Amy Eiges is a health coach and reformed chronic dieter who is passionate about helping others recover from the diet-binge-gain-shame cycle she struggled with for years. Since discovering a ketogenic and low-carb lifestyle, she has lost 225 pounds and has both reversed pre-diabetes and resolved lifelong depression.
“When I was just starting out, facing over 200 pounds to lose seemed insurmountable, and the idea I would ever be where I am now was unfathomable. Know this: I am not extraordinary. I just finally got the right advice, put one foot in front of the other and didn’t look back. I know now that it can be done, but after battling this war for 40 years I had lost hope that it was really, truly possible. I am living proof that it is.”
Amy considered bariatric surgery when she weighed 400lbs but felt that it wouldn’t be right for her as she was concerned she would replace her food addiction with another addiction. When she found keto it was at the right time when some of life stressors had been overcome and she could focus on herself and her health. She is sad that she got such bad advice from experts but recognises that she might not have been in the right place earlier in her life and at the same time regrets the time wasted. She is now a health coach who can give to others a chance she didn’t get so that they don’t have so much wasted time, like she did.
“I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting I was maybe five or six, I remember tagging along with my mom. I remember the weigh in person looking at me and then looking at my mom and spelling something that started with an O. I knew even at that really young age that she was calling me fat.”
“It was just a lifetime of just not being able to figure it out. Constantly starting a new diet, having that kind of sort of false hope that comes with a new diet and a new plan.“
“The best experts and all the doctors and nutritionists and dietitians and diet programmes, just all that false hope, never really work