“What to Expect!” – Impressions from Eating For Abs Students and Alumni

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People considering joining the Eating For Abs community have all kinds of questions.

“What’s next?  How fast will I drop size? Is it hard? Where is my meal plan?”

We’ve heard it ALL!

Since we unveil each progression of the program slowly (think old school burlesque shows), often people build up an expectation of what the program is in their minds.  Unfortunately if the reality of the class doesn’t match the movie in their heads, people are less likely to stay engaged consistent enough for the magic to happen.

SO, we had the bright idea to ask existing E4A students and Alumni to help set expectations for newbies.

Without giving away the keys to the kingdom, we’d like your help setting real expectations.

What should people new to the program expect?

Here’s what they had to say, uncensored.

Discussion

12 Comments

  • ChenelleBlackman

    Reply Reply June 18, 2013

    My goal actually wasn’t to lose weight, but to get a 6 pack and just eat healthy in general. I can say by following the lessons I have started to see some changes in the look and feel of my body…but it does take time, it WILL NOT happen overnight…you just need to stay committed and disciplined, and you will have more than enough motivation from your coaches and fellow “teammates” to keep you focused and encouraged.

  • MichelleVega

    Reply Reply June 19, 2013

    I can’t say enough good things about my experience with the eating for abs course and community. I had levels of success figuring nutrition basics on my own but one of my New Years resolution was working on mastery of skills. I started e4a with the goal to learn more about nutrition but got so much more. I quickly identified habits that I needed to incorporate if I wanted to add longevity to a healthy lifestyle. I was able to walk away with the tools I wouldn’t be able to get out of any book or website. The information, habits and friendships I gained not only enriched me but extends to my family. We have adopted habits that promote health and wellness as a household. A good recipe you can find anywhere in the web, but if you are looking to LEARN how to eat for health & wellness (and fat loss) than I strongly recommend joining the eating for abs course. You won’t regret it!

  • Donna Schakelaar

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    I am a 44 year old mother of 3 who discovered martial arts only 5 years ago. It turned out to be life-changing for me and I am always looking for ways that I can perform better. My sport also has weight divisions and I sit right at the upper level of my division. Practically that means I watch my weight for at least 3 months before any major competition. This year the drop down was much easier than last year when I exercised my weight down. Somebody once told me that 80% of losing weight is diet and 20% is exercise. That is absolutely true.
    Each step is well thought out and in itself, not that hard. There is sufficient time given to work on each stage so that you can identify any barriers and the Coaches are full of ideas and encouragement to help you on your way.
    I was a bit ambivalent about the cost initially but when you consider the cost of monthly nutritionist visits, it is much the same. And you don’t tend to get the daily online support from the community and coaches from the nutritionist.
    I’ve noticed that by feeding my body well that I am feeding my brain. It just seems to be working well at the moment despite the usual stresses.
    And I love how I’m eating more food of a better quality at less cost. If that isn’t a reason to try E4A, I don’t know what is!

  • WilliamFadriquela

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    I don’t even know where to begin about this course, I’ve had countless epiphanies throughout this class. This may be an extreme story for some people but I know we’ve come from different walks of life and my reasons for joining the course were more for general health rather than getting abs.

    A month before the class started I had some sort of anxiety attack at work that my doctor initially diagnosed as a Mitral Valve Prolapse. Basically, I was sitting at my desk reading some article on the internet and all of a sudden I felt disoriented. I immediately had a shortness of breath, I was dizzy, I also lost my speech and I didn’t even know how to communicate what was happening to me to my cubicle neighbor, my jaw had gone numb and I started to drool. I thought I was having a stroke, I thought I was gonna die. I still don’t know exactly what happened to me that day but it was enough for me to make a change. At the time my blood pressure was 172/120 and my cholesterol level was 200 which I learned was VERY BAD. My doctor perscribed 5 different medications for me and he told me that I could no longer lower my blood pressure. This didn’t sit well with me and I asked him if there was any way I could treat my condition through other methods like nutrition and he gave me a long list of foods that I could eat and not eat (which I may add was not very thorough, it was just a sheet of paper that he dug out of his desk).

