How I Lost 260 Pounds In 2 Years With Keto (Male)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I was the cool fat guy. I lived in the cool part of town. I drove an expensive sports car. I had considerable success with attractive women especially given my size/weight, but after a while, any woman who I was seriously considering would become vocal with concerns about my weight/health.
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I was actually engaged when I started my weight journey and her family disliked me because of my weight and felt like she could do so much better despite being in her late 30s and having had a child out of wedlock. To them being overweight negated all of my positive attributes. I started my weight journey to prove to take that away from them and because I realized that no matter what happened in the future I would be better off at a more healthy weight.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I started off counting carbs and as my knowledge of nutrition grew I started tracking macros and eventually bought a food scale and download MyFitnessPal before upgrading to Cronometer. I eat a Keto Gains style keto diet. Adequate protein, moderate fat, restricted carbs (mostly dark green veggies)
I’ve had steak and eggs for breakfast every day this week 🙂 I also eat a lot of grilled chicken breast and chicken thighs, oh and broccoli and asparagus. When I’m eating dairy I love caesar salads. I have a target calories metric based on my macronutrient targets. Macros = Calories. I supplement sodium and magnesium.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
Maintaining weight loss through the pandemic has been much harder than losing the weight initially. Back then it felt like a direct correlation to daily life-improving with every pound lost. More and different types of success with women. Sitting in booths. Flying on airplanes. Fitting inside a Porsche. My life was a constant string of nonscale victories. I also felt the love and support of friends, family, Instagram. Oh, and I loved the fact that there were times that I proved myself to be much fitter than some of the people in my ex-fiance’s family that had made comments about my weight.
I tell people you have to act as if to become. I had to develop the mindset of someone who lost a bunch of weight before I could become a person who lost a bunch of weight. I was a 560 LB getting up and going to the gym every morning. I was a 500 LB man telling vendors if they wanted to take me to lunch we could only go to certain places that had healthy options for me. I had to take myself seriously even though no one else really did. I remember telling my mom she had to stop bringing me cupcakes from my favorite place when she came to visit.
When did you start to notice progress?
I didn’t weigh myself for like the first 76 days, but I could tell I was losing weight from how my clothes fit. It was a steady stream of big moments. From sitting in booths that I couldn’t sit in before to making side by side pictures of my transformation. I will say one big moment was when I was laying down and I could see myself over my stomach. That’s a personal thing, but it made me so happy.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
When I first started the only scale I knew of that would support my weight was at the hospital so I emailed and asked if they would allow me to start coming in to weigh myself. I would typically go once a month and shoot a video for my Instagram. I’ve since bought a scale, but the mental block I have led to me buying one with a weight capacity of 700lbs.
Are there any other fitness products that you used frequently?
Nice gym clothes. It helped me feel more like I belonged.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Don’t make excuses for yourself. If you can’t say no to something you shouldn’t eat today why do you think you’ll be able to say no tomorrow? Oh and eat your vegetables. They help me feel full.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Start today. Why would you wait to improve your life? The mindset of someone who will succeed is different from someone who is going to start Monday.
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on Instagram! @DarnellSettles
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