Eat Like a Bear!

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.,

Founder, Eat Like a Bear!

A community with over 100 "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.

Amand Rose, Eat Like a Bear founder, standing outside, hand on hip

Making History

The first person to lead 100 people to triple-digit weight loss without the use of surgery, drugs, branded products, coaching, or membership fees...

...with a food model that can be done on food stamps.


"Life can change completely in one year..." proclaims Eat Like a Bear! founder Amanda Rose in the viral video "A Postcard from Yellowstone." 

What can happen in three years with that simple message? Born out of California's most impoverished and obese region, the simplicity and accessibility of the Eat Like a Bear! meal approach is its hallmark and a key to its virality.  

The ladies pictured here are from Central California and an example of the many little chains of virality across the globe.

However, read more about our distribution across the United States and, in particular, in America's Heartland (here).

More importantly, tell a friend...


The Viral Video Messages

The First Case and 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.

95 Century Cases: The Power of Community in Weight Loss

Eat Like a Bear! has exploded into a community of over 85,000 people losing life-changing amounts of weight. The community has 95 century cases (people who have lost over 100 pounds), five "half my size" cases, and tens of thousands of pounds lost. Listen to their words in this video, viewed over three million times on Facebook.

The Big Weight Loss Platforms Don't Dare Set Goals This High!

"Make your goal big! Make it visual and completely physical. If it doesn't scare you (at least just a bit), it's not big enough!" urges Amanda Rose in the video at left, identifying a key factor that differentiates the Eat Like a Bear! community from all the rest.


The "Century Bear" Count to 100!

From Amanda Rose: As I write this in May of 2021, the Eat Like a Bear! community is not yet three years old and we have 95 "century" cases -- 95 people who have lost over 100 pounds since finding us (and  counting). We are seeing massive success, certainly more than I would have ever imagined possible, especially in a demographic not often associated with weight loss success (women over 50). 

As we count to 100, I am focused on getting as many stories here on this website of our many success cases, but also parts of the backstory on how all of this came to be. To be sure, the video A Postcard from Yellowstone was critical in establishing the community's culture and focus on grinding off a whole lot of weight.

A running bear with the number "100" on torso and the title "Century Count"

The Official Eat Like A Bear! Century Club

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The Eat Like A Bear! Books

Eat Like A Bear! Jump Start: The Three-Day Challenge Unpacked

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.

Find the print version and various digital+print bundles here. 


Photo of Amanda Rose holding the Jump Start book
Amanda Rose holding the book "Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad"

The "RBS Book": Half My Size with The 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.'"

Find the print version and various digital+print bundles here.



The Hallmark of Eat Like a Bear!: It is shockingly cheap!

Amanda Rose holding a Ridiculously Big Salad

Eat big, lose weight, and save money at the same time!

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.)

Amanda Rose standing under Giant Sequoia trees

Born out of one of California's most impoverished and most obese counties

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. 

The weight loss marketers all those years – they were wrong!

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.

The free and paid content driving this success

Eat Like a Bear! has a powerful collection of free content. There is paid content as well. Learn about both, and our revenue philosophy.

Amanda Rose on the cover of Woman's World with article snippets
Amanda Rose in the post office holding the book, crates filled with books at the post office and in her house

Making History at the US Post Office (and the Team of Rural Postmasters)

Thank you for your support of the book, “Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad.” You have very nearly broken the U.S. Post Office with your orders. We are currently shipping the book out


Century Bear Group Photo

100 People Down 100+ Pounds: The Back Story and Bear 2.0

We’ve done it!: From a single original weight loss story, 100 people have lost over 100 pounds without the use of surgery, drugs, branded products, or membership or coaching fees, with a meal framework that


Courses and Books Drive Success at Eat Like a Bear!

We have a growing collection of premium content here at Eat Like A Bear!, and we also have me running around saying “You don’t need to buy anything. You only need yourself.” Together, those statements



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The Three-Day Challenge on the News Stands

We are pretty proud that our #1 success tool -- the free Three-Day Challenge -- has been featured in Woman's World magazine. This simple tool has driven many success cases in our community, and it is completely free. Learn more about the Three-Day Challenge here.

Compositional graphic of the December 28 2020 issue of Woman's World with Kathie Lee on the cover and Melinda and Gail's Eat Like a Bearstory

Looking for more?

The Eat Like a Bear! Philosophy

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

Join the community on Facebook

Join the Facebook group here. Answer the questions at entry, read the pinned posts, and play by the rules.

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.

Read the Getting Started Frequently Asked Questions

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

Amanda Rose, Ph.D. outside, hand on hip, smiling

About Amanda Rose, Ph.D.

Amanda Rose is the founder of the growing weight loss community Eat Like a Bear! She is a "half my size" case, 51 years old, with a Ph.D. in political science.

  • Read the Eat Like a Bear! origin story here.

Take the Three-Day Challenge.

Get it free of charge by email.

This very simple Three-Day Challenge has driven the community's growing success rate in 2020-21, so much so that it has inspired its own book. Join 150,000 others before you and take the original Challenge by email below. (Read more about it here.)