Annice’s Story: SANE Helped Me LIVE Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

“SANE is so much more than weight loss: It is not effortless but much easier than anything I’ve done health wise.”

 

Have you ever had a terrible nightmare from which you couldn’t wake up?  A bad dream where your feet are all tangled up and you can’t move or run? That’s how my life was before SANE.

At 62 years of age, I weighed 266 lbs, suffered from back aches, knee aches, feet are swollen until purplish red and was just going through the motions of living. I was a retired Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science degree in Counselling and I couldn’t even help myself. I felt guilty and so ashamed of having all this knowledge and training and didn’t look like I knew anything about health. I had tried many, many, weight loss programs in my lifetime, some sensible and successful, and some really stupid and downright dangerous. I would lose some weight and then something would just “happen”. I’d give up because I didn’t get the compliments I thought I would get, nobody noticed or sometimes they would praise me and I would go into this celebration mode and eat myself into oblivion.

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Each time I slipped off a program, all the weight I lost, I gained back, plus more. When I was alone, binge eating was a constant comfort. Then when I “messed up” I would go on an eating spree until the next time, and the next, and so on. I finally said that’s it for me, I’m just going to try to be content with the body I was in and forget about losing weight.

Then I opened an email from Jonathan Bailor @ SANE. I don’t know how it came to me but however it was orchestrated, I do believe that it was by divine intervention. I’m one of those people who over-think everything. Before I knew it I had signed up for the free webinar and EVERYTHING Jonathan said made sense and just “clicked”. I had very little money but in faith, signed up with a doable plan.

The sound research and scientifically proven rationale behind SANE resonated with me. Now I know that it was not my fault. Now I know I wasn’t just greedy and lazy! After only three days of eating non-starchy vegetables, nutrient dense proteins, whole food fats and low sugar fruits, I felt more energetic and more satisfied than I ever have been. I was too satisfied to miss bread, rice, cakes and ice cream. The most amazing thing of all is that my brain fog lifted. I could think clearly! I felt like going around shouting hallelujah! But I managed to spare myself the embarrassment.

I don’t feel obsessed with my weight anymore. I do feel down sometimes because there are so many things going on in my life right now. But the SANE coaches, Jonathan’s live coaching, and my SANE support friends are truly like family. They pull me up when I’m down and celebrate with me in ALL that I share. I don’t weigh myself very often, but to date, I have lost forty-three pounds in ten months, four inches off my waist, five inches off my hips and three inches off my thighs. I’m almost pain-free and I am living life.

I’m opening a cottage retreat and wellness center in my birth island of Cayman Brac later this year. It’s as if I’ve awakened from that awful dream and life of nothingness to have another dreamlike experience. Only this time it’s wonderful and surreal.

SANE is so much more than weight loss: It is not effortless but much easier than anything I’ve done health wise. It literally saved my life and gave me hope and a future. And guess what? I’ve only just started. I have the rest of my life to experience more health benefits and to share with others. One of SANE’s mottos is “Progress” not “Perfection” and it will always be my motto too.

I am so very, very grateful.

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Kyle’s SANE Story: Losing 114lbs. Long-Term to Make Sure I’m Around for My Kids* Updated

Starvation Is NOT Healthy. Stop counting calories & go #SANE w/me at http://SANESolution.com

5 Years and 50 Update

We were so excited when we received Kyle’s email letting us know that he had a new blog post up with his 5-year update. He also added “and very possibly the last weight loss post I will ever write… It’s been a great journey.”

If you haven’t read Kyle’s original story, scroll down just a bit.

Kyle does such an amazing job telling this story, but a few parts we really wanted to share with you:

… After what seemed like an eternity, Dr. Ho finally remarks, “So, your weight is 167 pounds. Is that correct?”

“Yup” I answer back. “That’s what I always seem to weigh these days.”

Dr. Ho again starts flipping sheets. “Yeah, but… Hmmm.”

“What?” I ask.

“You’re 50 now.”

“Yup” I answer.

“And you lost over 100 pounds. Correct?”

“Yup.”

“And how long has it been since your dramatic weight loss?”

“5 years. So basically since 2012. Why?” I ask. My curiosity piqued.

“I’m looking at your chart and… In 2012, you weighed 167. And once again in 2013, you weighed that exact amount of 167.”

Dr. Ho continues to call the numbers out,

“2014: 167,

2015: 167,

2016: 167.

And now in 2017: Exactly 167.”

“Yup. That sounds about right,” obviously clueless as to the point my doctor is trying to make.

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Dr. Ho then gives me one of those smiles a parent saves for when chiding a small child. “Considering that you are now fifty years old. Factor in the considerable amount of weight you lost. And now add the fact that you have not fluctuated even ONE pound in 5 years? Don’t you find that kind of… Remarkable?”

Toward the end of our appointment, my doctor did ask me one more question. As I was walking out, Dr. Ho leans in furtively, like somehow a spy organization might be listening, “So what are you doing that seemingly everyone else is NOT?”

Good question. While my approach was certainly different than most, I think the MAIN REASON I’ve been successful where maybe others haven’t is: I was able to create a healthy lifestyle for me, that I simply LOVE living. I enjoy every day of my life right now. I enjoy every bite of food I eat. I enjoy being a part of the world and my place in it. I love the fact that at my age, I am more than capable to engage in any FUN or STUPID activity that might come my way. Because of my good health, the world is WIDE OPEN to me. And for that, I am humbled… and eternally grateful.

So where’s the Action Step? What can a person do to start their own journey?

*I write this particular section specifically for those who are deep in the struggle as I once was… To those who are suffering, know that I understand… And as YOUR first step, I lovingly implore you to just STOP: Stop beating yourself up. Stop hating your body. Stop saying hateful things to yourself that you would never dare say to another person. Take a ginormous breath, and then exhale. Give yourself the GRACE you truly deserve. Find forgiveness within yourself and for yourself. Learn to Love You. BE the person that’s ahead of you, not the person behind. Then… Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Be silly for no reason. Have fun in ways that make absolutely no sense. Seek out the things in life that will indeed bring you true happiness.*

Look, we all want to lose weight. I get that. But at the end of the day, this journey is NOT about LOSING WEIGHT. It’s about GAINING HEALTH. And ACQUIRING the ability to live out your best life possible… THAT, my friends, is what it’s all about.

