Hi, I'm Dean, and this is my wife and supercoach Nancy. We have been where you are (I have lost nearly 100 pounds) and we are ready to show you how to make weight loss easier and in a way that fits your busy lifestyle.
My decision to become a nutrition coach and trainer began through my own journey to good health and fitness. I was actually too thin in high school, even though I ate the typical teenage diet of fast food and candy bars. The thing that saved me then was playing sports, which kept me reasonably fit. My tour in the Army did the same.
It was after the Army that I ballooned to over 260 pounds (I actually stopped stepping on the scale, but my pants size was still rising). My blood sugar was too high and I was out of energy all the time; the classic symptoms of being overweight and unhealthy. It wasn't until our family very unexpectedly starting growing again (a long but fun story) that I realized if I didn't get off the couch and get serious about my health, I wasn't going to be able to keep up with the kids at best, or not be around at worst.
It's never too late to take action! Nancy and I had our first two kids by the time we were twenty, and didn't plan on having any more. Surprise! We were 35 when we started having the first of an additional 4 more children (told you it was a fun story), and I didn't get serious about my health until a couple years after that.
So I started looking for a solution. I wanted to lose weight, sure. But I also wanted to live life and not have to do a bunch of crazy, unhealthy things to get there.
Ever felt that way? You pick up the latest diet book, or search the "Google Monster" for "diet" or "healthy eating" only to be smacked upside the head with millions of results, all which seemingly contradict one another?
You know it and I know it. Diets don't work, at least in the long term. Sure you might lose some weight, maybe even quite a bit of weight, but if you are anything like me it always comes back on, eventually.
I was a classic yo-you dieter, and ended up with a pretty lousy metabolism to show for it. It wasn't that I wasn't trying, I tried really hard. That's why it can be so discouraging when we don't get lasting results.
Ever been on a diet that made you count calories, or stick to certain kinds of food all the time? Eat "x" amount of grams of this, or "y"amount of calories of that? Even though I am kind of a math geek, that gets old really fast. I don't want to have to carry a calculator or food scale when I go out to eat!
I made a classic mistake when I first starting trying to lose weight. I ate too few calories in an attempt to lose weight faster, and my exercise program didn't have enough strength training.
That is a big no-no, because you actually lose lean muscle, which is what fuels your metabolism. When you start eating normally again you usually wind up with more bodyfat than before. And then the cycle starts all over again. BOO!
Don't be intimidated by the term "strength training" - you won't get big and bulky lifting weights, and there are so many cool tools you can use to help you get lean and toned. Of course there is nothing wrong with a good old fashioned barbell if that's what you like too! The best exercise program? The one you will actually do!
So there I was, tasting a little success here and there, but never really getting over the mountain. Fortunately I am really stubborn (ask Nancy), and figured if someone else could achieve permanent weight loss, I could too. I was reminded of one person's definition of insanity - doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.
I just had to do things differently than I had always done them. But what?
Determined to get off the "diet bandwagon", I came across a video series called "No Nonsense Nutrition" by Dr. John Berardi. Being kind of a no-nonsense guy myself, the name kind of appealed to me. Little did I know that this resource would be the foundation of not only my transformation, but the beginning of a relationship with Dr. Berardi and his company that would allow me to personally help hundreds and influence thousands to lose weight, get lean, and look and feel better.
You see "NNN" didn't tell me what to eat. It taught me how to eat. How to fit what can seem pretty complicated - eating healthy foods in a way that helps you get and stay lean - into my busy life, one step-at-a-time. No magical potions, lotions, supplements or pills. Just real world strategies taught by world class coaches.
True Story. Diets stink, and for most people they just don't work.
Complicated eating plans, messy points systems, and counting calories just aren't "real world".
Here's what you need instead:
I appreciate the little by little approach you are taking with us. I can manage the incremental changes without feeling too stressed out, and I'm slowly shifting to better eating without the panic alarm going off in my brain.
I'm eating so much less than I have been for about a year, and I can see some pounds have slowly dropped as well.
I called Dean and ask him to talk calories with me. He said 'No, let's talk eating healthy'.
I was dieting and lost 55 lbs. but really didn't know how or what to eat so I would put the weight back on. Now my whole mindset has changed. I am not on a diet, I am making healthy choices and I feel great. I would recommend this program to anybody. I have more energy climbing ladders, jumping in and out of the boat.
