Interview with a Nutritarian: Anthony B.

This past December, Anthony, a recent high school graduate, was 67 lbs heavier than he is today. He was given a copy of Eat to Live and the rest is history! You will be inspired by this young man’s passion and determination to get his health and life back. Welcome to Disease Proof, Anthony.

before and after images

 What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?

My life was not how I wanted it to be at all. I was obese and felt horrible, and I couldn’t participate in any physical activities. My emotions were thrown off, I had no self-esteem, I had no confidence, and I was mad that I had let myself get so big. I was eating fast food at least five days a week, and I didn’t have a clue what was good or bad food. It was extremely hard for me to accept the fact that I was fat, because I was thin until age 14. Then I started to get the nickname, “Pudgy,” and I hated it so much. Although I had zero self-confidence, high school wasn't too bad because I had an outgoing personality. However, I discovered that peers view fat people differently.

The last month of my senior year we had a Government project where we had to take pictures, and I was stunned when I saw images of myself. At 6’1” I weighed 263 lbs and had a triple chin. I was so heartbroken and disgusted that I joined a gym and tried to lose weight. During the month of June [2010], I started dieting and worked out five days a week, and only lost 6-7 pounds . . . so I quit. 


How did you find out about Eat to Live?

This past December 17th, my aunt gave a copy of Eat to Live to me and I committed to follow it. I’ve lost 67 lbs so far, and recently I began sessions with a plant-based wellness coach, and I’m continuing to lose weight. 

How do you feel now?

I’m loving life and have a 360 degree attitude change! I feel amazing; it literally feels like a completely different life!  

Beginning weight: 267 lbs

Current weight: 196 lbs

Beginning shirt size: 2XL (tight)

Current shirt size: XL (roomy!)

Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others?


  • Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. That’s all the inspiration you need. Don’t do it for the people who judge you. 

  • Don't be afraid to go to a gym, because everyone there is doing the same thing.

  • I like Dr. Fuhrman’s words, "If a motor is running at full speed compared to a motor running at half-speed, the engine running at half-speed will last longer." Basically, if your metabolism is slow, and you are healthy, you will live longer!

  • Have a support system. I am so thankful for the support of my father, mother, brothers, and aunts; all of them have made the journey so much easier and I couldn’t have done it without them.



In a nutshell, what has Eat to Live done for you? 

It has completely changed my life!


Congratulations Anthony ~ we are so proud of you for choosing to eat for health at such a young age! Keep up the great job!


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mike rubino - March 25, 2011 8:31 AM

You are doing yourself a giant favor. Keep up the great wwork.

Jennifer - March 25, 2011 9:06 AM

Anthony your coach is so proud of you! Way to go! What an amazing transformation since I met you over the summer. I can't wait to see all the lives you will inspire and touch with your story. You shine Anthony!

StephenMarkTurner - March 25, 2011 9:50 AM

Full marks, Anthony! I love the gym, and I hope you do to, but remember to listen to your coach. Don't work out excessively (your diet is doing the 'heavy' lifting here ;-), and ignore the guys with 500 pounds on the leg press doing reps with a 3 inch range of motion.


Alicia - March 25, 2011 10:24 AM

Congratulations Anthony great job! Keep it up! You are a wonderful example to your peers.

Joe Mc - March 25, 2011 10:47 AM

Great job Anthony! I wish I knew about real nutritional excellence when I was your age. You will benefit from it for the rest of your life!


Meridith - March 25, 2011 10:47 AM

Nice work Anthony! You truly are an inspiration. You have a long, healthy life ahead of you!

Essie - March 25, 2011 11:07 AM

Wonderful. I love seeing young people get on board with a truly healthy lifestyle. Congratulations, Anthony!

Sue Di Bacco - March 25, 2011 2:12 PM

Amazing, Anthony! Commitment and education are a dynamic duo....and you look like dynamite....I see energy and enthusiasm. Way to go!

Eileen - March 25, 2011 2:30 PM

Way to go Anthony! You look great! I wish I had discovered Eat to Live when I was in highschool, I think my life would have turned out much differently (for the better). Your story sounds like my life back in school, I was thin as a child then when I got my first job at McDonald's I ballooned up in weight and became very depressed. I know it was caused by my poor diet and lack of physical activity.

You're a great example for all the young people who are currently struggling with weight and body image issues. Good Job!

CJ - March 25, 2011 4:02 PM


I can't add much more than what has already been said. Keep up the good work. You look so happy!

Bill - March 25, 2011 5:22 PM

You rock!!! The picture of before and after tell it all. So proud of you and the accomplishment you have achieved. Live long and healthy. Pass it forward to others my friend! We 're all in this together.
Blessings to you.

Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) - March 25, 2011 9:01 PM

What a fantastic story. All of the commenters are so right, Anthony, you are so lucky that you were exposed to Eat to Live at such a young age. You will never go back to your poor habits and you have an amazing opportunity to influence other young people. I wish you would be one of those weight loss stories in People magazine so that the public can see how attainable good health is with the right diet!

Denise - March 25, 2011 11:03 PM

Good job, Anthony! What is a plant based wellness coach, and how do I find one? Remember how good you feel now, so that you're less likely to return to old unhealthy habits.

Seija - March 26, 2011 10:26 AM

Wow, I am so impressed!

Nancy - March 26, 2011 3:59 PM

Hey Anthony,

Amazing dedication and results. You have given a great gift not only to yourself, your family and all those who love you, but to the rest of the planet as well!!

You are an inspiration. Can't wait to see what the future holds for you!

Way to go.

Barb - March 26, 2011 11:14 PM

Thank you, Anthony, for sharing your story. Each story like this is such an inspiration to those of us who struggle. You look fantastic, and to think that you accomplished this in 3 months is amazing! God bless your aunt for giving you the book, and I applaud you for reading it and following through. Now you can live the rest of your life as a healthy person instead of in an unhealthy state (like most Americans).

Rachelle - March 27, 2011 3:52 PM

Awesome job! It's so gratifying to hear about your success with a plant based diet :)

Lisa - March 28, 2011 7:00 AM

Anthony, you look so healthy and fit! It's so encouraging to see your story and how your life has changed. Congratulations and blessings to you! Really, you are an inspriration!

Deana Ferreri, Ph.D. - March 28, 2011 11:17 AM

Dr. Fuhrman has a certification program for nutrition coaches (Nutritional Education Institute) at

NEI will soon have a directory so that you can search for a NET (Nutritional Education Trainer) in your area.

Also, don't forget that there is a network of support available on the Member Center Forums.

Amy - March 28, 2011 8:06 PM

Wow - looking good, Anthony! Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration.

Kim - April 2, 2011 12:40 PM

Thanks for the inspiration Anthony!! I wish you continued success. You sound like a wonderfully wise young person with a great collection of family around him. Enjoy!

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