Toni's Story

"Many years ago, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes with an HbA1c of 6.1. I went on a strict low carb diet and got my HbA1c under 5, meaning I was no longer considered as having pre-diabetes. I loved the weight loss aspect and the general feeling of wellbeing following low carb, so I continued eating this way for around five years.

Amid the COVID pandemic, I relocated to Broken Hill for my work as a community midwife and immuniser. I was so immersed in helping others that I didn't notice old habits creeping back. But, in a matter of months, I became a full-on carb addict again.

In June 2021, I felt pretty ordinary. I was suffering from headaches and constant tiredness. A routine check-up returned my HbA1c at 11.1 - well over the threshold for type 2 diabetes. When the doctor put me on medication, I just felt like I'd let myself down. I really didn't want things to get worse, and I simply couldn't ignore it, so I was pleased when I happened to open an email from Low Carb Down Under that had information about a new lifestyle program: Defeat Diabetes. I already knew the low carb approach worked, and had done it once before, so I decided to sign up.

I like that the program is based in science, and I love that it is Australian. I've found the information is presented in a really useful way, and it's helped me reeducate and validate what I already knew about low carb. I've watched all the Masterclasses and often go back and watch them again! I like looking at the recipes, but to be honest, I usually keep things pretty simple with meats and salad, steak, bacon, eggs and some cheese. I only eat 1-2 meals a day because I'm just not hungry. I no longer look for carbs.

After just two months on the Defeat Diabetes Program I've lost 10kg, my waistline is down 15cms, and my HbA1c is currently at 7. My brain fog is gone, I have more energy, and I'm not tired all the time. I'm like a new person! I'm pleased with my efforts, but I'd like to keep going and achieve remission. I'm also working with my doctor on a plan to come off metformin, which will make me so happy.

I'm motivated to keep going with this lifestyle because I don't want my legs to fall off. I don't want to go blind. I know why I'm doing it, and I believe in it, and it's so good to have the app and community there to feel supported and motivated.

My advice to anyone thinking about doing the Defeat Diabetes Program is to just do it - you won't regret it. It's a really simple program, and once you start, it's pretty easy.

I do love carbs, but I don't miss carbs at all."

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