    Prior to the class I had lost a significant amount of weight through exercise and eating less food. But not eating the right food. I believe that I was not well nourished eventhough I thought I was living a healthy lifestyle just because my weight had gone down. My sister turned me to Alumni Wellness (Eating for Abs) because she had been following Coach Be on Instagram. I liked what I read because everything described on his website spoke to me. I had read a lot of fitness information on the the internet, magazines, and books but I was misguided. Nobody actually showed me how to put it all together to gain true health. What I got from Eating for Abs was an EDUCATION. Expect to LEARN and expect to put it into PRACTICE, it will change your life. Expect to do the work because it is ultimately for your well being. ITS YOUR HEALTH, ITS YOUR LIFE! Take it into your own hands, it is more fulfilling as you progress and you will discover things about yourself that you never knew. After the first month, to my doctors surprise, my blood pressure had gone down and he had to cut my medication in half. The next month, my blood pressure was again lowered and my medication was reduced even more. Today, my blood pressure is normal and it has been over a month since I had taken any medication at all. I no longer have migraine headaches and I feel GREAT. My weight had also gone down from 205 to 185 which is my high school weight. Im also a lot stronger when I exercise, and now my abs are visible. The looks are a byproduct of your health. FORM will follow the FUNCTION. I am happy with how I look today but knowing what I know now, the possibilities are now endless. I am now equipped with valuable tools that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and now I only rely on quality nutritious food as my TRUE MEDICINE.

  • Darion Moody

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    So many times have I searched all over the web for advice , read many different books , and attempted different options that never worked.

    What I didn’t realize is that i needed the help of someone who was a professional and willing to devote his time with critical feedback and knowledge in this field.

    In this class be prepared to work hard and stay on task, because every single lesson is needed to ultimately reach your goals. Commitment to the habits is crucial , If you have question Coach Be is always availiable and is always there for you to provide timely feedback . The habits learned here are not just for the class but can be used to for a lifetime of healthy living.

  • Jennifer Peña

    Reply Reply June 23, 2013

    The eating for abs program works, but only IF you put in the work and practice. Do not expect to sign up for the course and have things come easy. My biggest advice is to be ready to commit yourself 100% and trust in the program. Struggle is part of the process and at the end of the day it’s about how bad you want it. You will not be given a meal plan and see results in just a few weeks, instead you will learn how to implement habits that will slowly transform your body over several months. Patience and goal setting is key to your success. I’m currently in the best shape of my life and my husband who isn’t even in the program has dropped 30 pounds based on the changes I’ve made at home. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to join the E4A family.

  • christabel

    Reply Reply June 23, 2013

    If you are here for a quick fix, this is not the right course for you. This is for those who want a lifestyle change. And as you can imagine, if you want to change your style of life, it means BREAKING your current habits and FORMING new ones. This is hard because we are creatures of habit. But the reason why I love the Eating for Abs Course is because it makes change manageable. Instead of bombarding you with numerous things at the same time, you are slowly introduced to new ways of thinking and eating and it allows you to get comfortable with the small changes before introducing the next one. So don’t expect to get a 6-month meal plan on day one!

    You will really learn a lot about yourself but as you go through this, you will start to feel lighter, more disciplined and confident. I would say that the three key things you need for this course are PATIENCE, TRUST and COMMITMENT.

    Patience – when you eat optimally, your body gradually adjusts.. so don’t expect crazy changes in just 2 weeks. This isnt a fad diet scheme of soup and seeds.

    Trust – prepare to let go of your personal beliefs and “knowledge” about food. Just trust in the course that it will work. dont try to add anything or take anything away. Just do it.

    Commitment – you need to be 100% committed. Not 98%.. But a 100%. If you feel yourself slipping… just say. Share it. The coaches and the community are quick to respond and offer great advice.

    I believe that by the end of this course, I will be my own nutritionist, my own chef and my own coach and I can pass my new lifestyle on to my future children.

    So.. is this course worth the money, the time, the energy?….. Heck yeah!

  • ChristabelAnomelechi

    Reply Reply June 24, 2013

    If you are here for a quick fix, this is not the right course for you. This is for those who want a lifestyle change. And as you can imagine, if you want to change your style of life, it means BREAKING your current habits and FORMING new ones. This is hard because we are creatures of habit. But the reason why I love the Eating for Abs Course is because it makes change manageable. Instead of bombarding you with numerous things at the same time, you are slowly introduced to new ways of thinking and eating and it allows you to get comfortable with the small changes before introducing the next one. So don’t expect to get a 6-month meal plan on day one!
    You will really learn a lot about yourself but as you go through this, you will start to feel lighter, more disciplined and confident. I would say that the three key things you need for this course are PATIENCE, TRUST and COMMITMENT.
    Patience – when you eat optimally, your body gradually adjusts.. so don’t expect crazy changes in just 2 weeks. This isnt a fad diet scheme of soup and seeds.
    Trust – prepare to let go of your personal beliefs and “knowledge” about food. Just trust in the course that it will work. dont try to add anything or take anything away. Just do it.
    Commitment – you need to be 100% committed. Not 98%.. But a 100%. If you feel yourself slipping… just say. Share it. The coaches and the community are quick to respond and offer great advice.
    I believe that by the end of this course, I will be my own nutritionist, my own chef and my own coach and I can pass my new lifestyle on to my future children.
    So.. is this course worth the money, the time, the energy?….. Heck yeah!

