After age 35, most people slowly feel an erosion of youthful energy and resilience. We help you develop a personal strategy to feel young and healthy as you age so they can spend less time at the doctor's office, and more time excelling at who you are meant to be.
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Welcome to the...
Weight Loss Academy
A Healthy-Living Apprenticeship to Get You Back to Being You
Learn how to shop for, prep, and cook real, delicious, nourishing food--for you and your family...and never go on a "diet" again.
Become your own personal trainer. Learn proper form, how to move without pain, and how to design your own workouts.
Learn how your body works, how to never feel intimidated by a doctor again, and how to become your own health guru.
Learn what a healthy lifestyle looks like in your context. Master your schedule and the important habits that put healthy living on auto-pilot.
Upgrade the quality of ideas you have. Identify and delete false narratives, as well as mental and emotional obstacles blocking your results.
Feel heard and understood. Be accountable. Grow as a person. Experience the power of the group effect, and make new friends along the way.
What Makes This So Different?
It builds the habits you know you need.
It's flexible to your schedule.
It helps you find your motivation.
It doesn't rely on willpower for results.
It helps you heal.
It helps you enjoy exercise.
It's designed to enhance your relationships.
It's an investment that pays you back forever.
Real People. Real Stories.
They Did It...And So Can You.
Q: Tell us what brought you to WLA:
“I am 48. My goal is to hit the age of 50 healthy, trim, and injury free. I tried an extreme diet years ago and was able to drop 60 pounds rapidly, but since that time it all came back. My metabolism felt slow, my body no longer cooperated with me, and I felt out of control.”
Q: How did this program compared to the programs you have done in the past?
“I was blown away by the amount of materials, and truthfully it overwhelmed me. That first week I wondered if it was possible to drink all that water and walk every day. I realized really quickly that this program was different than anything I had ever tried and I was shocked by how easy these changes happened. Having the group go through the changes together made it fun, and by the first week I was encouraged and excited, something I hadn’t felt in a long time.
Q: What are some of the changes you experienced during the program?
“Within the first 3 weeks my wedding ring finally fit. I lost a total of 16.5 pounds in 8 weeks. Also, I noticed the tingling and numbness I would feel in my hands and arms when I would drive long distances suddenly stopped becoming an issue. But probably the biggest difference was the noticeable shift in my thought life. I felt happier, more uplifted, but most of all, my mind was expanded with all the incredible information I was learning about health, nutrition and the mental process behind changing my habits.”
Q: What makes you think you won’t just gain the weight back like you did before?
“Well, I have rearranged much of my life around the habits I need to continue to make progress. Since the program ended I have lost another 4 pounds in 2 weeks. The time and values management pieces have helped me put first things first and keep the habits I know are essential for my ongoing weight loss.”
Q: You said you followed diets before. What is the difference between how you ate on your previous diets and how you ate during the WLA?
“While on this program I ate balanced meals, I cooked all of them myself, and created a ton of new habits around food. I actually love to cook, and found so much pleasure cooking and eating food I made from scratch. We were encouraged to use real, wholesome normal food. Not once was I instructed to count calories, or measure portions. After learning about how much of the convenience foods I was eating before was negatively impacting my weight and overall health, I was even more motivated to up my kitchen skills. I won’t be going back.
Q: How do you see yourself differently than you did before the program?
“I feel more knowledgeable and more equipped to live a healthy, movement-rich life. I feel like I’ve gained confidence in my cooking skills…I actually use pots and pans now, and have to run the dishwasher at least once a day! And we bought a treadmill…not for throwing clothes on top of, but to actually walk on! I see myself as stronger and more active, better suited to take care of two wild and crazy boys. I also no longer feel like it’s selfish to take care of myself.”
Q: Before the program, what thoughts did you wrestle with related to your health or body composition?
“I saw myself as a horrible eater, who had pretty good metabolism that had started to slow down in the last couple of years. I was exhausted all.the.time and felt like my kids and husband had a crappy mom/wife that was lazy and that could barely take care of them, let alone myself. I just felt flabby and felt ugly in all my clothes. Even getting dressed in the morning was difficult, because I never liked the way I looked and would rather just have a pajama day vegging out on the sofa.”
Q. How are those thoughts different now?
“I know that I worked extremely hard and was successful in my journey. I am proud of all that I was able to accomplish and know that this journey was not just for myself, but for my family as well. I can do hard things and come out at the end better than before. I have more energy, less stomach discomfort, able to sleep through the night, and actually enjoyed trying on clothes at the store.”
Q: In what way has the program changed your life such that you will never be the same person?
“I now understand what ingredients to look for on food labels and know which choices are healthier for my body. I now feel confident that I can make meals (pretty much from scratch) instead of purchasing processed, packaged foods and heating them up in the microwave. I have experienced the benefits of walking on a daily basis and actually miss it when I’m in the car for long periods of time or at other events that require a lot of sitting.”
Q: What has been the biggest change you have noticed going through the program?
“I have a much higher energy level and rarely take a nap during the day now. My core feels stronger, and my pants fit better around the waist. Also, I don’t feel as depressed and don’t have as many self-defeating thoughts as I did before. I have more “I can do it!” thoughts run through my head when it comes to doing exercises and when I turn down foods that I know aren’t good for me.
Q: What has been the biggest change other people have noticed about you since doing the program?
“Both my mom and my husband both have commented numerous times how I have so much more energy now... My husband would come home from work and find me napping on the sofa almost every day, but now he comes home and finds me walking on the treadmill. People are shocked when I tell them I’ve made my own soup…NOT from a can! And my sister said I “looked tiny!” Tiny has never been a word to describe me. Still wouldn’t say that is accurate, but she obviously noticed I had lost some weight. Everyone’s comments have really made me feel good.
