How a 55 year old grandma and commercial pilot lost 10 pounds for her wedding day

I want to e-introduce you to Susan.

She read my story in the newspaper this summer. Initially, she thought I’d be the guy to help her adult son out of his struggles with weight loss. 

But something in the article resonated with her.

She was about to get remarried and had some short-term motivation, but also knew the positive correlation between fitness and her mental and physical health.

I will be the first to admit weight loss for women north of 50 is the hardest of any group to achieve, aside from those with medical conditions.

But she’s persistent and clearly has the internal drive to see it through. Here is her story.

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? 

I’m a 55 year old grandmother. Professional pilot who loves to travel and ride my bicycle and motorcycle with my husband.

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? 

I saw an article in the newspaper about Mitch and liked his interview.

What dieting experience did you try previous to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? 

I tried many diets and fitness programs but was not able to reach my goals, got frustrated and quit after a few months.

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? 

Mitch taught me how to not diet but to keep track of what I have eaten and to eat healthy. It really wasn’t a diet. Also, to be patient and keep moving forward.

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? 

I ate a lot of junk and snack foods in the evenings . I rarely ate breakfast.

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? 

Yes, much more fruits and vegetables and protein.

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? 

10 lbs

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) 

My pilot uniform is getting too big, need a smaller size.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?

I am trying to get my son to join Calvert fitness because he is a perfect client for Mitch and I think he would really help him lose the 40 pounds he needs to lose.

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

2) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

Calvert Fitness Member Spotlight – Jason

This is Jason’s story.

He was basically at a breaking point when he came to me. A few months in, things have vastly improved, though it’s a process he’s taking day by day.

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? 

I was born and raised in Vancouver. Lived there for 47 years. Married the love of my life and the mother of my 2 children in 2000. Together we raised our family and in2013 we followed our dreams and moved to Nova Scotia. Bought a hobby farm and began raising horses, chickens, pigs and goats.

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? 

I joined up with Mitch because I was tired of the dad body. I have struggled with type 2 diabetes for the last 3 years and needed to get control of my life

What dieting experience did you try previous to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? 

I tried weight watchers and a few fad diets. Nothing worked.

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? 

It’s not just a diet. It’s lifestyle changes that are realistic. It’s not built around special foods or feel good meetings. It’s about eating sensibly and being accountable to yourself.

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? 

I work shift work so my eating habits were built around my work schedule

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? 

They have not changed that much. But instead of eating pizza and burgers, I now take some time and prepare my meals ahead.

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? 

So far 15 pounds

How did your waist measurements change working with Mitch? 

Waist measurements are getting smaller

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) 

I can walk into Tim’s and order just a coffee. No donut. That is a huge victory. The other day I had to put a new hole in my belt. This time making it smaller. My daughter is proud of my achievements so far.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?

It’s worth it.

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

2) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

Calvert Fitness Member Spotlight – Ron

Meet Ron.

Ron was one of those dream clients who bought in on day 1 and never wwavered Basically a unicorn. But success leaves clues.

His picture tells 10,000 words on its own, but you can get some of the how and why from his responses below.

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? *

Cape Coral Florida… married with 3 kids. Going to the gym is just about my only hobby at this point in my life…

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? *

I got fat and out of shape

What dieting experience did you try previous to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? *

I tried everything at some point or another and they just weren’t working with my insanely busy career and life

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? *

Definitely the accountability and also being able to reach out to somebody 24/7 with any questions I had to be answered right away

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? *

Whole foods, but carbohydrates were way too high and protein was way too low.

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? *

Every macro is counted… Every single day.

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? *

I think 39 pounds at the peak then we shifted to a lean gains phase.

How did your waist measurements change working with Mitch? *

I went down three pant sizes.

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) *

Mood is better, confidence is high again and now I will go on vacations and trips where I can take my shirt off and not be stressed out the entire time about how I look.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?*

Do it, get your health on track and change the quality of your life

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

2) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

Calvert Fitness Client Spotlight – Olin

Meet Olin Lovely – the client with the best name ever. He’s been a CF Superstar since joining 6 Weeks to Super Dad in August. And today, I want to take some time to celebrate Olin and all of that hard work he’s been putting in.

I think we can all agree that if you go and lose 5 inches off your waist in 6 weeks, there are definitely some things to be learned from someone like that.

