Earlier this year, a 47-year old grandpa named Kurt Morgan transformed into a fat-burning beast in front of our eyes on ABC’s My Diet Is Better Than Yours. Starting at 352 pounds, he dropped 87 pounds in just 14 weeks with The Wild Diet. He also shed an astounding 22% percentage points of body fat with minimal exercise. Most importantly, Kurt no longer needs prescription meds and feels 15 years younger.
Since then, a lot of you have been writing in and asking something like this: “It looks like this lifestyle works for men. But does The Wild Diet really work for women?”
If you watched My Diet is Better Than Yours, you may have seen Kurt’s wife Alecia make a few cameos.
Off-camera, Alecia was doing her best to eat Wild. Unlike past dietary approaches, Alecia didn’t count calories on The Wild Diet. She’s the first to admit that her “diet” wasn’t perfect… she even enjoyed quite a few “free meals” and treats like birthday cake at work.
Her exercise was daily walks around the neighborhood with her husband and grandkids.
But by Week 7 of My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Alecia had already lost 32 pounds.
Here’s the crazy part: by week 7, Alecia had actually lost more weight than any of the female contestants in the competition on the ABC show!
More recently, Alecia is down 37 pounds. Doesn’t she look fantastic?
We caught up with Alecia to ask her about her experience with The Wild Diet…
What did your diet look like before Kurt went on My Diet is Better Than Yours?
Lots of pasta (one of Kurt’s favorites), lots of rice and potatoes (my favorites) and always some sort of sugary dessert. It was nothing for Kurt and I to eat cookies and/or candy bars every day. And we never had real butter!
How have your lives changed since the show?
Life has gotten so much better since improving our health on the show. More energy for sure, new clothes, and we enjoy our meals so much more now.
Did you plan to follow Kurt’s diet from the get go?
Kurt and I agreed that “if” he got on the show that it was a chance for both of us to improve our health and lose weight. I want to be supportive of Kurt and typically we do all things together so this wasn’t any different. I also learned that I was pre-diabetic and my doctor wanted me to start medication.
When did you notice changes in your body following The Wild Diet?
Once we were on the plan and had rid our kitchen of all the toxic food, I noticed changes within 2-3 days. The bloated feeling I usually got after a meal no longer existed, and I no longer ate until I was uncomfortable. Meals became smaller, as I was satisfied quicker and could actually put down the fork and knife.
What was the most difficult thing you eliminated?
Potato Chips! I’ve been a chip-aholic my entire life and it has been the most difficult thing to give up.
Did you hit a weight-loss plateau at any point?
I’m not exactly sure if I did hit one during the show or not. We didn’t have a scale so I depended on how my clothes were fitting, how my body felt, and my energy levels. After the show, I did hit one and I found that when I have my ‘indulgent’ meal it typically jolts my body back into action.
Do you have advice for someone who is frustrated because the number on the scale isn’t moving as quickly as they’d like?
In my past lives of dieting, losing and gaining, the scale was my nemesis. I lived and binged by the scale.
If I did everything right on a diet and then didn’t lose, didn’t lose enough or even worse gained it back — that would throw me into a tailspin and it would take me days or weeks to recover.
I don’t weigh myself like that anymore. My clothes tell me all I need to know.
The scale (just like my age) is only numbers. If I weigh 185 lbs and fit into a size 9 pair of jeans, then I don’t care.
At each stage, I’ve had an article of clothing I wanted to fit into. That’s how I measured my weight loss.
If it fit, then I would weigh myself to see what the number was, but I wouldn’t be disappointed by the number because I had reached my goal by fitting into the article of clothing.
Go by how you feel. If you feel good and like what you see, don’t let an object like a scale rule you.
How did your family, friends and coworkers respond to your wacky Wild lifestyle?
Our family knew what was happening, but our friends and coworkers were in the dark.
It was interesting, I had people in my office that I barely knew start questioning what I was doing because I was “shrinking”.
When I talked about eating fat or butter in my coffee, the reactions were priceless.
The green smoothies they understood, but they didn’t know how I was getting away with eating bacon and burgers!
