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Before And After Pictures Of My 50-Pound Weight Loss On Nutritional Ketosis

That picture of me on the left was taken just before we got on the ship this year for the Low-Carb Cruise in May 2012 when I weighed in at more than 300 pounds. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed with myself at that time because I didn’t look the part of someone purporting to be healthy and fit despite eating a low-carb diet. Frustrated doesn’t even begin to describe my emotions about all of this. But, as I’ve explained before in this CarbSmart column, I was making five basic mistakes with what I was doing in my low-carb lifestyle and correcting those has made all the difference in the world for me. That’s when the concept of nutritional ketosis (instigated by a very high-fat, moderate protein, very low-carb diet) swooped in to the rescue to get my low-carb lifestyle back on track again.

I owe a deep debt of gratitude and enormous credit to two of my personal friends and low-carb mentors Dr. Jeff Volek and Dr. Stephen Phinney for sharing so explicitly about the purpose behind getting into nutritional ketosis in their latest book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. It wasn’t until I started actually testing BLOOD ketones (using a blood ketone meter) and not the much-less-reliable URINE ketones (traditionally measured by low-carb dieters with KetoStix) that I have been able to experience the real benefits of healthy low-carb living for myself. And it’s made all the difference in the world for me in managing my blood sugar, adequately controlling my appetite and cravings, and lowering excessive body weight while giving me unbridled energy, mental acuity and making me feel like Superman when I lift heavy weights at the gym in a fully keto-adapted, fasted (sometimes as much as 24 hours since my last meal) state. I’ve never felt this amazing in my entire life–I’m high-powered by an abundance of ketone bodies, baby!

Interestingly, it was Dr. Volek himself who personally handed me a copy of his book to read and review while I was attending a low-carb science conference in Denver, Colorado in April where something else happened that got me started doing this. More on that in a moment. I recall immediately flipping through the pages of the Performance book while Dr. Volek and Dr. Phinney were standing right there in front of me chatting and somehow I flipped right to the very page where they discussed getting into the optimal range for nutritional ketosis. When I saw this and their recommendation to start testing your blood ketones, I couldn’t wait to ask them about this new method for measuring ketone bodies. It’s revolutionary, cutting-edge technology, but they did warn that there’s still a lot of research that needs to be done into this–and yet the information was too important not to share in their latest book. YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN!

After just five months of engaging in my own personal nutritional ketosis n=1 experiment (read my updates for Day 1-30, Day 31-60, Day 61-90, Day 91-120 and Day 121-150), I’ve now lost over 50 pounds which you can obviously see in the photo Christine took of me to the right. I am by no means celebrating anything yet because I’m FAR from being finished with this effort. But so many of my supportive friends like Neely Quinn from “Paleo Plan” have been begging me to share some new photos of how my weight loss has been going. This is probably a good spot to show an update on my progress and I know that the difference between that photo on the left and the current photo on the right will be even more pronounced five months from now. When I attend PaleoFX in Austin, Texas coming March 28-30, 2013 and the Low-Carb Cruise coming May 5-12, 2013, I want people to see me and go, “WOW, is that Jimmy Moore?” It’s gonna happen and I can’t wait to see this incredible success with nutritional ketosis continue! If the improvements continue (as I expect they will), then I would like to give a presentation about it at these upcoming conferences. I’ve already been asked by the organizers to share more about nutritional ketosis during my “Low Carb Down Under” tour in Australia next month.

And to be completely honest (as I always try to be), I wasn’t very thrilled with the photo I saw of myself with Neely posted on her blog about a Denver low-carb meetup in April (that took place during that same low-carb science conference I attended). But I have her partially to thank for motivating me to give nutritional ketosis a try as a result of let me see that photo of what I actually looked it. It’s funny how it takes a picture of yourself to actually see what you look like. It’s not the same as looking in the mirror everyday either. Even now, I didn’t realize how much of a difference the weight loss has been on me compared to when I started on this in May until Christine took that photo of me this week. Although, fitting into clothes I haven’t worn in three years should have been my first clue. Incredible! By the way, my friend Neely is an excellent Paleo nutrition therapist and recently blogged about how to make a Paleo-styled nutritional ketosis plan for those of you who don’t do dairy. It’s some pretty cool stuff worth checking out if you haven’t already.

