Man’s Life Transformed with the Ketogenic Diet
In the US more than one in three adults
are considered to be overweight.
But with the right inspiration
people can turn their health around.
And that’s just what this next viewer did.
Take a look.
I have unfortunately had a problem
with my weight my entire life.
My daughter Janet was born in 2011.
When my daughter was about three-years-old
I topped out at about 575 pounds.
When you’re that big, every little task becomes impossible.
It was really hard to be a good father to her.
When I weighed 575 pounds the doctors told me
that I had about five months to live.
When I thought about my daughter growing up without me
it frightened me.
I decided that I wasn’t gonna die.
No matter what it took.
From that point on I went to the gym.
And then I discovered the ketogenic diet.
The weight just kept flying off.
A hundred pounds.
I was in Vitamin Shoppe almost everyday.
The folks at The Vitamin Shoppe were very knowledgeable
and would always help me find exactly what I needed.
And I’m proud to say I lost over 400 pounds.
And most importantly my daughter has her father back.
What an amazing transformation.
Dr. Jacob Wilson, an expert
on The Vitamin Shoppe Wellness Counsel
joins us to talk about the ketogenic diet.
Dr. Wilson, explain how the ketogenic diet works.
On a ketogenic diet you’re essentially
reducing carbohydrates and replacing them with fats.
And what does that mean?
It means that a meal will be essentially 70 to 80% fat.
About 20% protein.
And 5% carbohydrate.
When you switch to this diet,
you can actually increase metabolism,
you can improve muscle mass and you can fight
the hardest part about dieting, which is hunger.
The reduction in carbs actually causes ketosis, right?
Where the body produces ketone bodies out of the fat
and uses them directly instead of the carbs, correct?
That’s exactly right.
Yeah, can you talk about the type of foods
people eat on this diet?
The foods that you’re gonna eat in this diet
are gonna be rich in proteins and healthy fats.
That means that typically you’re gonna be consuming
plenty of meats, eggs, cheese,
nuts, seeds, oils, butter
and healthy, fibrous grains.
Besides diet and exercise, motivation is also
really important when it comes to losing weight.
For some it can be really difficult.
Do you agree?
I couldn’t agree more.
And that’s why The Vitamin Shoppe
launched its in-store Keto HQ.
Which is essentially a one stop destination
for products and education to help keto dieters
reach their goals.
And I’m told The Vitamin Shoppe
did something really special to reward Ken,
who just finished nursing school.
Let’s take a look.
Hi Ken, I’m Dr. Holly Phillips
with The Doctors television show.
We’re told you lost over 400 pounds on the ketogenic diet.
Yes I did, I lost over 400 pounds.
I actually lost so much my doctors said
I should put some muscle back on.
You look amazing, you must feel even better.
I feel great.
And we’re also joined by Dr. Jacob Wilson,
who’s the author of The Ketogenic Bible.
And Claire Simmons, who’s a health enthusiast
right here at your local Vitamin Shoppe.
Claire, what was it about Ken’s journey
that really stood out to you?
Ken is in here almost every single day
getting the supplements and advice that he needs.
And I’m very happy to be part of Ken’s journey.
Great, Ken’s loyal.
And speaking of loyalty, Dr. Wilson,
Ken’s also part of a newly re-launched loyalty program.
Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Well The Vitamin Shoppe is very excited
and feels it’s important to make
health and wellness an affordable priority.
And in fact, their new Healthy Awards Program
allows individuals to earn points
that goes towards their purchases
based on the amount of money that they spent.
What’s really exciting is that at higher levels,
individuals can actually get access to nutrition experts
and a community of people who share goals.
Claire, I understand you’ve nominated Ken
for a really special reward
in celebration of his incredible journey.
You wanna let us know what it is?
This entire month we are celebrating
standout healthy awards members.
And Ken, because you are so inspiring,
we are giving you $3,000
to put toward your education expenses.
And something special for you to do with your daughter.
We really are.
We really are, Ken.
We are also giving you
one year’s membership at a gym of your choice.
And on top of that, 25,000 healthy award points
for a total prize value of $5,000.
I don’t even know what to say, oh my God.
Are you surprised?
How do you feel?
I never won anything in my life so I’m very surprised.
Very, very well deserved.
Thank you so much.
This is gonna help me a lot.
It’ll help my daughter a lot too.
So I really appreciate it.
Well Ken, we can’t thank you enough
for sharing your incredible story with us.
We wish you nothing but continued success.
Thank you so much.
And back to you, doctors in the studio.
Dr. Holly and Dr. Wilson,
thank you for being here.
Now as always, talk to your doctor
before taking any supplements
or starting a weight loss program.