So, for your first Action Step: Start by taking SMALL, PRACTICAL, INTENTIONAL steps toward improving your health. Things like: Going to sleep earlier. Taking a daily walk. Switching from Coke to Water. Playing basketball with friends. It really does matter. It all matters, however small…

Start there.

I can’t encourage you enough in this. My heart is brimming with excitement for the rest of your journey…

Picture your best life. Start building it. Invent and Create your new normal. Automate these newly formed habits so you can perform them without thinking or stress. Then just lean into it… Live. Ride. Embrace. Love…

Happy Trails my friends,

Kyle

To read all of Kyle’s update, please click here: https://nashdaddyrocks.blogspot.com/

Everyone here at SANE wishes Kyle the best in his transformed life! You are truly an inspiration!

 

“This has completely and utterly changed my life. I can’t say ‘thank you’ often enough!”

My story has been a long time coming.

I should have shared it sooner.

But I was afraid.

I was embarrassed.

And frankly, I don’t think I had near the strength of character, nor the courage of conviction needed to tell people the truth…

The Truth is that I have struggled with my weight for almost all of my adult life.

The Truth is that in 2009, I had ballooned out to my heaviest weight of 278 pounds.

The Truth is that during that period of my life, my chest hurt, my feet ached, and the only thing heavier than my body, was my heart…

But if I’ve learned anything in my 47 years, it’s that the truth of “right now” doesn’t have to be the truth of “tomorrow” or even the next day. You don’t have to settle. You don’t have to just “buck up” and accept it.

You can change it. It can be better. I can be better…

Today, the Truth is very different than it used to be.

The Truth is that somehow through the grace of God, I have managed to lose 114 pounds.

The Truth is that I now weigh 164 pounds, the same weight that I weighed in college.

The Truth is I now have a new life, and a very promising future to look forward to.

Which leads me to the most difficult part of sharing my story…

Just the thought of posting “Before and After” pictures makes me break out in hives, but it’s finally time to tell the truth. The whole truth. And not just the bits that make me look good.

I do this also, because I owe a debt.
I am indebted to every one of those brave souls who posted “Before and After” pictures of themselves before me. I used those pictures. I used those stories. I used that determination to fix my own life.

So, to those people who put their embarrassment aside and fought the good fight,

Thank You.

I pay it forward that others might come after me…

“Before”

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So this is the first picture of me in the “Before” stage. I’m not sure of the exact date, but I’m guessing March of 2009. I remember this moment vividly as it was all I could do to move to the center of the boat as to not capsize.

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Here is basically the same shot, but from a side profile.

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This picture is The Absolute Worst Shot of me that I could find and had not yet burned… I find it a cruel, but fitting irony that in this picture, I am in jail. However, I’m in jail not only by myself, but I have locked up my kids right along with me… Looking at this picture always brings back to a time I prefer to forget, but the power of this picture is simply undeniable.

OK. Let’s move on shall we?

“After”

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I had a friend take a few pictures of me a few months ago. This is just me in my favorite jeans and a T-shirt.

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Same shot, same jeans, same T-shirt from the side profile.

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Lastly, this is most recent picture of me and my daughter. This was taken right before attending our first “Western Themed” Father/Daughter dance. My new found health ensures that we will have many more moments just like this…

I want to take a moment to post some stats and briefly detail how I got from there to here:

Kyle Wong
Age 47
Height 5′ 7″
Starting Weight 278
Current Weight 164 (-114)

Diet:
“Life is too short to eat bad food…”
This is my favorite mantra regarding food.
In my daily life, I eat a Real Whole Unprocessed Food diet that focuses on Quality, not quantity.

I don’t diet. I don’t focus on cutting calories and what I can’t eat. Instead, I focus on eating MORE of the foods that my body needs and understands. To put it another way, I simply eat the foods that lead me to health, and stay away from non-foods that take me away from health.

In the real world, that basically translates to a diet consisting of quality meats, whole food fats, and non-starchy vegetables. If you’ve read The Calorie Myth or The Smarter Science of Slim, you are already well familiar with this approach.

And although I base so much of my style of eating on the SANE approach, I do want to emphasize that so much of your success will be depend on your ability to tailor this approach to YOU and your specific lifestyle.

The SANE lifestyle provided me a great foundation on which I was able to build my house upon. However, it is not Jonathan Bailor’s house. It is MY house. I get to choose the style of house I want. Any decisions like the color of my house or the furniture I buy, are completely up to me…

SANE-ity is merely a foundation on which to build your perfect way of living and thriving. To make it work, and more importantly, to make it sustainable, it is imperative that you take what you have learned, then build upon it to customize “Your House” into “Your HOME.”

Exercise:
My attitude toward exercise and health in general is that it doesn’t need to be hard. People see the Biggest Loser and think “OMG! I can’t do that! I don’t have time to work out 4 hours a day!” And what I’m trying to convince people is that you don’t have to. I absolutely believe that good health should be simple and uncomplicated. It doesn’t need to be hard. It doesn’t need to be extreme. You don’t have to wake up at 4 am every morning to show up at a boot camp and have some drill sergeant yell at you for an hour. It’s just not necessary.
The approach I use toward exercise is “Maximum results, Minimal time, with Minimal stress on the body,” or the concept of Minimum Effective Dose. The goal is to achieve the best results you can in the shortest amount of time, while still being able to minimize the stress you put on your body. By taking this strategy, I ensure that I stay injury free, and my body gets the necessary inputs it requires to stay strong and healthy for the rest of my life.

So what that looks like in the real world is three 20 minute weight training sessions a week. During each of those sessions, I modify as many movements as I can to focus only on the eccentric part of the exercise.

