I am Jared Isaac Martin. I was born in Vancouver, Washington on March 27, 2000, so I am currently 17 years of age. I am 6 feet, 3 inches (190.5 cm) tall and I weigh 255 lbs (115 kg.) Right now, my BMI (Body Mass Index) is 31.9 which means I am obese and my goal is to get my weight down to around 180 lbs which would make my BMI 22.5 which is healthy. Even though I am kind of an athletic guy that loves to play basketball a lot, I’ve always been obese pretty much since I was born. I never really took my weight seriously until a few years ago. I used to just eat whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to.
In the past few years, I have been trying so many diets. I was also exercising a lot while I was trying out all these different kinds of diets. The different diets that I had tried were the Military Diet, “No Rice” Diet, and I also tried skipping dinner. The Military Diet is basically a 3-day low-calorie weight loss diet that is said to help you lose up to 10 pounds in a week and it is pretty hard to do. The “No Rice” diet is just basically not eating rice which is pretty hard to do as a Filipino that loves to eat lots and lots of rice. Lastly, the skipping dinner is pretty self-explanatory. I thought I was gonna be seeing good results but sadly I did not. I guess those kinds of diets just was not meant to be for me. Like what some people say, a specific diet does not work for everyone.
About 5 to 6 months ago, my dad, Bob Martin, introduced me to a diet that he has been doing for some time which is called the Keto Diet or Ketogenic Diet. I saw that he was getting some good results with it so I asked him about the keto diet. He told me that you had to eat a lot of fat and a lot of meat. You also had to eat less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day. I did not really believe what he was saying at first because it did not really make any sense to me that you had to eat a lot of fat to lose fat. But I gave it a try anyway.
I was in the school at the time so it was kind of hard to start the keto diet cause almost everything that was served in school I could not eat. I would sometimes just tell myself, “I should just start tomorrow instead” and I would start to eat a lot of stuff that I should not be eating. So it took me a really long time before I was in ketosis. I was so close to giving up so many times but I did not give up. After a month of trying, I was finally in ketosis.
After being in ketosis for a few weeks, I noticed that I was not really hungry most of the time and I lost weight almost every day. It made me excited to wake up the next day so that I can hop on the weighing scale and check how much weight I lost. It was like my body turned into a fat-burning machine. There is only one thing I hate about being in ketosis. My dad and I call it the “Keto Breath” which one side effect of being in ketosis.