Hi, I’m Pete Weintraub, a Permanent Weight Loss Specialist, and the Founder of Weight Loss by Pete!
I’m VERY excited that you’re taking the time to check out how I can help you. There’s not a doubt in my mind that if you begin implementing the information I’ll provide you while working together, you’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll learn the tools you’ll need to keep the weight off FOR GOOD.
Through my personal struggles with weight, I’ve been obese not once, but TWICE in my life; once in childhood, and once in early adulthood (my early adulthood picture can be seen later).
As you would probably guess, each bout with obesity brought on different challenges…
Throughout my childhood, I was always teased about my weight. Kids can be cruel, and going to summer camp seemed to bring out the worst in them.
When it was time to go swimming, I was so self-conscious after the first few days that I’d decided to bring an extra T-shirt with me to wear to the pool. I wasn’t athletic and didn’t play sports at the time, so when we did group activities and played team sports, I was always picked last by the jockiest kids in the group, and often shunned for my lack of productivity on the field.
It took an annual physical during the summer heading into junior high to wake me up. After being weighed on the professional scale, my pediatrician sat me down and gave me one of the bluntest ultimatums I’ve ever heard:
“Peter, you’re very overweight. 5’2” and 165 lbs. is not good for anyone of any gender at any age. You have fatty deposits all over your body, especially around your chest. Do you really want to have bigger boobs than the girls in school?”
Now, if you’re a parent, you’d probably be furious if your child’s pediatrician said this to your kid. I can’t remember my father’s reaction because I was so stunned.
It took a while to sink in. At first, it was just like all the other insults I’d heard throughout my childhood. The thoughts of self-doubt and self-loathing were piling up, and I felt worse about myself than ever. Here was a doctor, a guy who’s supposed to be on my side, putting me down just like all the kids in school and at camp did.
But then, I had an epiphany! What was I NOT doing that the kids that were in-shape WERE doing?
Well, they were playing sports, and as a result, they were getting regular exercise.
So, intuitively, I decided to start playing sports and to start getting regular exercise…
Now, I’m no natural athlete. In fact, in order to perform any athletic endeavor somewhat gracefully, it takes me THOUSANDS, if not TENS OF THOUSANDS of reps just to become adequate.
I selected cross-country, winter track and baseball as my three sports of choice. The two things I had going for all three was that 1) I was fast, and 2) I had very good eye-hand coordination.
While I quickly became decent in the running sports (particularly the 200-meter in track), baseball took a lot longer for me to pick up. I don’t care what anyone says – Hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in any sport, and that took me a good 3-4 years to do relatively well.
By the time I was 14, I’d grown into my body, and had maintained that 165 lbs. while growing six inches.
Unfortunately, I didn’t know ANYTHING about nutrition. As a three-sport athlete with a teenage metabolism, I ate the same garbage I did when I was heavy, and because my system was in hyperdrive, it didn’t reflect in my physique.
Entering college, I was a lean but muscular 215 lbs., and didn’t gain a Freshman 15.
However, my metabolism slowed at the end of my teens, and I gained a Sophomore 70 the first three months of my second year of college!
I remember going home at Thanksgiving, with my friends and my family members asking me, ‘What happened?’ My family members were concerned, and in typical belligerent college-boy style, my buddies called me a ‘fat ass’ and things of that nature when we’d go out and we all had a few too many to drink.
Again, my self-confidence was mutilated. Entering college and throughout my freshman year, meeting girls was NEVER an issue.
You couldn’t PAY a girl to go out with me. To make matters worse, these confidence issues traipsed into the classroom, and for the first time in my academic career, I didn’t get the A’s and B’s I was accustomed to getting. Instead, a few C’s were thrown in there, fueling disapproval from both my parents and my professors.
By the end of my sophomore year, I decided to make some changes. I eliminated fast food and soda, and minimized my drinking of alcoholic beverages. Since I was working out five days a week and I was playing in basketball and racquetball tournaments against other students, I didn’t need to change much on the activity front.
Figuring it might help to educate me and to expedite the weight loss process, I got my first personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine at age 19, and began working at the school gym, training students, faculty and staff.
Over the summer heading into my junior year, I lost 35 lbs. This was done through the omission of the foods and drinks I’d mentioned, as well as calorie counting and portion control. Sadly, I learned early on that these methods of dieting are only TEMPORARY fixes, and often don’t teach you what you need to know: How to eat in order to consistently lose weight and KEEP IT OFF!
I stayed around the same weight for the next four years, fluctuating between 235-240 lbs. As you could imagine, this was incredibly frustrating, and I damn near gave up at this point.
Fortunately, my buddy Sam turned me on to CrossFit. Think what you will about the fitness methodology (despite being certified in it, I’ve fallen out of love with it myself), but their nutrition methodology is SPOT-ON.
CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman coined this sentence that has helped me put nutrition in perspective, regardless of the situations life has thrown at me…
He said, “Eat (organic) meats, vegetables, (raw) nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no (added) sugar.”
As you can infer from Glassman’s popular sentence, it’s not so much about the QUANTITY of the foods you eat, but the QUALITY!
In terms of ‘portion control,’ I found through both research and trial-and-error that it’s best to eat ONLY when hungry, and just to satisfy – NOT to stuff your face. If you follow this nutritional protocol alone, you should be well on your way to reaching your goals!
I know I was. I dropped another 40 lbs. in about five months once I instilled these principles, and was well on my way to getting to the physique I have today!
However, the struggle didn’t end when I reached the 100 lb weight loss marker of 6’0″ and 185 lbs. See below for my Before-After picture:
When I had abs for the first time in my life, I became complacent. Even though my body fat was in the single digits, I felt awesome, I had more energy, I thought more clearly, I wasn’t as up-and-down with my moods, and my endurance, strength, and flexibility were all off the charts, I figured that now that I had some wiggle room, I could ‘cheat’ on my nutrition and forego a number of my workouts.
The result was a 15 lb weight gain over the course of a month-and-a-half. At that point, I said ‘enough was enough,’ and decided to face my inner demons. You see, over the course of my 100 lb weight loss journey, the vast majority of my motivation was to prove OTHER PEOPLE wrong: To get back at the kids who made fun of me, the girls that rejected me, and the people who doubted me.
Now that I was at my goal weight, it was incredibly hard to stay focused and on track so that I didn’t go back. Fortunately, I did some soul-searching and came to terms with the fact that my family has quite a few fatal conditions floating around: Heart disease, various forms of cancer, and even Alzheimer’s just to name a few. These were not things I had any intention of dealing with, so I decided to continue to walk the walk instead of talking the talk.
I’ve since remedied both the mental barriers and am back to 185 lbs, and have since begun to offer mindset coaching to my clients on top of both the nutritional and physical training. The physical stuff is great, but if your mind’s not right, you’re NEVER going to lose weight and KEEP IT OFF!
If you’re struggling to keep weight off, if your doctors have told you that changes need to be made or else, if day-to-day activities are getting harder for you to perform, if you have no energy or focus, and if your self-esteem is in the gutter, then let’s talk! I’ve dealt with the issues being overweight can bring at various points of my life, and can TEACH YOU how to lose the excess weight, tone up, build muscle and stay healthy FOR GOOD, without the guesswork!