Hi, Ben here, and I’m embarking on a mission to not be fat when I turn 42. To do that I’ve partnered with Profile by Sanford and I want to take you with me on my journey.

I’m deep into my Profile Journey and as I bring you along with me, and I’ve got a few questions about Profile by Sanford. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer some of them.

I hear from a number of people who are dealing with family members that are resistant to their Profile journey. I get it. The world of weight loss is rife with rip-offs and dangerous ideas.

So many people have been pestered about some Multi-Level Marking scam or another. Promises of quick weight loss and even quicker money while working from home. It rarely works out well for people involved in these things, both money and weight wise. Just as often some weight loss scheme is designed so that the participant has to keep buying whatever snake oil to keep any weight off. And who knows what kind of untested, questionable ingredients are in these things, and who made them.

When I got to the point where I needed outside help to manage my weight, I researched a lot of plans and programs. What peaked my interest in Profile, and ultimately made me choose it, was that the goal of Profile is to get you off of Profile. It is a program you go through, coming out on the other end lighter and with the life skills to eat healthy.

You go through three phases. First cut out the junk and lose a bulk of the weight. Then you learn how to adapt to a healthy life while reintroducing grocery foods. Finally you move to sustaining that healthy lifestyle. It’s a long term process designed by doctors at Sanford for you to change, learn and grow.

This leads into something else people say that family and friends say to them. ‘Why can’t you have fruit or dairy?’
That’s only in the first phase when you are rebooting your body and shedding weight. What you’re eating in that phase is a low-carb, ketogenic diet. It’s not forever (like I have to remind myself often) but it’s important for your mental dedication. If you see results, you are more likely to stick with it. While you’re in the phase you are also learning with your coach about yourself and how to live healthy. Like if you work in an office, you need to figure out how to eat and live in a way that makes for a better quality of life.

Of course, the people close to us are looking out for us; they want the best and don’t want us to go broke chasing a fantasy. They don’t want us become a jittery, sick mess from a so-called natural concoction.

But, what I’ve experienced with everyone at Profile is an open and honest attitude about what is going on and what the participant needs to do. When I started and was telling my incredibly supportive wife about the program, she asked if she could come to one of my coaching sessions. Of course she could! We sat with my coach and talked about Profile and what I’m doing. My wife asked questions about food in the house, how she can help, what are ways we can balance my eating with the needs of our growing kids. My coach Erika answered every question we had and always reminds me that she is available to answer more from either of us.

Oh, and another thing that didn’t happen when my wife came to coaching with me, or rather didn’t happen; nobody tried to sell her anything. There was no hard sell to get her on the program, there was no soft sell about if we both do it would be better. Nobody asked for her email or phone number to put on a ‘bother them’ list.

That goes back to what I said earlier too, once you are in there is no selling. You pay to join and you pay for your meal replacement, but there are no secrets hidden behind a paywall. You don’t get in the door and find out that the only way it works is if you buy some subscription or pay for a weekend seminar in Omaha.

The goal of Profile is to help you lose the weight and keep it off by living healthy. It’s hard work that requires a lot of change in a person. There are no illusions or shortcuts. That’s why the support of your coach makes the plan so effective and different. Sure you could follow a low-carb diet and lose weight, but without the added support from the Profile Plan you don’t learn anything, you don’t make these positive changes in your life. So you can get to a point where you are fit and healthy and can enjoy the occasional piece of pizza or a cinnamon roll.

For me, it’s working. I am losing weight. I am also learning about myself, how I got here and how to forgive myself (ugg that sounds silly, but it’s true). I’m learning how to eat like a man in his forties that works inside on a computer, instead of a 20 year-old running around a collage campus. I can feel it in my soul that I will look back in a decade and see that there is a defined before and after Profile line in my life. I’m getting better with Profile’s help, and soon I’ll be able to do it on my own.

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