  • KimakoJones

    Reply Reply June 25, 2013

    the coaches are great motivators and create a personal touch for a virtual program…quite hands on. it takes commitment and discipline, but it’s a great class.

  • A.D. Wright

    Reply Reply June 25, 2013

    Expect a lifestyle change. If you want a 3 day cleanse so you can look good for a cruise, you should probably look elsewhere. However, if you want to actually BE FIT for life, this is the course for you.

    As a vegetarian, I assumed I was eating “correctly” but the course disabused me of that. The course eased me into a different way of understanding my relation to food. With each lesson my diet become increasing nutritionally balanced.

    Coach Be and Dre explain things comprehensively and in simple terms with tips and techniques to help us along the way. I couldn’t have asked for more. Thanks guys!

  • AndreaFelgemacher

    Reply Reply June 25, 2013

    Take what you know about dieting and eating and throw it out the window. If you are looking for a quick fix, this program is NOT for you! If you are looking for long term weight loss that you WILL keep OFF…then stop and consider this program. I am not a nutritionist paid to write this and I can tell you that I love food. With that said, I am looking at food and eating in a whole new way.

    My expectations in the beginning of the program versus nearing the end of the program are completely opposite. I will tell you that I went from counting calories before I started the program to not counting calories and still losing weight is pretty awesome! I know that you have read other reviews that say trust the process. I was a skeptic at first because I wanted results like yesterday. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your body and yes, you really do have to trust the process! It takes time, patience and persistence. I’m still learning that process but I can tell you I’ve broken through a weight plateau and I have learned that healthy food can also be tasty.

    The coaches and other members are very encouraging and definitely hold you accountable. You can’t win in this game unless you participate. I’m a working mother and a wife. If I can find time for it, so can you. I highly recommend the program and it’s a program that you will be able to live with for life. No special food. No counting calories. Great coaches and support. What’s not to like about that?

  • Kristin

    Reply Reply June 27, 2013

    As someone who writes about diet and fitness for a living, I’ve struggled far too long with my own weight. However, this course has really helped me see changes, make positive changes to bad habits, and recognize where I was going wrong in the past.

    The nutrition knowledge that Coaches Be and Dre have shared in this program have been valuable to my personal and professional life. I had to put aside my perceived understanding of food, clean eating, and healthy lifestyle and allow myself to fully embrace the lessons as THEY unfolded the information.

    I recommend you definitely put aside what you’ve read or feel you already know and enter with an open mind. Some lessons will feel easy and you may feel inclined to not focus on them as much – which would be a mistake. Some lessons will feel challenging and you may be ready to face them head on — or run — which would also be a mistake. Think of each lesson as a brick in the foundation of your new healthy life. Each one is just as necessary to help you build that foundation and to produce your desired results.

    You truly will get out of E4A what you put into it as the coaches empower you with all the lessons, videos, tips, tracking tools, forums, advice, reminders, recipes, and more that you need, but YOU will have to apply them yourself. There are no “just eat this” meal plans and workouts, however they will guide you every step of the way with suggestions, recipes that work for that lesson, homework to put the lessons into practice, challenges and quick responses to your questions in the forums. As a busy wife and mom of 2, I’ve learned some valuable lessons that I will take with me that I see using for the long term.

    In the past, I’ve been either focused on my fitness or my diet and not both, I finally made the connection with both (a little too late in this process), so I encourage you to equally work on both from the beginning to really see the payoff. Also, I found staying accountable to teammates and getting feedback and support from them as a valuable tool, whether it was tracking on the habit app, sharing recipes and product finds on the boards, or sharing successes. Trust in the process, don’t skip the work on any of the steps – too easy or too challenging, if you disappear for a bit (like I did) don’t be afraid to come back (like family, the coaches and teammates get it and will welcome you back) and track, track, track and you will see positive changes.

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