“I was fed up with being lethargic and bloated all the time”
A trip to the doctor’s office in early 2017 gave Tae Min Kim, an entrepreneur living in Charlotte, North Carolina, a new direction on his diet and lifestyle. He was diagnosed with celiac disease, a condition that causes an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in many wheat and grain products. In fact, some symptoms of the gluten allergy are so subtle that it’s important to know what to watch out for. “After that day, I decided it was time for a change,” he says. The keto diet helped Kim regain his energy, drop nearly 40 pounds, and decrease his body fat percentage to his goal level. “I have tried a lot of different diets in the past, but none of them was as easy as the ketogenic diet,” Kim says. “The keto diet is extremely sustainable due to the fact that I get to eat a lot of delicious foods.”
Kim, who shares his keto journey @itstaeminkim, says another great thing about the keto diet is the mental clarity and energy he’s found. “It’s literally on a whole different level. It’s helped me be more productive at work and still have the energy to actually go to the gym and, of course, spend time with my family,” Kim says.