Tommy Runesson

"My name is Tommy and I have been eating quite “hard core” LCHF since September 2009 and this is my story.

In August 2009 I was googling for a new recipe for sauce béarnaise and found an interview with Sten Sture Skaldeman where he told a story about him trying eat himself to death with all food he liked and was told to stay away from. Sten Sture was surprised to see his weight go down and after a year or so he had lost a lot by eating less carbs and more fat.

I have always been the largest (well, fattest) kid on the block but I have never really suffered from it. I have never been bullied nor had any physical problems with my back, knees or anything else. So I have never really tried too loose weight before. When Sten Sture told his story I got interested. Entrecôte and sauce béarnaise was two of my favourite things when it comes to food so I felt like trying this weird “diet”.

Early September I got on a scale only to be surprised by my weight. I was thinking I would be around 150kg but the scale showed 174.4kg (384,5 lb). Almost 25kg (55 lb) more than I expected. So I decided to set a goal to loose the 25kg (55lb) and go down to 150kg (330 lb).

The first week I lost 3,1kg (6,8 lb), the second I lost another 1,9kg (4,2 lb). So in two weeks I managed to loose 5kg (11 lb). During these weeks my food was based on beef, chicken, pork, butter, mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, cheese, cream and all other good things in life… This really was something for me.

In January 2010 I met my first goal by weighting in at 149,4kg (328 lb). I had also lost 9cm around my “waist”.

After another 5 months I had lost in total 40kg (88 lb) and at this time a started to exercise a bit by walking around town listening to audiobooks. Not power walking, only “just walking around”.

When I got on the scale for the last time in 2010 I was below 100kg (220 lb ). I could not imagine myself being “a 2 digit guy” (in kilos) but I managed to get there.

In June 2011 I was at 87kg (191 lb). I have now lost slightly more than 50% of my starting weight. Pretty cool…

Today I am ”stabilizing” between 84kg to 86kg (185-190 lb).

As stated earlier I started “living” by the LCHF-codex in September 2009. In the beginning I was focusing in on lowering the carbs but not that much on eating more fat. I ate a lot of meat, fish, chicken, cheese and cream. Together with this I ate vegetables like broccoli, spinach and asparagus. After a month or two I started making my own mayonnaise and several different versions of seasoned butter. So from eating around 20g of carbs a day I was now down to an average over the week at 2-5g per day. I have really not left this level of carbs even thou some days can be as “high” as 15-20g but with most of the days close to 0 the average is quite low.

Today I only eat once a day, around 6 pm. No breakfast nor lunch. I eat 300-400g of meat, chicken or fish with 75-100g of butter or mayonnaise. On this I am ok for 24 hours. I do not know why, but it really works for me (I have an office job with not much physical activity other than going to the coffee machine or getting the mail.

My basic philosophy has always been not to feel like I am doing this because I have to. I have never wanted to feel “stressed” about the scale or the fulfilling of my goals. If I were to “starve” myself of feel like I was to sacrifice my interest for food I would not have felt good about it and I would probably have failed on the “mental” level. I have always felt sorry for people on low calorie diets only allowed to eat carrots and salads. With this “diet” I can eat almost everything I always loved and I can skip the things that is only there to “cheapen” the plate. Rice and pasta is only (very loosely translated from Swedish) “Stomach filling”. The good things are the meat and the Sause Béarnaise, not the potatoes…"