Success Story: Aaron's Keto Journey
We’re thrilled that Aaron of High Fat High Fun and @a.d.keto was happy to share his success story with fellow Keto Krate subscribers! Following Keto since January 2017, Aaron’s lost 85 pounds and has become a MAJOR source of motivation and inspiration in the Keto community. A proud Dad and husband, he’s motivated to set a good example for his family — and he even inspired his wife to start her own Keto journey! Read on to learn more about Aaron’s story and his tips.
I was a yo-yo dieter for decades. Starting around the time I went to college in the mid-1990s, my weight fluctuated almost annually — between a healthy range (in the 220s or so) up into the 270-280 area. I’m a taller guy (6’3”), so people always told me that I carried weight well, but I never really felt great. I rode that pendulum for decades, and usually, when I felt like I was getting near maximum capacity, I could get back on track a little bit by implementing a calories in / calories out protocol, coupled with exercise. But it was never really sustainable for me. Bad choices always crept back in, and the weight would return.
There was no real ‘last straw’ with me, per se. But at the time I started Keto, my weight was as high as it had ever been (around 280 lbs), and I knew I needed to change something. Honestly, Keto seemed like just another ‘flavor of the month’ diet for me to try. I wasn’t sure that it would work or how sustainable it would be, but I decided to give it a shot. Within 48 hours, I knew it was for me.
I frequented r/keto a lot in the beginning and just tried to soak up as much info as I could. I focused on limiting my carb intake. I didn’t worry too much about calories — I just wanted my body to learn how to use fat as its primary fuel source. I ate a lot of eggs, bacon, and avocados in those first months. When first starting out, I wish that I’d known the importance of electrolytes. I had some pretty painful leg cramps and foggy-headedness for the first week or so, which could have been completely mitigated by taking in more potassium, magnesium, and sodium.
These days, my day doesn’t start until I’ve had my 20-oz. fatty coffee, which almost always includes a tablespoon of butter, some collagen powder, and some creamer from KITU (hazelnut and vanilla are equally delicious). I have a couple of electrolyte drinks (Zipfizz) and another coffee or two through the workday, and then I have some sort of low-carb dinner when I get home (ribeyes cannot be dethroned). I’ve also switched from eating 20g-30g of net carbs per day to taking in only 10g of TOTAL carbs per day, and it’s made a huge difference in how I feel AND in my weight loss. I’m currently at my lowest weight as a human adult.
Keto Krate helps me stay up-to-date with knowing what new products are out there, and it’s also a huge help whenever we travel. Travel snacks are pretty much automatically taken care of. Having switched to a new protocol focused on total carbs, I eat a lot fewer Keto products these days than I used to, so wifey gets a lion’s share of the contents each month! :D That said, I’m still a big fan of meat sticks. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not really a Keto Krate unless there’s at least ONE meat stick in there. Tomer Kosher and Vermont Smoke & Cure are my current faves.
Keto changed my life for sure, and I knew that I wanted to help spread the word. I started up a YouTube channel six months after starting this way of eating, and have been gradually growing it since. Eating vlogs, product reviews, and giveaways (including monthly giveaways for Keto Krate!) are staples of my channel. My favorite series of videos includes a weekly check-in with my wife Sara, who started Keto about a year and a half after I did. I want to continue to create content for this community, and maybe even someday make it my full-time gig.
What motivates me most is being a good husband and dad and setting good examples. My wife and I have three teenagers who are NOT keto, but I take comfort knowing that they understand at least a little bit about this way of eating. I feel like it’ll put them ahead of the game should they ever find themselves in need of a change.
My advice? Find support, whether that’s online or in real life. And if you’re just starting out or feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry about being perfect. No one eats perfectly ALL of the time. The fact that you’ve stepped away from the Standard American Diet is a huge victory in and of itself. There’s always time to dial things in and experiment. Find the style of Keto that works for you and that you find sustainable. The rest is (low-carb) gravy.
If you want to share your success and inspire others, shoot us an email at Kayla@KetoKrate.com