Eat Like a Bear is…

making weight loss history through stories!

At Eat Like a Bear you have found the first person whose viral weight loss story would lead 100+ people to losing 100+ pounds without the use of surgery, drugs, branded products, coaching, or membership fees… with a food model that can be done on food stamps.

An unexpected universe!

“A crazy thing happened in a little Facebook group I started on July 9, 2018, with about 500 people.

A bunch of us got skinny.”

Amanda Rose, Ph.D.

A community with over 100 100-pound loss “century” cases 

(That’s 100+ pounds lost since finding us.)

Learn the core eating approach at Eat Like a Bear! in the highly reviewed (and completely free) Three-Day Challenge. Join below or read more about it here.


The Viral “Postcards”

Before the Eat Like a Bear! community had dozens of 100+ pound loss cases, the early motivational message came via “postcards” — views of new life unencumbered by body weight and reflections on that transformation. Explore the postcards at Eat Like a Bear!

The Message in “A Postcard from Yellowstone”

Life can change completely in one year,” Amanda Rose asserts in the video A Postcard from Yellowstone.

The strong “You Can Do It!” message, viewed by over five million people, captured the hearts of thousands of older women, shaping the culture of support in the Eat Like a Bear! community.

Read the Postcard from Yellowstone story here (CLICK!).

Learn about the video’s role in the origin of Eat Like a Bear here (CLICK!)

More Postcards


The Home of the “Century Bears”

We measure the community’s success big: 100lb loss cases. We call them “Century Bears.”

The Eat Like a Bear Books

We’ve got three books in digital. Two of those are also in print. The third will be in print some time in 2022. Find all of our premium content here (CLICK!).

Photo of Amanda Rose holding the Jump Start book

Jump Start!

Your go-to starting place! The Eat Like A Bear! Jump Start book takes the massive success of the Three-Day Challenge and turns it up! The book teaches the framework that has driven the success you see on this website, centered around our own challenge, which was featured on a national magazine cover.

Amanda Rose holding the book "Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad"

Ridiculously Big Salad

This book was a game-changer for our community’s success. I ate what we now call ‘The Ridiculously Big Salad’ about four out of five days during my rapid weight loss phase, but I didn’t appreciate that it was a key success factor for me until I saw thousands of people implement it with great results. It’s simple and inexpensive, but it is a specific framework, not ‘just a salad.'”

Soups, Skillets, and Sautes

This highly-reviewed book complements the weight loss goals of both salad-eaters and salad-haters. The print version will be available in 2022, likely in the last half of the year. Get the digital version now and get to your goal weight before this book makes print!

Eat Like a Bear in Woman’s World

To date, Eat Like a Bear! and its members have been featured in seven separate Bauer Media publications:

  • Woman’s World August 17, 2020 featured Amanda Rose on the cover and an introduction to Eat Like a Bear!
  • Woman’s World December 31, 2020 featured community members Melinda Troxel and Gail Thompson, with a focus on apple cider vinegar.
  • Keto Your Way, January 2021, featured Amanda Rose’s story as one variation of a ketogenic diet.
  • Woman’s World October 7, 2021 featured community members Shon Tetik and Jackie Patti along with Amanda Rose’s new book (in digital only now) Half My Size with Soups, Skillets, and Sautes.
  • January 2021, community member Iola Meadows is featured in the annual Woman’s World special weight loss issue “Half My Size Over 50.”
  • March 2021, community member Iola Meadows is featured and appears on the cover.
  • March 2021, community member and Century Bear Michele Evans’ success with intermittent fasting is featured.
Amanda Rose holding three magazines
Amanda Rose and the post office crew with a sign that reads simply "10,000." A collage of post office photos.

The Legendary U.S. Post Office Story!

Nearly “breaking” a rural post office (and ending up in the U.S. Postal Employees magazine…)

From a zip code with 256 people (yes, that’s right — 256 people), the original print run of the book Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad was shipped via the U.S. Post Office, despite challenges in supply at the national level and extreme volume limitations in this extremely rural location.

The whole story, highlighting an extremely solution-oriented and bootstrapping network of rural postmasters, made the national magazine of the U.S. Postal Service employees.

Weight Loss is Shockingly Cheap!

  • A hallmark of Eat Like a Bear! is its no-nonsense, budget-friendly approach to weight loss. We have community members doing it on food stamps. There are no monthly fees here at Eat Like a Bear!, although there are books and courses you can buy, if you wish. (I thank you for that.) (Read the philosophy here.)
  • Eat Like a Bear! was founded in Tulare County, one of California’s most obese, diabetic, and impoverished counties. We aim to turn around the obesity and diabetes statistics, one friend at a time. Amanda Rose lives in eastern Tulare County, in California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument. (Read the origin story here.)
  • You know all the people who have been trying to convince us that the solution to our weight loss lies in their products? It never did, and it never will. In fact, that ubiquitous marketing message is a big part of the high rate of obesity in the United States. The people who are success cases in Eat Like a Bear! learn a core message: The locus of control of weight loss is ourselves.
Amanda Rose on the cover of Woman's World with article snippets

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Read the Getting Started Frequently Asked Questions

Navigate some of the Eat Like a Bear! world with our Getting Started FAQ.

The Eat Like a Bear! Philosophy

Read more about our philosphy here, including how this site is funded.

The Eat Like a Bear! Origin Story

How did we end up in this unexpected universe? A combination of serendipity and good decisions. Read the origin story here.

Be Inspired with Success Stories

We are working to bring you the many success stories here at Eat Like a Bear. Find them here. (We are constantly behind on this most important project.)

Find our Books and Courses

Find the premium content driving massive amounts of success in this community. Read the stories and reviews here.

Our 100th Century Bear

Find the fun story of our surprise of the community’s 100th Century Bear (the 100th person down 100+ pounds). Read more here.

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(Read more about it here.)