Just a bit about myself, I was 221 lbs and 5'10 at age 40. I rode my bicycle to work 30 miles a day and lifted weights but I over ate. I realized that I was not able to roll around on the floor and play with my kids and that something had to change so I started on a path to reinventing myself. First thing I did was eliminate grains from my diet. I found an old Vince Gironda book for bodybuilders and went all meat and vegetables, eating six times a day in small portions. Tried a lot of other things but eliminating grains has been the mainstay of my diet. I got into Fast-5 intermittent fasting about three years ago and have been able to maintain 170-173lbs now for a couple of years. But I was stuck thereI read your post on paleohacks and got your book back off the shelf. I'm still doing Fast-5 (five hour window in the evening) along with your recommendations for no more than 15-20g protein at a sitting, increasing nuts, avocados, sardines, salmon, etc, and I've dropped TEN POUNDS in three weeks! And I'm never hungry!! I'm at 163 now and could easily lose a few more to get more ripped and muscular than I've ever been in my life. Gary Taubes had said to eat as much meat as you want and cut the carbs down as far as you can. That works for a normal person, but I want to be defined and “ripped". I was actually on ZERO carb for three months but my weight stayed at 170 and I still craved peanut butter and alcohol. Now that I'm on your program, I'm never hungry, have no cravings, and I drink one carefully metered glass of red wine with dinner! J I'm so happy! I can't believe I look so good at 45 years old!
In February 2008 I developed a large lump in my breast. I was 61 years old at that time My son insisted that I immediately go onto the Rosedale low carb diet. I did so and by the time I went in for surgery I had lost about 6 kgs. Fortunately the tumor was benign.
I have always had a problem with my weight and have tried many diets all of which were difficult to maintain.
Prior to the diet I suffered from the following:
I remained strictly on this diet and am pleased to report that I have lost 34kg over this period. All of the above complaints have disappeared. I feel better than I did at 40. My energy levels are fantastic and I am far more active than before. The facial hair has disappeared but I have plenty of new growth on my head.
The one and only time I suffered from heartburn was as a result of eating a sandwich.
It has been very easy for me to maintain this diet. I am never hungry
Lois B. (Mother of Jordi)
Thankfully, I had been in excellent health all my life. I was never very sporty but always quite active, cycling around and walking a lot. Anyone who knew me would describe me as being in reasonably good shape at pretty much any age. At the age of 18 my waist size was 32" and I consistently weighed 172 lbs. I am exactly 6 foot tall. I finished university at the age of 21 at the end of 2001, and these statistics were unchanged.
I first came across Dr Rosedale's work through his article: Insulin, Leptin, Diabetes, and Aging: Not So Strange Bedfellows. At that time I had just celebrated my 28th birthday. His science fascinated me and I immediately got his book, and started following his guidelines closely. This was in January of 2008.
In January of 2008 I had about 6 years of full-time sedentary office work behind me, and had just turned 28. During these first 6 sedentary years staying in shape was a challenge. Unfortunately for me, I had caught onto the prevailing fad that "whole-grains" and "low fat" eating were essential for my health. This notion was and still is popular amongst erudite financial professionals, whose world I had stepped into after university.
Over these 6 years this newfound aversion to fat and focus on carbohydrates coupled with a sedentary office job led me to rapidly gain weight. In no time I systematically weighed in at 185 lbs with a waist size of 34". What makes this all the more remarkable is that for my health, like my colleagues, I had taken up running. So by switching to a low fat / high "healthy" carbohydrate diet and by introducing aerobic exercise into my life I had gained 2" inches on my waist and at least 13 lbs of fat. The good news is that I developed a new skill - I could run 3 miles in 20 mins. The bad news is that had to do so regularly in order not to balloon up !
In January of 2008 I made two simultaneous changes to my lifestyle: Firstly, I changed to eating according to Dr Rosedale's guidelines. Secondly, I stopped running altogether. While I told myself at the time that I liked running, now I look back and laugh at how deluded I was. In reality I think I only liked treadmill & tarmac pounding because it kept me from getting fat and it felt great when it was over !
Within 4 months of going aerobics free and onto Dr Rosedale's diet, my waist went down by 4" to 30" (2" less than when I was a "healthy" & energetic 18 year old !) and my weight went down to 168 lbs. This is not where the tale ends.
