A wacky approach to nutrition like The Wild Diet (where you get to enjoy chocolate, grass-fed steak, cheesecake, and other delicious fat-burning foods) may sound great, but you’re probably asking yourself – Does The Wild Diet really work?
Have real people dropped fat, improved their health, and increased their athletic performance? Or is The Wild Diet just something already-fit people do to get even more ripped?
Recently, a lot of you have been writing in to share your stories. Here are a few of my favorites.
These folks have lost weight, reduced body fat, and even improved their breathing by transforming their bodies with delicious real food.
The following success stories are from regular people who want to help get the word out – real food works… and there’s no looking back!
“It’s the first time in my journey that I have started to consume fat and the weight is still coming off, yet I’m building muscle which is very impressive!”
You have to eat fat to burn fat. Nice work, Maral!
Here’s an inspiring story from Mandy who dropped over 100 pounds…
“I was a slave to the low fat diet, high carb and highly processed diets. For 5 years. I lost and gained the same 20-30lbs over and over… And over. I would eat weight watcher meals, low fat yogurt, pasta, use things like Splenda, drink diet soda, and hate the blandness of so much of the food I was eating. And I ate fruit as a sugar fix. It took about 4-6 months once I switched to start seeing the scale move, but I knew I was on to something because I felt so much better and began to not need naps, decreased migraines and just feeling good more days than bad. I just stuck with it, I knew eventually once things were fixed on the inside that I would see it on the outside. Once I got moving on the scale, it’s been a steady decrease in weight. I still have about 20lbs or so to lose but I’m not in a rush.”– Mandy
So glad you’ve had such great success with this way of eating, Mandy!
David Coombs, a member of the Fat-Burning Tribe, recently shared this picture with us:
Great job planning out your holiday meals and treats ahead of time. You’re crushing it, David.
Check out these before and after pictures of a listener named Johnny Franck. Like me, Johnny is a musician—I know how that lifestyle can help pack on the pounds. But after just four months into eating Wild, Johnny was ripped.
I just wanted to say that I did not look like that before I found your podcast. My story is very similar to yours (including being a touring musician). I’m the chubby guy with the dreads in this video.
Around this time I had just quit smoking and put on around 20-25 pounds because I was eating more than ever. I hated the fact that I was gaining weight and didn’t know what to do. I tried all kinds of stupid extreme diets that didn’t work.
I didn’t really know what to do so I decided to work out for 15 minutes 4 times a week – mostly just push ups and pull ups – and I saw some results which was good and motivating but I plateaued for about a year. I had gotten the hang of being disciplined with working out but I knew to keep the momentum going I had to change how I ate.
Honestly, right around that time I found your podcast and thought I would give a couple episodes a listen. I was amazed at how many things I believed were true about nutrition were so dead wrong. I’m so thankful for the wealth of truthful information you have on your show. I have learned so much and have been eating Wild for about 4 months (though I still drink beer :)) It’s crazy how quickly my abs started coming in when I started real and natural foods and awesome how much clean muscle mass I was able to put on.
Thanks man!! – Johnny Franck
Keep rockin’ it, Johnny. The touring musician life can be tough on the body, but it doesn’t have to be! You’re an inspiration and I’m thrilled that you found the podcast and The Wild Diet!
Mike tweeted this before and after pic of himself and his lovely lady. Check out what a difference a low-carb, keto, Wild Diet made for them!
You guys look so healthy and vibrant, and taking the plunge on The Wild Diet together gives you some serious mojo! Congrats!
Every so often I get a message that gets me all choked up. A while back I got an email from a listener named Denny Hemingson thanking me for helping him restore his health and drop 46 pounds eating The Wild Diet packed with delicious foods like bacon and eggs, butter, coffee, and even Alyson’s coffee cake!
This is where the internet can lead to meaningful “real life” relationships.
That message kicked off a series of adventures with Denny, the guitarist and bandleader of the Tim McGraw Band. You can listen to a recent episode of the Fat-Burning Man show and learn how Denny lost 46 pounds while on tour with Tim McGraw, quick tricks to eat clean on the road, how to get a high-intensity workout in a parking lot, how to reduce anxiety and stress with meditation, and much more. Plus, check out our new collaboration, an album of original music called Swamp Thing.
Here’s a recent before and after pictured shared by Jay Vilar, a member of the Fat-Burning Tribe…
Bam. Only one month in, and you’ve made huge progress. Nice job, Jay.
David Zachary recently wrote in to share his before and after picture with us…
I was 245 lbs when I started on the Wild Diet back in April 2015. Today, I have lost over 20% body fat & @ 189 lbs. https://t.co/RgDQsvtKY5
I’m always glad to help. I hop on Twitter to share info, answer your questions, or make suggestions whenever I can. Staying connected to the people who are out there doing this is super important to me. 30 pounds in 40 days—that’s 10 pounds better than me, Brandon!
