BJ dropped 44lbs in 8 weeks to be more in shape for his 9 kids

BJ before and after losing 44 lbs

At 44 years old, BJ decided to improve his life and be there for his family for as long as he possibly can. He started by fasting, cutting sugar and sodas, and exercising – and he lost over 44 lbs in just 8 weeks. 

  • Where do you live? USA, Blackfoot Idaho
  • What do you do for work/career? Counselor for an adolescent unit of a psychiatric hospital
  • Anything else you’d like to share? I’m 44 yo and married for the 2nd time. Between my wife and I, we have 9 kids, so we stay pretty busy that way.

Tell us about your lifestyle before you decided to make a change

I guess I could say about myself that I’m a yo-yo dieter, as my weight has always been an issue, throughout my whole life. I’ll lose weight through a diet and then I’ll gain again. On the good side, I’ve always been the type that exercised. 

At one point I admit I might have thought I could even exercise my way out of poor nutrition. 

But once I hit my 40s that no longer worked. I also had a surgery a few years ago that really slowed me down and after that, I gained even more weight.

I guess the starting point was after I went on a little trip to Yellowstone National Park, a while back. I remember when I got back I weighed. 

326 lbs. Most I had ever weighed. 

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14 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

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(Last Updated On: November 26, 2019)

Perfect roast turkey, cornbread, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie 🤤… It’s absolutely normal to want to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with our loved ones, but it can lead to negative or conflicting feelings for those of us on a weight loss journey.

You definitely shouldn’t miss out on important traditions or feel deprived, but it can be really helpful to consider the potential challenges ahead of time and make a plan for the big day.

Think about it a few days ahead. Is it better for you to make a light, alternative version to the dinner? Would your family enjoy some little adjustments to the traditional recipes? Or are you going to make a deal with yourself that enjoying a big Thanksgiving meal doesn’t mean your diet is broken forever?

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3 Easy Steps To Improve Your Eating Habits

3 easy steps to improve your eating habits

Have you ever started to follow a weight loss diet, but given up? You are not alone! Changing your eating habits isn’t easy and giving up comes down to one of a few things:

Frustration – because you could not eat all you wanted when you wanted or you couldn’t lose weight fast enough,

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Lightning Fast Chicken Wraps

Quick and easy lunch that's healthy too - the perfect cold chicken wrap

As a long-term follower of the Slow-Carb Diet, I usually save carbs for cheat day. And although I’m perfectly fine skipping carbs at breakfast and dinner, there’s something I really miss about the convenience of a good old-fashioned sandwich at lunchtime. I just want something I can scarf down quickly without the need for cutlery – something I can grab n’ go.

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10 Quick and Easy Slow-Carb Dinner Recipes

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Not sure what the Slow-Carb Diet is all about? Check out my 4-Hour Body beginner’s guide!

The Slow-Carb Diet has been my go-to way of eating for around 6 years now, and for the most part, I’ve stuck religiously to the rule that you should eat the same few meals over and over again.

A typical week usually has me eating dinners of taco mince, chilli, roast chicken, meatballs, smoked fish and then a steak on Friday. On the whole, I’m pretty happy munching through the same menu week after week, but sometimes I just want a change. I crave a new flavour – something that feels like a ‘treat’ but doesn’t stray from the main Slow-Carb elements of protein, veg and beans. And, importantly, it needs to be quick and easy to make. Continue reading “10 Quick and Easy Slow-Carb Dinner Recipes”