Ch-ch-ch-changes

I still have a hard time wrapping my head around how different life is now that I've made my health a priority. At first it was just about weight loss... but now it's more about long term health & wellness. 

When I did the Whole 30 a while back I read the book "It Starts With Food", I learned so much about how many aspects of our lives are directly tied to how we fuel our bodies. What we choose to eat can have a significant affect on our moods, our energy levels and our overall well being.

All the dietary advice I got from doctors, nutritionist, personal trainers and even the government over the past couple of decades has been complete crap. Whoever made that food pyramid should be shot!

When you're obese, everyone just assumes you're a lazy slob with no willpower. That you lack discipline and/or self control and that it's your fault that you are fat. Heck... I believed that about myself too.

Unfortunately the "conventional wisdom" that the "experts" have been spewing out for years... had no chance of working what-so-ever.

The more I learn about nutrition, weight loss and how fat metabolism ACTUALLY works, the angrier I get about having been duped for all those years.

But the past is the past, and there's nothing I can do to change it.

Instead, I am channeling all of my energy into trying to help as many people as possible achieve the kind of life changing results I have experienced.

I know what it feels like to be fat... to be rejected, ridiculed and to be judged.

I know what it feels like to be winded after going up a single flight or stairs, or after bending over to tie my shoes.

I also know what it feels like to lose 9 inches off my waist, and to lose almost 100 pounds while hardly ever working out at all.

I know what it takes to safely lose weight and keep it off for good and I can help you!

I created the Lazy Man's Challenge to show you step by step exactly how to do it. It's a small price to pay considering the huge positive impact it will have on your life.

Don't wait until next month to start... step up and start today! You'll thank yourself 3 months from now.

(Fyi... most people save a few hundred dollars on food costs over the duration of the challenge so it ends up being practically free).

BTW, the Whole 30 is a really good program for long term healthy living, but even by their own admission, it isn't really about weight loss. I often advise that once you've lose all the weight you need to lose on the Lazy Man's Challenge, the Whole 30 (or a modified version of it) is a great maintenance plan.

***If you aren't quite ready to sign up, at least download a free copy of my eBook.***

I'm Certified!

 
 

As of this past Sunday, January 22nd, 2017... I passed my final exam and I am officially a Certified Primal Health Coach!

Ever since I started helping others on their weight loss journey... I have been trying to learn as much as I possible could about diet, nutrition, weight loss, motivation & will power.

While I learned a lot of my own via books, podcasts, videos, documentaries and countless online articles... I felt like an investment in a formal training course would be beneficial to both myself, and to the people I am committed to helping.

The course was excellent! It affirmed much of what I have already learned, but went so much deeper. It was all backed up by the latest scientific research and I feel better equipped to help others.

As someone who used to struggle with his weight, I am passionate about helping others achieve safe, effective and sustainable weight loss.

5,000 pounds down!

Milestone day here at the Lazy Man's Challenge... as of this morning, our participants have lost 5,000 pounds collectively!

I want to thank everyone who has invested in themselves and their long term wellness by taking the challenge and I am honestly looking forward to the day when I can announce our members have lost 5 MILLION pounds (I'm not even joking).

You can scroll to the bottom of this page to see the current total of collective weight lost.

The Definition of Insanity

Perhaps the most overused cliche of all time is the one attributed to Einstein about "The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."

Many have claimed that he never said that, but if you want someone to take your quote seriously... attribute it to Einstein so you sound smart right?

Whether Einstein said it or not... it does make a lot of sense; but I still prefer the Urban Dictionary version:

 
The definition of insanity, is, doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again, expecting shit to change.
That. Is. Crazy.
— The Urban Dictionary
 

So when millions of people around the world make New Years Resolutions to "finally lose some weight this year"... I think it is crazy because they virtually have no chance of successfully hitting their goals if they try the same tactics they always do. Trust me... I know... I was trapped in that cycle for years!

Getting a gym membership and "watching what you eat" doesn't work!

Signing up for an Insane exercise program and drinking shakes your coach is pitching you (that he/she makes a healthy commission on) doesn't work (for most people).

The latest fad diet might work for a while, but the second you go back to your old eating habits... the pounds come back and usually bring reinforcements.

It's Time For a Different Approach

What you really need to a complete lifestyle change and to be honest... most people aren't willing to change.

But if you are, and you are finally ready to make your health a top priority, and you're will to make a few sacrifices... I can help you!

Here's all you have to do:

 
Stop eating sugars, grains and processed carbs and you will certainly lose weight. Add plenty of healthy fat to your diet and it’ll keep you from feeling hungry all the time.
— Becker
 

That's it!

You don't have to count calories.

You don't have to exercise AT ALL (of course you can if you want to).

The key to safe, effective & sustainable weight loss is cutting out foods that raise your insulin levels (sugar, grains, processed carbs).

When your insulin levels are high, you body stores fat.

When your insulin levels are low, your body burns fat for fuel instead of carb.

It's simple, but it's not easy.

That's why I created the Lazy Man's Challenge.

The challenge, which starts tomorrow, isn't a 100 day diet.

