Christoph Wilhelm is 34 years old and slim. on Instagram the insurance broker from the Ahr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia likes to show himself beaming. But that wasn’t always the case, as the 34-year-old emphasizes with several comparison posts. Just two and a half years ago, Christoph looked completely different. His smile gone. Instead, an extremely overweight man is shown, his gaze tortured.
Pasta, soda and iced tea
At this point, Christoph weighs over 250 kilograms. His lifestyle could hardly have been unhealthier, as he now tells the “Bild”: “I used to eat very large amounts, especially in the evenings,” says the insurance expert. “Breads or pasta with fat sauces.” There was usually soda and iced tea. On the way to his appointments, he nibbled gummy bears – sometimes even three bags in a row.
In addition to the poor nutrition, Christoph hardly moved at that time. “My car was right in front of my apartment. In the morning I’m practically from bed to the car, to the office, then home again,” he explains. In retrospect, he therefore lived in social isolation, he says.
“I wanted to lose weight too”
Only his sister makes him change his mind. Her decision to cut out carbohydrates after the birth of her child also changed Christoph’s life. “She looked great. I also wanted to lose weight,” says the 34-year-old. As a result, he finds out about low-carb and creates his own nutrition plan. The motto is: lots of protein and a maximum of 150 grams of carbohydrates per day. In the morning and in the evening there is now turkey and salad.
If Christoph has overeaten, he varies. However, without violating his maxim “hardly any carbohydrates”. This is followed by beef with vegetables, casseroles or omelets for lunch and dinner. He also drinks a lot of water – more than eight liters a day. “It’s not too much for someone that big and heavy,” he explains.
“People didn’t recognize me anymore”
Success comes immediately. In the first month alone he lost over 40 kilograms without doing any sport. Driven by his progress, he takes even more drastic measures. He banned carbohydrates from his life entirely. Low carb becomes no carb.
From November 2019 to March 2021 he lost 153 kilograms in this way and reached his desired weight of 93 kilograms. Even his shoe size has been four sizes smaller since then.
“People didn’t recognize me anymore,” he says proudly. An old customer suddenly thought he was a trainee.
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old is also happily in love. He has even been engaged to his girlfriend Bettina for a few weeks. Christoph doesn’t want to have the excess skin tightened at the moment: “I thought about having it removed from my stomach. But this is a major operation. She always reminds me of what I’ve accomplished and what I never want to do again.”