

  30. I can only second what everyone else has said … what a wonderful transformation and story. As for the exercise piece, I once read that we’ve got it all backwards in that we think we need to lose weight to get healthy; really, when we get healthy we will naturally lose the weight. I think now that you’ve gotten so much healthier (and it shows from your 1000 watt smile!) the exercise will fall into place … you’ll need a way to burn all of that extra energy you now have. More than anything, make what you do FUN so you continue to enjoy life. Congrats and kudos to you!

  31. You are absolutely beautiful inside and out. And such a smart lady. Also, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one promoting this site “like it’s my day job!”

  32. Holy f’n awesome! Yes! Great work Amanda. You look amazing. The “there’s got to be something they’re missing” is the key. Way to listen to your instincts.

  33. Amanda, great job and thanks for submitting a very well written story. You will be an inspiration to more people than you can imagine. Wishing you continued success and health!

  34. Wonderful story! Not only are you thin and healthy and full of energy, you are also beautiful! Proof, if proof be needed, that health and beauty go together!

  35. Our cost for health care, which is crippling the US economy, could be cut in half if people ate whole, non-grain food, exercised and controlled stress. Great story and unbelievable transformation. Amanda seems to be such a level-headed yet inspirational person, wise beyond her age. We are mostly preaching to the choir here, but hopefully the conventional wisdom “eat a low fat diet and get at least seven helpings of grains per day” that is doing some much damage will become obsolete some day and we can turn a corner. Wonder if that will happen in my lifetime LOL?

  36. Love your story! I feel like we’re kindred spirits. I hope I look like you when I reach my goal! Hot stuff!!!

  37. Amanda–I’m gonna hand out links to your Friday Success Story like it’s my day job!

  38. Mark should give that girl a Primal Blueprint shirt, so that she can do one final photo. Some of the people who did the animations will add that to the end, and then the word will get out even despite the biased media coverage.

  39. Great work Amanda! I am so happy you were able to uncover the right information. Kudos to you for doing the work and utilizing reliable resources! I see this time and time again when people get on board and fully commit. I run my own health consulting biz and I use the Paleo/Primal eating template as a starting point for all. It has been six years since I started implementing it and I must say it does not fail when clients choose to be compliant. I always say to my clients, proper nutrition changes and saves lives and you can do it forever, it’s sustainable! Again, fantastic work and lets hope this continues to saturate the mainstream.

    Also thanks to Mark for all that you do and keep up the solid work!

  40. Thanks for sharing, I need to look for your morph progression pictures. I was just talking to a co-worker who tries to get slim by walking and eating non-fat. She is overweight, yet when she finds out from me, who is at her goal weight, that I drink fat in my coffee (and tea sometimes) she was not at all interested in switching out those carby-grains for fat. On the other hand, talking to a lady in a store (she had a lot of fruit in her cart) about eating (in Spanish-not easy for me) but she was very interested in hearing about how she could eat fat and lose weight.
    Thanks for inspiring all your readers here on MDA.

  41. You look incredible. I know it’s been said many times – but it’s interesting how you are looking at your phone in the first few photos, then you are looking in the mirror.

    I really, really hope to be to the same point as you someday. I’m 222 as well and so, so tired of it…

  42. WOW. You look amazing! I too started the primal diet because i also was so sick of being tired all the time and really didn’t think I had weight to lose. I was not overweight at all but was thicker around the middle than I liked. The weight loss was a happy side effect and I feel better at 40 than I did at 20! People should be running to you to discover your secret because you are gorgeous and confident looking.

  43. This is so inspiring. And I can’t stop watching the “transformation.” I shared the story and GIF together, to make sure people understand. Thank you so much for your story.

  44. Damn!

    No, no…that’s not quite right

    DAAAAYYYYUUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

    Wow. The smile really says it all. Awesome work 😀

  45. Such a fantastic story. I find it funny (in a sad way) that the mainstream media characterized your diet as high protein instead of high fat. So many people benefit from the low fat eating yo yo dieting industrial complex, sometimes being primal feels like the healthiest form of rebellion.

    1. It’s frustrating. Fat really is still the dietary devil and it seems to be hard to shake culturally. Anything but admit to high fat diet and being healthy on it. (Close second: Eating red meat regularly and by some mystery not keeling over in a heart attack.)

