A dad lost an amazing 92 pounds in just 150 days, making the change after he realised he could no longer keep up with his three children.
40-year-old Jeremiah Peterson, from Montana, USA, changed his diet and exercise habits after going on a hike with his wife and children aged nine, seven and six years old.
In 2017, Peterson was 100 pounds overweight clocking-in at 290 pounds, so took on the ketogenic diet.
The very low-carb, high-fat keto diet encourages the body to burn fat for fuel instead of sugar, and has been growing in popularity recently, with celebs including Kourtney Kardashian and Halle Berry among its fans.
However, the diet has caused concern among health experts and doctors who don’t recommend cutting entire food groups out – the idea behind the extreme diet.
Peterson credits the diet will helping him shift the weight, telling Men’sHealth.com it alone ‘made such a tremendous change in how I felt almost immediately’.
Jeremiah then cut out all alcohol and began exercising, but in the great outdoors instead of the gym.
He explained the impact his 40 minute hikes had:
I hiked every morning and every evening with my dog in the mountains that I loved so much as a kid growing up.
I lost the weight just doing what I love. I know it sounds simple and it is, really it is.
The dad-of-three also slowly implemented a weight routine, spending his hour lunch break lifting weights for five or six days a week.
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This morning I’m posting a before and after photo from my 150 day Transformation. YES, 150 DAYS!!!! . A transformation journey that I am no where near done with. . I have received thousands of direct messages asking me what I did and what I ate. . Every message has the same kind of desperation and urgency behind it. . I understand how so many of you feel. . I do. . I get it. . The truth is you have to do the work. You have to be willing to go through the uncomfortable places to get to where you really want to be in life. . Both physically, emotionally and mentally. . You have to learn a new way to reward yourself…. when you REALLY deserve it…. . not just for participating or showing up but for actually winning the day. . A new way to live. . You have to get to a place….. . where you HAVE to change….. what you absolutely can NO LONGER ACCEPT. . Do NOT accept mediocre or average any longer. . YOU WERE BORN FOR MORE! . You have to work for it. . Fight for it. . Make a change right now! . Seriously. . Go for a walk right now. . Throw away the crap in your cupboard right now. . Do something in this immediate moment and keep changing the vision for the life that you are living. . It will absolutely change your life. . Change what you absolutely can no longer accept. . You are not average. . YOU WERE BORN TO BE GREAT!!! . .
Peterson grew up hiking and playing sport, going on to gain a degree in coaching, opening a small personal training studio and marrying a yoga teacher.
After having their first child together, the couple decided not to continue with the personal training business to focus on their family and the antiques store they decided to open instead.
Adapting to this new lifestyle, Jeremiah found himself enjoying a beer after the shop closed each day, instead of going to the gym.
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TODAY IS THE DAY!!! WE ALL WANT TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OURSELVES. Self-confidence is something we build by setting goals for ourselves and achieving them. The harder the goal, the more confidence we gain from reaching it. For myself, a lot of my self-confidence has come from meeting my fitness and body image goals from my transformation. If you're suffering from a lack of self-confidence and searching for a way to improve yours, try setting some fitness or weight loss goals. When you achieve them, you'll gain the confidence to believe you can do more. Then your going to find you don’t just have confidence with your body, but in other aspects of your life as well. Do it now. Make sure that you take some step, right now, to further your progress. One of the things I’ve learned over my transformation is that the “I’ll do it tomorrow” promise is never fulfilled. Never ever. Tomorrow will fill up with the same distractions and mind-numbing tasks as yesterday, and that promise will be broken. The thing about promises is that the more we break, the harder it gets to fulfill them in the future. The only time to do something is right now. Do something! Don’t wait until tomorrow, don’t wait ten minutes, don’t wait at all. Let’s do this together! I will be your personal one on one Coach. No computerized programs or a staff of hundreds of people. Just a normal person that’s been there and knows what it takes to change your life forever.
He explained how he lost his love for fitness:
Growing up in the ‘80s, I was one of those kids always outside building forts, fishing, playing war, playing sport with all the neighbour kids.
My desire to hike and fish, the very habits that I had created so many years ago, slowly disappeared into the process of building a life and a business.
On a particular backpack hiking trip out in the mountains with my family, I had a kind of ‘aha’ moment.
I reflected on what my life had been. I thought about what my life was at that very moment, and saw what I wanted my life to be.
Peterson has achieved his goals, and now uses Instagram as a platform to inspire and guide others who are on a similar journey to him.
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Are you wanting to go from being overweight to ripped tomorrow or next week or even next month? It’s not going to happen. There is no overnight success!!! It’s getting a little bit better then you were the day before. Then all those little bit better days add up to a whole lot over time. No one can create what you know deep down inside that you truly are. You have to work for it. You have to work for it through trials, hard times and impossible times. Success isn’t built on success. Success is built on failure. Learning from your failures. Not being afraid of your own failures, shortcomings and face plants. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO STARE YOUR WEAKNESSES IN THE FACE. It’s about standing when you want to sit. It’s about moving when you want to stay. It’s about fighting when you want to give up. Growth, change and success come from a lot of discomfort and pain. But I promise you. Each time after agonizing, can’t go any more moments, stretches and seemingly never ending fights… Victory is yours. Each victory you give yourself tastes better and better. Do the work. Never give up. . You are more capable than you know… GREATNESS WILL COME!!!
Jeremiah’s inbox is always flooded with hundreds of messages each week, but he’s always happy to help.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.