Lastly, I do one 10 minute sprint session a week. Nothing fancy here. Every Saturday morning, my oldest son Nash and I race each other up and down the street. The competition brings out the best in us, and depending how we feel, we’ll do to 4-6 “races” totaling 10 minutes of exercise time.

After that, any exercise I do is just for fun, whether it be playing basketball, playing tag with my kids, or hiking with my buddies. I make sure I truly enjoy any activity I get involved in. If it ain’t fun, I ain’t doing it.

Lifestyle:

I don’t want to make this section an afterthought.

Sleep and Stress Management are huge pieces to my success. I make every effort to get 8 hours of sleep a night. I also take every precaution to minimize the stress in my life. It took me a little bit of time, but I’ve learned to no longer sweat the small stuff that used to bog me down.

Simplify.

Focus on the things that are truly important in your life and let go of the things that just don’t matter…

So, ladies and gentlemen, that is my life in Technicolour… I want to end this without being preachy or the need to be profound so let me just say this,

Losing 114 pounds is certainly a big change. But the real change happened, not in my muscles, nor in my abs. It happened in my heart…

If you ever find yourself in a situation like mine whether it’s weight loss or anything else, and you can’t imagine where to begin,

Start by putting Belief in your heart. Belief that you can do this. Belief that you are worth the time and the effort.

Let it take root. Care for it. Water it. And it WILL grow.

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

Learn the exact foods you must eat if you want to finally lose weight permanently. Click here to download your free Weight Loss Food List, the “Eat More, Lose More” Weight Loss Plan, and the “Slim in 6” Cheat Sheet…CLICK HERE FOR FREE “HOW TO” WEIGHT LOSS GUIDES
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Dr. Keen’s SANE Story: SANE Eating is Powerful Medicine*

Starvation Is NOT Healthy. Stop counting calories & go #SANE w/me at http://SANESolution.com

Dr Keen Before and after

I have lost the grand total of 37lbs and I am continuing to lose safely and long term. My resting pulse has come down from 90 to 54 (an independent prognostic indicator of cardiovascular disease). I feel ENERGIZED, I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt!

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I have been a qualified (licensed) Doctor since 1977, at the beginning of my career I used to work in the ‘prestigious’ Harley Street Diet Clinic in London to earn some pocket money whilst I was slaving away for 120 hours per week for the NHS! The way the diet clinics earned their huge incomes was not by virtue of their client’s success but by hoping for the client to fail. This way there would be at least one repeat consultation, multiply that by thousands of clients……..need I say more. I quickly disengaged myself from this money making concern and I went into General Practice which was, most certainly, not a money making concern. As early as 1983 I was espousing the benefits of soluble fiber, high protein and low carbohydrate, not as a ‘diet’ but as a necessary re-education of self for life. I had a number of successes, some shedding 50 lbs. and keeping it off, but the majority insisted going on ‘a diet’ and paying through the nose for advice that was, at best dubious, and not evidence based. They inevitably joined the ranks of confirmed YOYO dieters, losing weight but then regaining lost weight and more.

During that time my own weight started to creep up, I too was a yoyo dieter, I failed to practice what I preached and I looked at short term weight loss without the long term goal in mind i.e. living to eat rather than eating to live. In April 2013 my weight was over 18 stone (252lbs), my BMI was 32 and I felt awful. None of the dread diseases had kicked in but I was fearful of metabolic syndrome creeping up on me. I happened upon Jonathan Bailor’s website whilst Googling around ‘non yoyo weight-loss’. It immediately struck me as being honest and evidence based. So I bought the book, watched the videos and I went SANE food shopping, not thinking for a moment that this method would work over everything else I had tried: Atkins, F-Plan, Dukan…….I had already started cardiovascular conditioning exercises in 2011 after suffering from ME/CFS for 6 years, 4 of which were spent in bed, my being so weak and tired that I found it almost impossible to walk up stairs or lift a dinner plate. As soon as I started SANE my weight began to drop DESPITE eating a handful of Almonds per day(4000Kcal extra per month)!!

The science behind the almond story is fascinatingly logical. So, since April 2013, combining sensible cardiovascular exercise on a stationary bike, with eccentric weight machine exercises I have lost the grand total of 37lbs and I am continuing to lose safely and long term. My BMI has come down to 26.7, my body fat is under 15%, well below the lower limit of normal for a 60 year old and my body muscle is at the upper limit of normal. My resting pulse has come down from 90 to 54(higher levels being an independent prognostic indicator of cardiovascular disease). I feel ENERGISED, I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt, why would I want to feel any different? So I am sticking to the evidence based, sensible eating and exercising plan I have adopted and I am spreading the word to whoever will listen to my evangelizing. It really works. I am not employed by any part of the SANE Solution organization, I am an independent individual and a UK registered, licensed physician.

– Dr. MJ Keen MB, BS, LRCP, MRCS

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

Learn the exact foods you must eat if you want to finally lose weight permanently. Click here to download your free Weight Loss Food List, the “Eat More, Lose More” Weight Loss Plan, and the “Slim in 6” Cheat Sheet…CLICK HERE FOR FREE “HOW TO” WEIGHT LOSS GUIDES
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Vivian’s SANE Story: Her Approach to Eating in an Informed and Conscious Way*

Starvation Is NOT Healthy. Stop counting calories & go #SANE w/me at http://SANESolution.com

Vivian Before and After

I lost 20lbs and feel better than ever before. I eat whatever I want – no restrictions, except for starch and sugar, which I will eat in minimal amounts. I noticed that if I indulge one night (like Thanksgiving), I will feel hung over the next day. My body is not used to those foods anymore – it doesn’t want them – and I am happy to oblige.

I was carrying around an extra 20lbs of baby weight for the last 10 years. I always had a big appetite and just thought I was one of those people who liked…, wait, strike that, LOVED to eat, and therefore, would always be a bit over my desired weight.

