198 Books, Ideas, People and Programs That Have Helped People On PEERtrainer
Another question we recently asked our members was "What ideas, people, books or programs helped you during this time?" Meaning while they have been a part of PT, what has helped them. We like being able to share this stuff, and I think this perspective is pretty unique. We seek to be the "the mothership" in the sense that we are not proprietary about our service, and we have set out to create an open source environment where our own ideas and "products" can seamlessly coexist with everything else out there.
While we want to be as helpful as we can and serve as many people from a business perspective, the reality is that people use a dizzying array of tools to help them. And you will see all the different things that PT members use here. This list also gives us some great ideas of books and programs to look into, to write about and potentially promote. We have put some links into this list where appropriate. You can also download the raw data file here in PDF format.
There is no one tool or service that will help people, and we think that part of the reason the weight loss industry has failed to serve people is this insistence that a particular product or approach is the only way, is the solution or the magic bullet. Btw- the people on this list have lost anywhere from no weight to more than 100 pounds. But the overall level of success is astonishing, and we are looking at ways to present that data in the proper context.
1I started with ww about 8 months ago and stopped when I found PT.
2Winter hibernation teammates mmostly
3The Point of No Return course with PT, the How to Think Like a Thin Person, by Dr. Beck, and summarized by PT (which is how I learned of it)
4co bloggers, husband, 6 day makeover, weightwatchers.com, biggest loser with Jillian Micheals.
5I am incorporating Dr. Fuhrmans Eating for Health concepts. Yum :) And Paul Pitchford's Healing with Whole Foods. I like the strength training routine in Abs Diet for Women book. I like Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron for breathing, and inner support and strength.
6I like the groups of 4 and are in a solid private one now. This is very helpful for all of us. We are all hoping to be more on top of it this year.
8the idea of looking inward for my real motivatio s
9I read all the info you give us. I think about it throughout the day.
10My naturopath recommended Suzanne Somers' Somersizing program (which is a healthy version of Atkins) and it has helped me lose TONS of weight.
I also believe that having a cheat hour once a week gives me something to look forward to. (Only an hour so the insulin rush isn't too overwhelming.)
11Master Your Metabolism, The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution. I like the tips on here like how to fight late night hunger, things to do like get a exercise buddy and accountability partner. Again lacking time and people to converse with about goals etc.
12DietPower software program
13daily inspirational emails.
14The cooking tips, such as when Jackie made her vegatble soup. Using greens for smoothie. Books by Joel Furman are really helpful. Also the Tip of the Day! That rocks!
15Logging definitely has helped, as has the support of 3 support groups
16my group members are awesome - sometimes they're the only ones who keep me focused
17The Dr. Oz show, the Biggest Loser.
18My small groups have been the most helpful. They give me encouragement when I am struggling.
19Keeping in mind that failures can be redefined as learning experiences.
20Tips from other participants - how they get through emotional eating and late night snacking.
21I look at Tip of the Day from Jackie often and learn from it, but, mostly logging and following others in the groups has helped the most.
22Tip of the day really gives me a little nudge to keep my mind on track.
23Joel Fuhrman's emphasis on vegetables, esp. greens. I have read his books. The daily email, I've seldom missed a day reading it. The idea of taking what works from various diets and doing 'diet fusion'.
24the idea of how much willpower i have. Whenever i wanted food when i didnt need it i had to make myself think of what i would become if i kept eating nonstop
25I follow the plan of Weight Watchers. Trying to change life style and dietary choices.
26I've started incorporating a lot more greens in my diet.
27logging, logging, logging. keeping a record of intake (food), exercise, and weight loss.
28Self Motivation, Challenge with a neighbour , Nowloss.com - big follower of this website has helped me a lot in every stage.
29My current group have been helpful as well as the articles Jackie has put on my emails.
30Peertrainer's mindset approach to losing weight - I never realised before how much weight loss it is a mental battle.
31Dr. Furhman's Eat to Live, the encouragement of people on the PT site, Beck Diet Solution
PT PONR Program
33recommendation of Fuhrman's and Mittlemen's books
34My group has been my encouragement to try new things and to keep going.
35reading your tips has kept me interested in the program and determined to lose the weight I want to lose.
37the daily mails are great motivators.
38friends that joined weight watchers helped. mom helped too and also suggested this site.
39My group was great but my computer crashed and I was removed from my group and that was the begining of the end.
