Today we are extremely happy and grateful to share with you one of the most amazing keto weight loss stories that we’ve ever published. The man is Kyle Matheson. He has been doing keto just a little bit over 2 years and has lost over 240 pounds and still going strong.
We often see people lose hope when they are over 300lbs but Kyle, who started at 515lbs, has proved that it is possible. His highest weight was 515lbs and he is currently at 275lbs and still losing. Kyle’s story is emotional and inspiring. His hard work, dedication, and discipline have paid off in many ways.
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Without further ado, here’s Kyle’s story:
Please tell us your story:
I’ve struggled with being overweight my whole life, but after a rough battle with depression, I found myself over 500 pounds and pretty much going to sleep every night wondering if tonight was the night I wouldn’t wake up.
One day during a phone call with my friend Christina, she started to cry and she told me that she didn’t want me to die and if there was anything she could ever do to help all I had to do was ask. I took the olive branch and asked if she could help me make some meals because going to the grocery store and shopping for myself was too tall of a task. She made me two weeks of low carb meals and during that time I found Keto.
Once I realized that Keto was the answer for me the rest was history. 80 pounds lost in the first 3 months. Using a rowing machine I had in my house until I could walk a bit easier. Then daily walks at the local mall for an hour while losing weight steadily. Eventually, I got a recumbent bike and use that every day for an hour. I’m down 240 pounds and still going strong.
How has your life changed since going keto?
In short, in every way possible. It pretty much got rid of my anxiety and depression, I used to have terrible itchy scalp and the worst constant heartburn. Keto helped with all of these. Also, I’m more social now with having the weight down. I don’t feel like such a slave to every meal. I feel confident and like I have a life ahead of me.
What did you personally do in your first 10 days of keto?
It was really about learning what actual portions sizes were and getting a solid grasp on how to track my food. Once I had my macros calculated I used myfitnesspal to make sure I hit my goals every day. It was tough, but after a while it just becomes natural. It’s all about making it routine.
Do you count and track macros strictly?
Yes. So much yes.
Do you exercise?
Working out was a slow progression for me. I owned a rowing machine and used it every day for as long as I was able. The first day was only 3 minutes. Eventually, I started walking an hour walk at the mall, then an hour on my recumbent bike. And as much golf as possible.
Have you ever encountered a plateau?
Not really, I had so much weight to lose it was pretty consistent at about a pound a day, Sometimes more sometimes less. But working out every day really helped too. Plus I was always in a good calorie deficit.
What is your WHY (your drive/motivation) to keep on track and stay focused?
It really started to get harder to keep living the way I was, rather than to change my life. My first big goal was going to a Book of Mormon on Broadway and I was very scared I wasn’t going to fit in the seats. That was a great motivator.
After that, with every pound I was losing, everything in my day to day life kept getting so much easier. It became my main focus.
The day I got under 300 I remember sitting in my car crying. I had dreamt of that day for so long, It was surreal to finally be there.
What are your favorite ingredients to prepare keto meals?
Fathead recipes are the basis for everything that I consider my trigger foods, Mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and eggs are the gateway to the greatest keto recipes.
What are your favorite keto meals/recipes?
Keto versions of lasagna, pizza, bagels, and bread.
Is there any book or resources that you would recommend to our readers?
Keto Clarity is a great book. Movies: Carb-Loaded: A Culture dying to eat, That Sugar Film, Fathead. I’m also a huge fan of anything by Tim Noakes and Gary Taubes.
Finally, What advice would you give someone who is just starting out on keto?
Don’t worry about what people say to you about your choice in diet, I started doing Keto before it was trendy and I had more arguments with people telling me how unhealthy it was than I can count. Oddly enough, those will be the same people a couple months down the road asking for your help on how to lose weight.
We’d like to thank Kyle again for sharing with us his incredible weight loss story. Thanks for letting people know what is possible and giving people hope and inspiration.
Today Kyle is one of the owners of a successful entertainment company at happylifeent.ca. He’s a very kind person and has helped many people lose weight too. You can connect with Kyle by following him on his Keto Instagram account at @darc_and_his_keto to witness his inspiring journey and receive tips from him.
Here are our 3 key takeaways from Kyle’s story:
- You have to have a big WHY. Kyle was fighting for his life. What is your WHY? Why are you doing keto? As the saying goes, the bigger the WHY, the easier the HOW.
- Learn what you can about keto way of eating, get educated and trust the process.
- Ignore the naysayers – the negative people who tell you it doesn’t work. Just keep working at it. Because at first, they’ll try to stop you and ask you why you’re doing it, then they’ll come back and ask you how you did it.
Lastly, if Kyle can do it, what is your excuse?