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Accredited Exercise Physiologist | Secondary PDHPE Teacher | Sports Scientist | Researcher | Author
Ray Kelly is a proud Gomeroi man and one of Australia’s leading health professionals, with over 29 years’ experience in the health and sports industries. He is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and with a Master of Teaching (PDHPE) and a Bachelor of Research where he focused on the reversal of type 2 diabetes in the Indigenous community. He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Analysis of the factors contributing to successful reversal of T2DM through lifestyle change by Indigenous people in Australia.
Within the fitness industry, Ray has had a great deal of success in the area of weight loss. He was employed as a trainer in the first 2 seasons of The Biggest Loser Australia, where he was given 1 contestant each year. He achieved a perfect record with both contestants winning the competition in consecutive years. He has also written 2 books on weight loss, titled “Winners Do What Losers Don’t” (New Holland, 2008), and “Full Plate, Less Weight” (New Holland, 2014). He has also had input into many publications.
Mr Kelly is award winning Exercise Physiologist, more recently winning the ESSA Exercise Physiologist of the Year (2019). He holds numerous advisory positions and teaching positions including as an ESSA NSW Indigenous Projects Officer (2018-Current), member of the Advisory Group – Diabetes and Endocrine Network (Agency for Clinical Innovation), Lecturer at University of Technology, Sydney (Indigenous Health and Wellbeing (2020) and as a guest Lecturers at University of NSW (2020-2021) (Chronic Disease in Indigenous Communities)).
Research Translation and Impact
Across his career, Ray has made significant impact translating research into community programs. These include:
Rapid Loss Program
In 2009 Ray Kelly formulated a meal replacement shake and lifestyle program that would become one of the largest programs in Australia. Rapid Loss was designed as a meal replacement shake for those who wanted to reduce caloric intake dramatically or could be had as a snack between meals for those who wanted to learn how to lose weight with a focus on consuming fresh, unprocessed foods. The shakes were sold in all major outlets (Coles, Woolworths, pharmacy chains, etc) and the program was provided online. The format had the participants working with their GP to provide safe, long term support. Online and phone support were also provided for the participants, with over 30,000 joining the program each year.
Arnott’s Biscuit Factory
Ray Kelly provided a chronic disease program at the Arnott’s biscuit factory in Western Sydney for their day, afternoon and night shifts. Across the program, 53 participants lost a total of 643kg in 10 weeks. At 6 months follow up, the average weight had only increased by 0.6kg. The results were presented at the European Congress on Obesity (Gothenburg, 2016) and the International Congress on Obesity (Vancouver, 2016).
Ray Kelly provided an online 12-week chronic disease program for 100 fans of the GWS Giants AFL club. In total the participants lost 1,612kg. Participants were from Western Sydney and had been previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or hypertension.
Too Deadly for Diabetes is a lifestyle program provided primarily through Aboriginal medical services in rural and remote NSW. Ray Kelly engages with the local Indigenous community and health care providers to identify obstacles and design strategies. This have proven effective with each location witnessing a major improvement in clinical outcomes. An independent study was completed on the program in Western Sydney where participants achieved an average weight loss of 7.5kg and a reduction in HbA1c of 1.7%.
In particular, the Too Deadly for Diabetes program is provided in many areas where the management of type 2 diabetes is often poor. This leads to an increasing number of patients suffering from complications with their feet, kidneys, eyes and cardiovascular system. As participants often improve their food intake, increase physical activity and reduce HbA1c, the previous issues around the co-morbidities are significantly reduced.
In Ray’s experience, Indigenous communities have unique obstacles to health. By guiding discussions, Ray assists local health staff and community in identifying obstacles and then designing localised strategies. This has led to programs which have resulted in substantial improvements in HbA1c and reductions in medication use within short periods of time.
Engaging with end-users and consumers is an integral part of Ray Kelly’s work and his reputation with this has enabled him to gain the immediate trust of Indigenous communities as the community engagement process at a new location begins. Due to media outlets and past participants sharing stories, Ray Kelly has the trust and respect of Indigenous communities and this provides the foundation for discussions about the research portfolio.
Currently, Ray Kelly provides research-based training and education to GPs, nurses, and other health professionals working in primary care. He then provides support as they embed these changes within their current treatments. This had led to decreases in blood pressure, HbA1c and the co-morbidities associated with these conditions. Often, patients also see a reduction in medications.
My name is Jenny. I am 61 years old and I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes approx. 20 years ago. At the time of the diagnosis I maintained a health weight for several years, however over the last 10 years my weight increased to approx. 150 kg and my blood sugar levels increased to the point where my doctor told me that I would be looking at having to use Insulin if I did not do something to stabilise my blood sugar levels. That was a wake up call I needed.
My Diabetic Educator introduced me to Ray Kelly Fitness, and my journey to healthy eating began. I dropped weight rapidly on the eating plan, but as well as losing the weight to reduce my blood sugar levels I regained my life.
Initially I couldn’t walk to the corner of our road without my hips and knees aching. I am now able to exercise, walking daily with my husband and 2 Labradors, go to the beach, do Reformer Pilates, aqua aerobics, my joints don’t hurt and I can put on my shoes and socks with ease! The simple things people take for granted. Apart from that my doctor is pleased with my progress, I have reduced my medication for both the diabetes as well as blood pressure medication.
I very quickly dropped 50 kilos in weight, and over the last year I have maintained that weight and sit at approx. 96 kilos.
I am a nearly 42 year old mum with PCOS. So I will never lose weight.. age and genetics are against me. I have tried everything and nothing has worked. I hate going out, hate having my photo taken, hate catching myself in the mirror. I self criticise and make fun of my weight before someone else does….
All of these things and thoughts consumed me, so when I saw the email about the Ray Kelly program my first thought as always is yes I will try that because I am desperate and I always think the next thing will be the thing that works. But then I thought do I really want to spend more money on another failed attempt?
I can’t say what it was that made me take that last leap of faith but I did.. and I will never look back!
Almost everything you read about PCOS is about how difficult it is to lose weight, coupled with my age and that fact I work in an office almost gave me an excuse to be fat.
Signing up for the program literally changed my life. I lost 3 kilos in the first week, then continued losing just over a kilo a week. People started commenting on my weight loss just 3 weeks in. But nothing meant more to me then when my husband told me how proud he was of me and my commitment to the changes i was making. He started following the program as well and started seeing quick results too.
Week 8 was my stumbling block – a planned food and wine trip away for my anniversary, I put 3 kilos on!! But I look at it as a positive as it reminded me that my body type does put weight on that quick but that I now have the tools to get back on track! And I did! Within a week of coming back and using Ray’s advice and tools I lost the 3 kilos. In total I lost 10.3kg in 10 weeks. If you had told me I could lose even 5kg on the program I would have thought that was impossible.
For many reasons I say do this program, get your life back, get your health back but most importantly get your self-respect back. I have stopped making jokes about my weight, I am proud of myself I am healthier and happier already and I am confident that I have learnt how to keep losing the weight and keep it off.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Ray for supporting me with this life changing program.
Thank you Ray for allowing me to be part of your program. I was sceptical at first as I had tried a number of different diets with no success. I always thought that my weight was my weight and get used to it. Over the 12 week course I dropped from 92kg to 79kg. I can't remember the last time I was in the 70's.
The great thing about this program it teaches you how to eat right. It's not a fad diet but a lifestyle change. It makes you think about what you put in your mouth and what results from it.
This program has changed my life and I encourage anyone that's thinking about it to do it. You won't regret it.
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