Amazing results with @fatburnman 's #wilddiet 4 weeks in -16lbs, waist -1in, belly -2, and feeling younger!
Have you ever gone “on a diet” that makes you lose too much weight?
Most people struggle to lose any weight on a typical diet… but The Wild Diet is a lifestyle that’s full of delicious foods without the dogma. That’s why it works.
When you start feeling like you’re too thin and want to bulk up, just include some “safe starches” with your evening feast a few times a week—like boiled sweet potato. Add a Wild 7 Workout and weights a couple times a week and you’ll start to see your muscles build up pretty quick.
@fatburnman@CBSNews I went grain, sugar and gluten free and my lung function is back to normal. No inhalers.
Lyme can be a debilitating disease, causing severe fatigue, joint pain, flu-like symptoms and more. Lyme can lay you out and stop your life in its tracks (just listen to my recent interview with Tim Ferriss for proof).
Tony’s back to living a normal life, and to someone suffering from Lyme, living a normal, symptom-free life is a massive victory!
@fatburnman Had a 'cough' for 2 years now. Experts have no idea. Been eating #wild and the cough is almost gone.
Was Duncan’s cough the result of due to inflammation in the airway caused by dietary issues like refined sugar, wheat, and processed food? Capitalizing on the anti-inflammatory effects of whole, fresh foods can be the difference between thriving and surviving.
Getting rid of a constant cough has to be a huge relief. Way to go, Duncan!
@fatburnman started listening to your show a few months back, lost thirty lbs since. The book is awesome. It's not a lifestyle, it's just me
I am humbled that so many of you have taken your health into your own hands and improved your health, dropped fat, and turned back the clock.
Here’s an email I got from Robert…
“This is my 37th day and it friggin’ rocks!” – Robert
I am and always have been a scrawny little Filipino dude, a ‘skinny fat’ ectomorph no doubt. It wasn’t until college (and afterwards) however that I started to develop a substantial pudginess in my gut thanks to my diet of (at least) 3 cups of white rice a day (damn you, Filipino food). Since I’ve cut grains out completely, I’ve lost about 5 lbs.
This is my 37th day of living a paleo/primal lifestyle and it friggin’ rocks. While I’m still working on trimming belly fat (more on that in a second), my energy level is spectacular. That alone justifies this entire endeavor for me.
– Robert Miole
“I am grateful every night when I check on my son and leave his room with tears of relief in my eyes… If I had not found your podcast my son would have ended up having a surgery that was completely unnecessary.” – Nicole
“I feel vital, full of energy every day, and super-positive. I feel like I can achieve anything.” – Jason Delvard
“I lost 8 kilos (17 pounds) and my six pack is almost there. The fun thing is that I did not even focus on that. My energy is through the roof.” – Mitchel
“I’m eating like a king… and I lost 5 pounds in the first week!”
I’m very pleased with Wild Diet so far and I’m eating like a king. I can also say that this is the longest span of time that I’ve stay committed to a nutritional plan and stuck to it.After just 1 week on the Wild Diet System, I lost 5 lbs, and 1.5” off my waist. Now I’ve trimmed 2.5 inches off my waist! I even had a couple extended family members comment on how thin I was in the face. Overall, my energy level has risen, I’m waking up earlier and easier, and I’m feeling more confident.
After reading the Wild Diet book, I was immediately excited to get started. Abel brought many unknown nutritional myths to the forefront and set them straight once and for all. Abel’s book is a must read as well as a great re-read every 6 weeks or so, simply to reassure yourself about your goals.The best part about following the guides and tips in Wild Diet is the food. I’m loving bacon and eggs for breakfast and I’ve also found a new love for all types of greens.Cheat days are also great to keep in your back pocket. Instead of planning them out, I just keep them on reserve for those meals and days when I don’t have much access to the “real food.”I have been climbing steep mountains during hunting season in the evenings and weekends and also have been expanding a shed at my home, both of which I’m considering great exercise like you say, though not “intentional exercise” like other programs make you trudge through.
The Wild Diet isn’t and doesn’t seem like a diet… I see it more as a new paradigm in how I make my food choices. Sure fresh meat costs quite a bit more, but after you account for the money I was spending on the “bad stuff”, it all evens out. I’m also excited to have found new local farmers markets, a butcher shop with grass fed beef and other fresh meats, and local “green/whole foods” restaurants, specifically Cristina’s Café in Strasburg, and Blue Ridge Meats in Front Royal.
Thanks Abel for the information and the guidance, I’m feeling great and looking forward to the results in the upcoming months.
