My name’s Matt, and I’m a fat kid.

At least, I used to be a fat kid.

Everyone has their vice. For some people it’s smoking. Other people like drinking, or gambling, or drugs. Mine was food.  Always has been.

And I suppose I should be thankful for that.  After all, I think most people would take a chocolate habit over a pack-a-day smoking habit.  But the fact is this- for most of my life, I struggles with my weight.

During my teens and early 20’s, I tried everything to lose weight, and I do mean EVERYTHING.  Think of any gimmicky diet plan you’ve ever heard of, and can almost guarantee I’ve been on it-  and all I got from it was fatter and fatter.

During the summer of 2009, something happened to me- I finally had enough.

I had enough of wearing clothes that didn’t fit.

I had enough of spending my summers at the beach hiding in the shade with my shirt on.

Most importantly, I had enough of looking in the mirror and knowing that I could do better.

Everyone has there breaking point and this was mine.  But unlike my previous attempts to lose weight, this time, something finally clicked.  I finally got the hang of it, and started doing something that worked.

You can read about my story here.


10 years ago, I was 21 a 21 year old college students.  I weighed nearly 200 pounds, I and I was completely out of shape and utterly miserable.  At well over 25% body fat (i.e. FAT), I could barely bench press a coke can, and trying to run a city block would leave me utterly winded

Me on vacation in Mexico.  About a decade ago.

I recently celebrated my 31st birthday.  Not only am I lot happier, smarter (I hope) and healthier, but I’m a hell of a lot leaner.  At 5’6, my weight hovers somewhere around 145 pounds.  I walk around at about 12%-13% body fat.  And while I won’t be qualifying for a powerlifting meet anytime soon, I’m a hell of a lot stronger than I was in my 20’s.

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Taken a few months ago at the gym.



While I like to think I look pretty good, I’m not the most jacked dude on the internet.  I’m not shredded to the bone, and I actually look forward to taking my shirt off for beach season, I probably won’t be stepping on stage at the Mr. Olympia…well, ever.

That said, I’ve been through it all.  I’ve been on every yo-yo diet.  I’ve tried every fitness scam product.  I’ve lost weigh, out it back on, and lost it again.

I know what works and what doesn’t.  Most importantly, not only have I lost the weight, but I’ve done something that most people haven’t.

I’ve kept it off.

And that’s why I started this site.  I know what it’s like to be fat.

I know what it’s like to  struggle through a crash diet, only to gain all the flab back with interest.

I know what it’s like to sift through the labyrinth of bullshit on the internet just to find out what a healthy diet should look like.

My goal is to share that knowledge with you, to share my story and experiences, and to ultimately give you no bullshit advice that actually works.

BUT.  While I love helping people, I do have to admit– I have an ulterior motive.

I look good.  I like what I see in the mirror.

I’m a fit guy.  I like what I see in the mirror, and I’m more than happy with my progress.

That said, I don’t just want to be fit.  I want to get ripped.  Proper ripped.

This site is a way to hold myself account, and to make my commitment to my goals public.

It’s also a for me to document the process.

Follow along if you want to see the journey.