40The diet ideas.
41Just hearing how people do what I'm doing
42My PT group! And Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Dr. Mark Hyman.
43tip of the day and goal setting also getting rid of Poulos and associated programsI find these are a lot of hot air,verbal diarrhoea and money grabbing
44I've been on weightwatchers for this time period as well. I have really appreciated your insights, and they've motivated me a lot. Things like "motion changes emotion". It's true! Or discussions about becoming more optimistic and what the difference is between optimism and pessimism. I've actually been able to use these concepts in my life. Maybe they've helped my fitness program. They've definitely helped my self-perception.
46My group members have helped me with motivation
47I like Jackies questions about what are you losing weight for and what success you have and what are your road blocks. I just discovered the community and have started to explore some of the other tools.
49Point of no Return is awesome. I need daily reminders. I get more help from Jackie and Joshua's articles than I do from members.
50Other members have been great.
I consult the following websites:
51I have been using the Beck Diet Solution and it works.
52Bodylastics were purchased directly due to exposure on your site.
55The people in my groups over the years. Reading about the days of people with similar struggles. Will get around to reading the beck Diet solution. The book that really resonated true to me is: “Ultra metabolism” and how it promotes real foods. No corn syrup/hydrogenated oils. Etc .
I participate in a 3 week cleanse twice a year(for two years now)-that I LOVE-. Acupuncture and therapy.
56The emotional eating emails
57Also through Peer Trainer I happened on Gould's book and motivated myself to go see the school Nutritionist who recommended Intuitive Eating. Both were good reads. Finally getting a swimming partner again was the actual best help for me. Just having a live body I meet regularly naturally makes me accountable for excercise (makes it fun!! and something to look forward to, and no excuses for skipping on a freezing cold day or a tired day) really helped. Additionally, talking to the nutritionist, who was truly more like a counselor helped me cut down on emotional eating and make a plan of other things to do with myself when I go stir-crazy/lonely. Finally, getting pregnant again cut down snacking the first trimester, but now it's the second trimester and my aversion to food is gone. I love food again!!!
58Ongoing, new info is the most helpful. Furman's ideas, the ongoing encouragement on a daily basis.
61Jackie's e-mails helped tremendously, as well as the interviews that you link for us to listen to/read. Whether we have 20 or 200 lbs to lose, weight loss comes down to the same principles (calories in vs. calories out) and people seems to have the same struggles mentally with it. Logging my food made a HUGE difference for me as it brought me "out of the dark and into the light" when it comes to calorie counts!!
62The Tip of the Day helped me, and I love and respect Dr. Fuhrman's advice.
63Eat to live
Daily exercise in the logs was a good reminder
64The support and ideas I get from group members has been most helpful. I feel accountable to them. Also helpful -emails, emotional eating recordings, Slow Burn, Body for Life for Women, The Beck Diet Solution, using community "threads" to track weight with other PT members (spot trends, patterns)
65Nothing so far.
66Its only been a week, but I ordered "slow burn" by mittleman
67Ideas: 1 lb of spinach or 1 lb of cabbage per day
Eat to Live book was a great recommendation
I love Jacquie's manner: girlfriend next door popping in to give encouragment on so many levels - videos!
68Dr. Fuhrman, Roberta Temes, concepts such as how to eat at a restaurant, the 3-bite rule, the "One Good Day" concept. All great ideas and I fully believe in them all. I just can't seem to live it!
69The weekly articles
70Various website content
71The point of no return
Dr Fuhrman's way of healthy food
The idea that one should do at least one good thing every day whether regarding the food or some sort of work out
72My sister and friend who joined my group. I love the eat clean cookbook by Tosca Reno it has awesome easy healthy recipes.
74Your daily newsletter is great.
75Weight watchers/ Peer trainer/ Hungry Girl/
76PT articles - Jackie & Joshua
my PT diet buddy & my groups
78The motivation from team and group members.
79None to date, like the public blog and success stories and tips
80i dont know
81Mostly the articles.
82Learning about getting active .
83Bob Greene's Best Life Diet.
A group's idea about lifting weights, on this site.
89I just got two books , Eat to Live and Slow Burn for Christmas. the questionaire of where you are in the weightloss( are you a 1,2 or 3) mindset was very important to me.
90My group has been amazing - 3 of us have been together since I joined
91I became motivated when I finally realized that I needed to loose the weight and start moving in order to make my surgeries successful.