It's a 100 day training program that'll help you adopt this healthy new way of eating and make it a long term lifestyle.

We break it down into step by step instructions on how to break your sugar and carb addiction, and show you exactly what to eat, and what to avoid to turn your body into a fat burning machine.

Sign up and you'll get:

  • Daily motivational emails.
  • Access to our private supportive Facebook group.
  • Meal plans, recipes & grocery shopping lists.
  • Access to our progress tracking software/app.
  • Access to our online course which is broken down into 3 phases and 6 modules with over 20 videos, lectures and you'll have all the info necessary to succeed!

Happy New YOU!

I used to be fat and lazy... now I'm just lazy! ;-)

I used to be fat and lazy... now I'm just lazy! ;-)

Happy New Year

+ Happy New YOU!

If you are serious about losing weight in 2017 and you’re willing to have an open mind to a new approach to health and fitness... I can help you!
— Becker

The old paradigm of "eat less and exercise more" just simply doesn't work.

Well, technically it can work, and it does work for about 1-2% of the population... but it doesn't work for most of us long term (perhaps you've experienced yo-yo dieting in the past?).

Sure, we can hit the gym, go on a diet, drink some shakes, take some supplements, insert latest fitness craze here, and we may lose a few pounds... but the second we go back to our regular eating habits, and stop with the insane daily workouts... the weight inevitably comes back and it usually brings reinforcements.


It's time for a new approach

I struggled with my weight for most of my life so I know how you feel.

I know what it feels like to be overweight.

I know what it feels like to be obese.

I know what it feels like to diet, and feel like you are starving yourself... onl then to be discouraged to see the scale barely moved.

I certainly know what it feels like to say "fuck it" and give up... BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!

I am telling you right now... that there is a better way to achieve Safe, Effective & Sustainable Weight Loss. 

All you have to do it cut our sugar, grains and processed carbs and replace those calories with healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, grass fed meats & butter, and even BACON!
— Becker
  • It's safe. The LCHF Lifestyle is based on all of the latest, unbiased, scientific research about weight loss and nutrition. Eating this way will likely reduce your risk of cardio vascular disease, lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, increase your good cholesterol, reduce your bad cholesterol and in many cases it has even reversed Type 2 diabetes without medication. (Read "The Skinny on Fat")
  • It's effective. The plan works! It's not uncommon for people to lose 10% of their body weight in 100 days. A few folks have even lost 18% or more. One guy dropped 70 pounds during the challenge. We had a couple drop 110 pounds together. Over 75% of our participants lost at least 8%. (Read some Success Stories)
  • It's sustainable. This is the key. Who cares if you lose some weight on a diet, just to gain it all back when the diet is over. The Lazy Man's Challenge isn't a diet. It's a training program that will help you learn about a completely healthy, long term lifestyle.

Here's the good news:

  • You don't have to count calories.
  • You don't have to buy expensive supplements or shakes.
  • You don't have to eat gross tasting "diet food".
  • And you don't even have to work out if you don't want to.

I know it sound too good to be true, but weight loss has very little to do with calories and everything to do with hormones. Insulin to be exact.

When insulin levels are high, the body stores fat.

When insulin levels are low, the body burns fat.

The best way to lower your insulin levels is to eliminate sugar, grains and processed carbs from your diet.

It's simple... but it's not easy.

 

That's why I created the Lazy Man's Challenge

What started as an experiment for me and my Facebook friends, has turned into a movement. I am dedicated to helping others achieve the kind of success I have experience since cutting sugar and carbs from my life. To date, a couple hundred people have lost over 4,500 pounds collectively on this program.

 

There are 3 parts to the challenge:

Education

You'll learn what to eat, and what to avoid to turn your body into a fat burning machine.

Motivation

We'll help you through the mental battles that come up whenever you make a major lifestyle change.

Accountability

Our private support group and our fitness tracking app will help ensure you hit your goals!

I have taken my personal experience with losing over 90+ pounds as well as what i’ve learned from helping my friends, and have broken down the process into a step by step guide to help you lose weight and keep it off once and for all.
— Becker

By taking the challenge you'll get access to:

  • Our online classroom style platform that will teach you exactly how to make this plan work for you. It's broken up into 6 modules and 3 phases of approximately 33 days each. There are over 20 videos (2-10 minutes each).
  • Meal plans, grocery shopping lists and recipes.
  • Daily motivational emails (don't worry... they are short and to the point)
  • Weekly motivational emails.
  • Our private Facebook support group to get your questions answered, give you moral support and provide accountability.
  • Our partner app where you can set you own goals, track your progress
This is a screenshot of the dashboard an actual participant of the last challenge that ended last month. Way to go Jud!

This is a screenshot of the dashboard an actual participant of the last challenge that ended last month. Way to go Jud!

Jason dropped 70 pounds in his first challenge. He's back trying to lose 100 pounds total.

Jason dropped 70 pounds in his first challenge. He's back trying to lose 100 pounds total.

Why is it called the Lazy Man's Challenge?