So, if you’d like to read Olin’s story, how he managed to find success with Calvert Fitness, and what lessons he might have learned that you can take away, I highly suggest reading on.

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? 

I am a married father of two teens and just moved to edmonton. Still trying to find my level in a new city and new job. I play hockey once a week in my spare time.

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? 

I needed a change.

What dieting experience did you try previous to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? 

I’ve tried everything from vegetarian to paleo. The time commitment and exclusion of certain foods kept me from maintaining it.

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? 

I can eat carbs and meats.

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? 

Being strict to binging.

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? 

Less binging.

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? 

5 lbs

How did your waist measurements change working with Mitch? 

I went down a couple belt notches. (Measured as 13.2 cm or 5 inches lost!)

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) *

I can buy slimmer-fitting dress shirts for work.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?

Stay diligent to the plan but don’t worry if you fall off…just get right back on the plan.

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Take the free Man Up Diet Bet Challenge (opens on Facebook Messenger)

2) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

3) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

This Is How I Lost 12 Pounds Eating A Sal’s Nip Daily

Yep. It’s true. I ate a Salisbury House nip nearly every day for the last 46 days while dropping 12 pounds.

I went from 215.2 to 203 pounds and dropped my bodyfat percentage to under 15%.

Can you really lose 2 pounds a week and still eat your favourite foods?

I want to share a secret with you. Come closer. A little closer. A little closer still.

There’s no one else around. It’s just me and you.

The secret I want to share with you is this: You are being conned.

The weight loss industry cares about making money, first and foremost. So they sell a quick fix in the form of a pill, shake or fad diet.

You might lose a little weight at first (every diet works for a spell), but then you fear it’s only because of the product, not the work you’ve done alongside.  You think you need to buy their product every month in order to keep the weight off.

The vicious cycle continues until you get bored of the same old shakes and fall off the wagon. Rinse and repeat.

Instead, the true secret is in finding a plan that doesn’t feel like a diet at all. If that interests you, read on….

My Origins

I was always the big kid growing up.

I was affably known as “Mitch Tits” in junior high (I think you can make the connection as to why)

The moment I hit rock bottom was in high school gym class when an Omron body fat measurement device told me everything I already knew – I was obese.

Fast forward 14 years and I’ve now coached over 350 to similar transformations of their own.

But that’s not overly important here. You’re here to find out how this latest diet worked–nips and all.

Starvation? Amputation? Green coffee bean extract?

No, thankfully, none of that.

Simple math, really.

According to a review on Examine.com, when it comes to weight loss, the most important factor is a calorie deficit.

“Independent of your diet’s macronutrient ratios, a negative energy balance (consuming fewer calories than your body needs) is responsible for weight loss.”

Case in point: Mark Haub, a professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, proved that calories-in versus calories-out is what matters first when seeking weight loss.

Mark Haub limited himself to 1,800 calories a day, eating Twinkies or another treat every three hours instead of meals, while also consuming a protein shake and some vegetables over the course of the day.

Haub not only lost weight but improved all biomarkers of health along with it. His LDL, considered the bad cholesterol, decreased, while his HDL, or good cholesterol, increased by 30%. And he reduced his triglycerides by 39%.

That said, you know there has to be some balance here. The majority of your diet should comprise whole foods, not just for satiety reasons, but nutrition value as well.

Basically, I cleaned up my diet, but that didn’t mean I survived on nothing but chicken boob and broccoli.

I did it in a flexible way.

Flexible dieting sometimes gets a bad rap because people assume from Instagram it means eating nothing but doughnuts, cake, and brownies.

A pop tart may have the same calorie composition of a sweet potato with coconut oil on top, but clearly the latter is going to be more nutrient-dense, full of micronutrients (vitamins).

Anyway, here’s the nuts and bolts of this.

Let’s say you’re a 200-pound man looking for fat loss.

I’d tell you to aim to get your calories between 1,800-2,200 a day and to hit a minimum of 180 grams of protein each day.

Everything else is secondary to those two targets.

Provided you do this, you’ll get great results. It’s easier than ever to track what you eat. I have a custom app I use with clients to track their nutrition, but you can do the same in MyFitnessPal. Barcode scanners and all, it should take more than 5 minutes per day.

