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JUL 2, 2023

Breathing Easier: My Journey to Wellness Through Ketosis


Explore the transformative journey of coping with asthma and improving overall health through a ketogenic diet, inspired by Peter Attia's research.

Read time: 5 minutes

Imagine struggling to catch your breath, feeling weighed down not just by physical weight but by the fear of an asthma attack. This was my reality, a daunting journey that took a surprising turn. In this article I’ll recount my transformation from gasping for air to embracing a life of vitality, guided by the revolutionary insights of Peter Attia and the power of ketosis. This isn't just a story of weight loss, it's a tale of rediscovering health and redefining my relationship with food.

My Story

For years, my life was overshadowed by what I thought was chronic bronchitis. The real culprit, however, was asthma, a revelation that came to light during a harrowing experience: a severe attack triggered by double flu and air travel, landing me in the hospital. Weighing 109kg, my days were marked by labored breathing, disrupted sleep, and a foggy mind.

Desperate for a change, I stumbled upon the ketogenic diet. This low-carb, high-fat regimen was my beacon of hope. With negligible carbs, increased physical activity, abundant water, natural supplements, and a strict no-processed-food policy, I embarked on a transformative 8-month journey. The results were astounding – a weight drop to 83k. But more importantly, a drastic improvement in my breathing, sleep, focus, and overall wellness.

The Peter Attia Connection

During this period, I discovered Dr. Peter Attia, an MD and scientist with a deep interest in ketosis. Attia's own experience as an endurance athlete struggling with weight issues, despite a rigorous exercise regimen, resonated with me. His work, notably on 'The Eating Academy' blog, delved into the nuances of ketosis, offering a compelling blend of personal anecdotes and scientific research.

Peter Attia's exploration into retraining metabolism to burn fats instead of glycogens illuminated my path. His balanced approach to ketogenic living (emphasizing the role of 'good' carbs) became my guide. So, by adopting his model, I not only managed my weight but also significantly alleviated my asthma symptoms.

Living in Ketosis

Today, I meticulously balance 278g of 'good' carbs daily, from sources like zucchini, sweetcorn, and tomatoes. And, honestly, this disciplined approach has been life-altering. My weight remains stable, my overall quality of life has soared, and most importantly, my asthma is virtually a thing of the past.

Ketosis, for me, is more than a diet. It's a lifestyle that has redefined how my body functions. The shift from relying on glycogens to burning fats has been nothing short of a revelation. It's a journey I highly recommend exploring, especially for those grappling with similar health issues.

The Positive Effects of My Ketogenic Journey

The transformation I experienced on the ketogenic diet extends beyond just the numbers on the scale or the easing of my asthma symptoms.

Enhanced Mental Clarity and Focus

One of the most significant changes was in my cognitive function. The mental fog that used to cloud my thoughts lifted, replaced by a newfound sharpness and focus. It's as if my brain started firing on all cylinders, powered by this high-fat diet.

Elevated Energy Levels

Gone were the days of mid-afternoon slumps. My energy levels are boosted, consistent and sustained throughout the day. Very much a stark contrast to the peaks and valleys I’d experienced on a carb-heavy diet.

Improved Sleep Quality

Perhaps one of the most unexpected benefits is how well I’ve slept. Restless nights have become a thing of the past. And now I wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to tackle the day.

Stabilized Mood and Well-being

I noticed a significant improvement in my overall mood. The diet has clearly brought a sense of balance, reducing any mood swings and contributing to a more stable, positive outlook on life.

Better Physical Endurance and Performance

With weight loss came an increase in physical capability. Activities that once left me breathless became easier, and I found joy in movement and exercise, further enhancing my health and wellbeing.

Healthier Relationship with Food

Perhaps most importantly, this journey fostered a healthier relationship with food. I became more mindful of what I ate, focusing on nourishing my body rather than just satiating hunger.

Brown Fats vs White Fats

As someone deeply invested in my health journey, I've learned that not all fats are created equal. There's a profound difference between brown fats and white fats in our bodies. Brown fat, often found in smaller quantities, is known for its role in burning calories and generating heat. It's like a natural furnace that helps in weight management. On the other hand, white fat (the more common type) stores excess calories and can accumulate around vital organs, posing health risks.

By following a low-carb, high-fat diet, and inducing a state of ketosis in my body, I've been able to reduce subcutaneous fats - especially those around vital organs. While the visible weight loss is a confidence booster, for me, the real victory is what's happening inside: the reduction of harmful fats that you can't see.

A Word of Caution

As I share my story, it's crucial to remember that this is a personal account of my experience with the ketogenic diet and its impact on my health and lifestyle. While the positive changes have been nothing short of wonderful for me, it's important to acknowledge that every individual is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another.

If my story has piqued your interest in exploring the ketogenic lifestyle - especially for health reasons like weight management or asthma - I encourage you to do so cautiously. Consult with medical professionals, such as your doctor or a dietitian, before making any significant changes to your diet. They can provide personalized advice and ensure that the diet aligns with your individual health needs and goals.

Remember, this journey should be about enhancing your health and well-being, not compromising it. And with the right guidance and a mindful approach, you could potentially unlock a path to a healthier, more vibrant you.

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Written by Marc-Pierre Dietrich

Head of Sales for Europe, Marc is a business development professional working across marketing and sales with a childish affection for Brazil nuts.

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