Johnny Zolton has always struggled with his weight, but things took a drastic turn when he lost his mother at the age of 15. “I stopped playing all my sports at school and resorted to video games and eating junk food,” he said. His inactive lifestyle and unhealthy diet lead to constant weight gain, and when Johnny was 25, he weighed 445 pounds.
“I felt useless as a person,” he says. “Before my youngest son was born, I was playing outside with my other two children. Climbing up the two steps of my porch was breathless. At that moment, I thought, ‘I have to do something or I won̵
This day ended like a real turn. From that point on, he started training daily, starting with a focus on cardio. He also completely changed his diet, eating mostly eggs, chicken, rice and broccoli before adopting the keto diet.
“At first, it was hard to understand how many carbs there were in everything and how everything felt like there were carbs in it,” he says. “After I fell in love with things, it became much easier and I really like it … I love eggs. I eat so much and I don’t feel bad about it at all. I also enjoy steak and all kinds of red meat.”
Everything Johnny did, from his workouts to his keto, was self-taught on YouTube and Reddit, without coaches or nutritionists. He currently lifts weights seven days a week and travels several miles each day. All in all, it was a six-year process; starting at 445 pounds, Johnny eventually lost a total of 210 pounds, and now, at 31, he currently weighs 235 pounds. And it’s not over yet.
“My ultimate goal is just to keep getting healthier and eventually reduce myself to 10 percent body fat or less,” he says.
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