For outdoors enthusiast and father of three Jeremiah Peterson, the realization that his weight was negatively affecting his life came while on a hike with his family last summer. While hiking through the mountains of Montana, Peterson found himself unable to enjoy the activity that he once loved. After seeing his family laughing and running ahead without him, Peterson realized that he needed to make a serious change in his life–or give up on the pastimes that made him happy.
This moment would lead Peterson to create his fitness Instagram, “JeremiahPetersonMontana” to track his journey into the ketogenic diet. Through diet, exercise, and a low-carb lifestyle, Peterson lost over 100 pounds–and gained the energy he needed to get his life back on a healthy track.
The weight of the issue
In an interview with People magazine, Peterson confirmed that one of the lowest moments in his recent life was the realization that he needed to make a lifestyle change if he wanted to keep up with his three children's boundless energy levels. Weighing in at 290 pounds, Peterson found himself huffing and puffing while his family had fun.
“I remember being bent over heaving just trying to catch my breath,” Peterson confessed in reference to a recent summer hiking trip he had taken with his wife and children. “When I looked up, I saw my wife and three kids easily hiking, talking and laughing with each other — without me. It was a hard-hitting moment.”
This moment led him to feel a great amount of sadness and disappointment that he had let his weight take control over his life. However, instead of feeling sorry for himself, Peterson committed to making a change.
“I felt sadness and shame at that moment thinking how I had let myself get to this, but so much deeper than that. If I continued to live like this, I would not live.”
A challenge to transform
As soon as he got home from his trip, Peterson threw himself headfirst into researching the best ways to burn fat and get fit. This research led him to discover the “1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge,” a 150-day transformation challenge to change your life through the power of weight loss. The winner of the competition would be rewarded with a better life, along with a $50,000 jackpot. Peterson decided that he would accept the challenge, and got to work setting an exercise and diet routine into place so he would have a fighting chance towards the grand prize.
A shifting lifestyle
The first thing that Peterson had to do to start dropping excess weight was to change the way he thought about food. As the owner of a busy antique store, Peterson often found himself trapped in a cycle of binging and starving thanks to a packed schedule.
“A typical day for me was to not eat all day and then get home from work, drink a few beers and eat a big dinner,” Peterson said.
After learning that he was gluten-intolerant, Peterson shifted to a ketogenic diet that focused on keeping him full throughout his busy day by incorporating healthy fats and filling proteins while cutting out empty carbohydrates.
The keto lifestyle caused Peterson to see his fat “melt away.” During the course of the 150-day challenge, he lost 82 pounds by focusing on cutting his carbs and enjoying hikes to burn extra calories. After taking home the grand prize of $50,000, Peterson is now inspiring others through his Instagram, JeremiahPetersonMontana.
“I feel like I have drive and ambition like I have never had before in my life — and I’m almost 40!”
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