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What Have We Done to our Women?

Being a woman isn’t always an easy job. On top of taking care of kids, managing a household and working a full-time job there is great pressure to have a look that society finds acceptable. At times, women may not only feel the pressure from the opposite sex, but from other women as well. It [...]

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I Eat Five Star Meals Five Times a Day from BistroMD

So it’s been the first week, and I have to say I am loving the “Five Star Life.” These meals are so delicious and there is so much of it! I am not exaggerating! While eating some of the meals, I almost feel as if I am eating too much. Then I look at the nutrition facts, and none are more than 450 calories. They say I can add a salad to my meals but I find myself asking why?

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The First Lady of Fitness

Kathy Kaehler has become somewhat of a legend in the fitness and wellness circles. The 14 year veteran of the Today Show granted me an interview while she was in New York. The first thing that strikes you when you speak to the Michigan native is her “realness” no cream puff filling here folks. She [...]

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Nutrisystem… a Month in Review… 10 lbs Down

I’ve been eating Nutrisystem food for almost a month now. Things are going very smoothly, but it didn’t start out that way. When I first received my box of Nutrisystem, I was about to go on vacation and decided to not start eating the food until after I got back. That pushed me back a [...]

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Death to the Yo-Yo Life

Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Frank Cruz, writer for Fat Man Unleashed (FMU). Over the years I have suffered in the same fate as many dieters. I have been living the Yo-Yo life. This is the life in which men and women repeatedly go back and forth with their inner selves, the [...]

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Swanson Vitamin Site Review

About a week ago I reached for my multivitamin and realized my supply was running low. I needed to reorder. Not remembering where I originally ordered the vitamins from, I got online and began searching. That’s when I came across Swanson Vitamins. I had not heard of the company before, but according to their website, [...]

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What Would You Give Up?

OK. So there is this new study out there that was conducted through Nutrisystem by using their Diet Index. It proves that over 50 percent of women would rather give up sex for the summer than gain 10 pounds. Interesting. The study also includes men, and, shockingly, some guys said they’d do the same. Did [...]

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It’s Easy Not to Cheat When You’re Always Cheating

So I’ve been eating Nutrisystem food for a few weeks now. Another major thing I realized is how good it tastes!!! Forget about how I feel full through out the day and have no cravings. When it comes down to it, I have been overweight in life because I really, really enjoy eating delicious tasting [...]

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Wade Phillips Lost 40 Lbs on Nutrisystem?

Am I the only person that noticed Al Michaels say that Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips is “looking svelte” because he was on Nutrisystem and lost 40 lbs. This was during NBC’s Sunday night football telecast of the 2010 NFL Hall of Fame football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals. The [...]

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What the Heck is Anti Monkey Butt Powder?

As I type this, I am breaking a major rule when it comes to footwear: I am wearing sneakers without socks. But before you plug your nose in anticipation of the smell, just know that I have taken necessary precautions to ensure that no one gets a whiff of my sockless-sneaker-feet. I have applied a [...]

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Nutrisystem Feels Like Cheating

I’ve been eating the Nutrisystem food for a bit now and I must say it tastes a lot better than I expected. One of the things that bothers me, but I guess it’s something I need to deal with, is that the food makes me feel as if I’m cheating. Why, you ask? Well, the [...]

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A Nutritious Conversation with Dr. Sheila Dean

Dr. Sheila Dean DSc, RD, LD/N, CCN, CDE is a registered and licensed dietician who owns her own medical nutrition private practice in Palm Harbor, Fla. She is a board certified clinical nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist. In a recent interview with Fat Man Unleashed writer Elizabeth Perez, Dean answered some lingering questions [...]

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Nutrisystem Men’s Program Food in My Pantry

This is just s short video showing the different Nutrisystem foods in my pantry. Color-coded by meal-type for easy management. Blue is for breakfast, pink is for dessert/snacks, green is for lunch, and red is for dinner. They offer a wide variety of food to choose from. Did I mention how much I love sloppy [...]

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Bistro MD Diet Delivery Review

In my years of dieting I have tried many types of approaches. In the beginning, I was not very knowledgeable in the area of health, so I just thought to starve myself. After taking time to read magazines, books, watch videos, and just talk to people about weight loss I learned I was making numerous [...]

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My Un-routine Routine

I have a tough time sticking to a plan. Starting blogs, writing books, home improvements and workout plans have always ended soon after they began. Over the past few months I started three different workout plans and failed to continue to execute those routines. Time and time again I found myself motivated to stick it [...]

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Nutrisystem Blogger 15 Program

I am starting on the Nutrisystem Program. I was supposed to start on July 6th, but to be honest, I didn’t. I’ve been extremely preoccupied and just couldn’t prepare myself mentally for it. But I guess that’s been my excuse with regards to my weight loss for a few years now. The whole “I’ll start [...]

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KAOS Komfort Kompression Shirts Review

I’ve been meaning to post this review for a few months now. I’ve been wearing athletic compression shirts since before Under Armour made it cool. I used to wear these Lycra material shirts that were originally designed to go out clubbing at night. They were tight fitting and made for muscle bound guys. One day [...]

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Sony W Series Walkman Wireless MP3 Player Review

This is going to be a simple, straight forward review of the Sony W Series Walkman MP3. Let me start off by saying that I own an 80 GB Ipod. Working out with that thing is a pain in the butt. Having to continuously make sure it’s secure in my pocket or that the wires [...]