Our family was ecstatic with the changes. In the past, our children would tell me they were concerned with our weight and having become grandparents wanted us around for their children.
Sometimes women find that intermittent fasting doesn’t work as well for them. Have you tried fasting?
I fast! I don’t fast all the time, but I will eat fewer meals for a couple of weeks up to 3 or 4 days a week and then I will cycle off of it.
I think it’s about knowing what your body needs. Again, as women we fluctuate and I think you just need to listen to what your body is asking for.
If your energy levels are dropping then you are missing a key ingredient to your fuel. I know that when I feel run down I am not getting enough greens. Spinach is literally what keeps me going.
I know you walked the neighborhood with Kurt (and sometimes Luna). What does your exercise “program” look like now?
Still walking! Walking is my stress reliever and around our neighborhood I get some good cardio. I’ve also started using the grandbabies as weights LOL. It’s my own Wild 7 Workout, with my legs or arms. I don’t swing them like kettlebells, but lifting repeatedly over my head. Or Luna’s fav is to hang onto my legs while I lift her repeatedly — helps my abs. I choose to adjust exercise to my lifestyle. Swimming is next!
Do you have any kitchen or shopping tips?
Do your research. If shopping in a conventional grocery store, stick to the outside aisles. Only fresh. And remember just because it says organic or all natural does not mean it is something you should buy.
What’s your favorite Wild recipe, and what’s your number one go-to meal when time is tight?
There are so many great Wild Recipes, but I have two favorites. The beef short ribs and the chicken parm. BEST EVER!
I am not a cook. I’m actually quite terrible at it, but since converting our lifestyle to The Wild Diet I have actually been cooking edible meals. My favorite “go to” is the Cowboy Burgers, simply because we make enough to freeze. If it’s been a particularly long day, we just grab some leafy greens, and cook a burger. Crisis averted!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Alecia. You and Kurt nailed it!
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What did you think of this Q&A with Alecia? Do you have any questions for her? Leave a comment below!
Truly inspiring. What a wonderful change you have made and how radiant you look now!
Mary Lou says
Thanks for sharing, Alecia! I am not losing as fast as you did, and hitting lots of plateaus so it is encouraging to know it works if I just stay at it!
Abel James says
Plateaus can be a part of the process, but we’re here to help. You got this, Mary Lou!
Mary Lou, I feel you pain. I have and continue to have questions regarding my non weight loss but cannot seem to reach Abel or receive a response to address my concerns. I am beginning to think this program is sadly not for me, which disappoints me more than I can tell you. Good luck to you and your weight loss.
Hi Kathy, you might not see the scale move right away. But what is progress? Besides the number on the scale, you’re getting your gut bacteria in balance, you’re changing the way your body uses fuel, you’re replacing fat with muscle. This is all progress!
We have one woman in the Fat-Burning Tribe who lost over 100 pounds, but it took 4 – 6 months of eating clean before the scale moved at all. After that, the weight came off at a steady pace.
If you’re frustrated with not losing weight right away, here are some things to try:
– Cut back on fruit and other sugar
– Cut out nuts and seeds, which are typically higher in Omega 6’s and boost up your Omega-3’s by supplementing with a high quality omega fish oil
– Cut out diary, which can stall weight loss for a lot of people
– Get more sleep
– Get enough fat. Short-chain fats, like those found in coconut oil, promote weight loss and are associated with a decrease in body weight, waist size, and blood triglycerides. Healthy fats protect your body, promote proper cell function, support the release of fat-burning hormones, aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and add flavor to foods.
– Scale back on fats. We prefer a high-fat diet most of the time, but when you’re troubleshooting scaling back on fats once you’re in fat-burning mode can help your body use the fat stores from your own body.
– If you haven’t yet, go gluten-free and avoid all processed foods. More on this here: http://bit.ly/wheatbely
– Indulge a little less. if you’re indulging in low-carb treats too often, this can lead to the weight slowly creeping back on. Especially if those treats are high in sugar or insulin-spiking ingredients like tapioca flour, arrowroot starch, or brown rice flour.
