Kellie Foster is a chemical engineer and recovered binge eater from Toronto, Canada. She used to weigh 230 pounds and decided to lose weight by the traditional calorie counting diet. However, the ‘cheat meals’ Kelly ate while controlling her calories intake caused her to develop an unhealthy binge eating disorder. The solution was to implement a ketogenic diet, that eventually allowed her to recover from it. Kelly has been following the ketogenic diet since August of 2015 which allowed her to lose over 90lbs and reach her ultimate goal weight. This type of diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet which allowed her to still eat her favorite foods, like chicken wings, steak, and cheesecake.
She shared her weight-loss journey on her Instagram account that to date has 23.1k followers.
The 24-year-old girl has shown that determination, dedication and hard work can bring you the success you desire.
At one point in her life, she used to eat a whole box of cereal, four slices of bread, a jar of Nutella and few granola bars, all in one sitting.
Now Kellie has slimmed down thanks to the ketogenic diet.
The 24-year-old said that the weight piled on when she went to college.
However, she has been maintaining Keto since 08/2015
Kellie spoke about her binge eating disorder on her YouTube channel.
“It really hurt me deep inside that I was never able to look like my friends did” she revealed. “I completely let myself go and ate whatever I wanted. I did not exercise at all and what most people call the “freshman 15” was more like the “freshman 40″. I could not even look at myself in the mirror.” she added.
At the beginning, Kellie was on a strict 1,200 calories a day diet, plus two hours of cardio every day. She did manage to drop 65 pounds however she felt weak and had no energy. After including ” cheat meals” her attitude towards food changed. “They started as something innocent but it became something very bad. My cheat days became a free for all and I absolutely gorged myself” she confessed.
“After four months, I had lost 65 pounds already and that really fueled me to keep going. But cheat days were a vicious cycle as once a week started to become three and four times a week and they also started to become more secret.” Kellie adds.
Kellie used to weight 230 pounds when she started her traditional calorie intake diet.
Now she loves not having a double chin
The transformation of her body is amazing
Kellie is now on a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet
This diet even allows her to eat chicken wings!
Now, Kellie can also indulge in adapted cheesecake recipes. When she used to binge eat she would even feel sick and have to lay down, until it passed. However, for her, the emotional distress afterward was even more difficult. “It’s very shameful and you wouldn’t want anyone to know what you were doing. It’s not even about the food, you’re not even tasting it or enjoying it. It’s this compulsive action of taking the food and putting it into your body as fast as you can.”
She decided it’s time for a change when she found herself forcing herself to throw up after a particularly bad binge: “My mind snapped and I couldn’t believe what I was doing.’
While she was in college Kellie joined an on-campus eating disorder group, where she learned how to control her binge eating habits. The group had a nutritionist who told Kellie how to make better food choices. Even though she graduated from the programs, Kellie still failed to control her binging tendencies. Four years later, the 24-year-old girl put on almost all of the weight she had lost.
“My amazing coach Brian Nugent had me eating healthier and that did work for a while. But I stopped losing weight so my coach asked me if I had ever heard of the ketogenic diet. I’d read about it online but I thought I didn’t want to give up fruit or carbs but I challenged myself to 30 days of the diet anyway.”
Her coach recommended her the ketogenic diet.
She also joined a Cross Fit gym.
Kellie substitutes carb heavy foods like pasta with healthier keto alternatives
With this diet, the body, starved of glucose from carbohydrates, starts to use ketones in the liver for energy. It’s also recommended for people who suffer from diabetes since it stabilizes insulin levels. You can also eat vegetables and oily fish apart from fattier foods.
“Because it allowed me to incorporate fattier foods like bacon and butter into my diet, I didn’t feel restricted and had zero binging tendencies so I didn’t stop after 30 days. Now I plan to continue eating this way for the rest of my life.”
She adds:”Keto has freed me and changed me. Since starting the keto diet I’ve never had an urge to binge. I’ve finally been able to lose the weight I wanted to lose. It’s also changed the way I treat my body, and now I look the way on the outside the way I feel on the inside.”
Kellie admits that she is missing cookies, cake and bread, but she is not missing fruit. “I can live without fruit” She says.