92Joel Fuhrman's books
93Love the daily tips and especially love the soup recipe. Do you have any other recipes that help you curb your appetite?
94I used the Hypnosis CD's by Roberta Temes, I read the Joel Furhman books and am half way thru Stu Mittleman's book. I did not use the online groups all that much. Loved the email of the day!
95A lot of the eercise ideas have helped me.
96Low calorie diets & excersizing
97Some of your emails have been very inspiring. I am not disciplined enough in my own mind
98There was one lady that lost quite a bit of weight, and she still had more to go, i found her story very inspiring.
99Definitely #1 is Diet Fusion. The things that come to mind are the Dr. Furman principles and the woman who changed the 3 things (green tea, etc.) I really get a little something from everything you send. I love the New Balance link you just sent out. Thank you!
100Just having the support of like minded people has helped me tremendously.
103Team members, Te Master Cleanse,The Secret & The Four Agreements
104We've supported each other in our successes and our 'failures'.
105How To Build High Self-Esteem by Jack Canfield Audio Cassettes, (you can still get these on eBay, but sadly they do not have CD sets as they are that old.) Using his repitition system which are mantra's of sorts. He uses one for money as an example, but it works in all areas. I also find that using a beaded necklace and touching each bead with each mantra is successful. He says that all of your senses should be involved in the process, touch, sound, smell, etc. It does work, I tripled my salary in one year using it, so I decided to try it for Weight Loss, and have lost five pounds since I started chanting "I am losing weight, and feeling great." I also say this when walking and it keeps my brain from wanting me to sit down every five seconds, lol.
106the Point of No Return program, HANDS DOWN!, Joshua Wayne & Jackie Wicks and thus as result, also Dr. Fuhrman (Eat for Health)...the idea of emotional eating was a new discovery AND beiing the hero of MY journey is VERY motivating...finally, I truly know that my onging and permanent weight loss IS POSSIBLE!!!...finally, being accountable to my team and groups is very helpful...
107the idea of fusion -- using concepts, programs from various books, diet gurus and i really like the emails
108Just being accountable, even if I'm the only one in the group, with my daily log. It helps you to be more concious of what goes into your mouth.
110It helps to get your whole family involved and have an in house support group along with peertrainer.
115Tip of the day, Joshua and Jackie, my Peer Trainer group and Dr. Furhman ( I recently ordered 2 of his books).
116I got injured right off the bat and dropped out at that time. Then just recently I got back on. I have loved Joel Fuhrman's books and Slow Burn. Even tho I am not faithful to the knowlege I am gaining, I feel that I am making slow progress.
117Thanks to site indication, I read: Disease-Proof your Child, Eat for Health/Life (I got a e-book copy). Both were real eye-openers for me and I've incorporated some of the advice (did not do the program because I'm breastfeeding). Just started with Slow Burn this week. I absolutely hate running and the book explains why (and proposes a solution)
119Gosh, there were several from PEERtrainer, especially the weekly (or more often) emails I received from them. Also, my sister, daughter, and I are on this weight loss journey together, using Weight Watchers.
120Just knowing someone is out there. I wish there was more in person.
121The tips on Halloween were actually great, I always think of Christmas as a problem time but PEERtrainer pointed out the earlier weight-gain-start-date. I also like the emphasis on the power of positive thinking
122The idea of just putting your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Fellow PEERTrainers in the Spotlight group and the many people I met in my groups.
123I recently purchased the Hypnosis Network CDs. So far, I haven't seen any improvement, but I have my fingers crossed.
124I've used PT as part of my At-Work Weight Watchers program.
125I read and applied the principles found in the book "Fasting" by Jentezen Franklin. This is based on the Daniel fast which is a 21 day period during which one does not eat any meat or meat products, dairy, sugar or bread. It taught me a lot spiritually and as a side benefit, I learned a lot about foods and lost a lot of weight. I read most of the articles found on the peertrainer site and got ideas from other fellow PT members. I followed a running programme to run 10K in 12 weeks and followed the exercise principles put forward on PT
126The ladies in my group have greatly helped
128Jackie's soup; Joel Fuhrman's books; my sister, for encouraging me to join PT & stick with it; food logging
129One group I'm in-Commited for Life! The women in that program provide alot of positive feedback that has been very helpful. I'm also reading the Beck Diet solution, and the articles that Jackie sends via email helps too.
