Brett Lost Almost 36 Pounds of Fat to Win Our Challenge!

img_0528We’re pleased to announce the men’s winner of our Fall Transformation Challenge was Brett Harris! Brett Lost 35.9 pounds of fat to take home the prize — and the Harris household came close to a clean sweep!

Brett’s wife Karrie tied for second — with the two of them pushing each other, Brett and Karrie are great examples of what dedication and support can do for you.

Three major factors helped push Brett to get involved with our challenge: First, he wants to keep up with his young kids and raise them to know their dad as a healthy person — Brett saw a recent family photo and simply didn’t like the way he looked in it. He also got the news that his blood pressure was much too high, and “that was an eye-opener,” he said. And lastly, Brett wanted to be able to go hunting with his brother-in-law without getting fatigued too fast. All three motivations came together with the fact that he and Karrie could keep each other disciplined.

“My whole life, I’ve fought my weight,” Brett said, “But now, I’m the same weight now I was probably in ninth grade, so I feel like I’ve set the clock back a few years. I knew what it takes, but I’d never done it in this short amount of time. Nutrishop gave me the meal plan and supplements I needed to achieve the goals I’d set for myself.”

Brett found that he was surprised that the Nutrishop meal plan created for his specific goals held his hunger over. A reliance on clean proteins, including ForzaPro shakes regularly, curbed his hunger, and that was the first indication to Brett that he would be able to stick with his new diet plan.

“As my stomach shrank, I wouldn’t feel as hungry and it became a lot easier,” he said. “That first week, I lost 13 pounds, and I was right down to a T. I didn’t cheat at all, and we did everything we were supposed to to reach our goals.”

It wasn’t always easy for Brett. A limited-calorie diet, by the end of the challenge, definitely took its toll on his moods — “A grown man’s just gotta eat more than I was eating sometimes,” he said with a laugh. And Brett likes beer — cutting that out to avoid the calories was difficult, especially after long days hunting, when he’d go with friends to beer camp or just want to relax.

“It was a challenge, but I knew I’d have to answer to myself at the end of it,” Brett said.

He said he and Karrie will definitely be doing Nutrishop’s next challenge, even if the extremely impressive results they got this time aren’t going to necessarily be the goal then. Brett said that it’s not only a bonding experience for the two of them, but it also helps the build good habits and stay in shape together as part of a healthy lifestyle.

“I’ll be excited during hunting season to hike for miles and not be huffing and puffing and sucking wind,” he said.

“Overall I feel great. I feel more confident. My clothes fit, some shirts I’ve left tags on for awhile because I couldn’t fit into them, I fit into them. I look and feel a lot better. I feel like I can keep up with my kids and I’m not a burden to my brother-in-law while we’re hunting.”

We can’t wait to see what Brett and Karrie do next — way to go, guys!

Nathalie Gained 7 Pounds of Muscle With NUTRISHOP’s Help!

Nathalie 3Nathalie Fernimen, 40, has always been into fitness, but decided she wanted to take it to another level.

NUTRISHOP CDA’s Transformation Challenge earlier this year was the kick-start she needed.

“I’ve always been into exercising and staying in shape, but the guys at NUTRISHOP really helped me transition into a different league,” Nathalie says. “My whole issue was that I’ve always trained, and trained hard, but I’ve never seen really big gains from anything.”

One discussion with certified, knowledgeable NUTRISHOP employees cleared things up. They told her about the Challenge, and with that motivation, plus their knowledge, advice and help, Nathalie stuck with a brand-new diet plan and got the best results she’d ever seen.

She gained more muscle mass, and found that she simply wasn’t eating enough. At the end of the Challenge, Nathalie had put on seven pounds of muscle and dropped 3.5 percent of her body fat in the three months the Challenge ran. Some days were harder than others – she travels with her girls a lot on the weekends for sports, so weekends were difficult for her – but Monday through Friday were nothing but hard work.

“During the week, I was religious with it,” she says. “I trained five days a week, at least, kept my diet strong on those days and really saw a big difference.”

She also saw a difference in how NUTRISHOP handled her as a customer. She’d shopped all over before, looking for supplements and fitness and nutrition help. None were like NUTRISHOP.

“The difference with NUTRISHOP is the fact they are very welcoming,” Nathalie says. “They’re just really friendly, very welcoming and they make you feel at home. If you have any questions they’re there to answer them. It almost feels like a family, just a great atmosphere. Toby’s chosen good people for his staff and they’re there to help you out, and that’s what kept me coming back.”

NathalieThe staff even helped her out with motivation, getting her over the speed bumps in her diet where she was certain she couldn’t do the work necessary to keep healthy food available at all times. For example, she’d go into the store, say “I can’t do this anymore,” and instead of letting her throw in the towel, they’d share stories — about their traveling competitions and how they would pack coolers and bags of food, just to stick with their diets.

“It made me realize that there’s no reason I can’t do it. They’d challenge me that way, and I could do it,” Nathalie says. “They kept me on track, so I’d go in more often to keep myself motivated.”

Great job, Nathalie!