How This Dad Lost Nearly 100 Lbs.—and Gained a Six-Pack

Jeremiah Peterson motionless to get critical about weight loss when a family hiking outing final summer valid to be too fatiguing for his afterwards 290-lb. frame.

“I remember being focussed over heaving only perplexing to locate my breath,” the Missoula, Montana-resident tells PEOPLE. “When we looked up, we saw my mother and 3 kids [10, 8 and 7] simply hiking, articulate and shouting with any other — though me. It was a hard-hitting moment.”

He continued: “I felt unhappiness and contrition in that impulse meditative how we had let myself get to this, though so most deeper than that. If we continued to live like this, we would not live.”

When he returned home, Peterson, 39, began researching weight detriment options and found a video promotion a transformation challenge. “[It] hermetic a understanding for me. we sealed adult meaningful we was going to give this plea any singular thing we had,” he says.

Prior to losing weight, “a standard day for me was to not eat all day and afterwards get home from work, splash a few beers and eat a large dinner,” says a antique store owner. “Putting my physique into starvation mode and afterwards overdrinking done my physique blow adult like a balloon, utterly literally. we had consistent bloating, heartburn and awful stomach issues.”

When we was younger we was always a man that could contend a sincerely decent physique with lifting during a week and afterwards havering a outrageous lie dish and drinks on a weekends. As we poured myself some-more and some-more into using and building my business we started to tardy on my workouts. we found myself wanting a drink during night to relax and unwind. Before prolonged it was 2 beers or more.. Now I’m not observant we had a celebration problem. But we will contend that those dull calories hang to my 39 year aged physique in ways that my 30 year aged physique never had to understanding with. Lol…then don’t get me started on a treats that dawdle around a residence when we have 3 kids. The multiple of ethanol and sugarine are a misfortune for gaining weight and fundamentally succumbing to a stereotypical Dad bod. we know now that since we have some outrageous goals for myself and my family that sugarine and ethanol truly have to be a unequivocally occasional treat. Because after all this mutation has incited into something distant bigger than only weight detriment or small aesthetics. My mindset for success has never been so strong. Watching myself and how most my earthy physique manifests into expostulate for my business, my family and a goals we have…I know we won’t let a brief tenure impulse of lenience meddle with my prolonged tenure skeleton for success. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💯💯💯💯💯💯 If we have any questions don’t demur to ask. ☝️Before pic was take Jul 25th and after pic was take on Dec 23rd for a 150 Day Transformation (5 Months) we would adore for we to leave a criticism on how we suspicion we did on my #transphormation With @1stphorm 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻Thank we unequivocally much🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #iam1stphorm #100to0 #1stphorm #mytransphormationstartstoday #mytransphormation #transphormation #transformforlife #wedothework #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #bodytransformation #bodytransformations #diet #mealplan #mealplanning #relentless #goals #lost82pounds #150days

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After anticipating out he was gluten intolerant, Peterson switched over to a keto-based diet consisting of healthy fats, gaunt protein and immature vegetables. The new nutrition plan and twice-daily hour-long hikes “made the weight start to flow off.”

He also started weight lifting 6 days a week, focusing on a opposite physique partial any day.

Peterson finished adult dropping 82 lbs. during a 150-day mutation contest, called a 1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge — and he won a $50,000 grand prize.

Now 198 lbs., Peterson continues to request his tour on Instagram and enthuse others.

“I have so most some-more appetite and we feel like we am always in a good mood. we feel like we have turn a father and father that we unequivocally wanted to be,” says Peterson.  “I feel like we have expostulate and aspiration like we have never had before in my life — and I’m roughly 40!”