Lazy. This refers to the fact that you can actually burn fat whether you work our or not. By eating right, you can train your body to burn it's own fat whether or not you do a single sit up. I actually work out just about every day (for about 8-12 minutes... I am a fan of the minimum effective dose theory... work out smart, not hard). You can work out if you want, or you enjoy exercise, but the point is that you don't have to.

Man's. Well, I am a dude and I first did it by myself before I invited a few Facebook friends to join me. Lazy Person's Challenge sounds a little too PC for me, but to date, over 60% of the participants have been women.

Challenge. In the past, we set up competitions, and incentives to win cash prizes, but we've found that isn't the best form of motivation for most people. This is a different kind of challenge. This is about challenging yourself. This is a mental battle. We don't want you concentrating about what others are doing. We want you to focus on making good decisions day after day. Small, daily, incremental progress really adds up after 100 days.

Don't make another resolution that you aren't going to keep. Make a commitment and change your life!

6 year of Fitness

6 years ago I decided it was time to make a change. I weighed myself for the first time in years and I was shocked when the scale read 285 pounds. I mean, I knew I was a big guy, I always had been, but if I was going to guess... I assumed I weighed around 250, so when I saw I was dangerously close to 300 pounds it motivated me to finally do something about it.

 

Here's my before and after photo, both taken on December 18th. On the left, 2010 at 285 pounds, and on the right, 2016 at 189! (down 96 pounds)

Here's my before and after photo, both taken on December 18th. On the left, 2010 at 285 pounds, and on the right, 2016 at 189! (down 96 pounds)

These photos were taken 10 years apart. On the left that was me in July of 2016, and on the right, September of 2016.

These photos were taken 10 years apart. On the left that was me in July of 2016, and on the right, September of 2016.

You can read my entire journey on my personal blog.

 

Fat is Good For You

Conventional wisdom tells us that saturated fat leads to higher cholesterol which leads to heart disease. Unfortunately, that's nothing more than an old wives tale. It has no basis in science.

More and more recent studies are concluding that saturated fat is actually good for you, and it doesn't actually lead to higher cholesterol or heart disease.

Here are a few articles that you should read:

I assumed it'll be a good ten years or so before people come to understand this truth, but I will continue to do everything in my power to help people on the path to health & wellness sooner rather than later!

Redefining Healthy

One of the reasons I am so passionate about the LCHF Lifestyle is because for my entire life growing up, I was misled about what is healthy and what is not. The FDA still has it wrong and is giving out poor advice that are only making people fatter and sicker. I won't rest until we can all agree that an avocado is better for you than Frosted Flakes. I also want people to know that eating bacon for breakfast is a better option than even toast and OJ (it's true!).

Treat Sugar Like Tobacco

Dr. Aseem Malhotra is a well respected cardiologist from the UK and an advocate of the LCHF movement. Watch the 4 minute video below and then if you are interested in more info, read the entire article he wrote comparing sugar to tobacco.

 
 

Here's my 2 cents...

I think most people will agree these days that smoking is bad for your health... although some people still choose to smoke. Which is their choice and I am assuming they are prepared to deal with the consequences that they know are coming. At least they know the risks as there are warnings on every carton of cigarettes. 

Unfortunately... I don't think the average person is aware of the long term health risks that sugar poses.

Our dentists have been warning us for a long time that sugar will lead to tooth decay and cavities (which I believe most people realize), but I do not believe that the average person knows that sugar, not saturated fat, is driving the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic around the world. 

People will still continue to consume sugar just as people continue to smoke despite the known risks... but it's my goal to help educate people on the dangers of sugar and to help people overcome their sugar addictions if they want to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Please read Dr. Malhotra's article.

Fat vs. Carbs

What if the governments dietary guidelines are wrong? They are. What if those guidelines are the reason why obesity and diabetes rates are skyrocketing? Again... guilty. What if we completely flipped the food pyramid upside down and at mostly healthy fats and very little carbs? Good idea!. Check out this episode of Fat v Carbs with Jamie Owen on the BBC:

FWIW, I agree wholeheartedly with the Low Carb, High Fat movement. As someone who has struggled with my weight for most of my life, I have finally figured out a plan that works for me and if you are obese, overweight, diabetic, or pre-diabetic... this plan will almost certainly work for you as well.

As you can see in the video, in just 3 weeks this guy lost a stone (14 pounds) and his total cholesterol came down while eating a high fat diet. Contrary to popular belief, eating dietary fat DOES NOT lead to higher cholesterol or clogged arteries.

It's going to take a while for the medical community to admit they were wrong about the dangers of saturated fat and it may take even longer for the general public to get over their fear of fat, but sooner or later, this is going to be common knowledge.

I have been low carb for almost 6 years now and I added the high fat part about a year and a half ago. I have lost over 90 pounds and I have been able to keep it off without counting calories, without an insane amount of exercise and without feeling hungry EVER!!!!

I am on a mission to help severely overweight and obese people drastically alter the course of their lives. The old adage of "eat less and exercise more" is bullshit. IT SIMPLY DOESN'T WORK!

If you are sick of yo-yo dieting, it may be time for a different approach. Check out the Lazy Man's Challenge and I'll help you lose fat and get healthy once and for all.