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In April 2013, I came across Jonathan’s SANE Solution and his message completely resonated with me. I immediately bought his book and read it, and later was able to talk with him in person about SANE eating and eccentric training.
I immediately started following Jonathan’s advice and cut 90% of starch and sugar out of my diet. I was lucky to find a HIT gym right in my neighborhood and I signed up for that as well. While eliminating starch and sugar certainly required some perseverance for the first couple of weeks, they were easily replaced with delicious alternatives and I was NEVER hungry. In fact, to this day, there is still no way I can eat 10 servings of vegetables per day.

Because my body began to crave sugar less and less, I was able to finally start noticing and paying attention to my internal hunger cues. I rate my hunger on a scale of 1-10 and have learned that it only takes about 4-5 bites to reach the next number on the scale. Sometimes I like eating up to a “5”, but other times, I want to feel full and satisfied, so I will go up to an “8”. Either way, the way I eat now is an informed decision, not something that just happens to me that I feel I have no control over. The compulsion is slowly going away (it’s a long process).

To me, the change has been more emotional than medical or physical. I was never obese and thankfully, never suffered from any health related issues. For me, it was all about breaking the compulsion and realizing that sometimes, 5 bites are enough to make me full. Before, I would’ve never noticed this because of the way my brain was addicted to sugar.

Today, I will tell everyone who cares to listen about my “discovery”.   I lost 20lbs and feel better than ever before. I eat whatever I want – no restrictions, except for starch and sugar, which I will eat in minimal amounts. I noticed that if I indulge one night (like Thanksgiving), I will feel hung over the next day. My body is not used to those foods anymore – it doesn’t want them – and I am happy to oblige.

Gaining back control of my body and nourishing it when it’s hungry, instead of the compulsive manner in which I ate before, is nothing short of a miracle!

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

Learn the exact foods you must eat if you want to finally lose weight permanently. Click here to download your free Weight Loss Food List, the “Eat More, Lose More” Weight Loss Plan, and the “Slim in 6” Cheat Sheet…CLICK HERE FOR FREE “HOW TO” WEIGHT LOSS GUIDES

Victoria’s Story: Losing Baby Weight & Gaining Energy

 

 

 

For me, SANE is not about a specific eating plan that you either do or don’t. It is a way of thinking about food, exercise, sleep and mental attitude

 

Before I heard about The Calorie Myth, SANE Solution, and the SANE Family, I was the mother of two with excess baby weight. My life was very busy taking care of the immediate needs of my children.

I didn’t get very much sleep. I felt like I was thinking at half my regular speed until about four in the afternoon. I used to buy huge jars of Jelly Beans or bags of chocolates. I ate them to give me a little boost to get me through the next hour. I cooked dinner most nights and tried to eat healthy. Most of my meals, especially breakfast and lunch, were grains and sugar in various forms.

Life wasn’t bad. I loved my family and enjoyed a lot of the things I was spending my time doing. I just knew there was more I should be doing. I felt guilty about not taking care of myself. I thought it was all part of the sacrifice a mother makes. I would occasionally try an exercise program after seeing pictures from a family event. The effort of exercising consumed my energy and I fell behind in other areas in my life.

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A good friend posted about The Calorie Myth on Facebook. I borrowed the book and had to buy my own copy halfway through. I knew that I’d be referencing and rereading it again and again. Being a bit of a science nerd, I loved all the research found in the Calorie Myth. I really appreciated how Jonathan translated it into reasonable steps I could implement. I tend to over complicate things and keeping it simple has turned into a new motto for me.

I started trying things on my own. Mostly, incorporating a lot more vegetables into everything I ate. Breakfast smoothies were a huge improvement for me. At first, it was really tough cutting back on sugar. I didn’t take into account that I was a little bit addicted so I tried, relapsed, and kept on trying. InSANE foods tempt me less, the longer I am SANE.

For me, SANE is not about a specific eating plan that you either do or don’t. It is a way of thinking about food, exercise, sleep and mental attitude. I continue to listen to podcasts, get advice from other people that have gone SANE, I read and learn more. Progress over perfection! SANE isn’t about quick results and exact plans. It’s about being better than you were yesterday. It gets easier the longer I do it.

The better I ate, the better I felt. I still remember a particular morning that I woke up on my own (without the aid of my children) and was ready for the day. I’m not a morning person. The last time I remember that happening was when I was around twelve years old, but never as an adult. I used to take hours to get my mind up to speed for the day. I love how my mood is more balanced and I’m more patient.

Life moves forward and so did we, by moving to a new state. Selling our home and moving takes a lot of energy. I was grateful I had more energy to go around. Eating healthy varied depending on my situation. I always made the healthiest decisions I could. I knew it wasn’t the end of all my progress if every day wasn’t perfect.

I became pregnant with my third baby. It was by far my easiest pregnancy. My doctor and I decided that because of my current health and my healthy habits I didn’t need to take prenatal vitamins. I hated taking them in the past because they made me sick. I’m not saying that eating SANE will give you a perfect pregnancy or that I always felt good. I just eliminated some of the problems I had control over.

Being SANE helped me create the best environment internally that I could to help create a healthy baby. My blood work, weight, and blood pressure were all optimal for me. I had fewer aches and pains. I wasn’t hungry. It’s really hard for me to be satisfied when I’m pregnant, but I was when eating SANE meals.

My energy levels were through the roof compared to my last pregnancies, even while chasing two little kids around. Near the end of my pregnancy, I still had enough energy to do more than just the basics.

I was still working on my projects and doing more than I had before going SANE. I’ve been able to bounce back after having my baby. I gained weight during my pregnancy just like my body is supposed to. It’s naturally coming off now. I love that I’m not in a fight with my body trying to force it into being skinny. 

As expected with a newborn, I’m not getting enough sleep. That used to throw me into a downward spiral of bad eating decisions and a lot of time laying on the couch. Now with SANE habits, a bad night’s sleep doesn’t mean I’m eating junk and feeling terrible. I drink my green smoothie, have a handful of nuts and maybe some yogurt, then I’m off to figure out this parenting stuff.

