by Jan Hauser
Weight Loss Coach, Personal Trainer Food
Gunner works in Customer Support at Personal Trainer Food and is doing the Walk the Walk Challenge. The Walk the Walk Challenge is what some of us are doing here at headquarters to see what kind of results we can get eating the same menu items and following the same Guidelines—just like you do.
Well, when Gunner stepped on the scale at the end of Week One, we told him to GET OFF OF IT IMMEDIATELY! We hit “reset” and weighed him again…
We could not believe our eyes. In his first 7 days on the program, Gunner lost an amazing 14 pounds!
I know you are wondering, “How did he do it, and how can I get results like that too?”
His reply: “I fasted, I ate the food, I walked and I saw results.”
“No…we want to know exactly how you did it, Gunner!” So I sat down with him to get him to share his tips with you…
What did you order?
“For my 3 Meals a Day program, I just chose my favorite foods. Mesquite Chicken, Angus Burgers and broccoli is mostly what I ate for week one. They are just my favorite things; I could eat them every day. I also selected the Angus burger because I know the fat content would be good to keep me from getting hungry.”
But doesn’t fat make you fat?
“No…Fat doesn’t make you fat because it does not trigger your body to store fat the way carbohydrates do. Fat is filling and excellent at killing cravings so you can stay on track without feeling deprived.”
Speaking of cravings, what did you crave the most during your first week?
“I didn’t really have a lot of cravings until the end of the week. The weather is getting nice here in Texas, and having an ice cold beer sounded really good! There were a few other things that came up, like wanting pizza, or some French fries—but I realized those were more out of a psychological habit than an actual physical need. Knowing that helped me a lot!”
The first week can be one of the most difficult because of sugar withdrawals. What kept you motivated or accountable?
“I’m stubborn. I really didn’t like the little headache I had all week from sugar withdrawals but I knew that the only way to kill the headache was to stay on track. And by day three, I was actually seeing changes in how my jeans fit. It was really cool!
I know people get these results with Personal Trainer Food all the time; I just didn’t think I would see such a big change on myself. I mean, it isn’t like I am overweight to begin with. But seeing the change had me thinking that the little bit of extra weight I have been carrying is something that I should get rid of for my long term health.
The other thing that held me accountable was that I am doing this challenge with my Personal Trainer Food family. I don’t want to let them down by caving into old habits. It’s great when I go down to lunch and everyone is chatting about their plans and progress.
That is something I love about working here. I know that some folks simply don’t have people who can or will support them in their journeys. But they can always call us! They can also join us in the Walk the Walk Challenge by using “WalkTheWalk” in the promo code box when they check out—they get $75 off their order. We really do want to help them get to their goals!”
That’s great! Thanks for sharing! Did you add any other food or snacks to your 3 Meal a Day program?
“Yes! Would you be surprised if I told you that this week I ate cheese, bacon and even a 16-ounce steak?”
Actually, no. I wouldn’t be surprised. Those are all in our Guidelines. But can you talk about this a little further since we often hear from people who are concerned that eating fat might slow down their results? I mean after all, a 16-ounce steak is what…about 1300 calories?
“Believe me, I was following my appetite and enjoyed every bite without guilt! Steak is my favorite meal. 1300 calories of steak is not at all like 1300 calories of starchy pizza. Did you know that one large slice is about 700 calories? I hate to admit it because I know better, but I don’t eat just one slice! Those Friday night pizzas and beers were really adding up to create my Buddha belly!”
What is your BEST advice for people starting their first week of Personal Trainer Food? How can they get results like you did?
The number one thing hands-down is that your body is going to require more water as it transitions into fat-burning mode. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and sip on it. Don’t try to chug it all at once—your body will not be able to absorb the water effectively.
Number two, don’t be afraid to fast! I know that without fasting I would have lost less weight this week. I probably would have had worse sugar withdrawals and headaches. Fasting is awesome, so do it!
My third piece of advice is don’t weigh yourself. No, seriously! While I saw great scale results, the changes I saw in my body were WAY more inspiring. Your weight is just a number, but looser jeans can be directly seen and felt.
Lastly, everyone is different. I know that there are some people doing the Walk the Walk challenge who lost less than I did this week, but nonetheless they are making great progress. I heard a few lost a good number of inches, and I can see changes in everyone’s faces. However you lose weight, whether it is fast or slow, you are doing great things for your overall health.”
Wow, thanks Gunner! How can people reach you if they want to talk to you about the Walk the Walk Challenge or just getting started towards a healthier lifestyle?
“You are welcome! I love helping people reach their goals! They can call 1-800-273-1686, my extension is 204 or they can email me at Gunner@PersonalTrainerFood.com
Since all of our Weight Loss Coaches are doing the Walk the Walk Challenge, they can talk with any one of us for motivation, accountability, troubleshooting and support.”
Keep up the great work, Gunner!
Stay tuned for next week when we are going to see how more of us are doing on the Walk the Walk Challenge. You don’t want to miss this!