The story is still being written on my nutritional ketosis experiment and I’m so excited to see what the coming months will hold. Let me say THANK YOU to everyone who has given me some incredibly thoughtful encouragement through this sometimes painful process of attempting to figure out why my weight was not cooperating with my low-carb diet over the past few years. I’ve seemingly found the solution for me and I wish the same success for you in your efforts to be as optimally healthy and fit as you can possibly be. NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP! This fight is worth the pain it takes to get there. We’re all on this journey together and I’m here to help you in any way that I can. THANK YOU again for your love and appreciation for the work I do. It really means more to me than you’ll ever know. God bless you guys!

10-14-12 UPDATE: When I posted my updated photo after losing 50 pounds on nutritional ketosis over the past five months, I had no idea it was going to be the source of controversy. Some claimed my head was disproportional to my body and put forth the belief that I somehow “doctored” the photo to make me look better than I really am. Some people must have a lot of time on their hands to worry about it this much. But to put to rest these concerns, I had Christine take ANOTHER photo of me on her iPhone today after church. We tried to get the angle perfect so that my head is proportional to my body. I’m a tall guy, so she had to crouch down slightly to make it work. Here’s my new “after” photo following my 50-pound weight loss:

  • Ray Sawhill

    Excellent work, Jimmy, congrats. And thanks again for being so frank about sharing your adventures and experiences.

  • http://paindatabase.com/ Kamal Patel

    Nice job! You look like a brand new person. In fact, you could be “Big Jimmy” with a couple pillows under your shirt for Halloween. With some blood and fangs and stuff, of course.

  • Margareta Lundström

    Wow Jimmy… It’s really awsome to see these pictures. I’m longing to meet you both again.

  • Sonya

    Fabulous, Jimmy! I’ve bought the book – waiting for my meter to come in the mail – and jumped on the wagon with you!

  • mem

    Congrats, Jimmy. You look great! There’s so much to this and you’ve found one of the important keys for *you* which just happens to be one of the same keys, and perhaps *the* most important key, for some of us long term maintainers. As you say, the key is to never give up. That doesn’t mean get crazy and obsessive about it, but that it is a road we travel and there come times when more research and modification is needed. i couldn’t be happier for you. Gooooooo Jimmy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.j.albers Danny J Albers

    Inspiring!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.tracey Joy Warburton Tracey

    Look at you, Jimmy! You look amazing! Congratulations! And thanks so much for sharing your journey – the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. You’re very inspirational – thanks so much for all you’ve shared!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kat.plumb.1 Kat Plumb

    Very proud of you, Jimmy!!!! wonderful!! weeeee! Zowie!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.a.anderson.9 Julie Allison Anderson

    You look FABULOUS!!!! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the journey and seeing the ongoing progress.

  • Dea Roberts

    Sooo happy to see this! Never ever ever ever ever ever give up indeed. You never know what could be just around the corner to crack open a problem that seems insurmountable. If you don’t “play”, you can’t win. Jimmy, you’ve always got our backs and now you have your own breakthrough. Congrats!

  • Vickie

    It is very difficult to eat low carb and whole heartedly believe in it and not necessarily lose the weight to go along with it. I’m there. My weight loss is slow. As the ‘Wellness Ambassador’ at work, I want to teach about the low carb lifestyle but feel my outward appearance doesn’t necessarily make me a good visual subject. I can tell them how much better I feel but if I can’t lose the weight, don’t think many would want to jump on board. I know I’m doing things wrong (obviously) and am so anxious to learn the ‘right’ way to do this so that I, too, can reap some appearance benefits. Cannot WAIT to read your story so that I can learn my mistakes. You look great!!! Awesome job!!

    • xro99

      Yes, people judge by outside appearances. There can be some truth in even that judgement though. Hard to take someone seriously when they talk about fitness if they are not fit looking themselves. Same reason I wouldn’t take advice on doing deadlifts from someone who wasn’t strong or at the least, had been previously.