This January marks three years on the program for me (which gets easier and easier to follow as your hormones and cooking skills sort themselves out). Today my waist size is still 30". And I now weigh 176 lbs with the best body composition I have ever had - the extra 8+ pounds are free muscle (which required no real exercise) ! In short, Dr Rosedale's diet has:
When my wife and I first met (in Nov 2008) she liked me, but was skeptical of my funny eating habits. She is a German born Korean, so both rice and German baking were close to her heart. Nevertheless, as we spent more time together she ate more according to Dr Rosedale's guidelines, purely because that was what I ate. Over this time her weight is down 22 lbs and her body composition has become the stuff Shakespeare wrote poems about ! She is says that Dr Rosedale's diet is her excuse to eat to satiety and to not go to the gym.
Thank you Dr Rosedale. Your appreciation of metabolic momentum was years before its time and has changed many lives for the better.
Ron Rosedale came into my life pretty casually. Sometime before the holidays in 2004, while surfing channels from my couch, I caught a small part of an interview he was doing with a local news reporter. The part I was interested in related to his work in treating diabetes through diet and his success in getting to the actual disease instead of to the symptoms. His comments about how existing medical approaches did not necessarily focus on the root of the disease but merely the symptoms had my attention since that is how I had felt for years. Although interested, I wasn’t yet curious enough nor convinced that Dr. Rosedale was any different than my then diabetologist for whom the answer was always a different drug or an increased dosage. Yet, I bought his book.
Over the past two years, I had taken daily injections of insulin. Beginning with small doses of Lantus (which “gives you the power to help manage your diabetes with basal insulin that works around the clock with just one shot”) I worked my way up to 125 units per day. At no time during the Lantus injections did my blood sugar come under control or even cease to rise. Next, my doctor switched to Humulin, suggesting that the “power” just might take more that one shot. Two injections each day, finally up to 20-25 units per shot, again with no success in halting the steady rise in blood sugar. With every shot of insulin, I became more and more certain that I would succumb to the disease. I wasn’t sure if it was the diabetes that was killing me or if the increased insulin was pushing me over the edge. I had no energy. I was unable to control my cravings and food was my solace. After all, my doctor told me “we could manage everything with the drugs.”
After meeting with Dr. Rosedale and his staff, I began the program the afternoon of March 1, 2005. My medications at the beginning of the day were Humulin, Tricor and Prinivil. Dr. Rosedale told me to stop the Tricor right away and continue the others watching my blood sugar levels carefully to see if I should reduce the insulin dosage. I had decided that if this was going to work, it was going to work from the very start. Without Dr. Rosedale’s knowledge or instruction, I stopped the insulin that day, as well. After ten years of taking as many as ten pills a day and insulin for the past two years, on March 1, I took one Prinivil tablet plus the Rosedale Supplements designed for dietary health and the control of diabetes.
On the morning of March 2, 2005, my blood sugar reading was 181. I was encouraged because even with the insulin my blood sugar had averaged 213 for the prior three months. On March 3, my morning reading was 152. On March 4, 134. At the end of the first week on the Rosedale Diet, my blood sugar readings were between 131 and 110 for the entire day. The second and third weeks of the program have gone equally well. My blood sugar levels are gradually dropping with morning readings of 125 or lower, a late afternoon reading of 90-110, and a before bedtime reading of 100-125.
During this time, Dr. Rosedale suggested that I take my blood pressure regularly as the diet sometimes causes a lowering of blood pressure along with the other benefits. I was taking the Prinivil as an ACE Inhibitor primarily to protect my kidneys from the long-term effects of the diabetes. An additional benefit of the drug, for me, is that it lowers blood pressure, which is the primary reason most patients take it. On March 15, my blood pressure was 117/75. I stopped the Prinivil. My blood pressure has hovered around 125/85 and seems to be continuing downward, as well.
Oh, and one more thing. On March 1, 2005, I weighed 271 pounds. I will weigh in tomorrow after just four weeks on the program at 248 pounds. In a single month, I have lost 23 pounds. My goal is 210 and I already know that I am going to make it!
To overlook or downplay Dr. Rosedale’s work in the field of nutrition and diabetology would be to miss some very important science and for me, a very important cure.
The first month...
The Rosedale experiences of DH
For years I have unwittingly been poisoning my husband with low fat, complex carbohydrate diets, only to see his diabetes get worse, his energy lessen, and his weight increase.
