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Eric

I lost 50lbs with MV Nutrition. I ran marathons, competed in triathlons, read the zone, fit for life, Atkins, and just about everything else I could get my hands on. No matter what I did, I couldn't seem to drop any weight. Manuel was the first person to actually help me achieve my goals. I went from 240lbs to 188lbs. I'm 12% body fat now and I've never felt better. It was relatively easy (compared to what I had been doing), and the best money I've ever spent

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 50 lbs)
  • Year: 2013

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Kevin

I have struggled for many years with depression. One of the side effects can be weight gain. I used food as a comfort tool to escape from life, like many people use alcohol or drugs. I have used so many different programs out there from Weight Watchers to restricting calories to the extreme. Yes, I lost weight but soon enough I would gain all the weight back and more. Over a year and half ago after making some great strides in my personal life, I met with a friend who I asked how he had lost 95 pounds. He recommended Manuel Villacorta and his Eating Free program.
What was so different about Manuel's program? First and foremost, I learned that food is not evil. We all have to eat to survive. So how does one make the transition? By using the tools developed on the Eating Free program. I learned about how important is to sleep, and to relax about my weight loss. I was 412 pounds and the thought of exercising vigorously was not appealing but Eating Free taught me that it is about my food and not so much how much I exercise. I walked as my exercise for the first 4 months. Now I am going to the gym, lifting weights, doing Cardio and I am doing it for my health. I know how to manage my food to control my weight.
I knew that if I was only able to eat grapefruit on some sort of "diet" that I was doomed to failure. There is more to life that eating just one kind of food. By using his plan I learned that I can make better choices. The tools offered on the website have been great. The online tracking system helps me by showing exactly how much I've eaten along with what kinds of foods I need to stay healthy. The weekly average breaks down how much in each food group. The freebies are fabulous. Manuel's system makes it so easy!
What kind of results can you get with Eating Free? I have dropped 182 pounds. My confidence has returned. I am no longer taking pain medicine for my back. I am stronger physically and emotionally. And my relationship with food has changed. I've learned a better way of living. I could not have done it without Manuel and his Eating Free program.
Thank you Manuel, for giving me a new life.

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 182 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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denise

I lost thirty-two pounds with MV Nutrition and I am a true size six without undergarment tricks! I am 5’ 6” with a medium frame and my ideal weight should be between 130 to 149. Before I became a client of MV Nutrition I weighed 175 lbs and was a size twelve. I would never leave the house without wearing hot, constricting, uncomfortable and expensive under garments. I was fooling myself into thinking that I wasn’ t that big. The sad part was, earlier that same year I hit my “ uh-oh” weight of 182. I tried to lose more weight on my own but was unsuccessful. I did join a high-tech gym and lost a few pounds. However, I cheated at the gym by not pushing myself very hard on the elliptical machine. I still had poor eating habits and the food I was eating had very little nutritional value. I was consuming a ton of cheese, butter, mystery calorie take-out Vietnamese food, frozen pepperoni pizzas, chocolate ice cream bars, and drinking champagne. I also loved to cook, but never measured how much olive oil, butter and cheese I was adding to my meals. When I decided to call MV Nutrition my nutritionist, Sarah Koszyk, helped me realize the choices I was making were mine. Sarah helped me decide to make healthy choices without feeling deprived. She gave me great suggestions in changing my meals to include a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables, and she encouraged me to try ones that I had never tried before. Who knew that I would love fennel? In addition to the bi-monthly half-hour counseling sessions I became extremely diligent in filling out my daily on-line food record. MV Nutrition has an amazing website that is customized to your weight loss plan. It includes how many servings of carbohydrates, how much lean protein, fats, fruits and vegetables you need each day and tells you what you have left to eat or if you have gone over in your portion allotment. This was a very important tool that helped me stay on track and kept me honest about what I was eating. Plus it has an activity feature that shows you which types of exercises burn the most calories. I really started to understand the consequences of the unhealthy choices I would sometimes make. During my weight loss journey I learned how to eat and cook healthy, flavorful meals that are filling and very satisfying. Sarah also helped me discover my own unique exercise routine that I truly enjoy and have incorporated into my daily life. I have become a dance student at ODC’ s Rhythm and Motion fusion rhythm class which I take three times a week. This class is a high energy aerobic dance workout and students learn real dance moves that range from modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian. It’ s amazing! I also attend classes at the Bar Method three times a week. Thanks to MV Nutrition for helping me reach and maintain my weight loss goal. I encourage anyone who’ s been on the fence about seeing a nutritionist to call MV Nutrition to get healthy and stay healthy! My life is forever changed and I am so grateful for this experience!

