After transforming his own health with the help of Better Nutrition contributor and leptin pioneer Kat James—and learning of her “Transform From Home” Contest (jointly with BN)—grass-fed producer and activist John Wood began urging several of his employees at U.S. Wellness Meats in Canton, Mo., to give Kat’s program a try.
Two women who had struggled with multiple health issues stepped up to the challenge in October 2020. And the results were stunning. We hope these accounts and photos will inspire your own health transformation success.
Abby Maher, Age 30
Issues Weight, Thyroid, Cravings, Mood, Period Issues, and Energy I’d seen my boss’s physical changes, but I rolled my eyes when Kat said I’d no longer crave carbs or alcohol—and that they would even taste “off” to me. But I knew that she’d ended her own deadly eating disorder with the same biochemical mechanism she’d be teaching Lisa and me, so she had my ear!
I was also excited when Kat told me that leptin helps regulate thyroid hormone production and had helped her resolve her own thyroid and autoimmune issues. I’ve struggled with my thyroid, having had half of it removed years ago, with many related health issues.
So, Lisa and I jumped into the regimen, which “flips” you into a fat-burning state pretty darn fast, as long as you avoid any food or drink that spikes your blood sugar. Mind you, so-called “ketolegal” foods like trace alcohols, lots of nuts and cheese, coffee, too much meat, and other unexpected things can thwart Kat’s protocol for leptin sensitivity. And even if you get the carb reduction tight, it still won’t work without increasing your intake of good fats to your own individualized “threshold,” which produces a leptin-triggered appetite drop-off and energy upswing. It was counterintuitive at first, “like learning to ride a bike and deciding when to charge ahead,” as Kat says. But we soon felt our bodies and tastes adapt.
Getting Through the Detox Period
A day or so after starting Kat’s regimen, Lisa and I both hit the proverbial “energy wall” from denying ourselves any food or drink that could turn to sugar. Kat suggested specific supplements to reduce the digestive “funkiness” and muscle cramps that often accompany this transitional period. And after a couple days, I felt an upward shift in energy and a major drop in appetite—including the desire for carbs or coffee. My afternoon crashes weren’t happening, and I didn’t have any heartburn, which made it much easier to sleep. In fact, I was opening my eyes, clear-headed, before my alarm even went off in the morning!
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