My Coaching Clients Eat Their Favourite Foods Because It HELPS Them Lose Fat.

So, here’s your game plan:

1. Focus On Calories First

You need to be in a calorie deficit to lose fat.

If you’re a naturally chubby person who puts on fat easily, start with bodyweight x 10 in total calories. I.E. 200 lb man would eat 2,000 calories.

Keep in mind this is just a starting point, and you may need to adjust your totals up or down depending on how you respond in the weeks ahead.

2. Protein Minimum

This is always hotly contested by those who believe Netflix documentaries, but the research consistently supports protein intake to preserve muscle and increase satiety on a diet. I.E. Any fitness goal worth pursuing.

The general rule of thumb is 1 gram per pound of your current body weight. The body of research supports lower intakes (.8 gram per pound) but I would recommend against going any lower.

200 lb man = 200 g of protein spread over your daily meals. Much easier than it sounds if you have a game plan and supplement accordingly.

3. Resistance Training

This doesn’t necessarily mean you HAVE to use weights. If you’re a newbie, your body can generate plenty of resistance just fine. Make sure you get a sweat going 3-4 times per week.

If you’re a gym goer, a good starting point is 4 training days a week, using an upper/lower split, which means you’d alternate upper/lower days.

I.E.

  • Monday-Upper
  • Tuesday-Lower
  • Thursday-Upper
  • Friday-Lower

Frequency is the name of the game. That means training each muscle group about 2 times per week (rather than the conventional body part split of once a week).

4. Establish Good Habits

Habits separate those who succeed over the long haul from those who fail.

I upped my step count and commitment to the gym, scheduling in workouts like job appointments.

Habits are the key.

Ever notice that when you start a new endeavour, you’re incredibly motivated?

But when that motivation fizzles… you jump ship, right?

Every blogger starts incredibly motivated.

However, after one or two posts that no one has read, shared, or commented on— the passion fades.

Think those people would quit if their first blog post had a million views and 600 comments?

Same thing happens with your diet.

But, here’s the thing…

5. Stay The Course

Slow and steady wins. If you try to rush the process, you’ll hit a wall.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, you can be a bit more aggressive with your deficit and not sacrifice muscle or run into the “starvation mode” boogeyman to any great degree.

But you’ll be much happier if you aim for slow weight loss – to the tune of about 1% of your bodyweight per week (i.e. 1-2 pounds per week). This might appear slow, but at 200 pounds, you’re looking at 12 pounds in 2 months. Surely you’d take that? It may come off quicker in the early going and that’s cool, but remember this rule of thumb when the going gets tough.

It’s important to track your measurements and the mirror to give yourself several ways to assess progress apart from the scale.

Be patient. Focus on winning each day.  Kick Monday in the ass and then wake up ready to do all you need to do to make Tuesday equally as successful. Ask yourself, “Can I do it today?” The answer is usually yes. Don’t skip 10 steps ahead. Focus on the journey. Change is always an option and often leads to great things! Start your own journey today.

P.S. Whatever you decide I hope this article has shown you why you need to stop following gimmicky weight loss pill companies and crazy diets that are impossible to stick to. Put what I have taught in this article into action and you’ll get the body you want whilst eating the foods you love

With this gameplan, you will finally be able to shed that stubborn belly fat without having to sacrifice your favourite treats – whether that’s a Nip or not.

What To Do Next:

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Have a fair bit of fat to lose, especially in the belly? Need a place to start in 30 seconds or less? Grab this easily digestible (pun intended) Cheat Sheet, to simplify your diet without fads, quick fixes or calorie counting, courtesy of coach Mitch.

Mitch Calvert is a transformation coach for men and women like his former self, with worse genetics than Chris Farley. Yes, the chubby dude from Tommy Boy.

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

2) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

Calvert Fitness Client Spotlight – Rick

Note from Mitch: Rick was a pleasure to work with. He committed to the plan despite a busy schedule (and summer holidays in the first few weeks). Take it away, Rick…

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? 

School principal. Parent to 5, new grandparent. Musician, woodworker, traveller, hockey player and cook.

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? 

Read a story in the Sou’wester.

What dieting experience did you try previous to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? 

It’s a journey. Have been working on improving my health for several years with varying degrees of success. Work related stress seems to get in the way.

