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Tony has been a Found member since Feb. 2020. He lost 109 lbs, and Found Confidence.
My struggle with weight loss begins
Anyone who knows me knows that throughout my life I have been in a constant battle with my weight.
I was a skinny kid growing up. I was active, played outside, and generally was healthy. As I got older though, I slowly started gaining weight. By the time I left middle school I had already packed on quite a bit of weight and had begun trying all kinds of fad diets. However, no matter how hard I tried, my weight just kept going up.
By the time I was a senior in high school I started trying to starve myself. I rode my bike everywhere, barely ate anything, and was pretty much just drinking water. I wanted to lose all the weight I could so that I could go into the Army, which I actually ended up doing! Basic training got me to the skinniest I had been in my young adult life. But once I left basic training and started living a normal military life at Fort Riley, Kansas, the weight started coming back.
Nothing seemed to work…
Suddenly I was not meeting the weight requirements during weigh-ins and had to be “taped” to make sure my measurements were within acceptable range. They barely were.
Eventually I got out of the military and went into civilian life. But by then I was drinking a lot, and with boozing came eating. My weight was spiraling upward and out of control. I was always going on a diet and failing.
The years passed and I continued trying everything with middling to zero success. Fad diets, intermittent fasting, pills, potions; you name it, I tried it. Nothing seemed to work beyond the first few pounds and once the wind would leave my sails I’d get depressed and eat again.
Food was my comfort
I suffer from clinical depression, and unfortunately when I am in that valley, food is my comfort. I would sit on the couch as snacks, takeout, and candies ruled my life.
This was how I was living. The truth is, junk snacks weren’t my main problem. Sure, they contributed, but meals were the biggest issue. I had no idea when to stop eating.
Time for a Wake-up call
In 2019, I suffered a near-fatal pulmonary embolism. It was a direct result of me living a sedentary life and being so overweight. I remember during my hospitalization the doctors repeated order was “Lose weight.” Yeah, yeah…I know. I tried. And I failed. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Eventually I got up to 468 pounds. I was wearing a 4XL shirt and I had just started buying 5XL for more comfort. I would pretty much wear sweat pants all the time.
My wake up call came in October, 2019 when I went to my best friend’s wedding in Las Vegas. I was so big, I couldn’t even fit into a suit. Then someone posted some pictures of me from the wedding and I was mortified. When I saw myself in that picture, I knew I couldn’t live in denial any longer. Things had to change.
Come February 2020, after the holidays came and went, I decided it was time, but I was unsure of how to do it. Then, as if by some serendipitous happenstance, I saw an ad on Facebook for a clinical trial of Found’s weight loss program, highlighting that their program combines medication with individualized coaching, exercise, and meal routines.
It sounded simple enough and I loved the honesty. Found isn’t marketed as a miracle pill company and they don’t make outlandish claims. After spending so much money on fad-diet and miracle pill companies, I figured Found, with their straightforward messaging, was worth a shot.
Fast forward to November 2020, five months after starting with Found. I stepped on the scale and saw my weight at 398 pounds. About a year later, I had lost a total of 109 pounds with Found. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the scale. These results filled me with hope and confidence.
So what is Found?
Found is a company that provides a service to help people gain control of their life and finally lose the weight. It is a combination of prescribed medication (real medication, not herbal supplements), individual coaching, a diet and movement plan, and participation in the Found Facebook community. It is about setting realistic goals, putting yourself on the hook, and understanding that nothing is easy, but it can be easier.
Found is a membership program in which you get access to a medical professional who will review your initial questionnaire and determine if you qualify for medication. If you qualify, the doctor will determine which Rx best suits your need.
Two or three days later, your meds show up in the mail and you are ready to begin. Two weeks before your Rx is due to run out, you will receive a follow up consultation questionnaire where you answer to any progress you have made, or if there have been any changes in your life such as new medications or health issues. From there, you will meet with the doctor again who will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
How does it work?
How indeed. This is not a magic pill. If you want to lose the weight you will have to eat better and move more. Take your medication every day as prescribed. Move a little more, eat a little less and you will start seeing results. I have mixed in movement with a lower carb lifestyle and intermittent fasting. Doing this alone before barely worked. In combination with the Found program, it seems to be exactly what my specific biology needed to turn into a weight-loss machine.
Who is it for?
Found is for people like me. Those who have tried everything and haven’t found something that works. It is for people seeking to lose weight who are ready to commit to a long term plan. It is for those frustrated with pills, potions, and promises that have offered the world but delivered minimal results. Although it’s not for everyone and not everyone will qualify. It’s refreshing to see a company who values the health and well-being of applicants more than profit enough to turn them away if they do not meet the criteria. Found is a different kind of company.
Who is there for you?
Starting a weight loss journey alone can be daunting. With Found, I was never alone. From the day I began, I was assigned a coach (Shout out to the amazing Coach Libby!) who immediately discussed my strengths and weaknesses and started building a meal plan centered around my biology. She also put together a movement plan with exercises I can do in the comfort of my own home.
This is the important thing to know. Your coach is a real person! Not a bot as I initially thought. The more you interact with your coach the better the program will work for you. Please take the time to truly get to know your coach. They are your advocate, and they are your biggest fans. They want to celebrate victories and milestones with you! It is so much easier to keep myself on the hook knowing I have a supportive coach who is counting on me to keep myself accountable. The coach is the best benefit of the program in my opinion.
Furthermore, their customer service is AMAZING. They are fast to respond and make you feel like you are their only customer.
Found has truly been a life saver for me. I feel better both physically and mentally. I am down 100 pounds and counting. I haven’t taken any “after” pics, because I am still continuing my journey, but once I get to my goal of losing two-hundred pounds that’s the first thing I’m doing!
I want to reemphasize that Found is an effective, affordable, and risk-free option to pursue if you’ve been struggling with weight loss and are looking to finally make that lifelong change. Take this short quiz today to learn how Found can help bring you the results you’re looking for.