From 392lbs to 195lbs on Keto: Thor Grove Interview
This week we have a really special interview with Thor Grove. Thor has had an amazing transformation, and is an inspiration to ketogenic diet followers everywhere. His story has been covered by major news outlets over the last year, including an interview by The Sun newspaper. Thor’s story began when he decided he needed a change of lifestyle after his weight hit 392 lbs. Thor has devoted himself to exercise and the ketogenic diet, and lost over half of his body-weight over the space of the last two years. We are absolutely delighted that we could share Thor’s experiences, and hope that his amazing story can provide some inspiration to anyone out there embarking on a new ketogenic lifestyle.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
When did you realise that you needed to make a change in your way of eating?
How did you find out about keto in the first place?
What made you choose keto over other diets, and what made you stick with it?
What motivated you to keep going on keto?
The constant weight loss and feeling great made it really easy to keep going on keto. I also lost my father last year, I was close to him, but life and distance meant I had not seen him for many years. I saw him for the first time in maybe 5 years face to face a week before he died and he was so happy to see my weight loss journey. Apparently, it was all he spoke about during the time leading up to his death, he was so proud. His wife told me it was like he was able to let go as he knew his little Thor would be ok.See my dad was overweight. He was a body guard for Iron Maiden for many years, and after years of work and abuse and a rock and roll life style, he ended up having numerous health issues. He was in a lot of pain for the last 5 years of his life, and he was so scared I was going to follow in his footsteps with the health issues that he had so it was like he could die and not have to worry about me anymore.
I get asked a lot what motivates me and while I do it for myself, I feel that my gift to my dad was giving him that reassurance before he died that I would be ok, and on that reason and that reason alone I cannot fail. I will die before I fail (I know there is irony in that but you know what I mean.) Because of his death and the travelling I had to do around visiting him prior to his death and his funeral I ended up intermittently fasting and it’s something I’ve done ever since. I follow a 14/10 or 16/8 window and I love it.
What was your biggest success?
What advice would you give to someone starting out on a ketogenic diet?
What does a typical day look like in terms of meals?
Wake up. half a lemon, 4g pink salt and 2oz water.
1:15pm; 200g of chicken steamed and then dry fried with a low carb rub and 2 eggs mixed in all scrambled with an avocado. I supplement fish oil here, multi vit and Vit d3. 1litre of water with 2 electrolyte tablets 2g of iodized salt and 2g magnesium calm.
5:15pm; 100g of chicken steamed and dry dried with a low carb rub and 1 egg mixed in. I supplement fish oil here and multi vit
7:40; 2 scoops of ON Platinum Pre with 5g of creatine 7:45; 25g protein (low carb) 10g MCT powder and 10g dextrose and 2G sodium
10-10:30PM: 100g of chicken steamed and dry dried with a low carb rub and 1 egg mixed in. I supplement fish oil here and multi vit
Any favourite keto books, websites or resources?
From all of us at The Keto Cookbook, we would like to give a massive thanks to Thor for chatting to us. He is a testiment to what can be achieved if you work hard and follow your diet and excercise plan. If you would like to follow along with Thor’s progress, you can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thor.grove, or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thorthegiant.