The keto diet: “I have come back from the dead”

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Kellie has lost 187 pounds (85 kg) and reversed type 2 diabetes with a keto diet and intermittent fasting. And as if that wasn’t fantastic enough, a test for lupus, an autoimmune disease which previously made her bedridden, came back negative after the diet switch!

Her whole family is now eating keto, and her husband and son have also transformed their health. This is their story:

Dr. Andreas,

I stumbled upon Diet Doctor early on in my journey in 2016. I was 340 lbs (154 kg) and bedridden from lupus. I was a 12-year vegan following the 80/10/10 principal and fruitarian for six months. My weight sky rocketed and I was then diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I decided that I had to change something or I was going to die.

I researched paleo and ate my first fish since 2005. I cried… I felt guilty BUT I also felt something I hadn’t felt in over a decade… satiety. Unfortunately with paleo I still had immense cravings and was making paleo brownies daily. Someone in my over eaters anonymous group suggested keto and the rest is history.

I went from bedridden to doing muay thai kick boxing and boxing. Keto and intermittent fasting reversed my pre diabetes and my ANA is now NEGATIVE. I used to have positive SSI and now it’s negative. I have come back from the dead.

Thank you for your low carb mission. You have changed lives and given life back to many of us. My entire family is keto now. It has reversed my young son’s type 2 diabetes, and my husband lost 140 lbs (64 kg) and was able to get back into the military.

Kellie

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Kellie’s husband

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Thank you for sharing your fantastic story, Kellie! It’s very inspiring to hear about whole families doing keto together.

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  1. Eileen
    Kellie you are an inspiration. Keto for life!
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  2. Vicky
    Great looking couple! Nice Job
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  4. Leno
    The photos of the husband look photo shopped .......all his moles disappeared in the after photo..In any diet balance and exercise are always gonna be your keys to success.
    Reply: #27
  5. WarblingLisa
    Congratulations, Kellie, to you and your husband. It's wonderful keto has improved the health of your entire family. Thanks for sharing your story with us!!
  6. Kathleen
    Congratulations, Kellie. Super news!
  7. Kellie
    Hi Lizzy not a bunch of crap a bunch of truth. I have been documented every step of my journey with my various doctors, pcp, rheumatologisrs, endocrinologist and gyno through regular lab work. If u have ANY questions feel free to ask ?
  8. Kellie
    @leno my husband actually does several videos and live videos.. Feel free to watch them on his
    IG @theketorock . I can ASSURE u he is every bit as gorgeous in person. If u have any questions i am on
    IG @QueenTasiLeao
  9. Kellie
    @leno oh and one more thing.. His 1 mole in the before pic is covered by his sunglasses.. Haha ?
  10. Kellie
    Thank u Lisa and Kathleen! I wish they had posted a pic of our youngest son (who is now 10) too. He was pre-diabetic. We got him on keto and he lost 20lbs and his A1c is completely normal
  11. Terrie
    Been doing keto for 6 wks nothing i think its bs to cant be good for your heart and arteries eating all that fat
  12. Kellie
    @terri keto is a tool to help supress hunger, regulate hormones, insulin levels and burn off glycogen stores. U still need to be in a caloric deficit. There is A lot of actual research and data out there that has proven unequivically that animal fats do not cause heart disease. Any credible cardiologist will tell u to reduce carbohydrates and sugars. In fact there are many articles promoting LcHf written by cardiologists and talks given that are on youtube.
    Best wishes! And keep doing ur research.
  13. Ryan Mesler
    while you can reverse diabetes by switching from processed junk to whole foods as seen in the magic pill, what you don't realize is the damage your arteries are undergoing because they're being pumped full of fat.

    olive oil is pure fat too, refined and bottled for your convenience. the health "benefits" of olive oil are grossly exaggerated and are nullified by the damage they cause your arteries. short term AND long term.

    fact is, ketosis is an emergency mechanism your body uses when you're starving. it is not meant as a lifestyle or a diet solution.

    there are plenty of studies by real doctors that can back all of this up.