      You can get there though Vickie, I highly suggest reading Phinney and Volek’s books, testing yourself every morning with a ketone meter, spend the money, it’s worth it.

      I like the following plan:

      Step 1: Cut out all sugar and starches. This is already very hard to do, once you’re here you’re on your way. Get on low-carb, eat only whole foods meaning eggs, meat, fish, green leafy veg. Good fats like butter, olive oil, coconut oil. No nuts (easy to gorge at this point). No nut flours and no cake-like foods and no artificial sweeteners.

      Step 2: Start testing yourself with a ketone meter. Get in the 1.0 to 3.0 millimolar range. Get in here and stay consistent for a few weeks. Do whatever you need to do, like lowering protein and increasing fats to get into this range consistently. Test yourself, it’s a high-tech technology that is available for a reasonable price. Do it. We have real blood numbers now. Think about how diabetics would be shooting in the dark before when they couldn’t test their blood sugar. You owe it to yourself to get into Nutritional Ketosis (NK) and know it for a fact with blood testing numbers.

      You’re in the ketogenic lifestyle now. This is pretty much how you are going to eat for the future, because most likely you are highly carbohydrate intolerant and put on fat when your insulin rises in response to carbs. You can add little niceties to it though, like dark chocolate, the odd treat, as long as you’re testing every morning and your ketone meter tells you that you’re in the 1.0 to 3.0 millimolar range that means that you’re good. So you’re not hopelessly on a restrictive diet, you’re in a lifestyle that gives you the results and life you want.

      Step 3: Anytime you want to lose some fat quicker, stay in the ketogenic state, still testing your numbers, but reduce your dietary fat intake. So instead of 3 tablespoons of butter on your eggs, use half of one. Cut fatty dairy like brie and don’t eat so much coconut oil. Because you’re in the ketogenic state, you are burning fat, either from your body or your diet. So if you eat less fat, you burn more from your body. But don’t reduce it to nothing, because then you won’t feel satiated. Just eat when you’re hungry, and choose leaner foods. So you’ll be eating lean meats and green veg. But as soon as you’ve lost a bit and you’re not in the mood for this temporary restriction anymore, go back to Step 2, re-introduce fats and live the ketogenic lifestyle. Any time you want to cut, you can come back to this step.

      Maybe every couple of weeks do Step 3 for two weeks or so and then go back to Step 2 and chill and maintain.

      Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.

      That’s the Ketogenic Lifestyle (TM) lol

  • Neely Quinn

    Jimmy, thank you so much for the kind words! I’m thrilled that I was in any way a part of your motivation to start your n=1 experiment, and I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw in my email today that you’d finally posted these awesome pictures!! You look fantastic :)

    • LLVLCBlog

      You are awesome my friend!

  • Philis Hileman

    THRILLED FOR YOU!

  • Shaky

    Why is your head proportionally much larger in the “after” pic?

    • LLVLCBlog

      I noticed that too. I guess you can’t do anything about a fat head. ;)

      • Craig Bates

        If you made both your heads the same size, you’d be even smaller in the after pic.

        • LLVLCBlog

          Christine took both pics with her iPhone. :) The angle must have been different but they’re legitimate photos.

          • mem

            The difference is that in the before photo you are extending you neck up and have your head/neck arched a bit to the back. In the after photo your head is down and full center. You aren’t in the “chin-up” pose. Just different views due to slightly different head and neck positioning,

            • LLVLCBlog

              Interesting. And I was just standing there. :)

          • Craig Bates

            No! I didn’t mean to suggest they weren’t legitimate! It just looks like you’re standing closer to the camera in the after pic. If you stepped back you’d look even smaller compared to your former self. That’s what I meant to say. And congratulations on what you’ve accomplished. You deserve it! :)

            • LLVLCBlog

              Thanks! New photo posted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/per.wikholm.1 Per Wikholm

    Amazing Jimmy! Congrats!

  • Jamie Hayes

    Jimmy, The folks down under in Australia will be absolutely fascinated and grateful to meet you and hear about your journey as well as the “5 basic mistakes” that you now know about. You look amazing, and your journey is inspiring people from all walks of life, from those wanting to improve their weight and health, to doctors and health professionals who want to learn how to help others.