In only two weeks on your wonderful diet, my husband lost nine pounds,lowered his blood sugar from 175 fasting down to 90 fasting, and lost his craving for carbohydrates. He loves what he is eating, and feels great. He told me I had saved his life. But really, it is you who have saved his life. I am astounded, and incredibly grateful.
I have bought copies of the Rosedale diet for my sister, my aunt, my sister in law and my cousin.
Though I am not overweight, and have normal blood sugar, I was surprised at how the Rosedale diet made me feel stronger, and gave me so much more energy.
By the way, your writing style is delightful. I love the way you have presented the science behind the diet, clearly and comprehensively. You have opened my eyes to how things "really work" metabolically.
I recommend your book to anyone who will listen.
Sincerely, and with a full heart
Just a thank you for Dr. Rosedale for my health, and to Brandon for his contribution for the website and this facebook group. I have been doing the diet since Jan 2008. I have lost 105 pounds and my blood sugars have dropped from 525 to normal with no medications. My A1C went from 14 to 5.6. If anyone has any doubt that this diet works, just give it an honest try. You will be amazed that you CAN give up bread, potatoes and fast food. You will experience something that you have either never experienced or haven't experienced for a long time.......being normal. Thanks Dr. Rosedale for standing almost alone to teach this.
William Guin wrote
at 3:14pm on March 8th, 2009
I have to just write a quick note about the Rosedale diet. A year ago, I sent my dad, 65 to see Rosedale speak and do some tests on my dad (he had high blood pressure and an enlarged prostate). My father (and since then, at least 7 of his friends) have went on the Rosedale diet and now he no longer takes high blood pressure medicine, has lost 33 pounds and walks 5 miles twice a day. I have to say, if I did not see it myself, I would be skeptical. I myself am embarking on the rosedale plan, and can only hope that I am just as successful.
But the real purpose of this e-mail is about my mom. She joined me on the diet back in July and has lost about 25 pounds. In 2007 she was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and has been on pill medication ever since. At the time her doctor recommended South Beach, but she didn't stick to it much. Rosedale has been wonderful for her! In fact, she actually had to eat a candy bar the other day because her blood sugar tested at 57 (on medication)! While that's far too low - it's a testimony as to how well this diet will bring blood sugar back to normal.
She had her doctors visit today to review her recent lab work. Since her doctors appointment 3 months ago her blood glucose levels have fallen from 7.1 to 6.3. Normal levels for a non-diabetic are supposed to be in the low 6's! He hasn't taken her off her medication yet, or cut it back, but he was so happy with the results and he suspects she may be off them come January. And if she keeps getting such low blood-sugar readings when she tests twice daily, he'll likely cut back her meds. (Because she's only been following the plan for 2 months, he wants to make sure she's gonna stick with it before he changes her meds.)
So that's my encouraging news. I hope everyone else is doing well with this way of eating, but if you are struggling, take heart and know that this will assuredly create positive change on the inside and out. Now, time to make some chicken salad with Olive Oil Mayo. :-)
P.S. To chime in on one of the other topics - cheat days keep me going. I fully believe in one cheat day (more like a cheat meal or cheat desert) once-twice a week. Knowing I can eat some popcorn at the movie theater provided I make right choices at dinner keeps me sane, and from binging on junk in moments of weakness.
Erin and my mom Candy
Female Upstate New York
January 2009 Aged 60
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Well to make a long story short: I had type 2 diabetes and weighed 173lbs. at a height of 5 feet and 64 years of age. I tried every diet and exercise in the world. I can't even remember how I came onto Dr.Rosedale's book but when I saw it, I just had this feeling that this was the one diet that would work because it made sense to me. Well, a year later I am at 136(from a size 16+ to a size 8 petite) and my count is 104 fasting from 128 and 5.7 from 6. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I am still working to get it down further.
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Bev on 04/17/08
Dear Dr Rosedale, Thank you for your wonderful way of life. I always had a problem keeping my weight on, so unlike most people it seems they want to lose weight, I needed to gain some weight. Through your way of eating, and lots of healthy fats my body finally feels like it is in balance. I have gained lean mass for sure and feel so much stronger and heathier. I have tried so many different things over the years, from raw, to vegan, which only made me weaker and skinnier they were truly unhealthy long term options for me. It has been 2 years now and I do feel that you have saved my life. With much gratitute to all you do Dr Rosedale, thank you with all my heart.
Christine on 04/18/06
Sandy on 06/16/06
Ron (not the Dr.)