Dan Keiver likes to admit that he once led a more sedentary life. As an IT professional, he spent his days in front of a computer and did not finish his day at work. Instead, he would go home and jump in front of his PC to play video games as well. All of this sitting leads to one thing: weight gain. At its heaviest weight, Keiver weighed 325 pounds. After years of having difficulty in receiving a child with his wife, Keiver knew he had had enough and fell 125 pounds on the way to a father.
"I've had a hard time since puberty, but when I grew up it was really out of control," he says. Keiver found that most of his companionship was focused on food. Even at home, his world focused on food.
"Portion control and snacking were my problems," he says. "I ate too much and I ate when I was bored. I also had ̵
"There was a very clear bulb moment for me," Keiver said when he decided to get well. "My wife, who was also struggling with obesity, and I had been trying for years to have a child without success. Finally we had success through IVF.
However, the couple did not choose children later in life. When his son was born, Keiver was 39 years old and his wife 41 years old. At that time, Keiver had to think of his own father, who was also struggling with obesity and died of heart disease at the age of 53.
"When my son was born, I could not help but reckon, and that scared me. If I made it to my dad, I would leave my son at 14 years old. I had to do a lot better than that, "he says.
To start his new, healthier life, Keiver began his diet, hesitant to try any fad that felt untenable, using the good old-fashioned calories instead , tried a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat and protein.
"To this day, I follow everything I eat on MyFitnessPal ," he says. Keiver also uses a food scale at home and one at work to feed his Tracking down meals efficiently When losing weight, he stayed between 1700 and 1800 calories a day and sought a weight loss of about two pounds a week.
"When I started, my nutritional IQ was pretty bad," he says I knew I should stick to a calorie budget, but for a while I did not know how much protein, fat, carbohydrates and sugar I should have every day. I learned my protein intake to be higher and to be more careful with carbohydrates, sugars and saturated fat. I do not restrict the carbohydrates, but I take care that I do not take too many calories.
Next, he added a training routine. He joined a local recenter and began training cardio three days a week. Later, he added three days a week and sank to two days a week. He helped him build more muscle while still losing weight.
"The results on the scale were immediate, but the first changes I actually noticed were my clothes," Keiver said. "Actually, I believe that my wife noticed it in front of me and told me that my jeans hung on my ass."
The need for a new wardrobe, along with its great success, has become his new favorite game. "It felt great," he said. "I was looking forward to every weighing day."
Finally, at the age of 41, Keiver achieved his goal of weighing 180 pounds. But more than just weight, he was thrilled to achieve his goal of staying healthy.
"To be honest, I did not intend to go over 200 pounds. When I first saw that the number "1" in front of my weight on the scale felt pretty unbelievable, he says. "I did not think I'd ever thought that I'm in the 100's in my adulthood. I made sure that I made a picture of this "198" for posterity. At 180, I feel fantastic now.
Another memorable moment came when he returned to the same doctor who warned him of his impending fatty liver disease. "I had a physical body last summer and my blood pressure was just right. My blood work looked great. And my doctor has hit me with the message: "Well … you are fit." I was tempted to get him to repeat it so I could record it, "he says." At 41, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in and I'm still going. "[19659002NowrunningKeiverwithhisactivetwo-year-oldandplayingandstillcyclingthenextthingheplanstodoishisfirsthalf-marathonthissummerhissuccessinspiredhiswifetolose95poundsherselfthissupportsystemissomethingwhichconvincedKeiverthatitcanhelpotherssucceedsaying"I'dsaytoanyonewhowantstoloseweighttofindsupport"(Andmaybeyou'llfindacoolsupportivewillingpartnerevengoingthroughthefightwithyou)