Transformation of the day: Kuziva lost 97 pounds with Keto, intermittent fasting and exercise. He achieved success despite the challenges of leaving a toxic marriage, becoming a single mother, working full time and being a full time student. Look at his story.
After years of many failed diets and trying to lose weight since I was a teenager, I decided to regain my health in June 2018. At 235 pounds, I started Keto with intermittent fasting. After a month of incorporating this way of eating low carb and high fat, I began to exercise and make these changes a lifestyle.
How did you change your eating habits? What is your exercise routine?
I followed Keto very strictly and exercised four days a week. My routine includes cardio, strength training and weightlifting.
I stopped eating potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and sugar. For the most part, such as chicken, turkey bacon, avocados, eggs, cheese, broccoli, vegetables, cauliflower, salads, lettuce tacos, berries and nuts. I use stevia as a sugar substitute and choose "no bread" when I go out to eat
My current intermittent fasting schedule is 20: 4 five days a week. Two days a week, my schedule is 16: 8. In the initial stages of my weight loss journey, I started at 16: 8 and then progressed to 18: 6 seven days a week.
what is your current weight?
Today, I weigh 138 pounds, and I am happy to say that I reached my goal 18 months after the start. Now, I have a healthy weight for my height, which is 5 feet, 4 inches.
Throughout this trip, I experienced many obstacles, such as leaving a toxic marriage and becoming a single mother of three children, all while I was a full-time student and working. However, I remained focused and determined to reach my goals despite all the obstacles presented.
I would not be where I am today if it had not been for the support I received from family and friends during my trip, and for that, I am grateful. My next goals include training to run a marathon and tone my body.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?
The biggest lesson I learned is that in order to succeed, the changes you make must become a normal part of your life and your daily routine.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
During your weight loss journey, rewiring your brain to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors towards food and exercise is extremely important for success and sustainability. I am someone who has had several failed attempts at losing weight in the past, and I can tell you that the most important thing is to train your mind to look at food differently. Understand your triggers, whether emotional or related to the environment you are in, and find alternatives to manage those triggers.
Consistency is extremely important too. I think it is key to achieve results and succeed with everything we undertake, including weight loss, being dedicated, focused and consistent. Do not quit, even if the scale does not move, keep pushing despite the challenges, as you will eventually reach your goal.