Today I’m sharing stories from Amber’s Vegan to Pescaterian to Keto এবং and finally, making her way to health!
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Hi Mark! I wanted to share how putting into action the steps given in your book has changed my life. Thanks for reading.
By the time I gave birth to my son in 2016 I was already over 20 pounds overweight. During pregnancy I wear a further 40 pounds, which kept me in the obese section. I let myself indulge in every craving (mainly strawberry shortcake) and paid no attention to scale. I was overconfident that I would lose weight after delivery, but when that didn’t happen, I started to think it was my new normal.
Six months later I joined a gym. On the first day I stepped on the scale, and when the number appeared I was completely disappointed. I had zero muscles in my abdomen, and because I could not attend their regular classes, they often had to make various exercises specifically for me. I was embarrassed but determined, and 11 months later I was 30 pounds down and feeling proud.
But I was hungry most of the day. In an effort to lose weight, I have “tinkered” with diet. At the time, I was on a vegan diet that quickly turned into a Pescatarian diet. One day, my gym announced that they were removing locations and could no longer provide day care for my son. Just like that, my gym days were over. I tried to “wish” myself in the gym at 5am but it never got better. I could just keep my eyes open to do the right workout.
I let the membership expire and noticed the weight coming back fast. I didn’t understand how this was happening. I thought I was making healthy food. A normal day was like this:
- A piece of toast with avocado and some juice.
- For lunch I will make vegan nachos with a starch-like substance that is served on top of black beans, rice, lettuce and tomato chips instead of cheese.
- For dinner I will make another dish with fish with beans or gonochi.
This went on for the next two years and suddenly white wine entered the picture. Wine has become a constant in my life and – surprisingly! – I have started gaining more weight. I was tired all the time; I went to bed at 8 and still woke up tired.
At age 32, for the first time, I thought it was a no-brainer. I have decided to deal with this extreme fatigue with my doctor. He ordered the labs, and when the results came back (leaving you the details) everything in each section was upgraded to “red”. I was shocked and ashamed.
My doctor explained a “new” diet that he heard about the wonderful thing called keto. She said I should investigate this and I recommend losing weight as soon as possible. I shrugged it off and I told him I’m a pescatarian and I’ll take it out. I left and tried to get better. That means I had less than a glass of wine and that was it.
At the time, my son was enrolled in a program that included home visits from specialized teachers in the area. About a month after I saw the doctor, one of my first teachers was coming. He rang the doorbell and said, “Hello again,” which I thought was weird, because I didn’t think I’d meet him. He then said, “I think we met last year,” to which I replied, “No, I don’t think so” – then it hit me! She was 90 pounds heavier when we met. My jaw dropped and he said, “Yeah, I’ve lost quite a bit.” As soon as the session was over, I asked him how he did it and he replied “I did it, you should try it”.
Yet again, I rolled my eyes and said, “We’re Pescatarians, but I’m glad it worked for you.”
Looking back, I can see the pattern of small “naz” pointing me in the right direction, But it wasn’t until a Joe Rogan podcast when one of the guests, Keto, mentioned that I thought hmm … maybe there’s something in it.
The guest mentioned your name and I quickly googled to find out more. I didn’t know if it was working, but I knew I had to try something different. My first step was to introduce my husband to the idea of a meat-centered diet – which I had spent so long trying to get rid of completely. I found the butcher box and explained how ethical their values were and if we went back to eating meat we would do it the “right way”.
I then bought your book Keto Reset Diet. I listened to every word and followed every suggestion. I downloaded a “keto” app for which I need to add all the food to it, then it will count my net carbohydrates. I decided to change and I did. I bought a Peloton bike to exercise at home and stuck with it.
The first image you see was taken on August 9, 2019. The second was taken on April 1, 2022. I was 5’9, and my starting weight was 193 and my last 140 Since then I’ve bought you two more books and countless primary kitchen food products. Thanks to your strategies I have no problem keeping it off and maintaining a healthy weight. I told friends and family about your book and encouraged them to try. I am now one of those “Keto” people.
Thanks a lot, Mark!
You are very welcome, Amber! I’m glad you found something that worked for you. And thanks for sharing with all of us.
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