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 32 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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david

After progressively gaining weight over the previous 5 or so years, I peaked out at approximately 225 lbs around September of 2007. After seeing a picture from a recent trip to the river, I was shocked by what I had become. This was not the 'Me' I thought I was, nor who I wanted to be! I enrolled in Manuel’s program and by July of 2008, I was down to 172 lbs for a total loss of approximately 53 pounds. At first, adapting to the program was particularly challenging. But with time, experimentation with different foods I liked, support from my family and Manuel, it became easier and easier until healthy eating and exercise became a normal part of my every day lifestyle. You can eat almost anything you like; the secret is moderation, a health balanced diet and regular exercise. That is what Manuel, and his nutritional program taught me. If you see yourself in my picture, take steps to do something about it. You will not regret it!

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 53 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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steven

As head of Global Operations for a major consulting firm, I never seemed to have time to focus on eating healthy and as such had been steadily gaining weight for years. My doctor told me it was time to make a change and so I contacted Manuel Villacorta. I have been working with Manuel now for 7 months and couldn't be happier with the results. For the first four months we focused on weight loss and my numbers speak for themselves. I have lost 27 pounds, lost 6 inches in my waistline and my percentage body fat is down from over 26 to under 13%. In addition, my overall cholesterol is now in the normal range with my good cholesterol raising from 41 to 59 and my bad cholesterol falling from 151 to 129. The key to all of this was that Manuel provided me with the tools and knowledge required to make healthy choices (like how to determine optimum portion sizes or to make tradeoffs between carbohydrates, proteins and fats to create a high energy and balanced diet). For example I learned in one of my early meetings that by increasing my fat and fiber consumption at breakfast and protein consumption at lunch I would have more energy and loose weight. For the last three months we have focused on keeping the weight off and it has been a success all around. Many times in the past I had lost weight but as soon as the diet was over I gained it back quickly. With Manuel it was not about a diet, but building my knowledge and skills to make a permanent change in the way I approached what I am eating everyday. Thank you again - Manuel.

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 27 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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Jen

Weight loss in the new millennium has taken on a life of its own. There are so many different options for people to lose weight, between medication, diet centers, surgery and the zillions of diet formulas that are out there for people to try. Just over three years ago, I made a decision to change my life and I looked at all these different weight loss options. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to try to lose weight "the old fashioned way", through changing the way I ate and incorporating exercise into my life. I really wasn’t sure at the time that it would have the life changing experience it did, but I am so glad that I chose the route I did. In June of 2004 I was tipping the scaled at just over 370 pounds. Not only was I overweight, at the age of 34 I was on two different medications for high blood pressure and had been diagnosed as a pre-diabetic. I knew that if I did not make some changes in my life, I may not live to see my 35th birthday. I went through the various diets available and had great success for a period of time. During this time I also hired a personal trainer and incorporated exercise into my life – but this only went so far. After just over a year I found myself reaching a plateau with my weight loss. This caused much anxiety as my worst fear was gaining the weight back. I knew I had to do something different and after much thought decided that I needed to look at possible professional assistance to help me on my journey. A friend of mine had recommended a nutritionist to me several months prior and I had held on to the contact info in the event I ever got up the nerve to go see one. I was terrified. The thought of weighing all of my food and measuring things did not please me at all.. I love food and the thought of having to measure it was not something I ever thought I wanted to do. But, I knew that portion control was probably an issue for me and if I was truly dedicated to the lifestyle I was living, I needed to make this commitment. Manuel almost immediately made me feel comfortable. He gave me faith that he could help me in this part of my journey. As soon as I started with Manuel my relationship with food changed. My roommate told me that he noticed a difference in me. He said that I no longer live to eat but rather I eat to live, and that was one of the greatest compliments anyone has ever given me. I still love food, but now, down 165 pounds, I have such a different relationship with it. I no longer run to the fridge when I am feeling down. I now know what a real portion of chicken looks like. I have such a great understanding of how much fuel my body needs, and I know how to feed my body correctly. I also know my "trigger foods". I know there are certain foods that I cannot have around – as they are ones in which I have a hard time controlling myself with. In the past I would turn to these foods for comfort – my number one trigger food is probably Peanut Butter. Although I can have peanut butter – I know that I cannot, and I mean cannot have it in my house! Part of this journey has helped me to recognize that – and know that it is ok, so long as I am aware of my behavior. Not only has my relationship with food changed, my relationship with an active lifestyle has changed. I never imagined I would be a person who planned activity on the weekends, which involved exercise. If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would be actually making plans to work out, I would have told them they were crazy. This is my life now. I eat healthy and I live an active lifestyle. I am now off all of my high blood pressure medications. I did this solely through diet, exercise and determination. If a day goes by where I am not at the gym, on my bike, or working out with my personal trainer, it doesn’t feel like a normal day. Also, the days of eating out and ordering take out are no longer. I will occasionally treat myself to dinners out – but they generally include grilled fish and vegetables, instead of pizza and fried chicken. I look at myself differently now – I can truly say that I know that I will never go back to the lifestyle I lived before Working with Manuel has been life changing. Manuel will teach you that this is not a diet, or a phase you will be going through. You will embrace that this is a lifestyle that you have chosen to live and cannot imagine living your life any other way. I am so glad that I chose the route I did. I am so glad that I have taught myself how to live a healthy life—one that is filled with nutritious and good food. I am also so glad that I have kept my dedication with my exercise and fitness. It has made me the person I am today.