    • Anne-Marie

      Jamie, do you know where we, in Australia, can buy blood ketone monitors and ketostix? Also, would you know if it’s possible to get tested for LDL-P (particle number) in Australia, and if so, where can I get it done?

      • Prue

        Anne-Marie, I know in NZ that you can’t be tested for LDL particle size. Also have a look on Amazon or a similar online site in the US to order a blood ketone monitor. I’m thinking of doing that myself after these amazing results Jimmy has achieved. You can never know too much about yourself, I reckon. Lucky you seeing Jimmy in Sydney. Already been to Australia twice this year, so I won’t be coming over this time.

        • Anne-Marie

          I do feel lucky seeing Jimmy in Sydney, Prue. I am a confirmed member of the low-carb and nutritional ketosis community. This way of eating works…I have never felt so happy nor had so much energy :-)

      • KevinF

        If not LDL-P (looks like perhaps LDL-P is only available in the US at this point) — you can probably get ApoB particle count measured instead, accomplishing roughly the same thing. All ApoB particles are atherogenic; 90% of them happen to be LDLs. Tom Dayspring talked about that in the last Low-Carb experts podcast.

        • Anne-Marie

          Thank you KevinF! I will ask for an ApoB particle count. Great idea. Yes, Dr. Dayspring’s podcast with Jimmy was a winner :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/jill.mitchell.792 Jill Mitchell

        A friend who lived in Adelaide at the time, arranged for his blood to be sent to Germany for cholesterol testing.

      • Indy51

        In Australia you can buy all the supplies you need at your local pharmacy. To test blood ketones you need a dual purpose blood glucose monitor that also measures ketones. I’m a diabetic and my meter (Freestyle Optium) measures both. Here in WA the ketone test strips cost $8.95 for a box of 10.
        Well done, Jimmy – you are an absolute legend and the resources you provide are a fantastic resource for people who care about their health. The socalled ‘critics’ aren’t worth wasting a thought over. You rock, man!

        • LLVLCBlog

          Thank you! Hope to meet you when I come there next month.

          • Indy51

            I only wish you were coming to Western Australia. All the Easterners who will get to see your talk will be very lucky :)

            • LLVLCBlog

              Wish I was on the west coast too. :(

  • Jillian

    For me, the best part of this all isn’t just your wonderful weight loss, but your unbounded joy and that you’ve been willing to share your journey with the rest of us! Your posts always bring a smile to my heart and encouragement to my soul.

  • Trina Phillips

    OMGosh Jimmy! You look fantastic! Will you need to stay in ketosis to maintain this weight loss?
    Wondering what maintenance would look like for you. Thanks for all you do :)

    • LLVLCBlog

      I feel so amazing doing this, I don’t plan on changing a thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.mitchell.792 Jill Mitchell

    So happy for you Jimmy. Where are my tissues.

  • Kent Altena

    Simply great progress, Jimmy!

  • Tess Howell

    i’m very happy for you, Jimmy! :-) not least, because you share information and “what works” honestly, so others can benefit too. bravo, for all your hard work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mindy.noxon.iannotti Mindy Noxon Iannotti

    Wow, Jimmy! You look freakin’ fantastic! So glad you’ve found your way. Thanks for the pep talk the other day, too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShariBambino Shari Bambino

    Good job! I’m sure you feel even better than you look.

  • Patti

    Oh Jimmy I’m so happy for you!! You’re such a sweet man and such an inspiration to so many of us! God bless you!!

    • LLVLCBlog

      Thank you!

  • Paul

    AWESOME! Thanks for sharing and for your inspiration. I am getting similar results too.
    Life is good.

    • LLVLCBlog

      YAY!

  • Katie

    I’m so proud of you! What a difference that weight loss made on you. Great job!

    • LLVLCBlog

      I appreciate it Katie!

  • Mindy Jacobs

    Very encouraging. Bless you in your willingness to be “out there” and vulnerable. I applaud your efforts and your success. :-)

    • xro99

      Seconded, Thirded, Fourthed, Yes!

