Now, I'm enjoying life a lot more.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Eczema
Find Vic Onlinehttp://twitter.com/ketocoachvic
[1:00] Vic Basmadjian is now a health coach but he comes from a background of battling obesity and having years and years of sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, also known as acid reflux).
[3:50] Vic used to be a bit of a yo-yo dieter. He could lose weight for a while but he wouldn’t keep it off.
[5:00] Vic tried Weight Watchers several times.
[7:00] The heaviest Vic ever got was 295 pounds.
[8:10] Vic is 57 at the time of recording. He started to have hypertension at the age of 25. Even on blood pressure medication, he was borderline hypertensive.
[10:15] Vic’s medical providers gave him the advice of “Eat less, move more, and watch your salt.”
[12:30] On top of high blood pressure, Vic was suffering from acid reflux.
[13:15] Vic describes some of the symptoms of acid reflux.
[15:30] Vic’s GERD got progressively worse from age 40 on.
[15:45] At age 50, Vic was diagnosed with sleep apnea.
[16:50] Every 15 seconds or so during his sleep, Vic’s breathing was stopping. He was put on a CPAP machine.
[19:35] What did Vic change at age 55 (at a weight of nearly 300 pounds)? He started cutting out starchy foods.
[21:00] After some success by cutting starchy foods, Vic’s son mentioned the ketogenic diet to him.
[21:50] Vic started following Doctor Tro online and learned a lot from him.
[25:30] What was the timeline like for Vic’s transformation and reversal of high blood pressure, GERD, and sleep apnea?
[26:40] Within two months of adopting a ketogenic diet, his blood pressure normalized. He had to reduce his blood pressure meds, and eventually went off them altogether in about 6-7 months.
[28:30] It took about eight months of the ketogenic diet to be able to come off his CPAP machine.
[33:50] From nearly 300 pounds, Vic got his weight down to about 180 pounds. He has maintained 180-185 pounds for approximately a year and a half as of recording.
[35:00] What types of foods make up Vic’s ketogenic diet?
[46:00] What was Vic’s doctor’s reaction to Vic being able to come off thirty years of blood pressure medication?
[50:15] Vic got a lot of his family to improve their diets even if they didn’t all go full-on keto.
[51:15] Vic’s wife eventually went full-on keto and lost 35 pounds.
[52:00] Vic helped two of his friends lose 100 pounds apiece.
[53:15] Vic is now a keto coach; he does it out of passion.
[56:30] Does Vic consider himself cured of hypertension, GERD, and/or sleep apnea?
[57:45] Vic used to have eczema on his fingers and he has seen a large improvement in that.
[58:45] Now that Vic has improved his health, what is one thing he enjoys doing that he couldn’t do before?
Vic's Recommended Resources
Low Carb MD Podcast
Dr. Robert Cywes
Dr. Christian Assad
Dr. Nadir Ali