From the prologue of the book "Half My Size With The Ridiculously Big Salad"
Way back, three years ago, when I was young and naive, and I thought weight loss diets were a bunch of baloney, as I was laid up on my couch, desperately wanting to hike with my sons when I could only just limp across my house, I scheduled an appointment with a bariatric surgeon and began the process to be approved for bariatric surgery, a surgery I would never have and that I no longer qualify for.
I was the surgeon’s ideal patient — I knew food, and I knew how to diet. I had the discipline to succeed, but I had not found the formula for losing weight. When I visited the surgeon in March 2017, I weighed in at 280 pounds (127 kg) of body weight and at 4,792 tons of desperation. The surgeon projected that I could reach 180 pounds (82 kg) with his gastric sleeve procedure, a loss of 100 pounds (45 kg), a weight at which I could walk across my house or even hike with my sons. In those dark, desperate days, I envisioned my future at 180 pounds. I would walk without limping. I was ready.
When I showed up at the surgeon’s office nearly two years later at 140 pounds (64 kg), having lost 40% more weight than he had projected, all on my own, the surgeon’s staff was astounded. Apparently not many patients of bariatric surgeons return two years later, half their size. In fact, in the final meeting I had with the nutritionist for the bariatric surgery, back before all of my weight loss, I asked if I risked losing so much weight that I would no longer qualify for the surgery. She looked directly into my eyes, shook her head left to right, and said, “No. As long as you have more than 40% body fat, you will qualify. You will not lose that much on your own.” The words seem unsupportive now, but she spoke them with such heart that I left her office with a glimmer of hope for my future.
As it would turn out, my schedule and the surgeon’s did not align for some months. My desperation was thereby channeled in an unexpected way, the basis of this book. I got started and somehow not only lost 40% more weight than promised with that bariatric surgery, I saved thousands of dollars in doing so. I ate more calories in the process, and my lifelong calorie and nutrition intake will be much higher. As a happy addition (as I flagrantly show in a video on YouTube), I do not have the skin sag that plagues bariatric patients, sometimes requiring tens of thousands of dollars of additional surgery and the accompanying surgery risk.
I started a weight loss support community in July 2018, and we already have over a dozen triple-digit weight loss cases – people who have followed my approach or taken its elements and adapted them to their unique needs and lifestyles. (We don't all need to do the exact same thing, after all, because that would be a bit inflexible and, frankly, a little strangely cultish.)
When I was laid up on the couch and couldn't walk and desperate for change, I was also jaded from a long string of diet failures. I did not look for some "weight loss guru" to assist me. I had done that many times before and, apparently, did not have a whole lot of success. (My evidence: I was 280 pounds and couldn't walk. Obviously, weight loss programs had not worked for me.)
I know you are jaded, and you have my utmost respect for being jaded. I don't blame you one bit and, frankly, I would wonder about you if you were not. There are all kinds of Internet marketers out there trying to sell us weight loss junk that we don't need and that doesn't work. Some of them sell the stuff under real actual identity. Others do not. All of the shenanigans just add to our skepticism. Yes, we should be very skeptical.
This is why I am going to suggest you do something that none of the "weight loss marketers" would have you do, because it breaks the number one rule of Internet marketing sales pages that you are reading right now: Never let a reader leave the page. Keep them there and keep them reading until they buy what you're selling!
Here's your errand: Open a new tab on your computer or a browser app on your smart phone. Go to Google.com and perform a search. Type in the name of a popular weight loss program and its success cases. Count the triple digit (100+ pound) success cases you can find, of all ages and genders. As an added exercise, try to find cases of women over 50. They are out there, to be sure. Consider how many millions of book copies that weight loss program sold or how many members it has had over the decades. With that number in mind, compare those triple-digit cases to the dozen in the Eat Like a Bear! community, in the mere 18 months of our existence. Consider the following:
We're on fire!
Really, it's all crazy and ridiculous. We've got members like me who weigh less than they have ever weighed as adults and who are too small for their wedding dresses.
I am indeed a "doctor," but do not ask me for a prescription, to set your broken arm in a cast, or for medical advice. My Ph.D. is in the social sciences, with a Ph.D. minor in statistics.