I’m still on my SANE journey and still making improvements. I adjust my goals to fit my life. Sometimes I have more time to devote to upping my SANEity, other times, I maintain my current level of SANEity. Either way, I’m feeling better than I have before.

I’m a more adventurous cook and eating delicious food. My life isn’t controlled by my diet or my body image. SANE is about you and your goals. I love where I am and still moving forward. I don’t want to over idealize what SANE is. It is a perspective and a body of knowledge about healthy living. I rely on my faith in God, my darling little family, and my wonderful friends. SANE doesn’t replace any of these, it simply empowers me to live more fully.

***Victoria was certified as a SANE Coach in February 2017***

Learn the exact foods you must eat if you want to finally lose weight permanently. Click here to download your free Weight Loss Food List, the “Eat More, Lose More” Weight Loss Plan, and the “Slim in 6” Cheat Sheet…CLICK HERE FOR FREE “HOW TO” WEIGHT LOSS GUIDES

Andrea’s Story: Being the best version of me for my family and my life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s never too late to make the choice to be healthy, and I will forever be grateful that SANE is committed to long-term health so I can be the best version of myself.

When I first heard the SANE term, “nutritional serenity,” I thought, “that’s what I want!” I didn’t want a supermodel body. I really just wanted to be the best version of me. I wanted to spend my time on earth living out my personal mission: to use my gifts of compassion and service and my love of learning and teaching, to help my family and those around me to feel loved and empowered to use their talents and abilities to become their best selves. I didn’t want to spend two hours at the gym every day when I needed to devote that time and energy to my own passions and to help those around me.

I have five children, and with each pregnancy and birth came unique challenges. Most of the time they were common issues that occur with pregnancy, but during the birth of my last two children, I had some pelvic and hip complications. This meant I could no longer “run the post-baby weight off.”

Not long after the birth of my fifth child, a trusted friend recommended the book, The Calorie Myth. The science and explanations made sense to me, but having never done any kind of “diet” I didn’t want to start down that path, so I was hesitant. However, something told me that SANE was different. I sat on the information I had read for about six months, and then I had my “ah-ha” moment. I realized that what I read was still coming back to me months later. I couldn’t forget about it and my health hadn’t changed by doing what I had always done before. This is what prompted me to change my eating habits. I realized that if I wanted to get down on the floor and play with my favorite little people, I needed to be in great shape! Yet again, I wasn’t going to spend hours and hours away from them at a gym and it was this process of prioritization that helped me to realize I needed to change my eating habits. This is when SANE delivered exactly what I needed. A scientifically-proven method for establishing healthy eating habits and not just to lose weight—to become healthy! 

One night my husband and I went on a bike ride for date night down the trail near our home and I mentioned the ideas I’d read in The Calorie Myth and how it just made sense to me. I told him I wanted to make a change in my life because I wanted to live a long life and be able to actively play with our kids. I knew if I didn’t make a change now, it would be that much harder down the road. My husband was a bit skeptical, but he told me he would support me in giving SANE a try.

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A few months later we went to The City Museum in St. Louis and I was thrilled that I could easily crawl through of the ground tunnels with my kids. When we were leaving I told my husband, “I want to be able to do that with my grandkids!” He was amazed at how much more energy I had and kept commenting on the fact that I was getting my shape back. He was 100% SANE-supportive once he saw how happy I was and has since learned how to make green smoothies and make a mean veggie omelet.

We have so many choices to make in life, but taking charge of our health is one of the most important. With a healthy and happy body, we have the energy and ability to go to work each day, to play with our family, and to live out our own personal mission. It’s never too late to make the choice to be healthy, and I will forever be grateful that SANE is committed to long-term health so I can be the best version of myself.

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Jay Dropped 47lbs & All Medication While Gaining Control*

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Starvation Is NOT Healthy. Stop counting calories & go #SANE w/me at http://SANESolution.com

– By Jay Utz

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Outside of music, battling weight gain has been the one consistent hobby I’ve had through my entire adulthood.  Since I stepped off my last playing field as a high school athlete, I have watched the scale slowly spin upward for the last 25 years, from college to marriage to kids.  I did not stand idly by, mind you, I have battled with great energy and vigor.  If you could count it, whether it was calories, Points, or minutes of exercise, I could catalog it all.  Well-intentioned people would gently remind me of my weight gain often, as though I weren’t already reminded of that every time I got dressed or walked past a mirror.  Summarizing my struggles pre-SANEity, I settled on two words:  despair and frustration.  If you’re reading this, chances are you fall (or fell) into one of these buckets.

My turnaround started with self-education, more precisely it started with a walk through my old office.  Passing through the door of our break room, a thought ran through my head like a bolt of lightning that said “If you continue to do what you’re doing, then you will continue to get the results that you’re getting.”  I’ve heard it before, but this time it landed forcefully.  I remember that Christmas that my wife gave me a nice belt as a gift, and I couldn’t bring myself to admit to her that I couldn’t get it to fit.  The tips wouldn’t even touch.

I don’t recall how I discovered Dr. Lustig’s work, but I remember hearing a 30-minute program with him on NPR.  Intrigued by what I heard, and I immediately went and bought his book FAT CHANCE.  Learning about the effects of sugar and insulin resistance was both enlightening and eerie; with each page, I was convinced he had hacked my medical file.  Weight gain, skin tags, sky-high triglycerides, HDL/LDL out of whack, I had it all. Now, I finally understood the problem.  I devoured his book in 2 days but was disappointed to learn at the end that even with my new-found knowledge, there was no action plan moving forward to help me reverse it.  Now, though, the pilot light was lit.

Oddly enough, my introduction to SANEity did began away from home.  It began on a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg.  Strolling down Duke of Gloucester Street on a cool March day, my family wound up in the Barnes & Noble there like we always seem to do.  With the boys finally old enough to browse by themselves for brief stretches without reducing the store to a pile of books, I made my way to the Nutrition section.  Looking over the racks of books, a bright yellow book cover bearing the title THE CALORIE MYTH caught my eye.  When I spotted the title, random thoughts that had been floating through my head suddenly crystallized.  This calorie-counting stuff is utterly ineffective crap, and somebody is finally calling BS on it.  I was a little guarded in my optimism since the claims on the cover seemed far-fetched, but the endorsement of a respected physician sealed it for me.  I remember thinking “I don’t know what’s in here, but I want it.”

