How to Manage Holiday Sugar Cravings


Sugar cravings are a battle throughout the year, but managing them gets really hard during the holidays. The reason? Stress. Add up the pressures of college exams, work deadlines, holiday shopping (i.e., crowds), and getting out to exercise despite the cold, dreary weather, and a season for cheer can quickly become a season for sheer […]

After a Heart Attack at Age 36, Vicky Saved Her Own Life #MyIdeal


At 36 years old, Vicky Liberty had a heart attack. Before starting her weight loss journey, she weighed 268 pounds and was caught in a downward spiral. “I just figured I was heavy, and I’d just keep eating,” she says. “Because when you’re heavy, you really don’t fit in.” Even though she talked about making […]

The Sneakiest Holiday Sugar Traps – and How to Avoid Them!


Normally we’re in danger of inadvertently drinking too many calories, but during the holidays, the danger is pretty clear: it’s piles of candy, cupcakes, cookies and pie. While this calorie battlefield may seem obvious, it is no less hauntingly delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, you know how difficult it is to rein in […]

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes with IdealShake

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Oh boy! You know what I love? Pancakes. I do, I really do! This recipe is a variation from The Fit Bald Man. This recipe is great because not only are you getting your protein and using natural ingredients, BUT THEY ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD! You will need: 1/2 cup oat flour 1 scoop of vanilla IdealShake mix (it’s the […]

How this young couple lost 243 pounds together


“I never had the confidence,” Mark says. He always struggled with his weight, and weighed more than 300 pounds when he graduated high school. When he and Heather got married and had a baby, “that’s when everything started changing” for Heather. Both wanted to be healthier and to see each other thrive, but none of […]

“Watching Him Cross the Finish Line Inspired Me to Lose 81 Pounds”


“That’s me and Mike at the start of his Ironman race,” Leigh says, referring to the picture below. In November of 2013, the 38-year-old Michigan mother of three watched her husband complete his first Ironman triathlon. At the time, she wore a size 18 and weighed 211 pounds. Leigh had gained weight with her first pregnancy […]

IdealShape Got Me Out of a Wheelchair! – Linda’s Story


Growing up, Linda was always thin (often too thin, she says). But when she had a serious back injury at work in 2010, the pendulum swung the other way. She became wheelchair bound and “the weight piled on.” “I couldn’t walk, couldn’t do anything, it was very hard,” she says. Forced to be immobile and […]