130Tip of the day and the EE program / e-book and the PONR. Spark People. Beck Diet concepts.
I then utilized Eat For Health and high nutrient eating. Diet fusion is brilliant in its commonsense low anxiety approach of one size does not fit all and as an antidote to whay diets fail. I'd like to say the message boards and teams but really not so much. I'm not inspired- have to keep looking but I am doing well inspite of that. The calls are my favorite - wish they were longer! I use the when on the treadmill.
131Couch-to-5k plan on marathon mamas page, tnt on preg before, during and after (now a facebook friend, used to read her logs daily b/c she had so much success).
132YOU: On a Diet, by Dr. Oz was a good read. I also have read all the books by Michael Pollan and have greatly improved the quality of my diet.
133The idea that has helped me the most was from the very beginning of PONR in bootcamp. That was to change just one habit. Which has turned into changing several habits, which has turned into losing several pounds.
134Daily journaling, daily weigh in. PONR. PT teams.
Tom Venuto. Seeing Jackie, Habib and Joshua's logs!
135I have been on the Fat Smash Diet for a week, so far it's going great.
136I like the downloaded calls from Jackie and Joshua. I listen to them as I walk, and they have really stuck with me when I get into that "grab-and-go" mood when it comes to food. As I said, I am far more aware of what I'm doing, and a food log has helped me see where I eat, when, what I'm feeling--very interesting.
137Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Barnard, www.nutritionmd.org, Eat to Life, Eat for Life...
138i have enjoyed and used the emailed tips and info from Jackie. They are helpful reminders. I did not use the Peer function. I use Weight watchers online.
139I've been on 4 different teams throughout my time on PT. Currently still on 3 of them. I started one of them (triathletes) and got in on the beginning of another (men's team). Accountability has been a key benefit for me. We can hold each other truly accountable because the reason we know each other is to do that. There's nothing personal about holding each other accountable, it's uncomfortable when we see each other in another setting because we don't. I like the honesty and toughness that the anonimity offers.
140Journaling - Wish I could keep at it.
141logging and interacting with my team. keeping myself accountable by writing down everything i put in my mouth, counting calories.
142The eat to live Dr. Furmahn book is helpful perspecitve.
144Ideas and examples from other members.
145The nice thing about PT is that its founders seem to regularly review a variety of ideas/approaches/tools and regularly share their passion for book or product. Though I may not choose to sample a given promotion, their passion for the various ideas usually results in my extracting a truth I can use, i.e., give your body the nutition it needs and perhaps it won't always seem to be calling out for more, more, more.
146Peer Trainer Accountability, seeing how others are getting on.
How to stick to a diet; Weight Watchers, Paul McKenna
147I liked success stories and stories about healthy and bad foods
148the biggest loser on tv and the reminders by peertrainer
149Well the girls in my "group" are fantastic. They have recommended work out dvd's. JM 30 day shred, Jm books, etc. Just the daily logging has been a big help.
150I appreciate the info on 4-5 smaller meals, increasing my vegetable and fruit intake. I don't drink cokes, eat chips or eat anything with transfats, but have passed this info onto my children.
152The people in my PT group have been a huge help. I have also used the Biggest Loser as inspiration to watch while exercising.
154simple recipes like green smoothies + veggie soups. Eat to Live.
155One of my groups has become my core group of friends. I also get emails from SparkPeople that are interesting. And I'm going to a gym pretty regularly for the first time in my life.
156I didn't read any of this!!!! Sorry
1579 days eating plan
158My group-mates first and foremost. We are extremely tight knit and I have come to consider them close friends.
I also use Becks when I feel like I am slipping off track. I tried South Beach as well but the low carb aspect does not jive with my level of exercise.
159My team mates!
160The idea that ultimately you can't rely on any program to help you. You have to do it on your own. Seek local face-to-face support if need be (e.g., a trainer).
161I love the group support. I've met some great women who I truly consider friends. I really like the Beck Diet Solution. The Dr. Phil books are what got me started. I've also read Eat to Live, The Fat Smash Diet books and more.
182E-mails I received from Jackie helped a lot. Also reading about people who managed to go on 10K run was inspiring.
183Having groups and people to talk to. Not giving in after having a bad day, each day is new.
184I like the new emails from Jackie. Some good ideas there.
