Doing the impossible on a ketogenic diet

Before and after

Before and after

Here’s yet another example of someone doing the impossible – reversing type 2 diabetes, obesity and other health problems – using only a ketogenic diet.

This is the story about how Wim and his wife Saïda turned their lives around:

The blog post

We are Wim and Saïda Tilburgs from the Netherlands, and this is our story. It tells how Wim lost 40 kg (88 lbs) and reversed all the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Along the way, he solved most of the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which he developed after serving at the UN mission in Lebanon.

Our story tells how Saïda lost 20 kg (44 lbs) and reversed all her symptoms of painful osteoarthritis and inflammation. We have done so only with a ketogenic low-carb, high-fat (low-carb) diet.

Wim's bloodwork

Here are the numbers for my blood work. You can see that my HbA1c went from 11.4% to 8.7% with high doses of insuline and metformin. On a ketogenic diet from 8.7% to 5.4%. Standard of care made me obese and still a diabetic at high risk. The ketogenic diet reversed my T2 diabetes. Keep reading


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  1. gbl
    I'm impressed these two have been low-carbing so long, and retained their gains. Almost 10 years.
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  2. Marion
    No, gbl, according to their site (follow link) they started in june 3rd 2015
  3. Wim Tilburgs
    This is Wim I am in the story. It is correct we started on ketogenic diet on june 3rd 2015. I just took that picture since I noticed that I avoided to be on any pictures because I did not like what I saw.

    I think a lot of obese people avoid pictures and mirrors.

    Thanks for your remarks!

  4. gbl
    You both look wonderful. Thanks for your inspiring story.

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