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Gregg McBride
Gregg McBride is a film and television writer/producer living in Los Angeles, where he works for companies including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Hallmark, FreeForm, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, and others. Upon graduating from college, Gregg tipped the scales at over 450 pounds and would literally be left breathless from having a conversation on the phone. It’s when he stopped looking for a quick fix and started using common sense that he had several breakthroughs, which resulted in his taking off over 250 pounds of excess weight in less than a year’s time (without gimmicks, pills or surgery) –- all of which he’s kept off for over a decade. You can learn more about Gregg and his strategies for mental and physical well being by visiting his blog, following him on Twitter or Pinterest, watching his videos on YouTube, or becoming a fan on Facebook. Gregg has made multiple appearances on the Today show and is the author of the best-selling books Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped and Just Stop Eating So Much! Completely Revised and Updated. Along with The Huffington Post, Gregg is also a featured blogger for Psychology Today.

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Entries by Gregg McBride

Why Starting a Gratitude Journal Can Be As Good for Your Waist Size As It Is for Your Peace of Mind

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:44 AM


As dieters, we often get caught up in what we don't have (a certain waist size, skinny jeans, self-acceptance -- you name it). This is why the Thanksgiving season can be a good reminder to be thankful for what we do have.


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When Did Being Kind Fall Away From Our Everyday?

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:26 PM

If your Facebook newsfeed is anything like mine, you're likely aware that there is now a greater threat to us than perhaps even ISIS. I'm talking, of course, about ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who recently resigned her Spokane, Washington post after being criticized for...

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Can Choosing to Eat More Mindfully Free Us From a Dieter's Mentality?

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 2:35 PM


What did you have for breakfast the day before yesterday? Do you remember? And aside from what you actually ate, how did you actually eat it? Or were you so rushed to get your day started that you skipped breakfast on that day...

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Have You Ever Been Pissed Off at a Green Bean?

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Confession time... There are some days when something as simple as a green bean can really piss me off.

Sure, I'm committed to healthy eating -- and for two main reasons. First, to stay, well, healthy. Second, to keep the 250 pounds of...

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Why We Can't Expect to Reach Our Goals If We're Still Thinking of Ourselves as Failures

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:33 AM

New year. New you. Right? But wait... Who exactly are you as this brand new year begins? How do you think about yourself? What kind of energy are you projecting into the world? And, if I Googled you, what results would there be that define you? Answer with the first...

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When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Nothing quiets a conversation (or clouds an outlook) like hearing from someone we care about that their cancer is back or that they're facing some other very challenging medical condition. And today, this seems to be a situation that touches all of our lives -- sometimes in multiple ways at...

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For Those of Us With a Dieter's Mentality, Halloween Is Scary for All the Wrong Reasons

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Hear that distant scream? That's not an extra from The Walking Dead or someone watching a scary movie marathon. That's me walking near the candy aisle while at the grocery store. And like me, many of us with a dieter's mentality fear Halloween with the same kind of dread we...

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Short. Direct. Callous. And as It Turns Out, Life-Saving

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Did you hear the one about the 450-plus pound man working in the fashion industry? I certainly did; mainly because I was that guy. The same guy whose scale would read ERR (short for "error" since the scale couldn't register any weight over 400 pounds), the same guy who would...

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Sometimes We Can Look to the Smallest Revelations as Proof That We Haven't Given Up All Hope

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Growing up heavy (okay, fat), I quickly learned the best way to pose for pictures. After all, I knew I was very large, but on some weird level, I must have thought I could hide it (or at the very least minimize it) by positioning myself behind people, furniture or...

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How Much Did You Really Enjoy Your Last Snack?

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:30 PM

What's worse? Cheating on your diet? Or not enjoying it when you do?

Okay, first of all, let's drop the word "cheating" from our lexicon. Dieting isn't about being "on" or "off." This is real life. And whether being careful about our food intake to lose excess weight or doing...

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The Ups and Downs of Being On or Off a Diet

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:48 PM

As a lifelong "dieting type," I learned about being "on" and "off" of a diet from an early age. And I mean really early -- from around first grade, when I began to show signs of gaining excess weight. Because of this, my parents -- thinking it was for the...

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Why Life in the Fast Lane Isn't Everything It's Cracked Up to Be

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 6:00 PM

I got a well-deserved slap from the universe the other day. Well, it wasn't as much of a slap as it was a gentle nudge. I'm grateful for the reminder to step outside of own head... And happy to share it with you -- just in case you can use...

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Could Using a Simple Dog Command Help Us Leave the Past Where It Belongs?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:04 PM

The other morning, while working out at the gym, I had a work-related stress playing on an endless loop in my head. Even though the incident had happened a week earlier, I was still obsessing over the whole ordeal (wishing I'd said things I didn't say at the time, wishing...

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Why 'Out With the Old, In With the New' Might Not Be the Best Strategy for New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 12:56 PM

It's that time of (new) year when I'm bombarded with questions about losing weight. When learning that I took off and have kept off 250-plus pounds of excess weight over a decade ago, friends, family members and strangers all want to know my "secret." When they hear it was accomplished...

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How We Can Find the Strength to Go On After a Seemingly-Horrific Incident Occurs

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:10 AM

It was a year ago this month that I was attacked while walking to the gym one morning. This is a walk I had made for over three years at the time -- and although I knew the neighborhood I lived in was a bit on the "edge," I never...

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Why Halloween Can Be a Good Reminder to Live in the Moment

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 8:23 AM

Whenever Halloween rolls around, I'm reminded of a time in my life when I managed to find some joy -- despite weighing nearly 450 pounds. This was a period during which I was pretty miserable. In fact, I was a virtual recluse. Were it not for having to go out...

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What's the Best Way to Think of Ourselves When We Want to Initiate Change?

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:40 AM

One morning while sucking down my coffee, I looked out of my kitchen window, down into the courtyard of the apartment building across the way. I noticed a man placing a box with a small plant into the sunlight. At first, I assumed that he was going to be doing...

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The Day Peanut Butter Attacked Back

(18) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 2:50 PM

Faithful readers of my blogs know that I have a love/hate relationship with peanut butter. "Love" because I adore it almost as much as I love my puppy. Almost. "Hate" because I find it to be a harsh temptress that often begs me to...

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Does the AMA's Declaration That Obesity Is a Disease Offer Us a New Excuse To Be Fat?

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Have you heard the latest news regarding obesity? According to USA Today, the American Medical Association (our nation's largest physicians' organization) recently decided to recognize obesity as a disease -- one that requires a range of medical treatments as well as prevention. USA Today goes onto...

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What You Reach For First Thing in the Morning Could Be an Indicator of Your Overall Health

(12) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:56 PM

One recent morning I was up early, finished with the gym and running a few errands. While in my car and stopped at a red light, I saw a man on the crosswalk, consuming a large bag of barbecue potato chips. I checked the clock in my car (still before...

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