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To illustrate just how much weight Amanda has lost living the Wheat Belly lifestyle, she posed for this photo carrying 50 pounds of cheese.

You may remember Amanda from earlier this year. She first began reporting her Wheat Belly experience back in March, 2015, when she shared her original “before” photo:

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I’ve lost 50 lbs since February. I’m grain-free and dairy-free and I’ve never felt better. I’ve lost 28 inches overall and 13 1/2 inches of that is off my waistline!

This most recent series of photos are from February, 2015 (top), then July, 2015:

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50 pounds is an awful lot of cheese to carry around. But that is, in effect, what Amanda was enduring. But it wasn’t just the weight burden on her joints and bones; it was also the inflammation and hormonal distortions characteristic of abdominal visceral fat–an enormously disruptive organ. In particular, excessive visceral fat emits inflammatory proteins, worsens joint pain and swelling, increases triglycerides, blocks the effect of insulin, adds to the inflammation of autoimmune diseases, and increases risk for heart disease, breast cancer and other cancers, and dementia. Losing the visceral fat of a wheat belly is therefore a very powerful accomplishment for overall health, far more than a cosmetic issue, more than just being relieved of carting around the equivalent of 50 pounds of cheese.

Losing this weight from abdominal visceral fat–over a foot lost!–is therefore a huge accomplishment for Amanda’s overall health.