A really inspiring story by our follower in facebook Thor Grove. A 180 degree turn in his life resulted in losing half of his weight and transforming it in something attractable and motivating to other people. Realizing he has to change happened in just a day but the road was very tough and emotional.
“Hi all, I’m Thor, I’m 32 and I’m from England. July 2014 I tipped the scale at a massive 392lbs at my lightest I weighed 191lbs but as of my last DEXA scan in December I was 197lbs at 16.7% body fat.
I decided to make a change in July 2014. I met a girl after I had been single for 3 years and really I waasn’t mentally or physically ready for that. It didn’t work out so instead of moaning and dwelling on the breakup I decided I would channel that negative energy and focus it in to something positive and make a change for my health and wellbeing and I decided I would start losing weight.
I fell off the wagon a fair few times in the first few months of trying to make a better me and I remember one weekend I ate so much junk food I literally felt like dying, I never wanted to feel that way again. My best friend had lost a load of weight so he sorted me out with his diet plan which I just followed and I was doing a hours cardio every morning and I lost 4 stone pretty quickly. I was finding myself feeling drained all the time though and someone recommended I look in to keto. So, I researched and read up on keto and found something called StrongLifts 5×5 as I wanted to start getting stronger as well as losing weight. I did StrongLifts for around a year and lazy keto (by lazy I mean I didn’t weigh anything I just ate high fat, low carb and moderate protein) and in November 2015 I discovered something called Ketogains (ketogains.com) which is a keto based website/reddit group and facebook group geared up towards keto from modern and scientific stand point. By that I mean they don’t advocate drinking bullet proof coffees and eating fat bombs but eating nutrient dense whole foods, the motto protein is the target, fat is the lever (if you want to gain/maintain eat more fat and if you want to lose eat less) and carbs the limit. They have a macro calculator on the site so I followed that and I also started following their Ketogains 5×5 lifting program. I started weighing and measuring everything I ate and got far better results a lot quicker and I preferred their training program as it was basically StrongLifts but with a few extra bits in it.
I lost my father last year, I was close to him but life and distance meant I had not seen him for many years. I saw him for the first time in maybe 5 years face to face a week before he died and he was so happy to see my weight loss journey. Apparently, it was all he spoke about during the time leading up to his death, he was so proud. His wife told me it was like he was able to let go as he knew his little Thor would be ok. See my dad was overweight, he was a body guard for Iron Maiden for many years and after years of work and abuse and a rock and roll life style he ended up having numerous health issues. He was in a lot of pain for the last 5 years of his life and he was so scared I was going to follow in his footsteps with the health issues that he had so it was like he could die and not have to worry about me anymore. I get asked a lot what motivates me and while I do it for myself, I feel that my gift to my dad was giving him that reassurance before he died that I would be ok and on that reason and that reason alone I cannot fail, I will die before I fail (I know there is irony in that but you know what I mean.) Because of his death and the travelling I had to do around visiting him prior to his death and his funeral I ended up intermittently fasting and it’s something I’ve done ever since. I follow a 14/10 or 16/8 window and I love it.
Since October last year I started doing ketogains boot camps which are an online boot camp that ketogains run, they give you personalised macros and a training program and a Facebook group to join with the other members and personalised virtual training. I followed the program to a T and had my first DEXA scan on October the 19th just before the first boot camp and I was 20.4% body fat and as of 9th of December as I said at the start I was 16.7% bodyfat, I had lost just under 3.5k of fat and put on just under 1k of muscle which is amazing seeing how I was in a large deficit for that time.
Currently I’m in a pretty big deficit my next 3 goals are get to 15% body fat, then 12% then 10% and once I reach my goal I’m going to be on a perma bulk. I’m very open with my journey and as of last year, I was diagnosed with low testosterone, I have the same levels as a 12 year old girl. The doctors attribute the fact I just put on fat so easy to this but I attribute me getting fat because I couldn’t stop eating cake 24/7. I have since been put on TRT by my doctor in hope of improving my life. My doctor was shocked with how much weight I managed to lose as he said low test makes it very hard to lose fat. I also discovered why for most of my adult life I have felt tired and lethargic and it’s not blowing my own trumpet but I’m proud of what I achieved especially having a condition which makes you feel like death every day.
Currently an example of what I eat in a day would be
Meal 1: half a lemon, 4g pink salt and 2oz water.
Meal 2(at 1:15pm): 200g of chicken steamed and then dry fried with a low carb rub and 2 eggs mixed in all scrambled with an avocado. I supplement fish oil here, multi vit and Vit d3.
1litre of water with 2 electrolyte tablets 2g of iodized salt and 2g magnesium calm.
Meal 3(at 5:15pm): 100g of chicken steamed and dry dried with a low carb rub and 1 egg mixed in. I supplement fish oil here and multi vit
Supplements befor workout:
-(at 7:40): 2 scoops of ON Platinum Pre with 5g of creatine
-(at 7:45): 25g protein (low carb) 10g MCT powder and 10g dextrose and 2G sodium
Meal 4(at 10-10:30PM): 100g of chicken steamed and dry dried with a low carb rub and 1 egg mixed in. I supplement fish oil here and multi vit
I eat this every day. The reason for the sodium is on keto you need to really focus on your electrolytes as your body doesn’t hold on to them like if you were to have carbs.