As a trained statistician, people expect that I have cracked some sort of code for counting "keto macros." "Keto macros" are a point of obsession in the ketogenic diet community, referring to your intake of macro nutrients (protein, fats, and carbohydrates). Many smartphone apps will help you obsess over them and track them all day long. The fact is that I did not record my macros at all to lose weight, and you do not need to either, but I should clarify that point just a bit.
One of the things I discuss quite a bit in our community and in my book "Half My Size With The Ridiculously Big Salad" is how, during my rapid weight loss stage, I did not have a plan or recipes and "just threw stuff into bowls." That is my claim. I counted nothing. Indeed, when I was researching the book for the community (as community members asked for it), I was surprised to discover that my salads fit a framework, a distinct and replicable framework. For instance, of the 15 salad dressing recipes in the book, 13 fell into a tight range of calories. Of the remaining two, one was low and one was high.
The reality is that as a person with quite a lot of training in statistics and analytical research methods, my subconscious probably counts just about everything. In my primal desperate state in the fall of 2017, my mind was developing meals around a framework, and it would take me another 18 months before I would realize that. Use my framework and avoid counting. I have counted for you.
Counting is a whole lot of work and brings a level of obsession to eating that most of us do not need.
I'd like to claim that I am some medical guru who had a whole plan laid out to save my life, based on some in-depth research and applications, with some underlying intentional mathematical framework. The raw truth is that I had no real hope whatsoever and was just desperate to walk. I had extensive diet experience and food knowledge, allowing me to craft something, and that something changed my life.
Speaking of "no hope," I'd like you to watch the following video, "A Postcard from Yellowstone."
What if you already have the knowledge and experience to apply this framework? What if your lifetime of diets has prepared you for this moment?
What if you just jumped right in and tried it? What if you did a real two-week test? What might you learn?
What if your test hit it right in the bullseye? Heck, what if it hit anywhere on the board?
Hey, our community is mostly comprised of women north of 50, and "loose skin" is a very big concern. Surgery to remove excess skin is expensive and can involve a painful recovery time.
I think my video might very well blow your mind, especially if you have seen the loose skin on weight loss cases as big as mine, wherein people can hold their stomach skin out like a sack. The fear is real.
I do have some loose skin, but nothing I consider to require surgery. Judge for yourself in the video, but fair warning: You are about to see (and can't unsee) my bare, 50-year-old skin.
I'd carry my loose skin around in a big old bag if I had to, if it meant I could be out in the game engaged in life. I happened to land on an approach that frees me of that extra burden, but it is just a huge bonus. I saved thousands of dollars by avoiding bariatric surgery and then tens of thousands more in supporting my skin health as I lost weight, but none of those are the real core benefits. Anyone who is physically limited by their weight knows exactly what I am talking about. I don't need to paint a picture for us.
"No pharmaceutical or supplement will ever be as effective as will be your own actions if you simply keep your head down and focus. "
This digital course centers around the popular "Ridiculously Big Salad" digital book, a book that caught fire in the Eat Like a Bear! community when I released it in June 2019. It is currently being prepared for a printed version (forthcoming in the spring of 2020). Almost as soon as it was released as a digital book, our community saw success rates improve. Over all of the months, as I have received questions and clarifications, I not only improved the book, but I created a series of videos to help with implementation even further. This collection of digital products is the result of that process.
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Amanda Rose, Ph.D., 50 years old, is a social scientist and unexpected weight loss success case who leads a community of thousands of people (mostly women over 50) replicating her success. The community has over a dozen triple-digit weight loss cases attributed to her approach to weight loss, a framework that uses intermittent fasting and a ketogenic diet, but in an approach distinct within the keto community.
Hey, I know. I think about it every day. For me in any case, so far, this one really does seem to be different. If I seem hesitant in my language, it is because I see it as a psychological discipline never to assume that I've got this licked.
Did you ever go on a diet, lose a bunch of weight, and then get all confident that you'd licked it, only to end up six month later not even fitting into your old fat pants anymore? That's a common mistake at 20-something. I figure that by 50 I ought to be a bit more humble. I will not consider myself a "maintenance success case" until I die at a ripe old age, trim.