185Not much - having very difficult time balancing time re: work, due to pressures there.
186Dr. Oz's "YOU on a Diet" was my guidebook for the most part.
187I love Bob Harper's attitude. I like this book because it talks about emotional eating. I liek Bob Green's Best Life Diet too. I think it is the best long term, sustainable plan.
188Simple questions in my email. I love those. Hearing about others and their success, ways of eating.
189I have been a member of Weight Watchers since April 2009, and signed on to PEERtrainer a month later. I have also joined a gym, and found numerous websites, cookbooks (a few of my favourites include Rose Reisman "Weekday Wonders", Janet and Greta Podleski "Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry", and the "Hungry Girl" series. I have many motivational techniques, and look for any new ideas that help keep me on track and focused (I believe you call it "diet fusion").
190recipes, any practical information about food such as always having frozen veg. in the freezer
Now that I changed my attitude and the way I approach things I use the Leanness Lifestyle to work on achieving new goals.
Books that helped me along the way where
Eat to live
Slow burn, less the training aspect, that was pretty useless to me, according to the book I was already doing everything right. But the attitude towards working out.
192I like the articles.
193Dr Joel Furhman has changed my life with his teaching of high nutrient food..so, my idea of a meal has changed from having to have some sort of fish (I don't chicken or meat) to just enjoying some braised bok choy or a huge summer squash for dinner.
194logging meals and exercise on PEERtrainer; being introduced to Dr. Fuhrman; reading Healing Back Pain on Jackie's recommendation.
195I found the choices in programs i could research was a great help to me. It was nice having everything avaliable at one web site. I also liked that you didn't say only one way will work, you gave us the choice as to which one would work best for us. I also like the communities we can joing. Your program is a very user friendly program. I also like I have the choice to recive so much for free.
196Dealing with "Limiting Beliefs" that're inside me/hindering growth
197I joined Weight Watchers and began an exercise regime 8 months ago for the umpteenth time in my life. It was at one of my meetings that someone mentioned Peer Trainer. I gave it a try and really liked the Tip of the Day. The tips got me thinking in a good direction. So, I started to explore the groups on Peer Trainer and after a lot of trial and error found my way into many that work for me.
Then at the suggestion of Jackie and Habib I purchased copies of "Eat to Live" and "Eat for Health" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I also read "Volumetrics." I think that was when things really started to come together for me--that's when my diet fusion really occurred. Without the idea of diet fusion, I can't see how Weight Watchers can be successful for me in the long run. (I can elaborate on this point if you need me to--it is at the heart of why I am successful at losing weight.)
At some point during my transformation I picked up on a television show on BBCAmerica called "You Are What You Eat." It's a fabulous look into why people are obese and has confirmed everything I have learned. Watching 3 episodes a week continues to give me great inspiration today. I purchsed a cookbook from Dr. Jillian McKeith, the nutritionist who hosts the show. Her recipes are vegan, they fit perfectly into the "Eat to Live" program, and they push me to explore all sorts of unique foods.
I also subscribed to the Peer Trainer series on Emotional Eating. I picked up on the fact that many people on PT were reading and exploring "The Beck Diet Solution." I was invited to join a PT team of people working through Beck's system together. Like "Eat to Live" transformed the way that I eat, "The Beck Diet Solution" transformed the way that I think. I continue to work her steps everyday.
I can't forget to mention the role that exercise has played in this. I started with Pilates on the reformer twice a week, added brisk walking 4 days a week, and finally began doing Power Vinyasa Yoga 3 days a week (which has supplanted the walking during the winter here in the midwest). The combination of strengthening, toning and cardio has altered the way my body looks. I also stay really motivated to stick to my food plan because I want to be able to excel at fitness and that's a lot easier to do at your ideal weight.
I really do not know where I would be without everything that I mentioned. My weight loss tools have come from a lot of different sources, but everything complements each other beautifully. I feel like I owe Jackie and Habib (by way of PT) my life. They have changed its course forever by creating PT.
198Because I started so many things at the same time, I can't say for certain which one has made the biggest difference. I think it is the combination of several methods of focus that have made this final attempt at weight loss actually successful. I've quoted PEER trainer during Weight Watchers meetings, and have checked in on the message boards to see what others are doing. The accountability of weight watchers, the structure of a 10k training plan and then P90X and the encouragement of PEER trainer have worked together to get me through this.
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