How In-N-Out fixed my high blood pressure

138/89… fuck

Kevin here.

I started panicking at the doctor’s office. Despite being active, it was apparent that my family history of high blood pressure was kicking my ass.


“So you have two choices. Go on meds or lose weight.”


I didn’t want to be like my patients. You start on off with one med then next thing you know….


Fuck that.

It’s different when you’re the case study

If you’re in pharmacy school then you’re probably familiar with case studies. It usually looks something like this…


Back in school when I would study from a textbook, I was only focused on passing the exam. I forgot why I was learning this in the first place.

…until it was my own numbers. Shit suddenly got real.

I had a choice

… and taking medication wasn’t one of them. So I called my trainer and started a keto diet to drop weight (low carbs, moderate fat and protein).

Only problem? I tried keto in college and failed miserably. The pizza cravings were real.


…but I was coming back 10 years older and wiser and my life literally was depending on it.

Instead of replying on willpower, I started thinking of solutions I would actually stick with… My secret? In-N-Out.

…wait what?

Best thing about In-N-Out? You never get sick of it. Because you can literally customize anything, it’s great for macros… and your wallet.

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My order? 4 Flying Dutchmans (ask for no salt).

Throw this with some steamed veggies, fish oil, and coconut oil and you got a healthy keto diet for about $10-15 a day.

Keto MFP

Is it perfect? Nope. But the best solution is whatever you’ll stick with. 

Rather than lie to myself and say I’m going to cook everyday, I’m honest with myself. I know I’m tired and lazy after work. Don’t do lie.


After four weeks of “dieting”…

I dropped from 207 to 193.8 lbs and my blood pressure is normal now.

Weight loss

After having the shit scared outta of me, I’m actually grateful for having high blood pressure. When I first thought about dieting, I thought…

No more cheeseburgers. Time to eat some bland shit. This is going to suck ass.

salad koala

…but it doesn’t have to be this way. Obstacles are opportunities to figure out the path of least resistance (like how I based my diet off In-N-Out).

Finally if I always had normal blood pressure, I wouldn’t have learned as much. So when mudda bullshit comes your way, embrace the suck. It’s a good thing.

Let me ask you. What things are stopping you from getting what you want? Leave a comment down below.


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6 thoughts on “How In-N-Out fixed my high blood pressure

  • August 27, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I have a lot of interests and hobbies. And I don’t just wanna be a rapper in YouTube. Not just a singer in YouTube. Not Just one certain thing. And I learned from Jesse and Kong from Jump Cut Academy there’s Infotainment… I’ve already gotten some ideas but… Agh. I’m in analysis paralysis and going over my head (“I’m going to pay off my student loan by being a youtuber!”)
    Yeah… Pay off and do other things with money but my main goal for being a youtuber is : I uploaded one video 2005 and got friends on internet that I soon played online games with and also video chatted through BlogTv and sometimes Aim.
    I basically want that same type of thing but a much huger community fan base where I help people go towards their wants and needs without having to deal with a lot of shit that I had to go through. Give my Short Cuts basically. Just like how Jump Cut Academy is helping the ones who signed up and paid for the academy.
    As Kong said, “Have 50 ideas by reach for a 100 before talking to me because having none or less few of those lead us anywhere,” I do and still going 150+ since I type/write anything in mind down every minutes and when I’m not working in a job… That I’m starting to dislike…
    Just to end this thing in a way that I feel that I know how, I’m ask a question:
    How did you go on about Refugee Hustle for YouTube? Such as, why you uploaded videos about helping people, knowing what things to say to encourage others, and some other shit I don’t know how to articulate right now… I lost my train of thought on this last point.
    Anyways! Have a great day!

  • August 27, 2016 at 3:22 am

    One thing that stops me? wanting to do too many things at once lol

  • August 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I worked at In-N-Out Burger for 4 years…. still love going there and eating their food!!!! hope you can stick with your diet!

  • August 28, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Going into my junior year of highschool, I can pretty much relate to you in having Asian (in this case Nepalese Sherpa) immigrant parents. So this weekend I’m current on a camping trip with several families and we had some type of talent show. So I decided to do a speech, with Facebook live on my phone in one hand and a mic in the other I talked about how I tend to sometimes suppress my feelings and am struggling with breaking out of my shell. So I went up to my parents in the audience and asked them a question relating to the speech and they were just saying stop stop no more, but I chose not too.

    After the speech a couple uncles came up to me and we had a conversation about how I really presented myself and had the guts to just go out there and go ahead and say things that most people in the community would find taboo in a way. We also talked about the huge genrational gap between becuase they grew up and we’re conditioned by their society this way and I grew up in America this way. To keep the rest of this short I came up with a new goal in mind to implement aspects of both traditions of the tight family of eastern cultures and the more independent thought and gus of more western culture.

    Hope you enjoyed

    – Yours sincerely, Jamling

  • August 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Kevin, nice post. I’m currently having the same exact problem but ten times worse.

    I am 23 years old and I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember. At the end of 2014 I realize I have high blood pressure. The doctor made me promise to lose weight but here I am, in 2016 and still very fat. My biggest problem is that I cant stick to a diet. We eat rice everyday here where I’m from but the most I can go without rice is 2 weeks. Then I’m back into the spiral of destruction.

    But thats not all, currently I’m always finding myself thinking that there’s no hope left for me. I’m never happy, I’ve lost interest to everything. By that, I mean EVERYTHING. I have suicidal thoughts but in the back of my mind I know I will never kill myself cause I’m too afraid.

    I’m now pursuing my post-grad certificate while a lot of my friends already have a career and getting married and they all seem to be having the time of their lives.

    I’m constantly stressed out and food is just perfect for me to numb the pain. But then again, I’m getting bigger and bigger by the second and this just adds up to the pain. And hence I’m stuck in this cycle of sadness. I think I’ve been feeling like this for over 5 years.

    I know the solution to these problems is to lose weight, work out, eat a healthy diet, think positive and all that stuff. But I just cant stick to a healthy plan and I honestly dunno what to do anymore.

    I guess my question is is there any advice you can give me for me to break from this cycle?

    Anyway, thanks for everything.

    • November 11, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Hmm. I’m no diet specialist, but I would focus on your triggers. What sort of situations cause the stress eating? When these situations arise what kind of contingency plan can you do? I think a lot of it comes back to focusing on why we do the things we do and just focusing on the small wins… even if it’s just one meal at a time. Good luck man!


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