A COUPLE who have collectively lost a whopping 19st claim that it’s turbo-charged their sex drives.

Being overweight her entire life, Samantha Gilmore was told by a paediatrician that she’d be over 14st by the time she was 16.

 A couple who have lost 19st collectively say that their sex life has improved as a result

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

A couple who have lost 19st collectively say that their sex life has improved as a result
 They put their success down to following the keto diet

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

They put their success down to following the keto diet

Thanks to a tough childhood which involved doing no exercise and eating junk, the uni student ended up weighing in at 15st 11lbs.

She moved in with her boyfriend Rick Stahl Jr when she was just 17, and despite him playing football throughout school, he also struggled with his weight.

“My family life wasn’t the best. With drug addicted parents that had me very young and never stayed together, I really had to raise myself,” Samantha said.

“My fiancé is a different story. He grew up with separated parents, but they are amazing. They have always been supportive and kind, and just phenomenal parents to him.

“We have both always been overweight.

“Rick was in football in high school, so he did gain a lot of fitness knowledge and was fit for a short period of time, but neither of us have never weighed this low before.”

She says that she had a lack of direction, with no one around to keep her accountable.

 Samantha always struggled with her weight, thanks to a difficult childhood

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Samantha always struggled with her weight, thanks to a difficult childhood
 Rick started piling on the fat when he moved in with Samantha

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Rick started piling on the fat when he moved in with Samantha
 Despite having always been active, he came to believe that someone people were just meant to be overweight

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Despite having always been active, he came to believe that someone people were just meant to be overweight
 Samantha says that she had no direction or accountability

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Samantha says that she had no direction or accountability
 A paedritician had warned her that she'd be 14st by the age of 16, and she ended up weighing over 15st

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

A paedritician had warned her that she’d be 14st by the age of 16, and she ended up weighing over 15st

“I always told myself I needed to lose weight, but never would, and I would be even harder on myself.

“I’ve always felt like it’s the first thing people think about me, it’s still hard to get out of that mindset.

When they started living together, Rick began overeating and at his largest, he weighed 30st.

“Rick felt like the healthy lifestyle just wasn’t for everyone. He tried to get comfortable being the ‘fat guy’,” Samantha explained.

It wasn’t until they came across a picture of themselves that they realised just how big they’d become.

 Rick first went keto and started working out every day

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Rick first went keto and started working out every day
 He shed an incredible 15st in a year - and in 2018, he proposed to Samantha

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

He shed an incredible 15st in a year – and in 2018, he proposed to Samantha

So, in 2017, Rick decided to make a change.

He discovered the keto dietand started working out six days a week.

That saw him drop an incredible 15st.

It was such an impressive change that after he proposed to Samantha in October 2018, she decided to follow in his footsteps.

Working out together, she managed to shrink from a UK size 16 to a size eight in just six months.

 She was so inspired by his weight loss that she decided to join him

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

She was so inspired by his weight loss that she decided to join him
 She's now slimmed down from a size 16 to an 8

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

She’s now slimmed down from a size 16 to an 8

The two of them now claim to have so much more energy that their sex life has been re-born.

“We have been eating keto; keeping our net carbs under twenty to thirty grams-a-day and we workout six days-a-week,” she said.

“We do twenty to forty-five minutes of cardio, fifteen minutes of ab workouts, and thirty to forty-five minutes of weight training.”

The weight loss, Samantha says, has been “liberating”.

What’s the deal with keto and carbs?

The keto diet revolves around eating a high protein-high fat plan with minimal sugar.

It’s not a zero carbs plan – you are actually encouraged to stock up on fresh, green veg (which is a carb).

But it does encourage not having any processed carbs or grains.

Technically, keto means eating under 20g of carbs a day.

20g of carbs is half a hamburger bun, a few bites of rice or a potato.

20g of carbs can also be a mountain of spinach, a massive plate of nuts, or berries.

So you can eat a lot…it just depends where you’re getting your carbs from.

“We both have more sex drive since losing the weight, as well as more stamina. I even wear less makeup now.

“It’s definitely hard to keep the positive mindset all the time. A lot of the times I still feel like the first thing people think when they see me is that I’m fat.”

The couple both have some loose skin, which can make their progress seen hard to acknowledge when they look in the mirror, but they know how far they’ve come.

And it’s all thanks to the fact that they’ve dramatically cut their sugar intake and work out daily.

 Their advice? To start fresh and bin any junk food before you start

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Their advice? To start fresh and bin any junk food before you start
 Sam also says that having someone to be accountable to makes it easier

MDWfeatures / Samantha Gilmore

Sam also says that having someone to be accountable to makes it easier

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“Start fresh; if that means getting rid of what’s in your pantry, or getting some new workout shoes, it helps to start motivation,” Samantha advised.

“Remember that you can do anything you want to do, and if you want it bad enough, what’s hard now becomes easier as you get stronger.

“Find someone to keep you accountable as well, someone you can’t or won’t hide any slip-ups from. It helps to have someone in your corner.”


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