Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is your program mainly for men?
A: Absolutely not! It is designed for both men AND women, and even has a couple sections focusing on women’s needs specifically.
Q: How is your program different from any other?
A: I have a core focus on *health through education*. The only way for people to move forward in any area of their life is to educate themselves about what is required to get there, and the options available to help them achieve their goals. Covering a broad spectrum of topics in an easy-to-understand format, enables the participant to self-determine what options best suit their needs. I have had countless readers tell me they pick and choose parts of my program to implement, and then achieve marvelous results. One size does not fit all, else we’d all be slim from that one magic pill or book! I give you a combination of tools to pick and choose from.
Q: Is this program the same as your Faceless Fatloss (FLFL) program?
A: It has similarities, but with completely different video content for every day and entirely different sub-chapters. It can be said to compliment the FLFL program, and unquestionably has different material that is not found in the FLFL program and is in some ways even more expansive than the already substantial FLFL program.
Q: Why do you reference illness, pain, and other things that don’t relate to fat-loss?
A: Because these things absolutely CAN relate to fat loss. My main, primary focus, has always been and always will be on HEALTH FIRST. I “get” that everyone wants a beautiful body. Hence, much of what I promote, and showing my body, etc, is designed to draw attention to how an attractive body can be achieved and maintained through a life-long “health-above-all-else” lifestyle. In fact, lasting results, I firmly believe, will NOT happen any other way. And SO many people are dealing with SO many ailments that are affecting their quality of life. We have become a very sick society, and these issues…I sincerely believe…are in part destroying humanity. We must focus on our core health first, so that we can then operate at our highest mental, physical, and spiritual potential. All is intertwined. A side benefit of this core focus is very often a beautiful body. 🙂
Q: Why don’t you show your face?
A: Just my fun way of branding myself, having the viewer focus on my body where the results are. Although it’s often fun to be mysterious, filming is often a challenge, and I sometimes wish I chose a different trademark. 😉 If you want to explore my reasons even further…I have a whole methodology built around it…go HERE.
Q: Are you trying to be funny in some of your online videos?
A: ABSOLUTELY. And often FAILING MISERABLY. 😉 My program will have just a hint of humor here and there as well, in an effort to keep the learning process light (and especially in many of my live broadcast emails) but the vast majority of it is serious learning materials.
Q: Can you help me with my (illness listed here).
A: I am not a doctor, so I have to always encourage everyone to seek a doctor’s advice first. I cannot by law give any advice or recommendations in this regard, and my material is designed solely to provide the reader with what I have done and experienced to obtain the results I have achieved. Therefore, the only thing I can do is tell you what I would do, if it were me, if I were in your situation. I will be participating in the Maintenance Motions site frequently, and will provide my own “Pain Check List” for those suffering from any illness, and what I’ve done over the years to manage my various illness to regain, and maintain, my health.
Q: What are your certifications?
A: I designate myself *only* as a full-time clinical researcher, and use my on-going videos of myself, and the testimonials on my site to speak as to how qualified I may be to help someone with an over-weight/fat or similar condition. I personally have had very bad experiences with people with licenses and certifications, and only about 10% of the personal trainers I keep tabs on have the on-going level of health and body to prove their approach (think about how many trainers you see out there who do not themselves have the hard body you would expect). I have had multiple opportunities to easily get certifications and have chosen not to. I feel strongly they too often do not lend credit to the person who has them, and can even be a detriment these days where all the alternative approaches are working so much more safely and effectively. If you need a person to have a title, all I suggest is that you make sure that your personal trainer, nutritionist, etc. demonstrates a level of knowledge of the areas they discuss, and that they consistently have the body to prove the results. And if they do on both counts…HIRE THEM!
Q: Will you answer my emails if I’m not in the program?
A: I try as best I can, and please be assured I do read ALL emails. But it can be overwhelming at times to respond to everyone, and some people need serious help that I can offer insights to…they have to come first, which I’m sure you can understand.
Q: Do you make money from other things besides the program itself?
A: YES I do. For the first couple years of selling the program, I did not make one dime from ANY of the wonderful products that I used and promoted. Between trying to help everyone via email, and not bringing in any additional funds to support myself, I was both running myself ragged as well as homeless at the same time. It was a few of my own customers that suggested I earn the commissions. There are still many products whose commissions still go directly to charity (and always will), and other products that I use but simply make nothing from in encouraging you to consider them, and then those that I do earn very (VERY) small commissions from as a means of helping to support myself. I use or have used EVERY single product I discuss, without exception. And I have refused to promote other products that I do not believe in, after having been offered the opportunity to do so. My program is one of integrity and will remain that way forever. Please note that as of mid-2012, I am promoting a new supplement that is part of a network marketing structure. The product helps people, I use it myself, and is designed to both assist *especially* us over-40-ers in rebuilding our bodies, as well as offer a great financial opportunity to help others as well, and give me another avenue to support myself. If you have any issues with this, please do not participate in my program. I would never be involved in such an endeavor unless I truly believed in it, and have never participated in network marketing before this, my entire life.
Q: Isn’t there any advice you can give me for free?
