Christie Niboddhri

 

BEFORE

  • Age: 43
  • Weight: 75kg
  • Energy: low
  • Mental health: not great
  • Date: 30 March 2018

AFTER

  • Age: 43
  • Weight: 56kg
  • Kg lost: 17kg
  • Energy: high
  • Mental health: good
  • Duration: 4 months
Christie Niboddhri
WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WITH YOUR HEALTH SINCE YOU STARTED WITH KETO?

I grew up as a national level cross-country skier and accomplished ultra-marathon runner, then lost my health, now to have it return better than it has ever been. I am stronger, lighter and healthier than I have ever been in my life.

Before starting keto I had stomach muscle issues due to pregnancy, lower-back and right hip were constantly sore. I also had digestive problems since I was a child which resulted in severe bloating. I was also hyperglycaemic and carb addicted. I would eat a large block of chocolate and then some, on a regular basis. Now all gone … including the need for chocolate.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WITH YOUR BODY SINCE YOU STARTED WITH KETO?
Even as a young athlete, I struggled to transcend the classic pear shape and was always a few kilos heavier than was ideal. Through keto my body shape completely changed. I have become lean in the hips, thighs and butt and my upper-body became very lean. I went from a size 12-14 (post-baby) to a comfortable 6-8. Whilst I don’t place value on size for size’s sake, as an athlete my new lean, light and fat-adapted body has meant I can sustain a large volume of running training again.
WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WITH YOUR MIND SINCE YOU STARTED WITH KETO?

Since becoming fat-adapted my mental clarity and focus have dramatically improved. I have made many changes in my life because of it – including changing jobs, going back to study at university and becoming a more creative person. My focus during training is improved and my ability to get ‘in the zone’ has dramatically increased.

I think the nutritional strategy of ketosis has a lot to offer the mental health space, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that problems don’t just melt away with the fat – you have to do some work. The work gets easier but you still have to do it.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED IN YOUR LIFESTYLE SINCE YOU STARTED

This has led to the achievement of a long-coveted personal best of 101kms in a 12-hour race. I also ran 40kms in 4 hours during a training run with relative ease, and I am about to do a 24hr run. I can sustain a regular program of up to 120kms a week of running without needing long recovery periods in between runs and this has been accomplished without sustaining injuries.

I don’t have time to socialise more, but when I do, I enjoy it way more than I ever have. I have more confidence, poise and energy and my communication is more meaningful and engaged.

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