Nina is a 25-year-old student pursuing her master’s in political sciences. For the larger part growing up, Nina struggled with her over-weight self and as a result, her self-esteem never bloomed. Her excess weight shattered her confidence and overshadowed her talents. Cornered into hopelessness and despair, Nina had resorted to denial. That was until she was introduced to the concept of Keto. Lets read her story in her own words:
I have always been slightly overweight. Growing up this translated into body-shaming and bullying. As I stepped into adulthood, this evolved into body dysmorphia. I was convinced that something was wrong with me but instead of taking charge, my way of coping up with this was outright denial and to a certain extent rebellion towards a healthy lifestyle. I grew into the habit of ordering pizzas and fast food every single day and put on 33 pounds within a few months. I ended up at my highest weight at 234. As I saw that number, a realization, long due, crashed upon me.
I realized that what I was doing was not going to make me “not care” but rather make my problem A LOT worse. So, I began by building my self-image first. I put in effort into the way I looked until I grew more confident. But I realized the work had to be deeper than that.
I’d tried diets a lot in the past and like many, I could not stick to them. I lacked consistency and the will-power to stick to a plan. Now that I think about it, most of these times I started without much research or planning.
Four months ago I began Keto as a final effort to help me return to a healthy weight and gain my willpower and self-worth back. This time however, I consulted a nutritionist. She not only explained the process to me but gave me fair warnings of the trials ahead. We whipped out a diet plan based on my preferences and she helped me identify the low-carb edibles.
Week 1: It was incredibly hard. I went through keto flu and found myself craving all the foods I could no longer have. I was miserable.
Week 2-16: I felt like I was on Cloud 9. I was never bloated, never hungry to the point of feeling sick, and the pounds started flying off. I could wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for work.
Sure, now and then I crave a sweet but there are plenty of sweets that you can have while on keto! (Sugar alcohols) for example. Since starting keto, I’m back down to 154 and frankly, I think I look pretty damn good. Keto has truly saved me from myself and I couldn’t have done it without the support and knowledge of others.
But, I’m not done. My goal weight is 135 and I will meet that goal. I am determined now, and I’ve seen the “magic” of ketosis.
This story is amongst the many unheard tales where sheer over weightiness shuns people to depression. However, Nina’s story is a testimony of how it is never too late to turn your life around. To Nina, we wish you good luck and to all others, we wish the courage to embark on this journey.