Briana Culberson from ‘RHOC; Is a New Woman Thanks to the Keto Diet

If the Keto diet needs someone to rep for the eating plan, Briana Culberson from The Real Housewives of Orange County would be the ideal candidate.

Culberson and her husband Ryan embarked upon a Keto-based eating program and the couple has collectively lost more than 100 pounds, Bravo’s The Feast reports. The couple has posted pictures along the way as the weight seemed to melt off.

Briana Culberson from The Real Housewives of Orange County
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But beyond the weight loss, Culberson’s health issues appear to have diminished too. Ryan reported that his wife had fewer lupus flare-ups and she’s feeling great.

Culberson’s rheumatologist recommended the program

When Culberson first emerged looking slimmer and healthy, fans had to know what she was doing to lose weight. But when the couple revealed they were doing the Keto diet, some fans wondered how that might impact Culberson’s health.

Culberson was diagnosed with lupus and has had thyroid issues. Vicki Gunvalson, Culberson’s mother shared the serious nature of her daughter’s health issues. “She has lupus,” Gunvalson told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “We almost lost her a couple years ago. That was one of the biggest fears I had in my life while I was filming; it’s my ‘Oh, my God’ moment. And she was super, super sick; got a very, very bad infectious disease from the hospital. They almost amputated her leg … she was extremely sick. 

But since doing the Keto diet, Culberson is feeling much better. Ryan shared that his wife had fewer lupus flare-ups since doing Keto. He asserted that Culberson’s “rheumatologist actually recommend it for her.” 

Stronger and healthier

As Culberson has dropped the weight, she and her husband have generously answered fan questions along the way. When a fan asked about her lupus, Culberson says she’s feeling much better. She wrote on an Instagram post, “All I know is I’ve been Keto for 14 months and my daily lupus symptoms are so much more manageable!”

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Even though the weight is coming off, the couple revealed they aren’t really exercising. When a fan asked Ryan what they did to work out, he responded, “We haven’t incorporated any working out yet.”

Indeed, weight loss programs can be effective in the kitchen alone. Shannon Beador from RHOC recently shared that her weight loss kicked into high gear during a time when she wasn’t working out. Beador has lost a whopping 40 pounds thanks to clean eating.

But she still manages to have a cocktail every now and then too

Most weight loss plans ban alcohol. A fan asked if alcohol had to be cut on the Keto plan. Culberson responded and said the couple frequently gets this question.

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She wrote, “Everyone is different but Ryan and I drink straight clear liquor (bourbon, vodka, etc) and red wine like cab or Merlot. We also drink corona premier (2.6 carb) and Michelob ultra. It doesn’t kick us out of ketosis at all but we cut out alcohol when we hit a weight loss stall.” Here is a list of Keto-friendly cocktails.