I am probably not the poster-child for easing into the program; rather, I dove head-first into the deep end.  Out went all the processed foods, gone was the sugar.  In its place, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, greek yogurt and tuna appeared.  My reward for that was two weeks of misery, but I was prepared for it.  My body had been trained to sugar and highly-refined foods for 43 years, and it did not take these changes lightly.  For two weeks, I felt as though I could rip the head off of anyone who came near me, and then as my hormones began the process of recalibrating themselves, that feeling subsided almost overnight.  After two weeks of SANEity, the puffy feeling in my abdomen that had dogged me for years went quiet.  At three weeks in, I noticed that I moved easier, that my arms swung freely when I walked and it seemed as though every joint had been oiled a la The Tin Man.  At four weeks in, the sun poked through the clouds and the scale moved backwards for the first time.  And then it took off.

Whey protein appeared in the cabinet.  Stevia replaced Splenda on the countertop.  And the weight kept sliding off, as though my body was agreeing that it had never wanted to be this heavy.  Suddenly the Christmas belt fit in the first notch.

By mid-summer, my shorts were sliding down my hips at the boys’ swim meets and I had to begin wearing a belt with them.  In late summer, they slid down my legs as I was (thankfully) carrying groceries into the house with both hands.  I have since retired those shorts, and have had to replace my work wardrobe with smaller pants (WITHOUT the “comfort waist” or “relaxed fit”, thank you very much).

At a company biometric screening in October, I noted that my triglycerides had fallen from 314 (the previous January) to 160.  My total cholesterol had fallen from 170 to 122.  I have stopped taking all oral medication that is supposed to “control” my lipid profile.

As of this writing, I have lost a total of 47 pounds and am still slowly losing weight.  My goal was to be down 50 pounds by Christmas, and while I might fall a few pounds shy, what a journey it has been.  I hope to hit my stretch goal of 70 pounds before Easter, but whether I do or not, the incredible difference between December and March is the feeling of control that I now have over my health and the hope that I have for the future.

The belt is now on its fourth and final notch, and I look forward with great anticipation to retiring that soon as well.  It won’t go away, though, it will remain as a trophy and a reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m headed.

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Jane’s SANE Story: Registered Dietitian Becomes Strong, Fit, Slim, and SANE!*

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Jane Before and After

Changed My Life!

I’m a Registered Dietitian who has struggled with weight my entire life, sometimes successfully, sometime not so much.  In fact my struggle with food was what motivated me to go into Dietetics.  I was even a chunky kid.

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I managed to keep my weight at a fairly normal level until I retired in 2007 from my position as the Manager of the Food Service Department at the local hospital.   Through the years I tried various ways of counting calories, restrictive eating, eating low fat along with exercising and the weight would come off, I’d get stuck on a plateau and then would yo yo up again.   Being a Dietitian, I did stick to “healthy” diets and followed the advice we dietitians were giving to our clients.  I could follow my strict eating patterns during the week, but on weekends my hunger would get the best of me and I’d binge.

So when I retired, every day was a “weekend” and I would have cravings for food I just couldn’t ignore.  Gradually the weight crept on.  It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking, “Well it’s not that bad.  I’m really not that heavy.”   And I quit weighing except when the Doctor forced me onto the scale for my annual exam.  I had high blood pressure, gerd, and high cholesterol and at my top weight weighed 198 with a height of 5’ 3”.

I read the Smarter Science of Slim as a continuing Educational exercise in September 2012.   The research and conclusions really made sense to me, even though some of it was not what we had been preaching as Dietitians.  But I knew what I had been doing certainly wasn’t working.

So I started to experiment.  I cut out sweets and starches (except for some fruit) and began drinking whey shakes with flax seed, eating Greek yogurt, lots of protein and tons of broccoli (which is and was my favorite vegetable anyway) and green salads. I noticed my strong cravings for food disappeared and although sometimes I was hungry, I wasn’t ravenous like I used to be.

And gradually the weight started to come off.  I averaged a weight loss of about five pounds per month until finally in about October of 2013 I had reached my goal weight of 135 pounds.   I’m 68 years old and decided that was a good weight for me because I don’t want to be too skinny and wrinkled.

I haven’t had another physical since April 2012 (when I was in the 150’s and my Dr. was very complimentary) so I really can’t say I’ve alleviated any of my health issues, but I feel like I’m very healthy overall.    I walk about an hour daily and do exercises at home with small weights but couldn’t get into the exercises mentioned in the book.

One of the most exciting things for me has been the adventure of buying new clothes sizes and feeling like I’m looking good now.   It was fun at each step of the weight loss to treat myself to some new clothes and surprise myself by how good I felt and looked.   Now I can kneel down and stand up without grabbing things for support and I just feel great.

I didn’t follow the diet to a T, but I took the advice given in the book in Step 5:  “Do What Works for You.”   I strive to be fit, not “hot”.  (At 68 years old who’s hot anyway?)

My goal for 2014 and forever is to maintain, which is always more difficult than losing, But I’ve been surprised over the holidays and on other occasions when I’ve cheated with non-SANE foods and found my weight did not balloon up and with a little effort I was able to get back to SANE eating, which I try to do most of the time.  My “go to” meal is natural peanut butter on Rye Krisp, so if I feel I’m in danger of my weight going too low, or if I’m in a situation where there are no SANE foods readily available, I grab my peanut butter and Rye Krisp.

I feel like I can eat this way the rest of my life.  It is not a hardship.  I’ve come to enjoy it.  Thanks so much to the SANE Solution!

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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Robert’s SANE Story: How to Lose 100 Pounds While Eating More–but Smarter*

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“I’ve tried every diet out there. Finally, I’m not hungry anymore, and the weight is staying off. I can really tell that my body is readjusting itself! When you look at a piece of stuffed crust pizza, something I used to love, and go “Yeah, it looks OK, but man all that bread… Yuck!” you know something has changed!”

