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Posted on January 3rd, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

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26 Responses to “New to Start Here”

  1. Ellen says:

    Hi – just ordered your book. Downloaded the ebook, and my computer timed out so couldn’t download the second thing? I tried to email you and it bounced back to me.

    Thanks for your help.


    • Matt Schoeneberger says:


      We received your email. Check your inbox for the link :)

      Let us know if you have any other questions.

  2. carolyn says:

    glad I read your comments on white bean extract. I wish I had read something like this before I bought African mango .

  3. Matt Schoeneberger says:

    Carolyn, feel free to contact us with any questions you have about supplements or fitness products. That goes for anyone else, too!

    Stick around and read some more, and remember to focus only on what actually works and ignore all the other junk out there.


  4. Chris says:

    Have you looked into Sensa, there seems to be a huge push for it right now, although that usually means a “miracle” that is not really so.

    • Matt Schoeneberger says:


      It’s funny you mention Sensa as I was just looking at that a few nights ago. I just gave it a quick browsing but I think it might be time for a more in-depth look.

  5. Chris says:

    I look forward to it. So any research on MCT oil? I just saw it in a recipe for salad dressing.

  6. Ben Burrell says:

    Can you help me? I’m 63 in very good shape with 17 percent body fat. Have worked out a long time and am now doing Crossfit. Take some meds that as a side effect can cause weight gain. Having great difficult getting my body fat lower. Would like to have the body I want.

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  8. Scott says:

    Hey guys, fan of the site here. I follow the blog, got a topic idea for you. I’m a pretty slim guy myself but when I casually talk with friends I hear them talk about “skinny fat”. Sounds pretty ridiculous to me. Maybe someone isn’t into being buff but I’ve heard “skinny fat” tossed around by the usual product promoters. May need some myth busting.

  9. Scott says:

    Hey guys, fan of the site here. I follow the blog, got a topic idea for you. I’m a pretty slim guy myself but when I casually talk with friends I hear them talk about “skinny fat”. Sounds pretty ridiculous to me. Maybe someone isn’t into being buff but I’ve heard “skinny fat” tossed around by the usual product promoters. May need some myth busting. Here: he says 1 in 4 skinny people are prediabetic and that fat is healthier than skinny. Uh huh, yea right…

  10. melinda says:

    i am a mom of two, never had to work out before don’t know where to start. i am not unhappy with my weight but really unhappy with my tone. my stomach upper arms butt and upper legs could really use some help. any suggestions where to begin?

    • Matt Schoeneberger says:

      Hi Melinda,

      You can start reading through the archives here and maybe search for “body fat percentage” which is really what “toned” means. Other than that, get intense with your workouts and make sure your eating is spot-on.


  11. Erin says:

    Hi! I just found your site today and have found it very helpful so far. I was wondering if you have looked into or have any thoughts on bee pollen. Tons of people around my area are using it, I had started it and must say I lost 30 pounds pretty easily…and nothing had worked before. Is it safe, a quick, a short-lived fix? Just wondering what you think. Thanks!

    • Matt Schoeneberger says:

      I haven’t looked at any research on bee pollen, so I can’t really say. Do you go on a specific diet at the same time?

  12. Lindsey says:

    Hey guys,
    Just found your site, and am interested in SPEED! I had lost 85lbs 3yrs ago but 1.5 year ago I have been diagnose with hypothyroidism and it has cause a 65 weight gain and my levels are almost to a 1 which is suppose to be normal range. I haven’t gained anymore weight but I’m not losing any weight either! Any knowledge or help is appreciated! (Note: I’m eating clean and exercising like I was when I was loosing)


    • Matt Schoeneberger says:


      On which test are you almost a 1? TSH? Do you have other thyroid-related tests?


      • Lindsey says:

        TSH was at a 3.5 last month now at 200mcg of synthroid my Dr says this dose should get me to a 1. I have been taking 200mcg for about 4 days now.

        • Matt Schoeneberger says:

          Okay, until your Doc is happy with your blood work I wouldn’t make any drastic changes to other areas, since you’re doing what worked before. Give the adjustment time to manifest and then re-assess.

  13. Annie says:

    Hi, I ordered the book a while back and I just started using it! I lost 5 pounds already but I have a long journey. I have a question, I read about how important is to consider your BMR calories in order to maintain your body functioning properly, now based on my BMR number, the suggested 1400 calories is kind of low! should I continue with the 1400 calories or should I increase my calories to what my BMR number? thanks

    • Matt Schoeneberger says:


      I tried emailing you, but it got returned.

      First, congratulations on losing 5 lbs. so far! A long journey may lie ahead, but you’re off to a great start 

      Can I ask specifically where you read the info about BMR calories and proper body function? I’d like to read the source material and see what exactly they mean and what evidence they might be using. Coincidentally, I was just talking about this idea the other day with a colleague and mentioned I’d never seen any evidence to this effect, but it would be an interesting idea to investigate.

      For now, my recommendation would be that if you feel good at 1400 and you’re seeing results, keep it there. If you start to feel sluggish or show signs of low blood sugar or any other negative effects you feel might be due specifically to the calorie amount, add a few. Just know you’ll see the results slow down a bit too.

      May I ask what your BMR came out to be?


  14. Joy Pasquarella says:


    I lost about 20 lbs quickly but now I lose a couple of pounds, gain them back and then lose them again. I never lose weight in my upper abdomen. I do believe that I have Metabolic syndrome because I have high triglycerides, cholesterol, high sugar and blood pressure. All the doctor ever says is to cut calories and exercise. My daughter’s upcoming wedding just seems to stress me out and I constantly crave sweets and carbs. I also battle depression constantly and am on medication for that. My daughter fears I will ruin her wedding.

    Is there anything that you know of that can help me with my craving for sweets and carbs? I’m hoping that if I can get that under control, it will help with motivating me to change my lifestyle and do some effective exercising. I am 5′ and 180 lbs. so I can’t do too much at first. I would appreciate any advice that you can give to me.


    • Matt Schoeneberger says:

      Hi Joy,

      I think you may have answered your own question… If you have a form of exercise in mind that you’re looking forward to, adding that to your routine may be the first step. It sounds like the root of your eating behavior may be stress, and if so you may want to address that through self-help or counseling as well.

      Good luck!


  15. Kee says:

    Hi, I am looking forward to reading SPEED so I donated a few dollars to read your book. After donating, I cant seem to find how or where I can download the book

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