“I Have the Energy to Do Things I Never Thought Would Be Possible”

Before and after

Before and after

Bill was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and immediately started searching online for help. He stumbled upon the traditional American Diabetes Association diet… and the weird ketogenic diet.

After reading more on the subject, the keto diet started to make more sense, so he decided to give it a try:

The E-mail

My name is Bill Rust, and in September of 2014, at the age of 40 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with an A1C of 9.7. My fasting glucose number the morning of my diagnosis was 202 mg/dl (11.2 mmol/l). I immediately started searching online for help, and as most newly diagnosed diabetics do, I went straight to the American Diabetes Associations page for help. I was also added to a Facebook group that teaches the ketogenic diet. At first I thought they were crazy, but I kept reading, then they finally convinced me fat was not the enemy.

I started doing more research and reading and it all started making sense. I decided to give the ketogenic diet a go, but I did have a few slip ups in the first few months, but I can honestly say I have been 100% faithful to keto since January 2nd, 2015. As you can see by my pictures I have lost a lot of weight, but more importantly my A1C is now 4.9! My average glucose numbers over the last couple of months is 78 mg/dl (4.3 mmol/l). So, when I have my next A1C I am sure it will be even lower. I’m glad this group grabbed me from the clutches of the ADA!

Obviously lowering blood glucose and losing weight are some great benefits of the ketogenic diet, but I have also discovered I have the energy to do things I never thought would be possible.

Two months ago I got out my old bike I hadn’t rode in years and fixed it up. I started riding a little each day, and before long I was riding over 20 miles (32 km) at a time. Well, this last weekend I decided to ride a route through the mountains around my home. The distance was 21.40 miles (33 km), but the distance wasn’t the hard part, it was climbing the mountains! I had climbed some smaller hills, but I had not taken on anything like this yet, well I thought it was time, but I was still wondering if I could do it.

I charted the route on my mapping program and on this 21.40 mile (33 km) route there was 1775 feet (541 m) of elevation gain. The hardest climb was 530 feet (153 m) in 1.50 miles (2.4 km). That’s steep for a 42 years old beginner, but I did it without stopping! I did the whole ride in 2 hours and 2 minutes, and the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming. This is not something I could have done following the standard diet for diabetes care. This accomplishment would not have happened without the power of ketones!

To sum it all up, most people are looking for ways to improve their health and overall quality of life, well they need look no further! As far as I’m concerned the ketogenic diet is the only way to improve health and overall quality of life. Some people look for miracle cures, well I found mine, and there is no way I will ever go back to eating the way the mainstream medical and nutritional communities tell us to, my health is too important to listen to them!

Bill

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What a fantastic story Bill – keto on!

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8 Comments

  1. Laurie
    Yay Bill! I look forward to hearing about your first century (100 miles) or metric century (100k) ride! Keep pedaling and keep the rubber-side down!
  2. GenerallyFading
    Yay Bill! Inspiration to the many!
  3. Janice
    That is such an amazing personal testimony of the power of the Ketogenic diet!!! Bravo and keep on truckin'....
  4. Vicky
    Great testimony. Never, Never, Never Give up!
  5. Peter
    Well done Bill, if I were you I would have the biggest smile on my face, I know that your body is smiling on the inside!
  6. Eva
    You look great! What a transformation, what a relief it must be!
  7. David
    Awesome! Keep up the great work.
  8. Francoise
    What an achievement! As Brian Williamson says on his "Ketovangelist" podcast: "...powered by ketones and carbs are for suckers."?

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