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 165 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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arthur

I have had a weight problem my entire life. I have lost weight in the past on some “extreme” programs but invariably when I would return to “regular” eating the next peak always seemed higher than the last. When I walked into Manuel’s office eleven months ago, on the advice of a good friend, I had reached a new high weight, had little energy, and was suffering from a variety of weight-related physical ailments, including a bad back. I felt much older than my actual age, and I had little confidence that I could lose weight eating a balanced diet of real food. The program that Manuel developed for me has come to feel much less like a diet and more like a new way of life, certainly a new relationship with food. In 11 months I have lost almost 70 pounds and my waist is more than 10 inches smaller. (And I am buying clothes at Nordstrom’s instead of the Big & Tall places!) I have never felt hungry or deprived, and my energy level and sense of emotional well-being are both way up. I appreciate both the simplicity and the flexibility of the plan, which has enabled me to succeed even without a lot of time to cook and with a lot of business travel in my schedule. Manuel’s supportive approach and gentle coaching has truly changed my life.

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 70 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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Kelley

My name is Kelley and I have been obese and trying to lose weight since I was a child. I finally started Manuel’s Eating Free plan when I was 37 years old and 261 pounds. I had just recovered from a full hysterectomy due to ovarian and uterine cancer. My blood pressure was increasing and I was starting to use an oxygen machine overnight to keep my blood oxygen level stable. Eating Free helped me lose 60 pounds over the last 9 months! I’ve tried so many of the other programs out there, but this is the first one that made sense to me. Manuel taught me more than just portion sizes and food groups; he taught me how the body works. I learned there is such a thing as too much exercise. I was in the gym all the time, doing 12 hours of cardio every week on top of weight training. I wanted to do more because I was still gaining weight. When I started Eating Free Manuel decreased my exercise to average around 400 calories a day, and I finally started losing weight. I’ve even lost weight during weeks where I couldn’t exercise at all. His program proves to me that weight loss really is about the food. I learned that one of the best things I could do for myself was the simple act of writing down what I eat. He taught me that no food should be off limits, they just need to be accounted for. I did what he told me to do, stayed as close as I could to my calorie limit and the 45-30-25 breakdown of carbs, proteins and fats, and the rest took care of itself. I never felt cheated, never felt hungry. I don’t have to worry about whether or not I can keep this up once I’ve lost everything I want to lose because I’m eating real food. There’s no magic here, Manuel just gives you the knowledge, tools, and support to get you to your goals.

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 60 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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samantha

After losing 40 pounds Ifeel that Eating Free has changed my life. Now I can run and have more confidence and knowledge about food that i will keep for the rest of my life.

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 40 pounds)
  • Year: 2013

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dave

To say that Eating Free changed my life is an understatement. After losing 112.5 pounds (and 16 inches of waistline) in a year, I fit in airplane and theater seats better, have a ton more energy, and my overall health and well being has improved dramatically. The wealth of information I learned about nutrition and fitness from Sarah at Eating Free has empowered me to make smarter decisions for myself everyday...and likely forever.!

  • Service: Weight Management (lost 112.5 pounds)
  • Year: 2013