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I Lost 130 Pounds on the Keto Diet and This Is How

Mayra Wendolyne details how the low-carb diet helped her lose weight fast.

Are you thinking about going on the keto diet? Lots of people claim that the low-carb way of eating has helped them lose tons of weight. Mayra Wendolyne (@LowCarbLove) is a keto devotee and weight loss influencer who lost 130 pounds on the diet. "Today I'm going to be telling you about my journey, how long I've been keto, low carb, the whole nine," she says at the start of the clip. Here is exactly how she did it.

She Learned About Keto From a Friend

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"Let's talk about my story," she says. "A lot of people always ask me how I found out about keto because I actually started keto before it became a trend before it was all trendy and viral and everything." She explains that a friend of hers, who "had always dealt with weight issues," was introduced to the low-carb lifestyle" and ended up doing "more of a carnivore keto diet."

She explains that a lot of his diet consisted of ribeyes with eggs, meats, "a protein style burger with no tomato, no onion," she says. "It was just a very carnivore focused, keto lifestyle." After not seeing him for three months, he sent her a photo and he had lost 70 pounds.

She Learned It Was Similar to Atikins

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"After that, I just started looking more and more into it, and I realized that it was somewhat like the Atkins diet, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh." She tried it for a week, lost 10 pounds, and was "sold after that."

She Loves It Because She Is Willing to Sacrifice Carbs

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"I was like, keto is for me because I love veggies, and I love my proteins. And so I was willing to sacrifice the carbs – the rice, the pasta, the bread – in order to have those satiating fats that are so delicious and especially that gave me the results that I saw. So I was sold."

"So a lot of you guys wonder how long have I been keto? So the answer is I have been on keto for about five years now, and I have been living a low-carb lifestyle for over ten years," she reveals.

She Topped the Scale at 315 and Lost 135 Pounds

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"I originally started my journey at about 315 pounds. I've lost a total of 135 pounds," she reveals. However, she admits that she goes up or down "10 pounds here or there, not gonna lie."

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You Have to Be Mindful of Snacks

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"I'm always just snacking and things like that. So, of course, if you are on a weight loss journey, you always have to be mindful and keep in mind that you have to eat to your goals, right? So even if something is keto, it doesn't mean that you go and eat like a whole box of cookies just because they're low carb or keto," she says.

You Also Need to Be Calorie Conscious

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"You need to be mindful, you need to be calorie conscious, because no matter what, in order for you to lose body fat and weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit. In order to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit," she points out.

You Can Build Muscle Without Being in a Deficit

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"You can lose body fat and convert it into muscle while not being in a calorie deficit. But you're, you're not gonna see the scale go down," she points out.

She Lost 100 Pounds Twice


"So I have actually lost a hundred pounds twice in my life," she continues. "So the first time I lost a hundred pounds in my first year, I was super, super strict. I was working out twice a day. I was in between a low-carb diet and severe calorie restriction, which is not what I recommend at all. It's actually really unhealthy. You mess up your metabolism; you slow it down."

The Second Year It Was Harder to Lose Weight

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She lost 100 pounds the first year and 35 the second. "Remember, the closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it is for that weight to come off," she says. However, "it was really, really difficult for me to keep that weight down. But I did it because I was always just so worried about being skinny or trying to be skinny. So, like my whole life, that's what was going through my head. I'm just so happy to be out of that mentality now."

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After Having a Baby, She Discovered Atkins

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The second time she lost 100 pounds was after she had a baby. "Everyone was telling me like, 'It's over for you. You're not gonna lose that weight.'" This was when she discovered Atkins. "I thought it was like the weirdest thing ever because you can eat bacon and mayonnaise, meats and cheese, and everything that, basically, for 15 years, I was programmed to be afraid of. All of a sudden, it was like what you could do to lose weight."

She Lost Weight Fast with Low-Carb, Low-Fat Eating

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She tried it for a week and lost weight, starting with low-carb, low-fat, not incorporating bacon and mayo, losing 100 pounds in 6 months. "If you're not putting fats into your body, your body is going to burn your own fat," she says.

Then, Embraced Higher Fat Foods

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Then she switched to low carb, "but I did high fats," she says, which included salmon and meats, ground beef, and avocado.

In General, She Doesn't "Go Super, Super Crazy on Fats"

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"So, for me personally, I have lived a keto lifestyle focused on protein and healthy fats. So I don't go super, super crazy on fats. Like, I'm never the person who's gonna add a ton of butter to my steak. I just usually have a steak with some veggies and add maybe a little bit of butter, like a cream sauce, things like that. But I'm not like the one that's going to pour butter and coconut oil and, you know, things like that into my coffee."

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She Tracks Her Carbs, Not Calories

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"I'm still very calorie conscious, and I track my carbs versus calories. But I don't have to worry about that so much because I'm just naturally conscious of what I'm having and mindful," she says.

She Lives a Keto Lifestyle

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"So now I am currently living a keto lifestyle. I am a little more flexible with what I do. I don't weigh myself, I just kind of go gauged off of how my clothes are fitting me," she says.

She Also Does Intermittent Fasting

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"I am actively trying to intermittent fast a lot more and be more strict because that's kind of how I maintain my weight. I intermittently fast, and I don't like to track a lot," she says. "So what I do is I fast and once I eat, I sit down and eat like a big meal or even like two small meals or medium-sized meals."

Body Network's Expert Weighs In on Keto


While most experts agree that the keto diet will result in quick weight loss, many maintain it is not sustainable. "Ketogenic diets should not be followed long term," says Body Network's Resident RDN, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian and co-author of the Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies. "Your body needs carbohydrates, specifically from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for overall health but especially digestive health and disease prevention."

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Body Network's Expert Weighs In on Intermittent Fasting

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As for intermittent fasting, it works by "prolonging the period when your body has burned through the calories consumed during your last meal and begins burning fat," explains Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Intermittent fasting is also not a guarantee of weight loss, and often people see plateaus and weight gain after a period of time of intermittent fasting," notes Collingwood.

💪🔥Body Booster: To lose body fat and weight, create a calorie deficit by being mindful and conscious of your calorie intake.

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