The Diet That Helped This Mom Lose 137 Pounds and Look 20 Years Younger

I've lost 135 lbs in 18 months by following my ketogenic diet; 296 to 159!! #MindYourMacros #extremeweightloss #lowcarb #paleo #weightloss #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #keto #ketogenic #weightlosssuccess #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #100lbsdown #135lbsdown

A photo posted by Misty Mitchell (@mindyourmacros) on Aug 24, 2016 at 7:48pm PDT

After Misty Mitchell suffered a herniated disc in January 2014, her health began to deteriorate. In May, she lost her job, which forced her to sell her home. The Texas mom began to eat all day and drink all night (sometimes drinking half a liter of vodka a night), and when she stepped on the scale in February of 2015, she was shocked at the number: 296 pounds. In addition to her poor eating and drinking habits, Mitchell was also a smoker.

"I didn’t like where my life was going and I was sick of being unhappy so I decided I to change everything," Mitchell wrote on her website.

And that's exactly what she did. Mitchell ditched cigarettes and alcohol and began following a ketogenic diet, amazingly turning her health around to lose 137 pounds in 18 months.

Exactly 1 year ago today I weighed 254 lbs (down from 296) and I took these awful pictures & today I weigh 174 lbs and decided to recreate them for you! 80 lbs difference in the photos, 122 lbs down so far! #MindYourMacros #photorecreation #extremeweightloss #thatfacetho #120poundsdown #100poundsdown #keto #ketogenic #ketodiet #lowcarb #weightloss #weightlifter #weightlosscoach

A photo posted by Misty Mitchell (@mindyourmacros) on Jun 18, 2016 at 8:54am PDT

The path to her weight loss transformation began with a surgery in August 2014 to fix her herniated disc. In February 2015, she began eating a low-carb, high-fat diet and started weight training and yoga. The new routine made a world of difference, and Mitchell says that she looks 20 years younger.

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"No one believes me when I tell them I'm 36, which is great because I looked middle-aged less than two years ago," Mitchell told the Daily Mail. "I feel like I've lost 20 years off my age and I certainly look that way too."

#FaceliftFriday When I was 296 lbs. I looked old and felt terrible and that's not how imagined myself when I was a little girl. I had no quality of life: I was depressed, in pain, and angry at where I had ended up. Thanks to keto I've: Gone from 296 lbs. to 137 lbs. I'm down from 60% body fat to 25% I went from a size 28 to a size 8 AND no that I'm no longer afraid to travel/fly I'm planning our VERY FIRST family vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday. #mindyourmacros #weightlosstransformation #weightlossbeforeandafter #weightlossjourney #extremeweightloss #keto #ketogenic #137lbsdown #halfmysize #newleaseonlife

A photo posted by Misty Mitchell (@mindyourmacros) on Oct 21, 2016 at 7:00am PDT

She has since started her own company, Mind Your Macros, where she helps others to reach their weight loss goals. She shared that she's no longer afraid to travel or fly, and that she's currently planning her family's first vacation.

"Before, because I was so large I had to hold my breath while painting my toenails and struggled to put socks on my feet because of the size of my stomach," Mitchell said. "Now I can do intense yoga positions and am incredibly flexible, it feels like I can do anything."

Standing in 1 leg of my old size 26 pants. I've been Keto for 18 months and I've lost 137 lbs., gone from 60% BF to 25% BF #mindyourmacros #weightlossjourney #weightloss #weightlosstransformation #weightlosssuccess #beforeandafterweightloss #extremeweightloss #135lbsdown #100lbsdown #keto #ketosis #ketogenic #ketogenicdiet #lowcarb #paleo

A photo posted by Misty Mitchell (@mindyourmacros) on Aug 28, 2016 at 4:43pm PDT

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"Today I have lost over 100 lbs. by following my nutrition guidelines (macros), I have never cheated on my diet, had a drink or picked up another cigarette," Mitchell wrote.

The new me looks like I could fit like a puzzle piece in the old me. That rounded back of mine was pretty bad and I'm so happy I can feel my muscles and spine now. #mindyourmacros #fitness #weightlosscoach #ketogenic #girlswholift #fitchick #fitfam #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #weightlosstransformation #extremeweightloss

A photo posted by Misty Mitchell (@mindyourmacros) on Nov 9, 2016 at 1:28pm PST

Does Mitchell's story motivate you? Did you go through a similar transformation? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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