Hope that helps!
Awesome to hear Alecia! I’m on my second 30 day cycle to lose my baby weight and with breastfeeding, limited sleep and low exercise, I lost 8 lbs in the first 30 days. Every day is another step in the right direction and 3 months at 8 lbs a month will do it for me. 🙂 Plus I love that I’ve finally kicked the Splenda habit. Thanks Abel!
Awesome job, Ginny! Thank you for sharing. Here’s to another 30 days!
Donna Betts says
Abel – thank you for sharing Alecia’s story — I watched the show and was inspired by Kurt’s weight loss — and especially your wonderful uplifting positive attitude — that definitely assisted Kurt and it rubbed off on Alecia. I stuck to the wild diet for 7 days and then got off track a bit. I bought the MCT Oil — some green coffee beans (plan to try roasting). I noticed that I was a little constipated after around the 4th or 5th day — (I think it was the bison taco salad?) I think I somehow did not get enough water that day – but that was very unpleasant as I am very regular and hardly ever have that problem. So now I am doing a combo of the wild diet and just watching the carbs. I think it is a great plan. I feel like it is the way we were meant to eat and the recipes I tried were awesome. I am 72 yrs old and still work full time – so if I don’t plan well to get the prep in — it doesn’t happen. But I don’t give up… I am a tribe member and have enjoyed the videos — I need to converse with other members on the message boards — but haven’t ever done that so it will be a new experience. OK time management — get ready to be managed.
I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes!
Yes, be sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Also, we recommend eating about twice as much green leafy veggies as meat. This will balance out the acidity of the meat and give your body that beneficial fiber. An easy way to do this is to drink a green smoothie or eat a big salad with your first meal. Here’s an easy template for making a green smoothie: http://bit.ly/grnsmooth
If you’re feeling constipated, supplementing with Cascara Sagrada and/or Vitamin C can help move things along. Here’s a great interview with Dr. Andrew Saul on some of the benefits of supplementing with vitamin C: http://bit.ly/highvitc
By the way, head over to the “Video Library” in the Tribe and click “Cooking Videos.” If you haven’t watched it yet, there’s a great video where Abel walks you through how to roast your own coffee beans. The freshly roasted beans make the best cup o’ joe you’ll ever have. (Warning: You may get spoiled and not want other coffees) 🙂
Jane bentley says
I got your book and using a lot of your recipes love the creamed cauli look good, feel great but not losing weight. I am 76 have got my sugar down no meds from doc at all. I do 200 boxing hits most mornings and walk, ride my electric bike just wish I could move some fat
Hi Jane, have you tried making homemade bone broth yet? It’s wonderful for supplying your body nutrients and helps heal your gut so you can shed those pounds.
Check out this article for more ideas on ways to kickstart fat-burning (plus a simple recipe for bone broth): http://fatburningman.com/6-steps-to-lose-fat-if-youre-over-40/
It can also be good to include fermented foods like sauerkraut in your diet daily, which will give you those naturally occurring probiotics for getting your gut in shape. Check out this interview with Summer Bock for some helpful information on the topic: http://bit.ly/proferment
You may also want to get allergy tested to pin-point any foods that may be working against you. The most recent one we had done was from US BioTek Labratories. There are lots of places that do the test… usually it’s called IgG, IgA, IgE Food Antibody Assessment or Food Allergy Test. Here’s the recent place we used: https://www.usbiotek.com/Content/Order/Order.html
That’s awesome you do boxing hits, walk and rid your electric bike! Keep it up!
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Joyce p says
I too am 72… Lost about 8 pounds in 27 days. Nothing has been mentioned about ketosis. I am pink on this diet but never purple… Why? I am self employed so have some flexibility in meal prep but not much. Last night in celebration of one month I had salad with streak, half vinegar and oil dressing and 2 glasses of red wine.. First in a month! Still pink this m and scale is OK.
Going to try for another month.
Congrats on 1 month eating Wild! Let us know how month #2 goes.
We just posted an article on red wine. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/drywine
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Yes it really
Yes Priya it’s good
Yes I tried bit very helpful