Mentally I feel better about myself. My knees, feet and back feel the biggest difference. I am happy, lighter man.
I can't even fully express the difference it makes to have "permission" to be less than perfect with this process. I have done more than my fair share of starving and bingeing as a result of trying to be the perfect eater. It is unsustainable and makes me miserable. I can be successful at this.
This is a big change for me
I know plenty of people who invest in stocks, bonds, real estate and cars, but don't think for one second about investing in their health and well-being. Just like investing in a bank, investing in your health is a long-term game that pays huge dividends down the road, and it will be a lot more fun if you are around and healthy to enjoy it.
Time doesn't stand still. The only COST is waiting one more day to start.
"Hunger is not an emergency, and waiting to eat until I'm truly hungry helps me to make better choices, eat slower, and really enjoy the taste of my food. I've learned that I am an emotional eater way more than I thought I was....still working on that!
I'm continuing to train myself to make the right choices and when I eat healthy, it's amazing how much better I feel and function, both physically and emotionally."
“Just wanted to thank-you for the good advice. I worked our plan, ran some errands, picked up some groceries, and stayed successful until I was hungry for dinner. Definitely wasn't easy but I got through it. Thanks for everything!”
Getting started is most often the challenging part of losing weight and staying fit. Life is busy, and setting time aside to "eat healthy" is simply one more thing to add to the list.
As a mom of six, with a high maintenance husband (you read the story 🙂 I have this challenge as well. To be honest, I am a work in progress. I believe this is part of what makes a good trainer – the ability to relate to clients.
My passion is teaching and coaching others to think big and reach high. It takes work – hard work – but I am committed to helping you reach your fitness and weight loss goals and getting in the best shape of your life!
You have tried a million "diets" and they just haven't stuck. What makes you think this will be any different? And you are sick of not getting lasting results.
That question hits the nail on the head, and different is the key word. You need guidance, not another fancy plan. Someone who can help you figure out what to do next, especially when you get stuck. Someone you can talk to and will provide accountability.
That's the power of coaching. That's the ProCoach difference.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution, and we recognize ProCoach is not for everyone. Our desire is you be successful in reaching your goals and sustaining your progress. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into and are prepared to do what it takes to make lasting change.
If a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, now is always the best time to take that step. We look forward to being part of the adventure. Take Action Today.
What is ProCoach?
ProCoach is a 12-month guided nutrition coaching program designed to guide you step-by-step through the process of establishing long term healthy eating skills, kicking the diet habit, and staying healthy and lean for life.
Who has done this program?
ProCoach delivers the system of real world nutrition coaching developed over the last 15 years, and has served over 125,000 woman and 75,000 men.
What's the meal plan look like?
Good News! ProCoach is designed to teach you how to eat, not just what to eat. We will give you plenty of guidance on the ins and outs of a healthy sustainable plan, but ProCoach is designed to help you build skills that last a lifetime, not just rapid short term weight loss.
What happens after I sign up?
Once we receive your payment information we will send you an email invitation, which you will receive from our partners at Precision Nutrition. Accept the invite, set up your account, fill out the short questionnaire, and take a look at the orientation videos. When you finish we will be notified and you'll be on your way!
Do I have to eat food I don't like?
Absolutely not. We want you to enjoy every minute of eating, and while pizza and beer won't be on the menu every night, there is a whole world of fantastic food waiting for you to discover. No fixed meal plan means you can customize to your eating preferences (Paleo, Vegan, Plan-Based, etc.)
What supplements are required?
There are no additional supplements or special food required. We will go through the pros and cons of the most popular supplements, but healthy eating is based around whole fresh food, not a jar or bottle.
Will ProCoach work for me?
Yes, if you are committed to and trust the process. This is not a quick fix, and not everyone who starts will finish the whole year. ProCoach helps you achieve a physical and mental transformation that will improve your relationship with food and help you achieve a healthy body you can maintain for life, and that takes time.
Can I talk to you first?
Absolutely! We want to answer any questions you may have and make sure ProCoach (and we) are a good fit for you. Please give us a call direct at (603) 344-2651 or send us your questions here
P.S. Healthy, sustainable weight-loss is not easy, but it is achievable. My passion is coaching people just like you get off the diets and start living life. It takes commitment, and yes, hard work, but we are there every step of the way. I look forward to talking to you soon as we begin this adventure together!