  • whoknows

    Jimmy. Great work. We’d love to hear more about your workout/gym routine. Pass on the details when you get chance.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Like I said in my post, I’m lifting heavy every 3-4 days for 30 minutes plus regular “play” activity.

  • Anne-Marie

    Coming to see you in Sydney, Australia on Nov 24th, Jimmy. I really want to know more about nutritional ketosis as I am also trying an n=1 experiment. I would also like to find out where to get ketone blood monitors in Australia and the ketostix…..and, how to get tested in Australia for LDL-P (particle number). We in Australia are quite a bit behind the US in this area….so, being on the cutting edge in the US is like being alone in the wilderness with this way of low-carb, nutritional ketosis way of eating in Australia. Looking forward to hearing you speak about your nutritional ketosis experiment and Congratulations :-)

    • LLVLCBlog

      Can’t wait to meet you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.visser.900 Daniel Visser

      Hi Anne-Marie, I live in Canberra, I bought an ‘Optimum Xceed Freestyle Meter’ from Towers Online Pharmacy recently, + also 100 ketone strips for $80, and the meter was $40. You have to email Pauline about ordering the ketone strips – info@towers.net.au, they are a Brisbane company and were very helpful.

  • Lynda Scott

    Fantastic Jimmy – I am so very happy for you, you truly deserve this result. Thank you for all the wonderful information and help that you continually give to us all :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Holloway/520343437 Peggy Holloway

    You look fabulous! I am a complete believer anyway, but your success is more confirmation that for those of us with compromised metabolisms, ketosis is the optimal state.

  • Haggus Lividus

    WOW, is that Mr. Moore?

    • LLVLCBlog

      No, it’s his son Jimmy. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.brooke.9 Mary Brooke

    I am so happy for you Jimmy – you are proof that weight loss and maintenance is a life-long, non-linear thing. If it were me, I’d be emailing your haters to say nyah-nyah nya nyah-nyah, but I’m sure you’re much classier than I am. Congratulations!

  • marly harris

    I love happy endings; this is certainly a joyful one. I’ve been with you since the beginning (when I bought your first book). Yesterday, I experienced that same exhilaration when I went to an art show, saw two of my teachers there who didn’t recognize me with my 145-pound weight loss.

    Of course, when I tell astonished people how I did it, they immediately reply, high fat? that’s impossible.

    I still have 17 pounds more to lose but I’ll be 80 on May 2, 2013 and I’m planning to be one hot old lady. After 60 years as a vegetarian and a teacher of macrobiotics, these past years have been a revelation. And then there’s my six-days-a-week weight resistance workouts which make me feel like Wonder Woman. I’m not a poster child for health since I was born with genetic heart disease but I take no medication and the only time I see my doctor is when I run into him at Costco.

    • xro99

      You are a powerhouse. How different is macrobiotic to your new way of eating and how did you find the mental shift?

      Keep it up, Wonder Woman!

  • Lori

    You are just the inspiration I needed today!! I am in a big slump and recently gained 30 lbs.
    I am starting low carb today!!!
    Great job on your weight loss!!

  • mj

    You look great – congratulations. You have been such a wonderful inspiration to me and I applaud your success. I ordered the free blood ketosis meter – thanks for the tip. When I took my first reading it was 0.3 which on the box states that is the normal range. I am confused as to weather this is indeed a good number or is it too low. I am reviewing your graphs and my reading doesn’t seem to correspond. AGAIN, excellent work and thanks for all you do for us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terri.urzetta Terri Urzetta

    Love following your N=1 Nutritional Ketosis Jimmy! You look amazing! So happy to hear how GREAT you FEEL!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000605838257 Wendy Colpetzer McCullough

    I was just talking to my husband about you today and the changes that you’ve made in the past few months. I am thrilled to see a progress pic! Keep up the good work! You continue to be an inspiration!

    • LLVLCBlog

      THANKS Wendy! Hopefully my story gives others struggling great hope that good things can happen if you never give up the fight.

