Maricel King's Story
Maricel King is a military wife and first-time mom who recently found that she was spending her time cooking, binge eating, and finding comfort in food. Once as she was taking a shower she looked down to find that she couldn’t see her feet.
“How hilarious, right?!” said King. “I don’t want to make this seem like a funny story but I never had this experience before and I realized that it was time to change my lifestyle.”
King gave birth to her daughter in 2017 and didn’t want to teach her that living an unhealthy lifestyle was OK. Inspired by the goal to be better for her family and especially her child, King started eating clean and trying intermittent fasting.
When she was looking for information online about IF, she found Dr. Berg’s YouTube videos—which then led her to learn about keto. It was Dr. Berg who taught King about the most appropriate and efficient approaches to a keto diet and intermittent fasting.
For King, the hardest thing to overcome was her binge eating, especially when it came to carbs. She would surrender to pizza and junk food every now and then.
“Before I started the keto diet, I was eating healthy foods together with intermittent fasting. I would feel that I didn't have enough to eat. But succumbing to my temptation made me realize that the ketogenic diet is much better,” said King. “Today, I follow a pescatarian ketogenic lifestyle with a 20:4 intermittent fasting [ratio] and I’ve never felt better.”
With the support of her family, King said that following the keto way of eating meant finally getting out of her comfort zone and embracing her body. Gone is the feeling of laziness and tiredness; she has more energy to do activities with her daughter. “I decided to embrace the better me!” she said.
After starting her weight loss journey in October 2018, King lost 30 pounds (14 kg) through healthier eating, exercise, and intermittent fasting. Then, she lost another 20 pounds (9 kg) after incorporating keto, for a total of 50 pounds (23 kg) of weight loss in six months.
“There will be ups and downs but we just have to get back up every time and think about why we push ourselves to become better,” said King. “Nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes will teach you lessons and make you become a better person.”