I’ve been obese since I was 20. I worked in a restaurant as a cook, and was allowed to eat all the food I wanted. Our restaurant also had a bakery, and the bakery ladies loved me. They brought me all of the white macadamia nut cookies I could handle. I worked there for 4 years, and started at 180 lbs. I gained 60 lbs during my employment, and left there to work a desk job.
Long hours at a desk and poor eating habits led to more weight gain. By the time I was 25, I weighed 280 lbs. I decided to restrict calories and work out, because I refused to hit 300. I got back down to 240, and then left for a 10 day trip. I hadn’t planned my menu and struggled to eat well. I fell off the wagon and couldn’t find the motivation to try again. By the time I was 30, I weighed 315 lbs. I was embarrassed and always hungry and tired. My wife got pregnant with my 3rd child when I was 31, and I knew something had to change. I decided to try paleo, because clean eating made sense to me. I lost 40 pounds on paleo, but that didn’t mean I was getting healthier. I ate lots of fruit and meats and felt better, but still didn’t have a lot of energy.
My wife is a physician, and we moved while I was eating paleo. Two things happened to make me consider keto as an option. The first was that my wife had started learning about this ridiculous diet that was curing type two diabetes and metabolic syndrome. She filled my head with the knowledge of keto
Second was that I had to do a series of tests for our new insurance, and was diagnosed as prediabetic. My A1C was 6.4 and it was suggested that I go on that metformin. I had told my wife that if I was ever diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I would refuse medication and change my diet. Prediabetes was close enough for me!
I started researching food and this thing called macros and immediately became ketogenic. Within two weeks, I had made it past any withdrawal symptoms and was feeling great! I started at the beginning of your shows, and absorbed a lot of great information to kerp motivated. I turned 32 over the weekend, and was recently tested again. My A1C was 5.7! I overcame pre diabetes in a matter of months, and am starting to test out fasting.
My diet isn’t always perfect, but I am keeping calm, and ketoing on!