Richard Morris & Carl Franklin

Richard Morris:

"It started in 2003 in Las Vegas when Richard (born 1965) gave up smoking under his doctors' supervision (using drugs). He compensated by eating just enough more to put on about 20lbs.

Doctors told Richard his triglycerides were getting high and so he should diet. He started drinking SlimFast nutritionally complete meal replacements. At his next blood test he found out he was pre-diabetic and was referred to an internist who got him on metformin and statins.

Then, his glycemic control worsened. So, they upped the drugs. His blood pressure started marching north, so he reduced all salt in his diet.

Shortly after, Richard met the Atkins low carb high protein diet. That was 2005, the height of the first low carb diet craze when supermarkets were switching from selling bread to low carb wraps, and fast food joints were doing low carb breakfast bowls.

After 3 months of Atkins, Richard's blood glucose was normal, his lipids were normal, and his blood pressure had normalized.

He figured he was cured! He took a victory lap and moved to Australia, retiring from software development to concentrate on getting his health back. He'd do it by exercising and eating clean - which meant learning to cook, and to grow food, and to do things like hand make cheese.

Fast forward 10 years. Richard had a personal trainer working him ragged for 3 x 30 minutes every week. He was cycling 100km a week, and his diet had become full of things like hand made pastas, pizzas with homemade mozzarella, lot's of meals with whole grains or pulses, all the good stuff that he had learned to cook. Pretty good retirement, right?

But Richard had put on a lot of weight, almost as much as he had when he was sick in Vegas. To make matters worse, he had developed a bad toe infection that started as an ingrown toenail and wouldn't go away. Eventually it was so bad that he took it to the ER, and they told him it was so badly infected that he may have to lose it, and by the way did he know he was a full on type 2 diabetic?

Defeated, he went back onto diabetes drugs (Metformin, Statins, BP meds), and saved the toe, but he slowly got sicker and sicker. Then they wanted to put him on a new drug called Januvia. After doing some research he found out that in a UCLA study of cadavers that had taken Januvia there was found a remarkable incident of pancreatic duct tumors.

The spectre of cancer was enough. After going through the stages of grief Richard made them a deal. If he could not fix this in three months he'd take the damn cancer pills.

Rather than getting depressed and accepting the diagnosis he studied everything he could about nutritional ketosis, which is the new hard core version of the low carb diet that is also lowish protein and as much fat as you can eat. He obsessed.

After 5 months Richard was no longer diabetic by any measure known to modern pathology. He went from having a disease that is, according to medicine, only ever progressive and not curable - to being asymptomatic.

His HbA1c was 5.2%. Diabetic ranges start over 7.5%. Normal is 5.0% to 6.5%. Richard's level at 5.2% is better than many people who are very insulin sensitive. He now exercises less, and he's healthier than ever. It's a keto miracle.

In February, 2016 Carl approached him about doing 2 Keto Dudes to provide information, links to the studies supporting the ketogenic diet, and of course recipes. Like Carl, Richard is a foodie. They both enjoy cooking, now more than ever.
Carl Franklin"

Carl Franklin

"Carl Franklin (born 1967) has been heavy almost his entire life, with brief periods of weight loss and good health. After he quit smoking in 1991 he gained nearly 70 pounds, which wouldn't begin to come off until years later when he discovered the Atkins diet.

Atkins proved to be hard to stick to. In hindsight, it's because you slowly bring carbs back into your diet, and it's too easy to skip the fat necessary to stay in nutritional ketosis, instead opting for 'healthy' foods like whole grain bread and fruits.

After a divorce in 2008, Carl went back to a ketogenic diet and lost 60 pounds. He went from 379 to 319 where he hit a wall. After being remarried, the weight slowly came back on until he was over 350.

His sugars had always been in control, though, because he occasionally would eat low carb for 4 or 5 days. That was enough to keep it just low enough so the doctors wouldn't be alarmed. Pressure from friends and family to watch out for the 'dangers of low-carb dieting' always scared him away from fully committing.

In 2014 he convinced his doctor to let him try a new weight-loss drug, QSymia, which suppresses appetite. It worked at first. He lost about 20 pounds, but found his appetite coming back. The dose had to be upped until he was taking what he thought was way too much. By the time he was at the third level of dosage increase his appetite was back to normal, and the weight came back on with a vengence. Of course, he was eating the FDA food pyramid, which didn't help his hunger. He went off QSymia, and gained even more weight.

In June, 2015 Carl was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. His doctor knew about the benefits of low-carb diets, and encouraged him. In 2015 Carl learned that a close friend had colon cancer and went under the knife. This friend had gone ketogenic to keep his cancer in check, and it was working. Richard Morris was a mutual friend as well, and Carl had read about his success with keto on the social networks.

That was it. He was 366 pounds. He knew low-carb was the only thing that worked for him. It was time. He started low-carb again in January, 2016, and this time did the research that convinced him to go full-blown ketogenic. His doctor gave him the green light, and he began keto in earnest on February 1st, 2016.

When Carl started 2 Keto Dudes with Richard Morris, he had already lost 24 pounds and was on his way to recovery. After only 2 and a half months of keto eating, with no drugs and no exercise, he had lost a total of 35 pounds (11 on keto), and his HBA1C (a three-month average of blood sugar) went from 7.4 (diabetic) to 6.1 (pre-diabetic). In July, 2016, Carl was 297 (70 pounds lighter), and his A1C was 5.9 (non-diabetic). 2 Keto Dudes is the story of Carl and Richard as they navigate the ketogenic lifestyle."