    Reply: #31
  14. Eileen
    Kellie you are an inspiration. Keto for life!
  15. Kellie
    @ryan actually ketosis is a NATURAL mechanism ur body goes through when depleted of glycogen stores. Pregnant women go into a natural state of ketosis and babies are born in a state of ketosis. Pretty neat huh? And considering my BuN, CrP and all antibodies have dropped to normal levels, and also my critically low vit d levels(when i was vegan) of (an 8!) rose to a normal level of 64... After 2 years keto and without mega high dose of prescription Vit d.. 50,000iu a day. (that is what i was prescribed by my endo when i was first diagnosed and as a vegan at that... And those levels didnt budge putting me in the Critically low catagory). If u want to talk stats i would LOVE to talk stats. Because i was so sick i became a professional patient on a positive note i let ALL of the kab results do the talking rather than resort to conjecture and random FB posts by Random people.

    Btw i wad also prescribed statins as a low fat high carb vegan because my LDL was so high. Go figure

  16. Yvette
    You did it,) cheers to everyday being a better you.
  17. Tanner
    A 380 lb fruitarian ? Lmao, lard isn't a fruit.
  18. Kem
    Tanner most fruits turn into sugar. Do your research. Why you have to be so rude.
  19. Kem
    I have lost 40 pounds since March 2, 2018 by just cutting out carbs. I do not do all the high fat as my doctor told me it is not good for me and it raises your cholesterol levels, I use the keto strip and my body stays in ketosis without the high fat intake. I now weigh 150 pounds and have 10 more to go and I am sure I will be at my goal by June 1st. Carbs are not good for our body and if you want to lose weight lose the carbs it works.
  20. Alex jones
    lol if you're starving yourself of course you're going to loose weight. Like what is this keto nonsense. You can eat literal crap and loose weight if you're eating 1000 calories a day. Why not eat whole plant based diet and be satiated and satisfied and not worry about anything. The weight just comes off, like Greyhound lean and mean. Plants plants plants love your body and what you put in it.
    Reply: #22
  21. Jennifer
    "I was a 12-year vegan following the 80/10/10 principal and fruitarian for six months" Right there she said she was vegan if you read it.
    Reply: #26
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  23. Kris
    Thruth about ketogenic diets. You can accomplish just about all that is claimed in this article on a McDonald's diet. Losing weight reverses type 2. Doesn't make it healthy in the long term.
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  25. Kris
    You can be a junk food vegan. I think Alex is talking about eating a whole foods plant based diet. Sounds like she failed Miserably for 6 months on a fruititarian diet. But we don't know what she ate and this is an anecdote. Check out my video link below for long term side effects of a ketogenic diet
  26. Mark
    Great job, Kellie and fam! Ignore the haters.
  27. Kellie
    @kris, i was vegan for 12 years sweetie and a raw foods chef. I was fruitarian as a last ditch effort to help with my lupus which rendered me bedridden. A fruitarian and 80/10/10
    Caused a diagnosis of type 2, occular migraines (because of the fructose). So that high fructose diet failed Me... And the thousands of people that have tried it. The vegan, raw, fruitarian community is based out of pseudo science and fear tactics. Aside from losing 200lbs now, the horrific experience of being disabled from an equally horrific diet changed my career and field of study from unsubstantiated vegan propaganda to dietetics.

    U should gather information before forming outlandish assumptions. Its reflective of small mindedness.

  28. Kellie
    @alex in terms of "starving yourself", u must be in a caloric deficit of ur tdee in order to lose fat.. This is true. But, i eat to substain and enhance my activity level and athleticism. Which is Muay thai and boxing, training at arguably one of the best MMA gyms in the world.
  29. Kellie
    @kris the people here are way too educated to fall for ur vegan propaganda. And people who are on my Social media know exactly what i've eaten for the past 2 years as i have posted daily and in several dozen live videos.
    So, good try.
  30. Ken
    While opinions are enjoyable to hold and invite others to share, I challenge you to provide references for your claims, which sound a lot like old diet-heart hypothesis junk, which has been repeatedly debunked at vast expense by the very people trying to prove it. For extensive exploration of this subject I refer you to the work of ; Nina Teicholz, Zoe Harcombe, Gary Taubes and many others.

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