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Amanda Rose’s Facebook video about her weight loss has 325,000 views .

Amanda Rose, who lives in the Giant Sequoia National Monument above Porterville, is half her former size, down 140 pounds from 280, and has stirred Facebook viewers with her family vacation photos from Yellowstone National Park, taken just one year apart — in August 2017 and 2018.

The Facebook video has 325,000 views.

“Desperation may have been the secret to my success,” Rose said. “I was limping around Wyoming in 2017 with a knee injury that wasn’t healing and with sons who wanted to get out and hike. At the time, I was actually approved for bariatric surgery and determined to lose some weight before surgery, but didn’t have any real hope that it would work. I had decades of dieting failures behind me.”  

It is Rose’s raw look at diet failure that has caused the stir. In her viral Facebook video “A Postcard from Yellowstone” she acknowledges yo-yo dieting and the increased difficulty of weight loss, especially for women over 40 who have struggled with weight their entire lives. 

The dramatic photo displays Rose with her teenage son at the 45th parallel sign north of Yellowstone, each one reaching from either side of the 45th parallel, a latitude line halfway between the equator and the North Pole. As for the differences from 2017 to 2018, Rose says: “My son grew a few inches. I look a bit different, too.”   

“It really is even more extraordinary than this photo. I am the leanest I have ever been as an adult,” Rose said.

Having struggled with weight her whole life, she is now 30 pounds below her lowest adult weight.

The difference for her with her weight loss approach is that she combined two research-based methods of eating that, taken together, work better than anything she has tried.

“I focused on what I was eating. It was all very low in carbohydrates, and included a lot of fiber-rich low-carb foods such as cabbage,” she said “A game-changing factor for me was when I ate. I ate one meal a day in one hour.” 

Rose often ate a large salad with a base of cabbage or romaine lettuce, dressed with a homemade low-carb salad dressing, and topped with a healthy protein. She used no special foods or branded products to succeed.

After seeing her success, four of her family members followed suit, who are now also at all-time low weights, causing friends to try it, too. 

“A woman found me on Facebook and realized we were both from Delano. We chatted about the diet, and I asked her how she found me. She heard about me through my cousin, who is walking around Delano 25 pounds below his high school graduation weight. He is a walking billboard,” she said.  

Back in May, quite a few of the moms at her sons’ school — Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center (the Tulare County Office of Education Charter School outside of Visalia) — tried the diet, too.

“We have a fun collection of ID cards from school photo day in October of 2017 and 2018 but, more importantly, two of the moms have reduced their need for blood-sugar-regulating medications,” she said. 

“The Postcard from Yellowstone” is a dramatic representation of a weight loss approach that could work well for many people, Rose said.

“I just happened to be desperate enough to go all in and lucky enough to travel to Yellowstone twice,” she said. “It’s been a good year.”

Asked if she has found a cure for obesity, Rose is emphatic: “Consider my obesity cured when I’ve died of natural causes at a ripe old age, trim. My obesity is in remission.” 

How to watch 

To see Amanda Rose’s Facebook video go to

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