Joshua Ayo is naturally an active person. But when he tore his meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee, the downtime resulted in a 50-pound weight gain.
“I had to do something about it and decided to start eating clean,” said Ayo. As he was doing research and learning about ways he could change his bad eating habits, he stumbled upon keto in February 2015.
He came across Dr. Berg’s videos when he was researching sources of potassium and looking up general keto knowledge. Dr. Berg’s philosophy—that you should heal your body first and everything else will follow accordingly—really resonated with Ayo.
“Keto is life-changing,” he said. “It was a smooth process for me and something that was never much of a challenge to ‘stick with.’ Keto has become my lifestyle.”
Ayo explained that he first started keto to lose weight but now it’s more for the cognitive benefits and to feel good, prevent diseases, and enjoy time with his kids. “It’s funny to think of ‘giving up’ with keto,” he said, laughing. “It just doesn’t cross my mind. I think I’d be lost eating any other way now.”
It’s safe to assume that Ayo is strong-willed. When he first started keto, he didn’t even tell anyone. Once he started sharing his experience, he was surrounded by skeptics. “Even my wife was skeptical about keto at first because I was eating so many fats,” he said. “Now she’s been doing keto for over a year and has lost over 40 pounds as a result!”
But Ayo didn’t need the initial support of others to follow through. His own increasing enjoyment of life has been his incentive: following a keto diet along with Dr. Berg’s helpful tips, he’s now able to enjoy playing basketball and running in marathons.
“If you’re someone struggling with keto and you’re not seeing the weight go down, please do not stop!” advised Ayo. “It will take time to fix what was broken for years. But trust me, the keto and intermittent fasting are doing their jobs.”
Ayo swears by Dr. Berg’s Electrolyte Powder and never misses taking it, especially before a half- marathon. “It boosts my energy and makes my legs feel so light and strong!” he said.
After sharing his journey with friends and family, as well as posting tips and updates on social media, Ayo started to see that—without realizing it—he had an effect on others. Now, his mother (a cancer survivor) and wife, relatives and friends around the globe have been inspired by him and have started doing keto and intermittent fasting. “It’s a good feeling, seeing the people around you change for the better,” he says with a smile.
Favorite Way to Exercise: Running, walking, basketball, and lower-body workouts
Favorite Keto Meal: Ayo loves his Keto Mocha Cake!