Photo of Marisa before and after 130 pound weight loss

Marisa’s Weight Loss Success Story

Marisa has a great weight loss story of adapattion, making it work after years of struggle, and even with a well-above-average level of education and knowledge of health and nutrition. She had tried nearly everything, including a gastric bypass weight loss surgery. Since finding Eat Like A Bear!, Marisa has lost 130 pounds to date, starting on July 13, 2020 at 340 pounds and reporting in here at 210 pounds (as of March 2021). We are so excited to have Marisa and her wisdom on our Century Club list.

Marisa describes her experience with Eat Like a Bear! in her own words:

Motivation and Past Dieting

Photo of Marisa before and after 130 pound weight loss

I am a nurse with a doctorate. I knew what I was doing to myself. I was killing myself. I also knew I was at the most risk for a bad outcome or death if I contracted COVID since I had a BMI over 40. I am a diet veteran from the age of 14. I have been on every diet. I even had a gastric bypass in 1999. I have lost probably 1000 pounds and gained them back over and over. I cannot control carbs. I needed something that I could live with. I needed a lifelong way of eating. I researched keto and intermittent fasting. I found Eat Like a Bear! by accident in my search and just resonated with the community, the support, and the simplicity.

What I Ate to Lose the Weight

Since I had a gastric bypass, I cannot eat one large salad in one hour without feeling sick. I make a large salad and protein or a large amount of cooked vegetables and a protein. I split it and ate half at around noon and the other half at 3:00 p.m. My eating window is four hours long.

How Eat Like a Bear! Was Different From My Previous Diet Experience

It was simple and straightforward.

When I Realized Eat Like a Bear! Was Working for Me

When I lost 20 pounds in the first month. I also got rid of pain, some of the lower extremity swelling, and most of the carb craving. 

What I Can Do Now That I Couldn’t Do Before Losing Weight with Eat Like a Bear!

Photo of Marisa after 130 pound weight loss

I can sit in any chair, walk without feeling like my lungs and legs will give out, wear dress boots, cross my legs, wear a regular woman’s size clothes, put a seatbelt on, not hate the scale, and not be stared at out on the street. I move. I walk, a lot. I have energy. I sleep well. My skin looks better. I can cross my legs! And, after years of plane travel due to my job (and being always anxious about it and carrying my collection of seat belt extenders), I am really looking forward to flying again. I want to see if I can fly like a regular person and not worry about the seat, the belt, and being asked to buy two seats.

Tip for Newcomers

Just do it.


  1. Such inspiration. Beautiful souls and great encouragement. I have lost 101lbs and am 28 lbs from goal….this encourages me to keep on going. I wish I would have measured and taken pictures.

  2. I loved all the success stories but I know I cannot give up my coffee with sugar free cream, this will be a problem for me. I love!!! My coffee with cream. But I want to loose this 50 pounds, in your success stories most of the women were severely over weight I know that the heavier you are the more you loose so, my question is how will I loose since I have only 50 pounds to loose if its 1 pound a week this program is not for me. I'm interested in any feed back on this point. Also I don't like to exercise is it a necessary part to loosing on the program eat like a bear. To exercise like your mad until you drop! If so this is also a big no-no for me. I walk 30 minutes 3 times a week. So now that I have read everything and copied the 3 day challenge whats next?

  3. Great job Marisa!! ROAR!!

    Hi Sandra! I hope you see this. I lost 25 pounds in less than 2 months with a goal to lose 60 total. I get on and off track, but even when I’m not losing pounds – I’m losing inches. As of today, I have lost 30 pounds and 25 inches all over so not mad at the scale. Non Scale Victory (NSV) – I went from a size 16 to 10 pants. Your walks sound awesome! Personally, I was not able to exercise due to injury and still lost weight with this process. Look in your fridge and pantry and see what fits into the challenge for the next 3 days. Pick up a couple things you are missing and get after it! If you feel like you need carbs – green beans can help. Eat vegetables you like and SEASON them! Make sure you are eating all the food Amanda has for the meals. Split into 2 meals if it’s overwhelming. Good luck!!

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