By the 100lbs. lighter and never hungry Robert Stinnett

I’ve been a big guy all my life – ever since I was a kid I was big. I was fairly active, but no matter what I did my waistline kept increasing. I’m 38 now, and I think back to my late teens and 20s and realize how much I missed out being social and doing things with others because of my weight. If you think packing around extra weight is a pain, it pales in comparison with the low self-confidence that goes along with it.

Eating Less and Exercising More Is Not Sustainable

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It’s not like I didn’t try to lose weight – oh I must have tried almost every diet there was out there, and then some. Oh I lost some weight, but within a year it would all be back – and then some. All these calorie restricting diets just failed in the long run because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was starving – and eventually I’d break down and be right back in the old habits again. It was clear to me that calorie restricted diets weren’t going to work for me. After all, even though I was a big guy, I was still getting out and about. It wasn’t unusual to find me walking 5+ miles a day. You simply cannot eat 1,200 calories worth of food and remain active. Your body isn’t going to allow that! You can do it for a little while, but eventually you’ll break down and you’ll eat everything in sight – which I did!

All these calorie restricting diets just failed in the long run because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was starving – and eventually I’d break down and be right back in the old habits again.

So how big I was? At my worst I was 360lbs and wore a size 48 waist. I am 6’ tall so there were no excuses about it being “my height”. Something had to change, I felt absolutely awful and didn’t want to socialize or be around anyone anymore.

Around November of 2011 I happened to get an e-mail from Jonathan about a book he was writing and wanting to know if he could send me a copy to review for Amazon. I had always been an active Amazon reviewer so it wasn’t unusual to get these types of requests, so I obliged. As luck would have it I got the book right when I was going on a business trip so I had plenty of time on the plane and in the hotel room to read it. It took me 2 days to finish it, and looking in the mirror, deciding what the heck – the research was solid, and it wasn’t a “diet” per say, so I might as well try it out.

It’s not like I didn’t try to lose weight – oh I must have tried almost every diet there was out there, and then some. Oh I lost some weight, but within a year it would all be back – and then some.

Fast forward to July 2012, and almost 9 months to the date when I read his book. The change has been phenomenal – I have lost 100lbs and am now down to a size 38 waist. For the first time in my life I am throwing away clothes because they are just too big! Even my friends and family can’t believe what they are seeing. Heck, I can’t believe it either!

How To Lose 100 Pounds While Eating A Lot

What makes it work – at least for me – is that I can eat. I don’t have to go around counting every calorie; when I am hungry, I eat! If I am hungry 10 times a day, I eat 10 times a day! The difference is I am eating the right stuff – instead of the sugar and starch overload I used to shove into my mouth every day. Plus I am now packing in the protein – I will go out of my way to find food items with a high protein count. I honestly believe it is the protein, along with greatly reducing (not 100% eliminating) the starches and sugars that has produced these results.

If I am hungry 10 times a day, I eat 10 times a day! The difference is I am eating the right stuff.

It’s Not Just Another Diet

Some people have asked me, “Well isn’t that just the Atkins diet?” My answer has been a resounding “NO!” I tried Atkins, and I was pretty much to the point of throwing up. I could not eat all that meat! I do not like red meat to begin with, and it felt like on Atkins I was doing nothing but shoving meat into my body non-stop. No vegetables? I may be a big guy, but I love vegetables! I tried Atkins for a month before I said enough was enough – I couldn’t take it anymore!

With the Smarter Science of Slim Jonathan didn’t preach about some diet and “you must do this and you must do that”. He laid out the research, made some suggestions, and let people put the answers together for themselves. He even said that eating starches and processed carbs is OK now and then, but don’t make it your main dietary staple. There is nothing you enjoy today that you can’t eat – but you just need to realize how it all balances out. That’s where the book helps!

Jonathan didn’t preach about some diet and “you must do this and you must do that”. He laid out the research, made some suggestions, and let people put the answers together for themselves.

How To Keep Weight Off Easily

My goal is to get to 200lbs even and wear a size 34 waist. I have no doubt in the next 6 months to a year I will be able to achieve that. I’m not hungry anymore, and the weight is staying off. I’ve also noticed that even on days when I feel like being naughty I usually don’t feel like going crazy. I can really tell that my body is readjusting itself! When you look at a piece of stuffed crust pizza, something I used to love, and go “Yeah, it looks OK, but man all that bread… Yuck!” you know something has changed!

The proof is in the pictures, as they say, so take a look for yourself. I really can’t thank Jonathan enough for gathering this research together and writing this book. He’s really changed my whole outlook on life, and of myself. I’m always happy to recommend his book to anyone, and if you ever want to get in contact with me personally, by all means do. I’m always thrilled to help encourage others!

Robert Stinnett (@RobertStinnett)
July 2012
www.robertstinnett.com

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Ryan’s SANE Story: From Helpless To Hercules*

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Ryan

I feel 20 years younger. I am no longer tired all day. I no longer feel sick and weak all the time. Every part of my life has been improved by this change. Even my kids are eating better. The best part is that I was able to lose all of this weight without any starvation.

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It was the Summer of 2011 and I was with my Family at an indoor water park.  As I walked toward the pool, a little boy was running.  He was about to run into me when he stopped short.  He gazed up at me, dropping his jaw, as a look of disbelief came over his face.  He held his arms wide apart and screamed “WOW, look how fat that guy is!”.  Then, the little brat proceeded to run away as his embarrassed mother ran after him scolding.

These words would drive me to…  Well, I wish that I could say it was to commit to major changes in my diet.  However, it actually only led me to feel really, really bad every time that I ate an unhealthy meal.  I have always been a big eater.  For example, consuming an entire small pizza or ordering a second sandwich to go along with my double quarter pounders with cheese was not a rare occurrence.  Nevertheless, this is mostly what I continued to do.  My last name, Mangipano, is Italian.  It means “to eat bread”.  I did live up to it.  Sometimes, I used to eat 4+ slices of bread with my 2 plates full of pasta and meat sauce.  I also ate lots of potatoes, pastas, rice, and breads.  I read all about healthy protein and eggs in bodybuilding magazines when I was a teenager.  As a result, I always ate lots of protein also.