Q. What physical symptoms/conditions did you wrestle with before the program and how have they changed since going through it?
“I came into the program with chronic neck pain. I would not sleep through the night and would toss and turn because I could not get comfortable. I would switch back and forth between two pillows. I took multiple medicines to try and keep the pain away. I also didn’t do well with dairy. I would take at least 2 Lactaid pills with almost every single meal. I also had a lot of heartburn every night and frequently took medicine to relieve the pain. I also have suffered from depression and anxiety for years. I have been taking Prozac for awhile.
Since going through this program, I have not taken any Lactaid pills and haven’t had issues with any of the dairy I’ve had. I believe I have only had heartburn once or twice, and that was due to having eaten too much. I reduced my dosage of Prozac and have been doing well. I’m hopeful that I will be able to completely get off of it in the near future. I still suffer from neck pain, but I will say that I now have been sleeping through the night and have been able to stick to one pillow through the whole night. I do think it isn’t as bad as before though.
Q: What has the program done for you that you think it could do for someone else?
It has empowered me to cook, move, and know how to make healthy choices. It’s helped me lose weight, drop my metabolic age, and helped knit me into a wonderful community of like-minded people. It’s truly made me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.
Q: If someone asked you what is different about this program from everything else, what would you say?
I would say that this program is like nothing I have ever seen or experienced before. It wasn’t focused on just one particular body part or about eating less. It was a well-rounded program that was simple to understand and easy to implement through Christian and Nina’s guidance. Usually, the nutrition experts I’ve come across are rather odd people. They tend to be so far on the “hug a tree” spectrum and “wear all clothes made of hemp” thing, that it’s very off-putting. Everyone I interacted with was totally “normal” and the information was presented in a way that made a lot of sense and allowed me to make the decisions about what I wanted to do/not do on my own without feeling pressured or forced to.
Instead of being “hangry” all the time, like I have been on multiple programs, I was actually quite full every day, and I surprisingly still lost weight! It is rare to have exercise programs that take you back to the fundamentals of movement, from the time when we were babies. This program’s emphasis on walking was one that I was able to quickly embrace and was an easy thing to put into my schedule. Way too often programs tell you that you have to go to a gym or have to use fancy workout equipment to see results. I was seeing plenty of results just through the walking and using my own body weight during exercises.
As a result of his former career, Bill experienced multiple musculoskeletal injuries and had more than a half dozen surgeries to repair his damaged joints.
In addition to learning to exercise with much less pain, Bill also reversed his heart disease in just 10 weeks.
Here is what he had to say.
“The program was more beneficial than I ever anticipated. Going in, I wanted to lose weight to improve my health, but weight loss became a mere collateral benefit. My focus shifted from short-term to long-term. I built better habits and my blood pressure went from 172/82 to 110/69.
Where my traditional exercise routine had been failing me, this new way of moving helped me develop improved mobility and strength. If you’re interested in altering the trajectory of your life—this is real transformation.”
When does the next apprenticeship begin and how long is it?
The summer apprenticeship begins June 24 with a one-week orientation to help you understand all that's ahead and give you time prepare your kitchen and schedule. The program then runs for the next 12 weeks.
What if I have a vacation scheduled and/or have to miss a week or two?
No problem. If you can let us know in advance when you'll be gone, we can adjust your plan (and add up to two weeks to the end of the program) if need be. We get it. Travel, busy schedules, and interruptions are real life...especially if you have kids like we do. Waiting for the perfect time to start is sometimes like chasing a unicorn. We're here to help you build a healthy lifestyle as part of your regular life, not some ethereal time when life slows down. If you're in the busy middle third of life like we are, life is not going to slow down. We'll do our best to accommodate to your life, while not letting you off the hook to do what you know you need to do. There's no time like the present to change your life!
Am I required to purchase any additional products to participate in the program?
Nope. For the movement portion of the program, you may find you want to purchase some small exercise equipment or a foam roller. With regards to the eating component, you may find you need a new kitchen utensil or two. Depending on what you are used to spending on food and eating out, your eating plan make create an adjustment in your monthly food spending.
How is the program delivered?
At the beginning of orientation week you will be given access to a member's area where you will find all the program materials. You will also set up a welcome call to get you familiar with the program's digital assets, and schedule your personal coaching calls. Each week you'll receive access to a new learning lecture, and that week's homework. Additionally, we also have a Private Facebook group, and live, group-coaching calls for extra support. We will also occasionally do extra, impromptu trainings via Facebook Live. Those are often times when we address particular questions someone has the would benefit the whole group.
I have an injury. Will I be able to participate in the exercise portion of the program?
Most likely. This program is all about personalization. Besides being excellent nutrition and lifestyle coaches, we are also seasoned personal trainers. In fact, one sweet spot of this program is the depth of options for meeting your exercise needs. We help many people bridge the gap between graduating from physical therapy, and being able to return to an active lifestyle.
What is the dietary philosophy of the program?
We believe that eating well has gotten unnecessarily confusing. Our approach is to teach you how to find and meet your nutritional needs. We see food as nourishment rather than numbers to manipulate, and we believe weight loss is a side-effect of being healthy. What we teach is perhaps the most freeing food philosophy you've ever encountered...AND it works. We encourage you to eat when you're hungry, eat with balance, and eat foods in the whole, natural state. The eating portion of the program begins with a focus on hydration during orientation week and then shifts to teaching you how to eliminate the most detrimental foods in our diets and replace them with the deeply nourishing traditional foods. There's no one way everyone should eat, and we will help you find the way that works for your body.
And it comes with...
A Transformation Guarantee
If you finish the program--complete the materials, show up for your coaching calls, follow the plan, play full out--and don't feel like the program has delivered outstanding value, we will happily give you a full refund. We're ready to put our money where our mouth is...are you?