  • Lynn Weiler

    Jimmy. IT”S WORKING!!! After months and months of searching and questioning and trying….It’s working. You did not give up. You kept questioning and trying to be healthy. I want you to know that you have taken some of us with you.(ME) Congratulations on your success. Your search has helped me. Thank you.
    Last night I was at a birthday party. My doctor and his wife were there. She is also a doctor. We spent the whole evening talking about nutritional ketosis, Paleo, my RSD being cured, Brain science. She said she agrees with the Ketosis, but as doctors, they cannot promote it outright. ??? As she is not my doctor, she could freely discuss with me the pros and cons of ketosis and agrees that it helps many people with metabolic syndrome. It was marvelous be able to listen to someone who actually gets it . I eagerly look forward to your podcasts to learn new things. Everything is a dot. Little by little the dots are connecting.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Awesome Lynn! It’s a bit disheartening to hear a doctor say they can’t promote a modality that they know works so well for many people. Sad. Very sad.

  • HTcracker

    Aw come on jimmy, “didn’t look the part”? Don’t be so hard on yourself. Although many people COULD stand ti shed a few, its really inside that matters. I don’t purport to be cheesy or anything, but have you ever sat down and looked upon all that you’ve done? Videos on youtube, a lovely blog that helps and supports those who need it, a HANDFUL of podcasts interviewing some of the brightest minds in nutrition… And to top the proverbial cake, you’ve done all of this with the vim and vigor and personality that I’ve never before seen in my life. Even If you necer reach a weight that you deem is your ultimate “goal”, PLEASE know you’ve done wonders for your health and helped countless others in the world by encouraging us to challenge conventional wisdom.
    Rock on bro, carry the fire :)

    • LLVLCBlog

      Thank you! This made my day. :)

    • Lynn

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. Because Jimmy put this out there, the information finally solved my problem. If he would not have kept trying, I would still be frustrated and sick.

      I appreciate so much the fact that you can talk to so many people Jimmy, y0ou seem to know the best ones and you get the information out here in cyber space.. My current before and after are on my hit and miss blog.

      • LLVLCBlog

        So proud of you Lynn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1221181831 Nickie Cochran

    Way to go, Jimmy! You are such an inspiration. Don’t listen about the negativity of some of the commenters – they are just jealous… ;-) Keep up the good work and see ya on the cruise again!!!

  • pfhuntley

    I am sick of the naysayers… You look great! Thank you for inspiring the rest of us to get going again or continuing on! Great success to you. :-)

  • cbmarie

    Just wanted you to know, Jimmy that it is because of your efforts and courage that I keep on reading, learning and remaining on the low carb path and have now added NK. Thank you.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Awesome!

  • Shannon Brauchli

    You look great Jimmy! I think the last photo looked a little off because the shirt was so big, see how it didn’t fit in the shoulders at all? Sort of threw the proportions all off. Congrats on the healthy improvement to your life!

  • http://evelynparham.com/ Evelyn

    Hey old friend!

    Wow, is all I can say. You look great and you are truly an inspiration. Keep on keeping on my friend.
    Love ya!
    Evelyn Prather Parham C/O ’89 :)

    • LLVLCBlog

      THANKS so much Ev! It feels pretty amazing and a reminder that we all need to find our own path. So glad you agree with me about that. Keep on keeping on yourself. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/yvonne.bastien Yvonne Bastien

    Anyone who knows you and your reputation should know that you would not doctor your pictures for any reason. Some people just can’t face the fact that nutritional ketosis works and the way to get into to ketosis. Good for you Jimmy. Please share your typical daily menu with us. It would be great help.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Thanks Yvonne. Not sharing my menus but will help others develop their own nutritional ketosis meal plan soon.

  • Susan

    You look healthy and happy and you feel great. What more could you ask for! Congratulations on your amazing success!

  • http://twitter.com/murrayrjr murrayjr

    This is great information and very inspirational, but I’m wondering about the individuation (is that a word?) of the program you were using. I’ve found for me that even though all the research shows the 90+ % of weight loss is diet for me exercise seems to count for a lot. Even if I eat terribly for 3 days in a row, if I keep up the exercise I am still “ok” whereas if i skip the exercise I can gain 3-5 pounds.

