Alexander medically retired at an early age from the US Army due to back problems from an injury which then contributed to some mental health issues (depression/anxiety) which eventually helped to contribute to an obsession with eating and before he knew it, he was over 300 pounds. He had struggled all throughout his late teens with his weight, but this was the heaviest he had been.
In August of 2020, after going through a major loss of a loved one, Alexander got to seriously thinking about life in a more serious way. “I started thinking about my weight and how it was going to eventually have an effect on my heart. It was already causing me so much back and knee pain and depression and anxiety. I had tried the weight watcher program and other methods previously and had given up because I didn’t think there could possibly be a way to get thin and fit for someone with chronic back pain!”
He found Dr. Berg through his YouTube channel and started watching videos on Keto & Intermittent Fasting.
“What Dr. Berg taught me about how my body can run on Ketones through the Ketosis process was vital. Many people fail to learn the science behind it and that causes them to fail because they just don’t realize how important getting into ketosis is by eating the right foods and the right times and cutting those snacks out completely and only eat once or twice a day while intermittent fasting, which is the second biggest things I learned from Dr. Berg. The third biggest thing I learned was how important it is to get the right amount of electrolytes like potassium and sodium in my diet and I find that I use a ton of pink salt on my food and in my water which helps me to retain water and cuts down on the urge to over drink.”
Since starting Keto, Alexander currently weighs 185 pounds after losing 115! His goal is to get to 170. “I definitely notice good changes in my back pain. And just walking I can totally tell a difference not having the extra 115+ pounds on me.”
Favorite Dr. Berg Product? Lemon flavored wheat grass juice.
What was the hardest part about losing weight?
This is actually a hard question because once I got into my groove the weight started melting away so actually the hardest part of losing weight for me was replacing my wardrobe. I was losing weight so rapidly that I couldn’t afford to buy clothes fast enough! On a more serious note, having extra skin is a bummer. But, it’s still not nearly as bad as having all that weight on me!
What is the best part?
I’m not going to lie, I’m happier the way I look and feel! I know my wife would never judge me but I like to look good for her and so it makes me feel good!
What would you have done differently if you could do it all over again?
I might try to include a variety of recipes. I kept it simple for quick prep and affordability.
What encouraged you to not give up?
I just kept thinking about how I want to someday have kids and there’s no way I can be a good dad if I’m fat and can’t move around and do the things a dad should be able to do. And it goes without saying that I don’t want to cause my own death at a young age and leave my wife too soon!
What would you like to say to someone reading your success story?
Life is so short and there’s not a lot of time to mess around. If you’re struggling right now with your diet and your weight, just think about how much better you’re going to feel once you’ve reached your goal! I’ve had to tell myself several times that those donuts, as good as they are, they’re just not worth it. Your physical and mental health are on the line and it’ll feel so much better once you get there and you definitely can get there! If you’re determined to lose weight, dedicate your life to your physical well being and be disciplined you cannot fail and you will be successful!
What is your favorite way to exercise?
I like to walk more than anything because it’s low impact and great cardio.
What is your favorite keto recipe?
I think my favorite recipe is taco casserole with cauliflower rice!