A: ABSOLUTELY! (Haven’t you been paying attention?!?)…;)…That is the point of most of my free online videos and blogs! There is WAY too much info to cover, I couldn’t possibly cover it all in one program, and any info relating to alleviation of pain symptoms, I *always* give away for free (I would never EVER charge someone to learn what I’ve done to help me resolve pain…goes against my moral/ethical standards). As far as fat and weight loss goes, the old rule of “energy (calories) in, energy (calories) out” always applies. This is a rule that enables so many of the weight loss programs, the ones we all know by name, create results for the people who use them. I do go into this in my program, including how to reduce your stomach’s capacity so you’ll feel fuller faster and therefore consume less calories, but simply reducing caloric input often has limitations as far as results go…and I explain why, and what to do about it, in my program.
Q: Do you teach raw food eating or similar?
A: In part. Raw food has its place and application. I support the lifestyle…the raw food, vegan, vegetarian (was one myself for 15 years), and fruitarian, but built the program off of what I’ve learned, use myself, and have watched worked for others. This incorporates some meat products for those who eat meat, some raw foods, and some cooked foods and as many alternatives as possible. Research shows that many foods release different nutrients when heat is applied. I don’t eat an enormous amount of meat myself, and was a long-time vegetarian as mentioned…so I do cater, as much as I can, to the vegans and vegetarians out there, while presenting meat options for the meat eaters as well. People have found my program to be a great optional one for those wishing to further explore the raw food movement, and/or to transition between styles.
Q: Do you have genetic advantages that enable you to look like that?
A: I firmly believe that alleged genetic limitations can absolutely be overcome. Don’t buy into the notion that you are “stuck” with the body that you have. Countless anecdotal cases prove otherwise. And as a genetic side note…both of my biological parents are at least 25lbs overweight (Love you Mom and Dad). 🙂 I’m the “weird one” in the family who obtained, and maintains, the results…;)
Q: I’m under the impression your program must be very difficult for you to always have abs like that…will I feel like I’m deprived of food all the time?
A: What I can say is this IS about a new lifestyle, and absolutely is NOT about starvation. I also explain the how’s and why’s of the challenge involved, and have tools available to you to make it easier to manage, including some incredible audio programs to assist with motivation and other mental blocks. You do need to be ready to make real change, and to be patient with yourself through the process. Results come relatively quickly for most people (noticing a difference often within the first week). But you must be willing to abandon old food and lifestyle habits, and take on new ones in their place. Serious change can and will happen if you are determined. If you are not ready and willing in that regard, this program is not for you. Just ask yourself: Do you really WANT to look amazing in that swimsuit at the pool or on vacation? Where men and women notice you, and even make comments on occasion? I can tell you from personal experience…it is a wonderful feeling to walk into my local pool area at my gym and have people notice me and even compliment me, especially when one is as insecure as I am! 😉 And it’s one heck of a bonus motivational tool!
Q: How do you feel about the various weight loss programs out there?
A: Many of them can really help people a great deal. But where they often fall short is in addressing the health-related issues with eating certain foods, and how to maintain weight loss via a new lifestyle. Although the participant may lose weight, they may later gain it back, or encounter health issues down the line, not realizing that many of the foods we often call “health foods” these days, can, and often do, create illness for people a great deal of the time. If the person is unaware of these potential complications, they have no way of knowing what may be a root cause of their challenges. On top of this, some of the foods eaten in these plans are exactly what cause the “fat loss plateau,” where the participant is often stuck being unable to shed “those last few pounds.” My program identifies these potential road blocks and shows you how to manage them successfully. And as a last note…I feel my exercise portion is both more effective, and easier than any other program out there. 😉
AND NOW FOR THE “FUN” PART OF THE FAQ…SOME OF THE MORE “PERSONAL” Q’s I GET ASKED
(Also entitled, “Boy people are NOSEY!”)
Q: How long is your hair? I’ve seen hints of it in videos.
A: It is long “ish.” Think Brad Pitt’s look in those recent cologne/perfume ads, or Johnny Depp. Just ALSO think…about one thousand times LESS cool than either one of them.
Q: What COLOR is your hair?
A: A dark brownish with blondish highlights and now very subtle…if you look hard enough…hints of gray-ish. Planning on dying the grays florescent purple.
Q: What color are your eyes?
A: They are blue. “Baby” blue if I want to get cute about it. (I don’t).
Q: Are you straight or gay?
A: If I had a nickel for every time a person asked me this! (I’d have four dollars and sixty-five cents).
Q: Are you single?
Q: Favorite Music?
A: Too long a list: Jazz standards, bebop, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, swing, prog rock (huge Yes fan, huge Rush fan, Moody Blues, Peter Gabriel, Genesis), Tears For Fears, UK Bubblegum pop (I never grew up…Atomic Kitten, The Saturdays, Girls Aloud, The Corrs, S Club 7…DON’T tell anyone), space/ambient music, 70’s and 80’s music (tons, WAY too many to list), Backstreet Boys (again, keep that to yourself, saw them live in 2002), some electronica, some minimal modern pop, some country and even easy listening.
Q: Are you left handed?
Q: What is your blood type?
A: Why on earth do you want to know? I’ll tell you ONLY if you’re a sexy vampire.
Q: Do you wear underwear?
A: (Yes, someone actually asked). Free-Baller here.
Q: Can you come to my house to teach me everything?
A: Probably not. But will consider it if you live in Vegas, Brazil, Sacramento/Frisco, France or The Bahamas.
Q: Where do you live?
A: Right here.