As part of our Group Coaching program, we shine a spotlight on members of our program to learn more about their journey. Last week’s Member Spotlight was Gregory Ramsey. Greg, like many of us, tried many different approaches to losing weight including the USDA food pyramid, calorie counting/My Fitness Pal, Health at Every Size, and low carb. He also went far down the path toward getting a gastric sleeve two years ago, but due to an insurance issue, decided to try a non-surgical approach. He found Dr. Tro last March, and since starting with him, has lost 100 pounds.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Greg struggled with weight most of his life. When he entered the Marine Corps he was considered a “Diet Private,” and while he did lose weight in boot camp, it was always a struggle to meet weight requirements during his 4 years in the Marines. Once Greg left the Marines, the weight piled on.
  • In 2005, Greg was over 240 pounds, and tried the US government recommendations via the food pyramid. He used MyFitnessPal for calorie tracking and found it incredibly hard to stay within these guidelines.
  • In 2018 Greg started down the path towards getting a gastric sleeve. After the screening process, he started a low-carb diet to prepare, and lost around 30 pounds. Due to a last minute insurance problem, plans for the  surgery fell through, leaving Greg to reach out to a “Health at Every Size” support group. Though he did learn some positive things there, it ultimately didn’t help him with weight loss.
  • In 2019, Greg had been working out and following Dr. Tro on social media. After little success with exercise alone, he decided to start Dr. Tro’s program. He has since lost 100 pounds.
  • Greg had been reading a great deal about low carb, but the many pieces were confusing, and he believes Dr. Tro’s program helped him put it all together. The support has helped keep things in perspective and made him realize that weight loss is truly a long game, a marathon not a sprint. This has helped him tremendously when the scale is slow to move. 
  • One thing that has helped Greg avoid pitfalls is always having keto-friendly foods readily available: nuts and beef sticks work to help him make all his environments safe. He always has a plan in place for when he’ll be out of his home environment. This strategy has helped him avoid a last minute decision to get something that might lead to him going off track.
  • Greg has utilized the 5 levers on his journey at various times, which has helped him push through stubborn scale slowdowns. Dr. Tro mentioned that the 5 levers utilized by his practice (carb restriction, meal frequency, added fats, exercise and extended fasting) will soon be updated to 7 levers — stress and sleep will be added to the list.
  • Greg recommends creating a support system and using social media to keep educating yourself and stay focused. When he feels a bit overwhelmed with all the information, he likes to go back to basics.
  • Greg now regularly enjoys high-intensity exercise on his Peloton bike, and says the interactive platform keeps him motivated and makes exercise very enjoyable.

Article by Brian Wiley

Brian Wiley is a Certified Health Coach who struggled to lose weight for most of his life. He attempted most of the mainstream approaches, along with the standard advice to “eat, less move more.” This advice resulted in minimal short-term success, or no success at all. Brian then adopted a low-carb lifestyle in 2009, and succeeded in losing 100 pounds. He has maintained that weight loss ever since using a low-carb ketogenic IF lifestyle. "I see people every day, both in real life and on social media, struggling, going through the same cycles of unsuccessful dieting like I did. I want to serve as an example that this approach can be successful, is not a fad, and is a healthy long-term lifestyle solution." Brian is also an ACE certified personal trainer.