How TV Star Erik Tsou Shed His Depression and Became a Happy Father
By: Julie Hand
May 18, 2018
At one point, father and husband Erik Tsou weighed 220 pounds, and as he points out, he isn’t a tall person. Born with achondroplasia or dwarfism, Tsou acknowledges his struggles with weight started in childhood. Now, glancing at a photo of himself at that weight, Tsou admits he looked happy – it was a fun time in his life – but his health suffered tremendously from the excess weight.
The tipping point for Tsou arrived with his mother’s declining health from diabetes. “Then [her death] really changed my life and made me think about how I wanted to live. I wanted to be healthy.” So, from 2009 to 2011, Tsou embarked on a disciplined fitness routine, hitting the gym five days a week. He lost 40 pounds, though eventually his progress plateaued.
While he was disappointed that his health improvements had apparently maxed out, there was another light in his life. He met his wife, Tracy, who starred on the reality TV show “Little Women: LA.” “We got married and right away we wanted to have a child,” Tsou shared. “Though then we had two miscarriages and it was very hard on Tracy.”
Around the same time, Tsou woke one morning and went to get out of bed when his leg gave out. A specialist confirmed his leg wasn’t receiving sufficient fluid from his spine and he’d need surgery. “After the surgery, I was definitely not the same man…not just physically but mentally.” Tsou shares that his depression took a long time to heal.
However, another tipping point came one morning when Tsou tried Bulletproof Coffee. “I made [the coffee], and that day, I was hooked. It has changed my life to a point where I’m able to get through my day being kickass.”
As his life started to change for the better, Tsou received more terrific news. Tracy confirmed that they would have a baby. “[The baby] was going to be a boy and he was going to be average height… Happy is not even the word to describe it,” Tsou shared with delight.
Tsou opened up about how he hopes his son will see him one day. “I want my son to look at his father and say, ‘We all deal with something in our life, but It’s not about what you’re dealing with, it’s how you overcome the obstacle.”
Now a grateful husband and father, Tsou believes Bulletproof Coffee and a Bulletproof lifestyle have made him a better person. “I look forward to waking up in the morning because I know I’m going to have my Bulletproof Coffee. I’m going to be ready to start my day and make it count.”
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