I lost 140 pounds, half my size, down from 280, at nearly 50 years old. Since my story has become public, hundreds (thousands?) of women over 40 have been working on the same goal and we’ve had some really crazy success.
If you check out nothing else here, I direct you to the one main “meal type” that may just change your life — “The Ridiculously Big Salad.” I relied on this during my months of weight loss and continue to rely on it in my maintenance (over one year now). I had not considered that I used a distinct “meal type” for my weight loss until I observed the members of the Eat Like A Bear! group on Facebook and noticed that those implementing this specific meal type had the most success.
In fact, it was only after working on a book dedicated to “The Ridiculously Big Salad” that I realized my meal type even had a distinct and replicable framework, with what appears to be a high success rate for those willing to give it a whirl (or to adapt it in some way to their circumstances). I consider “The Ridiculously Big Salad” a sub-class of the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting, but one that may be more effective for those of us with the decades-long struggle. If that is you, you must watch for the print version of the book (coming soon, July 2020). Currently, the only digital version of the book available is part of the larger digital course (ELAB digital course).
Tenet 1: Intermittent Fasting
Tenet 1 of the Bearish way of eating is limiting the block of time that you actually eat. For example, in a 24-hour block of time, you might eat for a block of 5 hours. If you haven’t tried this, you really should. It is a concept that seems strange and seems like it would not be effective, but it was a game-changer for me and has been for many others.
Here are some resources:
- Intermittent fasting for weight loss. What is it? What are the many ways you can implement it for success?
- Intermittent fasting meal ideas
- “The Ridiculously Big Salad” — Amanda’s go-to meal
- How to control your hunger
- How much weight can you lose?
- Snacking and intermittent fasting
Tenet 2: Keto / Low Carb
There are many variations of the recommended “keto” diet out there and I am firmly in the camp of “do what works for you.” I didn’t (and don’t) count macros and I don’t eat a precise portion of fat and protein. However, to lose weight quickly, you need to follow a diet very low in sugars and starches so that your body gets right to burning your body fat each day. Any very low carb program you follow will do this for you.
- Here’s my take on keto for weight loss (and how to think about how much you should be eating).
- If I have an eating “formula” at all, it is probably found right here in “The Ridiculously Big Salad.” The people in the group making the most progress seem to be following this approach as well. It’s simple and effective.
- Should you count “macros”? I don’t count them unless something is not going well.
- Do I need added fats in stuff like “bulletproof coffee”? No.
- Should I have a “cheat day”? (No.)
- Should I count total carbs for “net carbs”?
The Psychology of Success
The great success of the Eat Like a Bear community IS in part due to the food approach above, but the psychology of success may very well be what sets it apart from the herd. Do not miss this content.
- A Postcard from Yellowstone, September 2018 Facebook video. What happens if you are beaten down by decades of diet failure and swing that hammer one more time? (This single video brought thousands of people to the community and it message has been identified as a key component of the success of the community.)
- Prologue to the book Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad, amplifying the message of the video A Postcard from Yellowstone.
- “Can’t versus “Don’t” and the Mindset of Success, a YouTube video.
- “No, It Won’t ‘Happen For You’“, a YouTube video.
- Yes, You Can! If you really doubt it (and I would too, I get it), there is nothing like a whole community of people completely on fire. Watch the biggest grinders in this video.
Frequently Asked Questions (from this website)
- Q: Where can I buy the book? There is currently one digital book, the original short little book, Eat Like A Bear: The Bear Bones. The book Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad is currently in production for print (July 2020). The only digital version of the salad book is in the larger Eat Like a Bear digital course.
- Q: What is “keto”? A: How to think about the food.
- Q: What on earth can I eat? A: Intermittent fasting meal ideas.
- Q: Should I have a “cheat day”? A: No cheat days.
- Q: Isn’t your hunger insane? A: Hunger with intermittent fasting.
- Q: Can I snack if I’m starving? A: Snacking and intermittent fasting.
- Q: What if I only have 30 pounds to lose? A: Less intensive approach.
- Q: How much weight can you lose? A: Weight loss with intermittent fasting.
- Q: Should I take nutritional supplements? A: Nutritional supplements and intermittent fasting.
- Q: Should I count my “macros”? A: Macro counting.
- Q: Should I drink bulletproof coffee? A: Bulletproof coffee for weight loss.
- Q: Should I count total carbs for “net carbs”? A: About net carbs.
- Q: Is apple cider vinegar good for weight loss? (Yes.) A: Apple cider vinegar for weight loss.
- Q: What are some ways to drink apple cider vinegar? A: Apple cider vinegar drinks.
- Q: How do I stay disciplined? A: Discipline and weight loss.
- Q: How are we going to maintain our weight loss? A: Weight maintenance.
- Q: Have you cured your obesity? A: No. Here’s why.
More FAQs in the ELAB Group on Facebook
The Eat Like a Bear group on Facebook is a “closed” group which means you can only see the content if you are a member. Hopefully you’re a member so you can actually see these answers.
(This part is a work-in-progress, June 2020)