As we grow older, staying fit and healthy becomes even more important. Jeremiah Peterson of Missoula, Montana, can certainly attest to that following his decision to change a lifestyle that had seen his weight rise to 280 pounds. However, after half a year of extreme exercise and dieting, the father of three now looks dramatically different.
Peterson’s life changed when he decided to give up exercise. He subsequently became severely overweight. The 39-year-old’s diet consisted of crepes for breakfast, pasta or pizza for dinner and ice-cream for dessert. In addition, the Montana native also enjoyed snacks between meals, including cheese and jerky.
And as a result of his weight-gain and dietary habits, Peterson faced some unfortunate problems. While he also suffered with joint ache, it was an alarming change in his bowel movements that proved most concerning. Following a trip to the doctors, though, everything became clear for the father of three.
“Then, my bowels weren’t processing food properly, so I would eat then have to go to the bathroom five minutes later,” Peterson told the Daily Mail in January 2018. “After having a colonoscopy, it came out that I was allergic to gluten and having reactions from all the processed food.” Despite that, though, the 39-year-old’s motivation to change ultimately stemmed from a family outing.
“We have always been an active family but when we were hiking, my young kids were going right up the mountain while I was catching my breath and couldn’t keep up,” Peterson recalled. “Getting into shape and exercise was my only alternative, plus having three children and a wife whom I want to be around as long as I can made me all the more determined.”
Peterson had to deal with some uncomfortable challenges as a result of his weight gain and faced an extensive list of potential risks prior to his lifestyle change. Obesity can cause issues such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease and kidney problems, as well as cancer. With that in mind, the 39-year-old made some significant alterations to his daily routine.
After hearing the results of his colonoscopy, Peterson decided to take up a keto diet. This is a high-fat, carb-free regime that puts your body into a natural state of “ketosis,” which is initiated by a lack of food. As a result, the body creates substances called ketones from your liver fats, which in turn act as one of your main sources of energy.
Unsurprisingly, the 39-year-old’s daily diet changed significantly following the switch. Now, his food consisted of scrambled eggs and cheese for breakfast, white meat with vegetables for lunch, tuna or salmon for dinner and a protein shake for dessert. Moreover, alongside the keto diet, Peterson also took up a relentless exercise regime.
The Montana native, who owns an antiques store, would spend two hours of every day hiking, followed by an additional hour in the gym. Within six months, Peterson looked like a new man, losing 82 pounds and gaining a muscular physique. And that wasn’t the only thing that changed.
“I went from having a real dadbod to having a college kid’s physique,” Peterson told the Daily Mail. “Since going from fat to lean, it’s made everything better. My hair and skin look healthier. You can see my jawline instead of chubby cheeks, and I have abs. I’m really proud of my stomach. My belly used to be a real beer gut but it’s going down and even my waist is slimming down too.”
“It’s the difference between looking like a dad and a son. I get told I look 15 to 20 years younger,” Peterson continued. “When you see the results, you get so much more motivation week by week when looking in the mirror. It’s made me want to continue to try harder. My transformation happened so fast because I did the workout program every day without any time off, which helped cut the fat so quickly.”
While discussing his daily workout routines, Peterson reflected on how he’d conducted himself prior to his lifestyle change. “While I’m spending up to three hours exercising, a hike doesn’t really feel like working out. Before, I would go home and drink beer to de-stress, but now hiking relaxes me in the same way,” the 39-year-old said.
“Going out in the mountains has made exercising so much better for me. I definitely couldn’t have gone to the gym in the morning, then back at noon and the evening,” Peterson added. “Since the transformation, I feel a lot more confident, too. I have more energy to work not only on my body but having the drive to get more done to help make our family’s businesses more successful.”
As a result of his dramatic change, other aspects of Peterson’s life have improved as well, including his sleeping habits and choices in fashion. “I’m full of energy all day long despite waking up at 5:00 a.m. and going to bed at 10:00 p.m. When I was overweight, I was tired all the time and needed to nap,” he admitted.
“When you’re that big, you wear sweatpants and things that make you comfortable, as your jeans get too tight. But now I’m wearing different clothing again, which is exciting,” Peterson added. And over the course of his incredible six-month journey, the 39-year-old used his Instagram page to capture every step, making more than 220 posts in total.
Few could have predicted the online response to the Montana native’s story. Peterson now has over 26,000 followers on Instagram, in fact, while his images have also earned hundreds of likes and comments from users on the social media site.
Despite that online appreciation, though, it was another website that had helped Peterson to kick-start his physical turnaround. The 39-year-old received assistance from mytransphormationstartstoday.com in preparing his meal and fitness regimes. As well as that, the site also offers an additional incentive to users in the form of the cash prizes that are up for grabs in its “transphormation” contests.
What’s more, Peterson was a big winner in one such competition, taking in $50,000 from a 150-day challenge. “I had the motivation to do it for health reasons for my family, but the $50,000 didn’t do any harm either,” said the 39-year-old.
“I’m way leaner – I went from a size 42 in jeans to a 33. That’s a ton of inches off my waist,” Peterson continued. “It transforms not only your physical self but the way you think and feel, as well as the future you want for your family. I know if I can do it anyone can.”
Following a hiking trip with his family, Jeremiah Peterson felt the need to make some major changes in his life. At 280 pounds, he underwent an extreme exercise and diet routine for the next six months, losing an incredible 82 pounds. Whether he realizes it or not, the 39-year-old’s journey has made him an inspirational figure.