  46. Amazing transformation Amanda, mind, body, and spirit! Just think how happy and healthy your next 75+ years of existence will be! Also, I think you’re a very talented writer, great perspective.
    You said that your meals consisted of eggs/meats/fish and veggies, but what do you mean by “applying ketogenic macronutrient ratios to [your] paleolithic food choices”, and “Paleo/Primal Blueprint diet with a “keto” twist?”
    What exactly did you do?
    I’ve been practicing PB and following MDA for about two years now, and have had good results, but I still don’t have quite the energy I’d like to have, so I’m still trying to adjust my diet.
    Thanks so much and all the best to you, keep preachin’ the PB gospel! best.https://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-complete-story-behind-the-woman-that-lost-88-pounds-in-seconds/#ixzz2gnijWh7F

    Read more: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-complete-story-behind-the-woman-that-lost-88-pounds-in-seconds/#ixzz2gni4aOrJ

  47. It never ceases to amaze me that the before and after pictures in every success story not only show an improvement in physical fitness, but each person is quite obviously happier, more vibrant, more radiant, and more confident. This case is absolutely no exception.

  48. Your story brought me to tears! Those were the exact words I used when I started my transformation, I’m tired of being tired. This was so inspiring to me, I know I can’t quit. Congrats!! You look radiant and full of life.

  49. Amazing! Thank you for sharing your story, it’s the kick in the butt I need! You look fantastic and so happy 🙂

  50. Amanda, you are a great example of “you can tell she’s really pretty, she just needs to lose weight.” I don’t mean to sound blunt or hurtful, it’s just how people judge even if they will never admit to it; you look great and keep up the good work!

    1. Please don’t perpetuate the “she’s got such a pretty face/ she’d br so pretty if she lost weight” special category of compliments that overweight women always get. Either compliment someone or don’t, but don’t offer one with caveats.

  51. Amanda you are wonderful, thanks for sharing! And I love the GIF, that’s awesome!

  52. I’m laying in bed with a hot pad on my stomach hoping I can be inspired by your story to make better food choices next week (and the week after and so on). I fell off the wagon this last week and am paying for it. The part of your story that inspires me the most is the gain in energy. I want that so much! Thanks for sharing the whole story behind the amazing gif.

  53. That’s so awesome and very inspiring. Gives me hope that the fat will eventually start coming off. Just need to be vigilant!

  54. Amanda,
    Absolutely great job! You look BEAUTIFUL! Keep up the good work. Do you still eat cheese at all or have you completely eliminated dairy from you diet at this point? I still am confused about the Primal diet and if dairy (cheese) is allowed, but everyone on here talks about Paleo diet which I thought didn’t allow dairy. I can’t seem to get any answers anywhere. Hey Mark, I have a great idea. Have you guys ever considered putting a live chat on here (similar to facebook chat) so that people can communicate with other people immediately? I think it would make things so much better. Congratulations, Amanda and Grok on!

    1. Brian, as far as I’m concerned it’s “allowed.” I am Northern European and have always liked butter, yogurt, cream, milk. It doesn’t cause me any distress and I eat all that stuff. Amanda said that she eliminated it and then added it back to see how she reacted but that part was ok so she continues to eat it. This web site and the related information goes back for years – type in cheese or milk into search and see where that leads you.

    2. Brian, Paleo and Primal follow the same principles, but Paleo is no dairy and Primal is with Dairy – so MDA is Primal. I hope this helps.

  55. Hi Amanda,

    That is just what I needed. I think you have done an incredible job! I have a question if you see this: when you did the elimination trial at the beginning and cut out dairy, eggs, nuts, etc. what did you eat for breakfast? Any suggestions that are not “pork.”

  56. WOW! She got HOT! I almost don’t believe that those are pictures of the same person. It’s like one of those padding and makeup jobs on tv shows like Friends or New Girl where they make a joke about how a character used to be overweight.

    Great job. What an inspiration. Marry me?

  57. This is what you call a success story.It’s incredible Amanda!That’s what ‘eating clean’ earns you.And what you experienced within just a couple of hours on your birthday after eating the bad stuff is what sweets and wheat products earn you.All the best in your journey.It’s amazing,you deserve the great feeling!

  58. Wow, Amanda, that’s an incredible transformation! Even with some of the most shocking, you can see that it’s the same person, but in yours, you look completely different! Random question: did your hair actually get curlier, or did you do it up in the penultimate photo?

  59. Fantastic – what an incredible transformation! Your smiling faces at the end of your story brought a big smile to my face….congratulations!

  60. That’s amazing Amanda, you have been through such a journey, but it is so important what you do, i.e. inspire people and take your life in your own hands.
    You look fabulous too, so congrats and keep travelling the road of discovery! 🙂

  61. Amazing transformation Amanda, mind, body, and spirit!
    You said that your meals consisted of eggs/meats/fish and veggies, but what do you mean by “applying ketogenic macronutrient ratios to [your] paleolithic food choices”, and “Paleo/Primal Blueprint diet with a “keto” twist?”
    What exactly did you do?
    Thanks so much and all the best to you, keep preachin’ the PB gospel!

