‘I don’t eat anything other than eggs, meat and cheese!’ Mom lost 130lbs by cutting her diet to three ingredients – and she still indulges in up to eight McDonald’s quarter pounders a DAY

A mother-of-three who dramatically transformed her body by losing nearly 130 pounds claims three ingredients were key to her success – eggs, meat and cheese.

Kelly Hogan, 37, weighed 262lbs at her heaviest before she decided to overhaul her diet to cut out carbohydrates.

Since limiting her diet to just the three ingredients – which includes sometimes indulging in McDonald’s burgers – the music teacher from North Carolina brought her weight down to a steady 135lbs.

Simple! Mother-of-three Kelly Hogan, 37, pictured left 260lbs and right at 140lbs, lost 130lbs by cutting her diet to just three ingredients - eggs, meat and cheese
Simple! Mother-of-three Kelly Hogan, 37, pictured left 260lbs and right at 140lbs, lost 130lbs by cutting her diet to just three ingredients - eggs, meat and cheese

Simple! Mother-of-three Kelly Hogan, 37, pictured left 260lbs and right at 140lbs, lost 130lbs by cutting her diet to just three ingredients – eggs, meat and cheese

Struggle: At her heaviest, the music teacher from North Carolina, pictured recently with her three children, aged five, three and eight months, weighed 262lbs

Struggle: At her heaviest, the music teacher from North Carolina, pictured recently with her three children, aged five, three and eight months, weighed 262lbs

Kelly told Daily Mail Online: ‘I have a chart on my wall that shows all the nutrients that you get from fresh meat…

‘I don’t eat anything other than eggs, meat and cheese, literally nothing.’

Her children – aged five, three and eight months – follow a low-carbohydrate diet, which means they eat fruit and vegetables, while her husband James, 35, eats more carbohydrates than the rest of the family.

Since giving up carbohydrates Kelly said she does not miss them, but admits that she sometimes craves peanut butter.

Kelly, who now weighs approximately 147lbs, compared her relationship with carbohydrates to a drug addiction – claiming she found it easier to give them up entirely than partially restricting them.

Now she said she is completely free of her addiction and no longer has a sweet tooth. 

She said: ‘Now I don’t have any desire for it. But when I was on a low-carbohydrate diet and I did allow myself those little hits it made it worse.’

Meat-orientated: Under her unusual eating regime, sometimes Kelly, pictured with her husband James, 35, eats eight McDonald's quarter pounder patties a day

Meat-orientated: Under her unusual eating regime, sometimes Kelly, pictured with her husband James, 35, eats eight McDonald’s quarter pounder patties a day

Journey: Kelly, pictured with her mother on her wedding day, weighed 240lbs when she got married and wore a size 22/24 dress

Journey: Kelly, pictured with her mother on her wedding day, weighed 240lbs when she got married and wore a size 22/24 dress

Kelly told GoodHousekeeping.com that she started struggling with her weight in middle school when she ‘considered myself heavy’.

When she went to college she ‘tried every diet imaginable’ but still continued to gain weight. 

‘While most people experience the freshman 15 in college, I gained more like the freshman 50.

‘I tried every diet imaginable. I would starve myself down and then regain twice as much,’ she said.  

When she got married in 2002, her dress was a size 22/24 and she weighed 240lbs.

Three years later, when her weight reached 262lbs, she started noticing abscesses on her legs and decided to go to the doctor.  

She said: ‘My doctor said he could “almost guarantee” that my issues would go away if I cut carbs out of my diet and handed me a brochure. 

Nutrition: Government guidelines advise eating fruit, vegetables and whole grains as part of a healthy diet but Kelly, pictured with her family, points to research that suggests otherwise

Nutrition: Government guidelines advise eating fruit, vegetables and whole grains as part of a healthy diet but Kelly, pictured with her family, points to research that suggests otherwise

Evidence: Kelly, pictured when she was younger, said research into the meat-heavy diets of Inuit people proves that her diet is beneficial

Evidence: Kelly, pictured when she was younger, said research into the meat-heavy diets of Inuit people proves that her diet is beneficial

‘It listed all carbohydrate-heavy foods on the front, which was everything I loved to eat — doughnuts and bagels and pastas. 

‘On the back was a list of non-carbs, and I was supposed to eat only from that list. I thought, I’ll try.’

In the first year, when she followed a low-carb diet, she lost 80lbs. When she went back to the doctor, she said he ‘didn’t even recognize me’.

But she claims what ultimately got her weight down to 135lbs was restricting herself to just eggs, meat and cheese.

Generally, she eats around two pounds of meat a day in the form of a mixture of either chicken or steak, eggs, bacon and omelette. 

She said she no longer counts calories, eats when she is hungry, does not work out and sometimes eats up to eight McDonald’s quarter pounder burger patties a day.

Medical help: In 2005, when Kelly, pictured recently, weighed 262lbs, she went to the doctor who suggested restricting her diet

Medical help: In 2005, when Kelly, pictured recently, weighed 262lbs, she went to the doctor who suggested restricting her diet

Life choice: Kelly, pictured with her family, found the doctor's advice to restrict carbohydrates so helpful that after dropping 80lbs in a year she gave the food group up all together

Life choice: Kelly, pictured with her family, found the doctor’s advice to restrict carbohydrates so helpful that after dropping 80lbs in a year she gave the food group up all together

She said: ‘At four dollars per pound, it’s inexpensive and easy. I do have coffee, and I don’t really drink alcohol. 

‘Now, I’m not saying everybody should survive off of McDonald’s burgers, but I feel pretty great doing it.’

As well as her physique and well-being, she claims her diet also improved her fertility after previously struggling to get pregnant. 

Government guidelines advise eating fruit, vegetables and whole grains as part of a healthy diet. 

But Kelly, who blogs about her experiences, pointed to research into the meat-heavy diets of Inuit people in the Arctic.

‘They lived in Canada before produce was able to be shipped from place to place, so fruits and vegetables weren’t an option, yet these groups had the lowest incidences of cancer and high fertility rates,’ she added.