– Andy Simpson, Maurertown, Virginia
“Abel’s program makes more sense and is easier for me to follow than anything else I have tried in some thirty years. The Wild Diet System was a real life-changer for me.”
I have suffered from extreme hypoglycemia my whole life, energy levels are always a problem. Actually beyond the weight loss, the increase in energy is a huge benefit for me. I feel great!Abel’s program makes more sense and is easier for me to follow than anything else I have tried in some thirty years. The Wild Diet System was a real life-changer for me. Even though I didn’t do any exercise aside from my morning walks, I lost at least 8 lbs. the very first week, and lost upwards of 15 lbs. in the first three weeks. I’ve noticed pants and even shirts that used to be too tight began to easily fit. Interestingly, even an old pair of shoes began to fit better than in recent years.
I loved the book, great read. It is extraordinarily comprehensive, fun, and just brilliant writing (especially given the subject matter).
I enjoy eating the foods suggested, and the more I eat that way the more I like it. It’s interesting that there are so many great food options out there that I have overlooked for my whole life. The book is perfect for garnering focus and depicting real options in terms of what is healthy and what is not.
I am thrilled with the results thus far, and the best of it is that this is something that makes perfect sense. Something I will benefit from in perpetuity. It’s simply a better “way,” and that way is easy to follow.
– Clif Baggett, Austin, Texas
“My waist and thighs look and feel smaller, and this just gets better and better!!!”
I never thought I would start loving eggs, bacon, and meat!!! For me, as a woman, I think it works better if I just have a cheat meal instead of a cheat day but one thing I can say about the Wild Diet is that you’ll never go hungry on this diet!!!
I haven’t measured myself but I can really see a difference in the mirror. I have more definition and I am definitely leaner than before. I’ve been working out almost every day and feeling great, sleeping much better, and I have a lot more energy.
My waist and thighs look and feel smaller, and this just gets better and better!!!
I wanted to let you know my husband has been following it too and he has lost around 5 lbs in a week! 🙂
Here is a picture of me after 4 weeks of the Wild Diet System. I think Wild Diet is not just a diet but a way of living, a journey that I just started and will keep giving me awesome results with time!
Thanks so much, Abel!
– Loanna Rodriguez, Johnson City, Tennessee
“You’re going to change a lot of lives.”
I started your book and I’m very impressed. I couldn’t stop reading. You explain it well and clicked well with how I understand things.
I especially liked how you wrote that most everyone will become insulin resistant later in life no matter what they were like as a teenager. I’ve always put on weight easily and always wondered what was different about the people who didn’t. It’s good to know that in the realm of insulin resistance and fat storage we are all the same and skinny people will eventually gain that spare tire.
Also you’re footnotes are golden.
I’m set to start on Monday cold turkey.
I’ve talked to my family about it and spread the word among my 7 siblings and their spouses. I’ve also been talking about it at work. They’ve already been calling me grok since I told them about the primal blueprint months ago. They’re incredibly skeptical that eating meat and vegetables will make you lose weight. I overheard some of the women yesterday counting up the calories they consumed at lunch. I’m just going to have to prove it to them and more importantly prove it to myself that this works.
I actually did that visualization exercise you talk about when I typically gloss over parts like that. I’ve never had a lean body and it’s about time I did.
I’m really digging the program. The green shake is my breakfast of choice. I’m lifting and doing some sprints.
I think for a lot of people who have been overweight for a good deal of their lives losing weight is a big emotional struggle too. You’ve got to have the strength to push through the setbacks. A lot of people give up not because it’s hard but because they don’t think they can do it. Your job is also self-empowerment and your program does that really well.
I like that the first thing you say on your website is that the main ingredient is YOU. There is no magic pill and there are no special gimmicks.
And most importantly, life is much more fun this way. No feeling tired and sluggish. It’s great!
Keep it up man, you’re going to change a lot of lives.
I love this line: “…which can expand a thousand times in volume and can divide infinitely to form new fat cells. That’s a lot of Crisco.” Below that you have a footnote about having to eat three lbs. of carrots to equal the sugar in one Coke and I had to laugh.
When I read what you said about soy, I applauded. That is one of the few things that I fell so strongly about…that it is used and abused and causing so much damage. It is everywhere…including baby formula. And with so many women attempting to nurse, and not being able, they put the baby on formula. The baby’s system reacts…so they then put the baby on a soy formula because is it “easier to digest.” I can’t help but think that if doctors warn patients who are using hormones to avoid all soy because of its effects, that it could easily harm babies and small children. I could never jump on the soy wagon now!