    • LLVLCBlog

      I lost the first 45+ pounds of this weight doing next to ZERO exercise. So I’m personally not seeing the connection that physical activity has to exercise. But if you know (or at least think you know) that you need to exercise to manage your weight, then definitely do it. Although, now I’m lifting in a keto-adapted, fasted state and wouldn’t think of doing anything else. :D

      • http://twitter.com/murrayrjr murrayjr

        My wife is similar to you. She has been losing weight by eating better without very much exercise. I’m wondering if it has something to do with being heavily involved with competitive sports throughout my life. My body adapted itself to moderate to heavy exercise. I played competitive sports in High-School, the Navy, and league teams as an adult.

  • Carmen

    Congrats Jimmy!!

  • Bridget @ Sweet Enough

    you look great…I love you ‘before’, ‘after’, and ‘during’! congratulations on finding your balance, and on all of the success you’ve had, and will have continuing!

    • LLVLCBlog

      Thanks Bridget! Love you too. :)

  • Cathy Payne

    Looking very good, Jimmy! Thank you for sharing your journey with us – the sucesses, set-backs, and what you’ve learned. It is certainly a life long process. You’ve inspired so many. Keep up the good work!

    • LLVLCBlog

      Thanks Cathy! The story is still being written. :)

  • Amanda

    Congratulations on the weight loss! Low carb is the way to go!

  • Linda

    You go Jimmy! You are such an inspiration and such a help! I appreciate all your hard work on the podcasts and what you have accomplished in your weight loss and life style! Thank you!

  • BjarteBakke

    Way to go Jimmy! You’re an inspiration and I use your example for coaching some Norwegian guys. Never say die! :) Regards from Norway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roland.denzel Roland Denzel

    Congratulations, Jimmy. You’re looking great!

  • http://www.fatguyweightloss.com Fat Guy Weight Loss

    Awesome Job Jimmy. Have to agree the first picture does look a little odd, but obviously was the camera angle not photoshop. Second picture is definitely more flattering :)

  • Kay

    Conbratula Jimmy!

  • getrippedjimmy

    Jimmy, great work. I love seeing you succeed at this. Are you monitoring your leucine intake? Leucine is converted into ketones. Leucine is an amino acid found in meat, milk etc. I take it as a supplement along with a few other amino acids. Works a treat.

    • LLVLCBlog

      No, I’m not. But I consume foods with it. :)

  • timshel01

    Way to go Jimmy !!!
    My wife and I are so happy for you.
    You’re a fat burning machine, Smok’in !!!
    Great work you’re doing…
    Thanks so much,
    ~Leo

  • http://www.facebook.com/duinne Brooke Reed Hartle

    So it’s probably a bad thing that when I tested my ketones this morning it wouldn’t register because it was less than .1?

    • LLVLCBlog

      That’s right get those ketone levels up by cutting carbs and protein and raising fat.

      • http://www.facebook.com/duinne Brooke Reed Hartle

        Today was better at .6. What are you eating for fats? I’m having trouble getting enough and keeping protein low.

        • LLVLCBlog

          I’m sharing a CarbSmart column on this on Friday.

          • http://www.facebook.com/duinne Brooke Reed Hartle

            Thank you!!!! And thank you for responding to me. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Johnson/632367222 Michael Johnson

    Even though you had to take it because people were weirdly paranoid the new pic is much better! Not sure if it is the angle or if I just like your shirt.

  • Wendy Burbridge

    Great work, Jimmy! I love that you have shared this journey with those of us in the low carb community who have been following you for so long. Keep it up, buddy. You look great!

    • LLVLCBlog

      I appreciate it Wendy. Hoping this encourages others not to lose hope.

  • LLVLCBlog

    I’ve mentioned this previously, but I’ll mention it again. What I eat only matters to Jimmy Moore. Everyone who’s attempting to do this needs to find the foods they enjoy that put them into the proper level of nutritional ketosis. Mimicking how I eat is like wearing a size 13 shoe when you are a size 6. Overkill. Eat good healthy high-fat foods like these when you reduce your carbs and protein: http://www.carbsmart.com/10-healthy-high-fat-foods-perfect-for-nutritional-ketosis.html