That said, I have never maintained my weight loss for this long before. I am a few months from the two-year mark. I maintained for only a few months on previous diets.
What is different about this diet in my case (which also appears to be the case for many members of the community), is that the eating structure I am using actually addresses one of the biological causes of my obesity, insulin resistance. When you have insulin in your blood, your body does not burn its fat.
You know how we always complain that obesity must have some sort of genetic component? That we have a "fat gene"? But despite our complaints, most thin people just think we are lazy and out of control? Well, we all have our lazy and out-of-control moments, but we were also right about that gene....
I really just shake my head, because we've all known that the "fat gene" was real, but we still face skeptics who say that we're just making things up – making excuses, complaining, fat, and out of control.
What if a group of middle-aged women who have always struggled with weight found each other on the Internet, say in a little Facebook group, and implemented this thing? What could that community prove about that laziness theory?
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Watch "A Postcard from Yellowstone" now, in case you missed it above, and you'll just get a bit of an idea of what can actually happen when you lift that hammer one more time:
Quite frankly, I have found no other course or approach with the success rate we are seeing in our community. Considering our community is primarily women over 50 who have always struggled with their weight, I find this to be extraordinary. We ARE the most difficult cases, and we're on fire!
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(I describe it at this point in the video below)
How are those "6 little meals" working for you? I tried it all, and this framework simply worked shockingly well for me. Implement it. If I'm full of it, get your money back.
I have struggled with hunger on other diets. Hunger was my #1 issue, and even the idea of trying this scared me. I get it. However, you will learn why eating less actually trains your body to expect that you will eat less. You'll be training yourself for a whole new set of expectations.
This whole approach centers around what I did to lose 140 pounds, and I did eat meat and other animal products in that time. The recipes in the book are not vegetarian, but the framework is highly adaptable to many dietary needs. The dairy-based salad dressings are easily adapted using coconut-based or nut-based yogurts. You will not be able to implement the 30-day plan as it is written, but you will definitely have the tools to create your own. We have community members doing just that.
You definitely don't have to eat them every day. Use the framework, and adapt it to your needs. I provide a dozen non-salad recipes to help you get started.
My approach is based on a framework of eating foods low in sugars and starches and eating in a strategic time window each day. That window can be bigger than mine. My husband's is. Members of our community adapt this all the time to suit their needs.
From our community members who really dial in and do not have complicated health histories, we are seeing pretty impressive results. Depending on a person's strictness and on their health history, we do see a lot of variation in rates of weight loss.
"If it's really that great, where has it been all my life?"
Yeah, no flippin' kidding.
Have you noticed the giant chip on my shoulder in all of this?
"Do I really need someone to teach me
how to make a SALAD?"
If you are asking this question, you really are in my tribe, because I asked this very question for months as community members asked for "a salad recipe book." I showed my meals in live videos on Facebook and, very often, the meal was a salad. Community members started making their own and posting pictures in the feed. Seeing all of the pictures made me realize how much variation there was in "salad concepts" in the community. I decided to set aside an entire week to create the recipes. Really, how hard could that be?
It was in working on the recipes that I realized these salads do have a distinct framework. The framework is very simple, so it is easy to take it for granted and not even recognize it as a framework. Heck, it came out of my mind, and I ate the salads for nearly two years before even I recognized the framework.
Yes, it is easy to take it for granted and think you've nailed it. Many community members have not purchased the book for this reason, and some are implementing well despite that. In fact, most of our biggest weight loss success cases right now got started without the book. However, it is their successes and other members' struggles that have helped me hone the content in the book and videos. I see why some people are succeeding when others are not, and I work to adapt our content and message accordingly. All of that goes into this course and it really is far more than "just a salad." In fact, I dare say one of the bigger barriers to weight loss in our community is this very attitude (of not appreciating the food framework). Frankly, it is an attitude I had to some degree a year ago.
I discuss the "Do I need a salad book?" in the video below.
What if you lifted that hammer one more time?
P.S.: Yes, I know you've done it all and have wasted a lot of money on natural uppers, ab rollers, seaweed soap, herbal soap, boxed food, canned food, and liquid food in cans and boxes. If you're not jaded and skeptical, then you might not be breathing. Scroll up and watch the video "A Postcard from Yellowstone."