    1. I believe that by Keto she means following an eating plan high in fat (saturated) and low in carbs that would cause the body to enter ketosis, switching from carbs as main source of energy to using own fat stores. She was eating Primal/Paleo at the same time.

  62. By far the best success story I’ve read… really speaks to me and it got me tracking my macros to get into ketosis… already lost 5 lbs. Thanks, lady! 🙂

  63. Amanda,

    I’ve read so many of these success stories and I’ve never felt compelled to comment before. I think it was your Bill and Ted’s reference that really sealed the deal for me. 🙂 What an incredible transformation you’ve had! I’m so very inspired by your story. Thank you for having the courage to put yourself out there and be honest about where you’ve been. It made an impact on me and obviously many other people.

    Wyld Stallyns!
    Bonnie

  64. Amanda, The best part of all the last pictures is the glow and life in your eyes.

  65. Fantastic!! Love these Friday stories. Congratulations on regaining your health and wellness. You’ve probably stacked years onto your life. Plus, you are lookin’ good, girl!

  66. Brilliant, beautiful, and empowered–you’ve got it all. I admire your success very greatly and you’ve inspired me to do whatever I can to get well. I refuse to despair even at 240 lbs and 59 years of age; I am NOT too far gone!!
    Keep up the most excellent work and please continue to let us know how you’re doing.

  67. Awesome journey!

    I’ve not read all the comments, but when I followed the link to your video of the ‘weight loss’ what really really really caught my attention as much as the weight loss was how with every single picture, your face turned more and more and more towards YOUR reflection – not the camera screen itself. The pride and confidence in who you were came through more and more with each one.

    Amazing psychological improvement along with the physical! Congrats !!!

  68. I can’t believe. Is this really true??? If yes, then its more than a magic. Are we really eating so bad??? You see a complete transformation of a person. Its like taking new birth all over again.

  69. wow!!!!! you are absolutely amazing!! thank you so much for sharing your story! i am so happy for your health and success. you are beautiful! enjoy your life and good for you!!!!!!! 🙂

  70. Congratulations Amanda! and most of all thanks Mark for a very informative website… it makes sence… Very inspiring! I have known for a while that I must loose weight. I am really 50 lbs over of what my weight should be. Will let you of my progress..

  71. I saw the original morph story, and how funny to stop by MDA and see this! Congrats!!

    I find it very sad how the media thinks the world will explode if people find out about the low-fat lie, and how exercise is for fitness, not for weight loss. I suppose the truth will cost a lot of people a lot of money, and we can’t have that.

  72. Great job and well done. I’m going primal starting today. I’ve already eliminated bread and rice, so hopefully i’d start noticing changes. Last weigh in on Wednesday I was 93kg and I’m only 5’4.

  73. I originally saw your before and after pics on Reddit, but after reading your story I’m even more amazed! You look amazing! I haven’t started the primal/paleo lifestyle yet, but the more I read and learn the more obsessed I become with the idea of changing my entire life. Thank you for your story and motivating my journey.

  74. When I first read this story I was totally inspired and excited. (I still am)

    But today I came across Amanda’s story on Yahoo, which led me to “today’s diet”. The story there claims that Amanda used “slimfy” to lose her weight with no mention of paleo or healthy eating.

    I’m am disappointed to say the least. I am assuming that “slimfy” is using her story without permission and using her as a poster child for their product. Unless of course Amanda gave them permission, which I am hoping is not the case.

    Either way “slimfy” may be using this incredible and inspiring success story to hawk their product on desperate and innocent people.

    The site in question:

    http://womens-health.todaydiets.com/tm/special-deal-hsO5JZm/?p_rc=deal-hsO5JZm&m_clk=wGEQ83U55EKT254DG84G2IDC

    1. I saw that Yahoo “article” yesterday and remembered Amanda’s story from last year. Someone should contact her about this.

    2. Yahoo is still recycling her story. Today her pictures are on Yahoo in an ad for Garnicia.

      Such a sham. She should issue a cease and desist order.

  75. I’m so glad I found this! I’ve seen the gif all over tumblr but it never had a link with it. I have now reblogged that gif with a link back to your story. I hope others discover Mark’s Daily Apple as I have. My journey is just beginning, but I’ve already noticed changes in how I feel.

  76. she looks good now. but shes still got the fat genes. you marry her, and shes gonna blimp up, and then your kids will be fat too.