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My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped

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You know what you need to do to lose weight, so why can't you do it?

Morbidly obese and desperately unhappy, Gregg McBride asked himself this question for years, until something different finally "clicked," and enabled him to embark on a weight-loss journey of 250 pounds that has now lasted ten years and still counting.

Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking in its honesty, Weightless is Gregg's story, but it is much more. It's an exclusive weight-loss plan with menus, recipes, exercises, and motivational techniques. Weightless will move, educate, entertain, and inspire anyone who is ready for change.

Gregg McBride is a film and television writer and producer living in Los Angeles, where he works for companies including Disney, Paramount, Sony, ABC Family, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, and others. His blog,, focuses on the topics of weight loss and food addiction. McBride has made multiple appearances on the Today Show and is also the author of the book Just Stop Eating So Much!, as well as a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN, is the longtime nutrition and health expert for the Today Show, a contributing editor to Woman's Day magazine, and the New York Times best-selling author of Food Cures and Joy Fit Club.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 29, 2014 – After a lifetime of binge eating and morbid obesity, L.A. writer and producer McBride (Just Stop Eating So Much!) began to take responsibility for his own weight, and ceased blaming it on his unhappy childhood. In this funny and candid memoir, McBride reveals without shame the psyche of the fat person who learns to "eat his problems away," beginning as a small child sneaking money out of his Air Force officer father's wallet for afternoon binges of candy. As an army brat, moving around constantly as a child including stints in Singapore and Germany, McBride (along with his younger sister, Lori) became acutely aware of his father's drinking problem, his mother's promiscuity, and the fissures in their marriage. Indeed, his mother enlisted him in her romantic entanglements by making him foil her phone calls, and when he grew embarrassingly fat, passed him off as an adopted son with a health problem. Brazen about lying to other people and stealing money for binge eating ("in the world of junk food, I was safe, warm, and loved"), McBride grew huge, taking on the clown characters in drama productions, learning to surround himself with beautiful people and act "foxy for a fat kid." But the moment of truth had to come, and there were many: when he blossomed to 464 pounds and watched his doctor cry; when a child in the store asked loudly why he had "boobs"; and when the therapist ceased buying his excuses. McBride unrolls an excruciatingly honest tale of becoming thin.

Customer Reviews

A very real journey into finding out who you are.

"Weightless" is a very compelling read. The funny, sad, uplifting tale of a creative, sensitive, intelligent person who just happened to be born into the wrong family and learned to cope by over eating. His meandering journey to eventual physical and mental health is an uplifting story for any size, big or small. From well over 400lbs. to 175lbs. we follow Gregg through life's misadventures and every diet known to man, only to discover that finally being thin is not a panacea for all of life's problems and we are all only a "work in progress".

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Aug 18, 2014
  • Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 328 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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