Except for a couple of times between age 16 and 19, I was overweight during my entire life.  I tried a few different things to lose weight in the past.  For example, I had tried cutting all my portions in half for a while.  I often drank black coffee and unsweetened tea.  I had also tried some weightlifting on and off over the years.  However, I usually didn’t lose weight at all.  The one or two times I saw any weight loss at all, I could never keep the weight off for more than a couple of months.  One problem was that life would reach a point where it gets too busy for all the cardio or too rushed/inconvenient (and then I would eat fast food).  Another problem has been that I end up binge eating once I could not take the hunger starvation anymore.

Anyway, I had let my weight get out of control.  I had heard warnings regarding how bad things were getting several times in the past.  For example, my doctor advised me to “Exercise and watch your diet” in 2005 when a lab test showed that my triglycerides were 305.  Also, when I told my health class teacher that I was too busy to exercise due to studying and working, she replied that “a degree won’t do you any good if you are dead!”.

This was simply a problem that I could not defeat.  Except for the areas of food, I would not say that I am a person without willpower.  In fact, I consider myself to be a person that has a lot of self-discipline (learned at US Army Infantry training at Ft. Benning, Georgia when I was 17).  As an example of this, I quit smoking cold turkey around 1999.  Also, I once took 20 hours of college classes in one semester (while working) and earned straight As.  I have tried to tackle my eating problem with this type of willpower in the past; however, I failed many times.  One summer, around 2006, we got a blockbuster movie pass and an elliptical.  I positioned the elliptical to face the TV.  Then I spent any non-working moment during the entire summer watching every movie that blockbuster carried.  When my knees would hurt too much from the hours of on the elliptical, I would go hit the punching bag.  I also swam at the pool and ran laps during lunch. I also hit the weight room for hours and the treadmill.  During this time period, I tried to reduce my calories as much as possible.  However, I would often go back for second servings during the meals that followed these workouts.  It felt that it was ok because I was burning it off.  Besides, I had replaced my breads and cereals with whole grain options.  I had mostly quit drinking soda.  I counted my calories using an old palm pilot.  Using this method, I actually made some progress and lost about 15 pounds or so.  I believe the lowest weight I was able to reach using this method was around 218 or so.  Unfortunately, the half days full of aerobics were not something that could go on forever, and after that summer, I gave up the excessive cardio.  I could no longer take the starvation.  The weight piled right back on.  After this, my weight went up and eventually approached 250.  Since I am only 5’5” tall, this was a very serious weight problem.

However, things got a lot more serious in late 2011.  I went to the doctor for a digestive system issue that I had developed.  While searching for the cause of this issue, they found that I had a condition called “fatty liver”.  My gastrointestinal specialist explained to me that he would expect something like this given my excessive waist size.  I weighed in at 247 during this visit.  He explained to me that this would most likely just be the beginning of the suffering for me.  He predicted that my future would be filled with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and a bunch of other horrible things.  He told me that what I was doing to my health was not fair to my three sons.  He explained that, in some cases, fatty liver disease can be reversed through dietary change.

Furthermore, I was always tired and had no energy to do anything.  Due to my weight, it hurt to lay in certain positions in the bed.  I had taken a very heavy load of college courses and was employed full time behind a desk.  This meant that I was always sitting.  Due to this, I had lost tons of muscle mass and gotten very weak.  Bending over to tie my shoes caused pressure to build up everywhere.  I felt so unhealthy and so much older than my age.  One would think that all I had to do was cut back on how much I was eating and become active.  However, this never worked for me.  This time, I felt like my life was on the line.  I had had about enough.  I set out on a quest to repeat my aerobic adventures of many years ago.  Only this time, I planned to starve myself like never before.  I told myself that I would make weight loss a new year’s resolution.  I purchased an overpriced exercise bike and pointed it at the TV. I joined a gym and I vowed to spend a spend a ridiculous amount of time there.  I bought a calorie tracking application for my phone.  I hung the punching bag up in the garage.  I even planned to take a semester off from school to give me more time after work to focus on the gym and aerobics.  I hoped that if I would attack this weight problem with excessive planning and crazy dedication, I just might defeat it.  Nonetheless, at the same time, a part of me was also very scared that I was going to fail again.  After my previous dieting attempts failed, I wondered if I was destined to slowly continue gaining weight every decade for the rest of my unhealthy life.

Nevertheless, I was motivated and I was ready to face the challenge and the suffering that was about to begin. I thought that the reason that I had failed in the past was my inability to control how much I ate.  I knew that since I had so much weight to lose, I would have to starve myself for well over 6 months to see any real progress.  I knew that would be hard because I eat a lot more after I start working out.  What was worse, I had to find a way to keep the weight off for good.  My plan was to lose the weight first before worrying how I would keep it off.  I tried to perform some research; however, I only found a sea of contradictory information.

I started my quest of starvation and suffering as planned on January 1st, 2012.  I started the cardio, whole grains, and starvation.  I saw some quick but minor weight loss during the first week.  Then on January 8th, something changed.  My employer, Microsoft, ran an intranet news story regarding a Microsoft programmer that wrote a book about losing weight without starvation.  I bought this book, which was The Smarter Science of Slim.  I could not put this book down.  I read the book every free moment that I had for 3 days straight.  After reading this, I realized that the strategy that I was planning to use was flawed.  I felt like I finally understood why I was unable to control my hunger.  I truly felt like I had a chance.

 

(Did Ryan have a chance?  Or was this going to be like all the other diets he had tried?  Stay tuned for Ryan’s Success Story: Episode 2)

* Testimonial Disclaimer: All of the testimonials were written by actual members of SANE Solution. Individual Results may vary. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.

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