Kent Rieske, Age 65: He Used a High-fat/High-protein Diet

Kent Rieske:

He Lost Weight by Cutting Carbs

A 65-year-old mechanical engineer from Boulder, CO, Kent Rieske shed more than 40 pounds after his doctor warned him about high blood pressure. "After doing some research, I went on a high-fat and high-protein [but low-carbohydrate] diet that really seemed to work for me. I know I look better these days after losing 40 pounds, and I certainly feel better."

 Kent Rieske

"My wife Marti and I love to go hiking in the Rockies, and I've finally gotten to the point where I can keep up with her. In the past, I'd be huffing and puffing, while she went breezing right up the trail.”

The diet that worked for Rieske: Eating red meat, fish, fowl, natural cheeses, raw nuts and non-starchy vegetables, in moderate quantities. He ate little sugar, grains, breads, fruits or starchy vegetables. He also avoided both partially hydrogenated oils and polyunsaturated vegetable fats like corn oil and soybean oil.

Key Tip

"Make a list of all the things you'll be able to enjoy more — such as hiking, swimming and playing tennis — after you get rid of those 30 or 40 pounds you don't need.”

Today's Interactive Tools

The third-party content provided in the Health Library of is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.