MERLE WEST­COTT WASN’T LOS­ING WEIGHT

BANT­ING COACH MERLE WEST­COTT WASN’T LOS­ING ANY WEIGHT HER­SELF – THEN SHE RE­ALISED SHE NEEDED TO TAI­LOR HER LOWCARB DIET TO HER SPE­CIFIC NEEDS.

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un­til she ad­justed her diet to ac­com­mo­date her thy­roid is­sue

‘Hav­ing writ­ten The Low Carb

Creed with Sally-Ann Creed as well as be­ing a Bant­ing Bud­dies coach, the fact that I wasn’t los­ing any weight my­self made many peo­ple ask me how I could men­tor the life­style. I had no an­swers – I have clients that are hugely suc­cess­ful (one of them has even lost 80kg!), yet my own weight wouldn’t budge.

I had never been over­weight – my weight usu­ally hov­ered around a size 12. So in 2000, when I gained 13kg in a three-month pe­riod, I knew some­thing had to be wrong: I hadn’t done any­thing to jus­tify this weight gain – I ate the same as be­fore and I ex­er­cised the same as be­fore. My life­style was healthy. It was frus­trat­ing not only to strug­gle with weight loss, but to ac­tu­ally gain weight in­stead!

I started Bant­ing in 2014, and I used a com­bi­na­tion of ex­treme low-carb and IF (in­ter­mit­ted fast­ing). De­spite this, my weight stayed the same, and I be­gan to sus­pect that it might be some­thing to do with my thy­roid. My gut feel­ing proved cor­rect: I met Dr Pi­eter Eras­mus at the 2015 LCHF Med­i­cal Sum­mit. He be­came my GP, and when we tested my T4 lev­els we dis­cov­ered that they were lower than the very bot­tom range! Dr Eras­mus put me on med­i­ca­tion im­me­di­ately, and all my symp­toms of hy­pothy­roidism dis­ap­peared. All, that is, ex­cept the weight. It was only after I saw Dr Amy Mey­ers’s

The Thy­roid Con­nec­tion sum­mit that I re­alised I needed to tweak my Bant­ing diet to suit me. It turned out that ex­tremely low-carb di­ets are detri­men­tal to thy­roid health. That was when I started in­cor­po­rat­ing Or­ange List veg­eta­bles into my diet. I also gave up IF as it was putting too much strain on my adrenals.

When I go out, I usu­ally find some­thing Bant­ing-friendly to eat, or ad­just a meal to suit me. Be­fore, if some­one told me I couldn’t have sweet things I’d feel de­prived. Now I just don’t care. I don’t feel the urge to eat any­thing I know isn’t good for me.

My fam­ily and I went on hol­i­day to Viet­nam in De­cem­ber 2016. When we re­turned a month later, I’d lost 4kg with­out any ef­fort. You usu­ally don’t have con­trol over the food you’ll be served on hol­i­day. I knew, how­ever, that the Viet­namese peo­ple usu­ally cook with palm or co­conut oil, and I stuck to only veg­eta­bles and pro­tein. I drank black cof­fee as well, and I was amazed at the weight loss.

Be­ing a Bant­ing Bud­dies coach has put me un­der a lot of scru­tiny, but I would never quit. I love help­ing my clients and get­ting to know them on a more per­sonal ba­sis. Very of­ten, I find that some­one’s weight stems from an un­re­solved is­sue. Work­ing that out with them, men­tor­ing them and guid­ing them can re­ally help some­one break free from those is­sues. When they shed the weight, they are shed­ding those heavy is­sues. This makes coach­ing all the more re­ward­ing.

After ad­just­ing my diet to ac­com­mo­date my thy­roid is­sue, I lost 14kg in 11 months. I now wear a size 10, and this would never have hap­pened if I hadn’t been prop­erly di­ag­nosed. I now weigh less than I did when I won a fit­ness chal­lenge in 2012, and I re­ally am proud of my­self.’

‘I re­alised I needed to tweak my Bank­ing diet to suit me. Ex­treme Low carb, which is how I was eat­ing, was detri­men­tal to my thy­roid.'

THIS PIC: BANT­ING BUD­DIES COACH MERLE AFTER LOS­ING 14 KG. after

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