Our member spotlight at this week’s meeting was Bob Collins. Bob was always a chronic yo-yo dieter, but four years ago he found low carb, and has lost and sustained an 80-pound weight loss. , is a cancer survivor, and is off of a number of medications, and is now on a mission, through his work with the Lions Club, to help as many people as possible reclaim their health. 

Discussion: 

  • Dr. Tro started the meeting by talking about a food frequency questionnaire study published by the American Heart Association trying to associate 5 servings of fruits and vegetables with decreased mortality. Tro pointed out that buried in the supplemental section was the findings that eating more than two servings of fruit increases mortality compared to eating 1-2 servings.
  • The meeting then turned over to discussing the journey of member Bob Collins: he was a self-described “chubby kid” who eventually suffered from the same many metabolic issues that plagued members of his family. 
  • Over the years Bob struggled with weight and was constantly dieting. He remembers when the Dietary Guidelines changed to low fat he began eating more things like fruits, margarine, rice cakes etc., but could not keep it up and was constantly hungry find that wat way of life was completely unsustainable.
  • About 30 years ago Bob tried the Atkins Diet, and had great success. He believes that  because there were not as many resources and information about it as we have today, the weight eventually came back. A bout with Lyme disease also contributed to weight gain.
  • In 2016, Bob’s weight was at its highest and his health hit an all-time low. His doctor wanted to put him on statins, but after doing his research, Bob decided to go all-in on a ketogenic approach. Six months later he had lost over 50 pounds and a year later all of his cholesterol numbers were down and he had lost over 80 pounds. He came off all the Lyme, GERD, and high blood pressure medications.
  • Bob works out 3 times a week for a few hours each day doing a lot of core and HIIT workouts.
  • Bob said that some of his most challenging times are social events — he likes to eat before he goes or brings his own to avoid straying off track. He also advocates for himself when others try to discourage him.
  • Bob is very involved in the Lions Club of America, and he speaks to other community groups and Lions Clubs to spread the word of keto. His goal is to show how it has helped people, bringing awareness, and hopefully send others down that path. He enjoys helping others, but also find that it helps to keep him motivated for long-term success. 

Article by Brian Wiley

Brian Wiley is a Certified Health Coach who struggled to lose weight for most of his life. He attempted most of the mainstream approaches, along with the standard advice to “eat, less move more.” This advice resulted in minimal short-term success, or no success at all. Brian then adopted a low-carb lifestyle in 2009, and succeeded in losing 100 pounds. He has maintained that weight loss ever since using a low-carb ketogenic IF lifestyle. "I see people every day, both in real life and on social media, struggling, going through the same cycles of unsuccessful dieting like I did. I want to serve as an example that this approach can be successful, is not a fad, and is a healthy long-term lifestyle solution." Brian is also an ACE certified personal trainer.