Christoph Wilhelm is 34 years old and slim. The insurance broker from the Ahr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia likes to appear radiant on Instagram. But that was not 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 was gone. Instead, he is shown to be an extremely obese man, with a tortured look.
Pasta, soft drinks and iced tea
At this point, Christoph weighs more than 250 kilograms. His lifestyle could hardly have been less healthy, as he now tells “Bild”: “He used to eat very large amounts, especially at night,” says the insurance expert. “Breads or pastas with rich sauces.” There was usually soda and iced tea. On the way to his dates, he would nibble on gummy bears, sometimes even three bags in a row.
In addition to poor nutrition, Christoph was barely moving at the time. “My car was right in front of my apartment. In the morning I practically go from bed to the car, to the office and back home again”, he explains. In hindsight, therefore, he lived in social isolation, he says.
“I also wanted to lose weight”
Only his sister makes him change his mind. His decision to cut carbs after the birth of his child also changed Christoph’s life. “He looked great. He also wanted to lose weight,” says the 34-year-old. As a result, she learns about the low-carb diet and creates her own nutrition plan. Her motto is: lots of protein and a maximum of 150 grams of carbohydrates per day. In the morning and at night now there is turkey and salad.
Whether Christoph has overeaten, it varies. Of course, without violating the maximum “barely carbohydrates” of him. This is followed by veal with vegetables, stews or omelettes for lunch and dinner. He also drinks a lot of water, more than eight liters a day. “It’s not much for someone so big and heavy,” he explains.
“People didn’t recognize me anymore”
Success comes immediately. In the first month alone she lost more than 40 kilos without doing sports. 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 her shoe size has been four sizes smaller since then.
“People didn’t recognize me anymore,” he says proudly. A former 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 his excess skin tightened right now: “I thought about taking it off my stomach. But this is a major operation. She always reminds me of what I’ve achieved and what I never want to do again.”