Now I think I am right in line with just about everything. I don’t really have cravings or feel the need to cheat, although Friday nights are our “out to eat” night. And while I tend to stick with meat and extra veggies, I am sure they add sauces, etc. that aren’t on the plan, so I consider those my cheat meals. I know I will indulge on a birthday or holiday, but I have already noticed that things I used to LOVE no longer have the same appeal. I made cupcakes for my son’s birthday and they tasted ridiculously sweet and chemical-ly…so it wasn’t even an issue with wanting more.
I appreciate the menu ideas at the end of the book. It’s always nice to have ideas of new things to try. (I don’t think I can eat that much…it made me laugh! Although in the past, I know I could easily fill up with carbs and junk and eat more than that!).
I signed up for the newsletter and look forward to joining in the “community” once it’s up and running. I’ll give you updates! Thank you SO much!
– Mary M., North Carolina
Man, am I glad I found you! I read the entire Fat Burning Man manual as soon as I downloaded it yesterday….it makes so much sense I know it will work for me. I love your approach too….”I have done the research, the science supports this, but most of all I know it works, and I have the photos to prove it!” Awesome!
Your “cold turkey” approach to getting started inspired me to start TODAY!! No more grains. No more junk. Just real food every time I stick a fork in my mouth. 🙂
And thanks for including your before and after pictures. I have an uncanny resemblance to your “before” picture, and although I may never look as great as your “after” photo, I know I can look and feel a heck of a lot better than I do now.
I am looking forward to being an active member of the Fat Burning Tribe Community when it is up and running.
Al P., Michigan
Ryan C., California
I’ve been meaning to tell you that since we talked a few weeks ago, I decided to try cutting out wheat/starch and processed crap. That stuff is not a joke. I feel better pretty much always and I’ve been pissing away the fatty bits that have been creeping on to my frame over years of desk-jockeying. Combined with crossfit workouts, which I started a month before we talked, the results have been pretty dramatic. Also my skin has become incredibly soft for some reason.
I ordered 25 lbs of grass fed beef from a local ranch; I’ve been meaning to find a way to do that ever since I visited my dad and ate the beef & bacon & raw milk from the farm down the street and realized that it was the best thing ever.
UPDATE: I’ve been using Abel’s system for the past three months and have seen results beyond what I thought possible – far more than exercise alone.
I’ve lost fat I didn’t even know I had, have more energy and feel better pretty much all the time, while eating tastier food. You owe it to yourself to try this out.
David, H., Washington, D.C.
I enjoyed your book – I have used it as more of a guide and not as a strict regime (like other programs).
I found that your program combines a lot of common sense with some interesting and new approaches to weight control. I’ve always been a big fan of vegetables but, since reading your program, I’ve started making them the focus of meals instead of the sides. A typical lunch for me (at least three days a week) is a giant bowl of kale or collard greens, which I wilt in a frying pan with olive oil/butter onions, garlic, and carrots or with a combination of olive oil, onions, lemon juice, dried cranberries, and almonds. If I have any leftover meat or chicken from dinner I will mix that in there as well; the onion/carrots mixture is especially good with taco-style ground turkey.
I’ve DEFINITELY started incorporating more nuts and seeds into my cooking and diet. I love them. I’ve also rediscovered eating raw carrots and celery, which is a cheap and easy snack.
Thanks again for your program!
David K., Texas
I lost 5 pounds in 5 days – with no exercise! Thanks Abel!
My Personal Journey
“I lost 20 pounds in 40 days and gained 10 pounds of muscle.”
Many diet and fitness gurus have always been skinny and fit. They never show you pictures of themselves flabby and miserable because they’ve never been that way; they don’t have before and after shots. I do – I’ve been there.
I followed a “heart-healthy,” low-fat diet for years and exercised 3 to 5 times a week. According to conventional wisdom, I should have been lean, fit, and healthy.
That wasn’t the case. I was sluggish, overweight, and had borderline hypertension.
My skin was pale and puffy, my gut was bloated, and I wanted to take a nap every day after work. I thought that my moon-shaped face and double-chin were just genetics. After all, I came from a long line of barrel-chested, big-boned, burly mountain men who loved to eat. I assumed that, as I got older, this was just the way my body changed and there wasn’t anything I could do about it.
A few weeks and a six-pack later, I realized I was completely wrong.
I lost 20 pounds in 40 days with no absolutely no change in exercise. The craziest thing is that it wasn’t difficult or painful. It was fun (and delicious).
I know that this works – better than I ever would have imagined. And I want to share the truth with as many folks as I can, because if I can do it, so can you. Real food always wins.
– Abel James, Austin, Texas
Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s make your own success story!
Once again, thanks so much to all of you who have written to me about your satisfaction with the Wild Diet and the 30 Day Fat-Loss System and the successes that you’ve all experienced. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and look forward to hearing more from you soon!