The diet that helped one woman lose 100 pounds without exercise
Weight-Loss Win is an original Yahoo series that shares the inspiring stories of people who have shed pounds healthfully.
Kim Hutchins is 28, 5’6” tall, and currently weighs 145 pounds. In 2016, after being overweight for most of her life, she was inspired to lose weight for her wedding. This is her weight-loss story.
The turning point
I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. It started when I was a child. I had a rough upbringing and was often alone. This gave me the freedom to eat whatever I wanted. Sweets, chips, soda, you name it — I ate when I was bored, stressed, scared, or happy. Food was my outlet. I was always bigger than all the other kids that I went to school with and I often got bullied. I specifically remember when I was in fourth grade, a girl asked me if I was pregnant. I was devastated. Luckily, I somewhat grew into my body and started to become better proportioned. However, I was still bigger than my friends. I remember that shopping for jeans was always a nightmare. After high school, I continued to gain weight. I averaged around 200 pounds in my early 20s. In 2014, my daughter was born, and I weighed 235 pounds. By the time my daughter was 2, I was at my all-time high weight of 245. It was at that point that I knew it was time to make change.
In May of 2016, we were planning a trip on a cruise that required me to get a passport. When I got my picture taken, I looked at it and couldn’t believe what I saw. I looked so big. I wondered, “Who is that girl? No way that’s me.” It was then that I bought a scale and saw that number staring back at me: 245. It just didn’t seem possible that I had let my weight get so out of control. My wedding was only five months away. It was at that moment that I decided that I would lose 50 pounds by my wedding.
The first thing I did was join a gym, and I sought out a personal trainer. After meeting with him, I felt very discouraged. He told me that I needed to come to the gym and do what he showed me at least four to five times a week. With a 2-year-old and a full-time job, I couldn’t see how that would be possible. I’m not sure if it was fate, or what, but that evening, I went on Facebook and came across a picture of a person that I hadn’t seen in years. She looked amazing, easily 40 to 50 pounds lighter than the last time I saw her. I shot her a private message, begging her to reveal her secret. Then she typed the magic word — keto. She said that basically all she did was cut out bread, sweets, soda, and junk. I was intrigued. At that point, she added me to a Facebook group, where I started finding success story after success story. The before and after photos blew me away. I just couldn’t get over it. These people weren’t working out either. They simply changed what they ate. So I began my research and decided to go with the “Optimal Keto Living or OKL Chart” to find my daily macro goals. It is based on height, so for my height of 5’6”, the goals are at least 100 grams of protein, 75 to 175 grams of fat, and 25 grams of net carbs. I then downloaded the MyFitnessPal app, where I entered in my goals.