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Positive Reinforcements

Hello world, long time know see. Did you miss me? Well I sure have missed you guys. It’s been a while since I last wrote to you. My sister had a huge wedding, and I had a bunch of family out here to visit. It was an awesome experience for me, and I’ve been filled [...]

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The Importance of Accountability

Accountability is an important factor in sustaining just about anything you do. Whether it’s your local politician being held accountable for his deeds or your child learning that his actions have consequences, that responsibility to someone or for some activity is vital. One of the main reasons for me starting this site a few years [...]

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Find that Motivating Factor

It is absolutely crucial that you find the right motivating factor as you embark on your weight loss journey. Without the right motivation you will get sidetracked and quit. It’s that simple. You may be able to survive on you initial burst of enthusiasm for a few weeks, but if you are like most yo-yo [...]

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How Are You Dealing with Weight Issues?

If you are like me, this time of the year is really bad for you. With all of the holidays, the cold weather, and the overall laziness that ensues around this time of year…it’s hard to stay motivated. So how are you dealing with weight loss issues right about now? Share some of your tricks, [...]

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Cold Weather Workouts Help Me Train Harder

Finally! I’m so glad the cold weather is starting to settle-in down here in Florida. Maybe it’s because I can’t stand sweating profusely, but I find that working out in the cold helps me train harder. I think back to my football days and reminisce about practicing in the cold. We’d get out of practice [...]

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Show Off the Fat and Go Shirtless at 284 Lbs

That’s right. I go shirtless. I made this video back in July and haven’t gotten around to posting it. But I figured I’d do it since NO ONE is going shirtless in the weight loss blog world until AFTER they have lost the weight, and that includes Muata!!!

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Where Were You on 9/11? Remembering September 11th, 2001

Forget about your weight, your fat or how you look for a second today and take some time to remember those that were lost 8 years ago. Where were you on 9/11? I remember I was in bed. I was still a college kid and had class that afternoon so I decided to sleep in. [...]

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A Tip or Two for Motivation…

It is no secret that getting motivated to work out is sometimes as easy as threading a camel through the eye of a needle. We all have things going on: errands to run, dinners to cook; and fitting a workout into the schedule can be nearly impossible. But if you find something that you enjoy [...]

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Let’s Start with the Man (or Woman) in the Mirror

There’s nothing more basic in battling weight loss or any issue than starting with what you see in that shiny reflective and unforgiving surface you see every day. It’s true. Self image accounts for a good portion of how we look. According to Sarah Grogan’s 2007 edition of Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children, she states that…

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Fight the Good Fight: Feel Full or Feel Fat

We have all been faced with the temptation. It’s Friday at the office, and the “Morale Committee” has so kindly brought in doughnuts, coffee cake and pastries. How thoughtful of them to temp us with Trans fat, sugar and deep-fried deliciousness.

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100 Burpee Challenge at 281 Lbs in 20 Minutes

I’ve been on a burpee kick for a few months now. Having started with only five burpees on day one, I’ve come a long way. A few weeks ago I wrote about how I did 105 burpees one night. I wasn’t able to record it since it was a spontaneous thing, but this time around I set out to record myself pumping out 100 burpees. I weigh 281 lbs, so this isn’t easy. Don’t try this at home folks. Seriously. You could get some kind of heart attack. Obese individuals like myself should be very careful when performing such strenuous exercise. Don’t worry about me, I’m a freak when it comes to these things so I’m safe…

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The Michael Vick Workout

So let’s tackle the burning question every owner and fan has: can Michael Vick perform on the gridiron? Does Mike Vick still have the Michael Jackson moves that made him a moon-walking lethal weapon on Sundays? Or have his football skills eroded? Can he throw the ball nowadays…is he still fast like flash? Well my [...]

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Coming Out of the Dieting Closet

By far, my least favorite of all the filthy, scandalous four-letter words in the English language is “DIET”. No other word has the ability to make my toes curl and skin crawl like the dreaded “D” word. Tell me that the idea of having to go on a “diet“, or the memory of having been [...]

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Chin Up Challenge Attempt at 284 Lbs.

About 30 days ago, June 23rd 2009, I challenged myself. I was to perform one unassisted chin up by August 1st. I recorded myself not being able to perform a chin up, as proof. I then did some band assisted chin ups, three reps, for the first time ever. Not being able tp perform a chin up was pretty embarrassing, but the way I look at it is that I have a ton of room for growth. And I will show growth!

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Getting Back Up…..

Like most people, I find myself wanting to lose some inches and weight. So I went back into the gym, I am watching what I am eating, and I even hired a personal trainer. But with all of this, I still found myself wanting a little something more to kick my ass. So I decided to join a class called Bootcamp.

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Band Assisted Chin Ups and Bodyweight Row Challenges

About a month ago I called out Muata, from Mr. Low Body Fat, to a fitness challenge. Initially it was supposed to be that I had to perform one full chin up by a certain date. That’s when I set up to work on my chins ups and pull ups. For the life of me I could not pull myself up. At 300+ lbs (mostly fat), it’s pretty much impossible for anyone to this. There are those few exceptions that can do it but they mainly have massive amounts of muscle that comprise their 300 lb frames. I am not a strongman, I’m just a normal fat guy.

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