How Scientist Karola Lost Over 33 Pounds in 6 Months With Intermittent Fasting!

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

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When I was in my undergrad for Nutrition, I was often frustrated with the lack of "WHY" behind recommendations. We would be carefully walked through various guidelines, but it was hard for me to remember these or to make sense of them because the "WHY" and "HOW" was never explained. Thankfully, this lead me on my own journey of self education and pairing my biochemistry, physiology and organic chemistry background with Nutrition to finally make sense of it all.

That's why my goal and mission in life is to help YOU make sense of nutrition and how your body works. This is something Karola experienced that really clicked for her. As you'll learn with Karola's incredibly inspiring story, the WHY is beyond important and it's essential to achieve your goals. Here's a sneak peek of what she has to say:

In general I just LOVE all the science backed information provided! As a scientist myself, I have a hard time following rules if I don’t understand the reasoning behind it. Maybe you can call it occupational illness, but I need to understand why things work the way they do and that includes my food

Check out Karola's full story below and get INSPIRED!

Tell me about yourself!

My name is Karola and I am 33 years old. I’m a german expat living in Canada. I have a PhD in physics and work as a researcher at a university. A lot of the time I’m working at a desk, so having a healthy lifestyle is really important in order to compensate for all the time where I’m just sitting.

Which Program are you following?

I started with the detox week and then transitioned into the 21 day intermittent fasting program. I use the break-fast recipes around lunch time and go through the lunch and dinner recipes one by one for my dinners since I only have two meals a day most of the time.

How did you hear about Autumn Elle Nutrition?

Youtube recommended a video from Autumn’s channel to me and I was excited to see somebody talking about the science behind nutrition so I started to read the blog as well and shortly after joined the facebook group in order to connect with other people that share the same interest in science backed nutrition facts.

What was your wellness goal with the Program?

My main goals were weight loss and having more energy to exercise. Over the last couple of years, I had gained quite a lot of weight and was barely active. One time I had to sprint to my gate at an airport in order to catch a flight and I realised that even this extremely short sprint was bringing me to my absolut limit. So I decided I had to take better care of my body and get back into shape.

What else have you tried in the past to achieve your goals?

During my teenage years, I tried a bunch of different diets, all focused on calorie restriction and often on restricting the variety of foods you eat. I hated every single one of them. I was hungry, I had to eat food I disliked or I got bored of eating the same food over and over again. 

In more recent years I had been following low carb diet plans but got frustrated by the lack of background information. Yes, I was loosing weight with them, but I didn’t understand why and I didn’t understand what helped/worked against my goals. I just followed a meal schedule without understanding what was the idea behind it or how I could adjust it to my personal needs. 

Did you have any hesitations before getting started?

My main concern was spending money to be honest ^^ I had bought other programs in the past and didn’t follow through with them for various reasons. That’s why it was great to be able to get the basic idea already by watching the videos on Autumn’s youtube channel and reading the blog posts. That way I was able to figure out if the program seems to be right for me without committing to spending money on it. So once I purchased the whole bundle I knew I wouldn’t regret it.

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What were the biggest wellness wins that you experienced?

I lost over 25 lbs in about 4 months and went from a size 14/16 to a size 10. When I started the program, I was out of breath after ~5-10 minutes of light biking and now I bike 30-40 minutes about 3 times a week without any problems. The last time I went dancing in a club, I didn’t last longer than a song or two in a row and now I feel like I can dance all night long :-)

I have more energy, I am rarely ever hungry and I spend less time with preparing food, with opens up free time for other fun activities.