“I weighed 140 pounds at the age of 9. I was morbidly obese at 16 years old. I weighed over 300 pounds when I turned 20. At age 21, I knew I had to take control of my weight. It became more and more difficult to perform everyday tasks. Everything is much more burdensome when you're morbidly obese, right down to tying your own shoes. Walking through a grocery store felt like a marathon, and I knew I wasn't going to last long on that path.
I reached out to a doctor who recommended a low-carb, low-calorie diet. It helped me shed weight rapidly, but it wasn't sustainable because I was only eating 800 calories a day. I was fatigued and hungry with a low metabolism. I'd go on and off this diet, regaining weight and then losing it again. In 2012, a different doctor suggested to me that by increasing fats and calories, I could stay energized and heal my damaged metabolism. It took time for my body to adjust to this new way of eating. I did gain some weight at first, since my body had learned to live on just 800 calories a day. But gradually, eating more fats and calories helped me thrive and flourish in my weight loss. I finally found something I could sustain. I found a healthy lifestyle!”
“I joke around with my wife by calling myself “Regular Roy” all the time. I'm married with three kids, a dog, and I drive a pick-up truck. I'm also very frugal, so whenever my wife left any food on her plate, it was my duty to finish it. After training myself to consume enough food for two humans, I started to pack on the pounds. It happened so fast that I didn't even realize how big I’d gotten. My size wouldn't have been an issue with most occupations, but it was with mine. I've been in the Army for almost 20 years, and being overweight doesn't fit their program. I was embarrassed to tell people I was in the Army. I'd describe to them what my occupation was, but left out who I worked for.
Along with the weight gain, I started experiencing multiple health issues. I was diagnosed with Adult ADD. They prescribed Adderall, which helped me focus on my job, but made me feel horrible. Later, I went to a dentist for a regular check-up. He noticed I had a swollen thyroid, and recommended I get it checked out. It turned out I had hypothyroidism. I knew something had to change. After making my way through a myriad of fad diets, I started living the ketogenic lifestyle. I'm now able to maintain body fat levels around 10%. I no longer need to take Adderall, and my thyroid levels are within the normal range. Ketogenic is not a short-term diet for me—this is genuinely my lifestyle."
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