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? 

Accountability. Knowledge. Good balance with support and prodding.

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? 

Moderately okay. Snacking and alcohol after 8 pm was my downfall.

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? 

I like the reference to portion size and your hands. Eating a lot more veg and protein.

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? 

13 lbs so far

How did your waist measurements change working with Mitch? 

Down one belt loop

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) 

T-shirts fit better. Others have noticed loss of weight in my face and neck.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?

Do it. It has worked for me!

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Take the free Man Up Diet Bet Challenge (opens on Facebook Messenger)

2) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

3) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

 

Calvert Fitness Client Spotlight – Matt

Note from Mitch: Matt was all in from Day 1. His results are indicative of those efforts 100%. <golf clap>

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? 

From Stonewall, parent of 3 girls, VP to over 420 kids

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? 

Each year I gained 5lbs after marriage

What dieting experience did you try previous to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? 

No real dieting experience. I’ve tried some things in short bursts, but nothing long term.

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? 

Marriage of both diet and exercise and MITCH emailing, texting often. It helped in those moments of low motivation

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? 

Not good- high carbs, sugary diets

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? 

Limited carbs, more protein and very limited sugar – cut out pop, and most sweets

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? 

So far… 17 pounds in 5 weeks, but I’m not done yet!

How did your waist measurements change working with Mitch? 

I’m down 1.5 inches. I’m down 1 pant size.

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) 

Several compliments, down 1 shirt size, down 1 pant size. Feeling stronger overall.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?

DO IT!!!!

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Take the free Man Up Diet Bet Challenge (opens on Facebook Messenger)

2) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

3) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover

 

Calvert Fitness Mansformer Spotlight – Paul

Note from Mitch: Paul was a tough nut to crack. He had inquired about my program a full year prior to joining, and actually had ghosted me the previous time. I was skeptical he’d see it through, but everyone takes their own path to seeking help. Paul was in a position to commit to this program and his results speak for themselves.

Take it away, Paul…

Tell us about you in 5 sentences or less. Where you from? Are you a parent? Hobbies? 

I am from Edmonton originally and now live in Calgary. I am a father of 4 kids. My hobbies are sports and being a dad.

What led you to team up with Mitch and Calvert Fitness? 

I needed someone to help put a plan in action.

What dieting experience did you try previously to Calvert Fitness? Was there a reason you stopped? 

I tried just eating healthy and staying active. I stopped because I couldn’t get over the hump and needed something to give me the extra push.

How much weight did you lose working with Mitch? 

18lbs in 5 weeks. I imagine I will finish the 6 week program at roughly 20 pounds.

How did your waist measurements change working with Mitch? 

My waist is a lot smaller. About 4 inches

What were 3 non-scale victories you experienced working with Mitch (compliments, pants fitting etc.) 

First victory was very rare heartburn and increased energy.

The second victory is my measurements. My waist is smaller, my legs are leaner, the double chin is smaller, the arms are bigger, the man titties went down a cup size and my back fat and love handles are disappearing.

The third and most important victory is my mind. You spend 6 weeks on a challenge and you see tangible results. I realized that I would rather eat leaner and take a strategic approach to eating everyday.

It’s clear Calvert Fitness worked for you. Why do you think it worked when other diets may not have? 

Mitch takes a realistic approach. He allows a little bit of flexibility in eating and exercise and the approach is you eat the elephant one bite at a time and not trying to eat it whole. People want instant results and it doesn’t quite work that way.

What were your eating habits like BEFORE joining Calvert Fitness? 

My eating habits were very poor. I would eat what I want when I want without really knowing what and how much you were putting into your body.

Now that you’ve joined Calvert Fitness, how have your eating habits changed? 

I have become very aware of my eating habits and have become a strategic eater. My portions have changed, and what I eat is leaner and healthier.

If someone is thinking of joining up with Mitch, what would you tell them?

I give Mitch props. He takes a very good approach to getting you moving in the right direction. I will recommend Mitch and his program to anyone.

PS – When you’re ready, here’s how Mitch can help you:

1) Take the free Man Up Diet Bet Challenge (opens on Facebook Messenger)

2) Apply for the 6 Weeks to Super Dad Challenge

3) Apply for Fit Mom Makeover