My Experience on the Dolce Diet

Friday, April 07, 2017
Left Dec 2016, Right March 2017
I've been overweight pretty much my entire life, I think the last time I was 150lbs was when I was in grade 6, and the other time I was 150lbs was when I was internally bleeding from a tumour and.. well basically dying. I've never been called obese by friends, I'm not sure if it's because people were trying to be nice, but I've definitely been called things like, big, jacked, thick, voluptuous and strong. I'm 5'6", I like competitive sports, lifting, but food has always been a struggle.

Before the Dolce Diet, I was averaging 0-1 half-ass sessions at the gym per week, I was eating maybe once-twice a day, going 8 hours without food sometimes... all the time. I just didn't care to eat, I think some of it was because I was lazy, but I think it was also because I thought skipping meals, meant less calories therefore lose weight... well I never said I was good at math.

I was unknowingly depressed and stressed, that coupled with not eating, well no wonder I was too tired to go to the gym. By December of 2016 I was a jacked 225lbs, on a 5'6 frame. At this point, my work was stressing me out, my relationship was ..., and I couldn't separate myself from the stress to take care of myself, and so by early January I mentally hit rock bottom.

Not so random fun fact, I love Ronda Rousey. When she lost her comeback fight late last year, a little piece of me died inside. She looked fantastic, probably the best she's ever looked for a fight, I read somewhere that she was way more strict on her diet this time around, and it showed. Ronda's been with Mike Dolce for a long time, he's a nutritional expert, former mma fighter, and none of his fighters has ever missed weight. How Ronda looked during weigh ins, was the first push for me to check out the Dolce Diet.

The 2nd push was following him on instagram @thedolcediet. At this point I still wasn't sure if I wanted to spend money on a meal plan, but after watching a few live feeds, my trust started to develop and eventually I invested in myself by purchasing the 12 week program.

The program is tailored to you, your goals, and your fitness activity level. You choose when you want to start, so don't feel like you have to go ham right at the second you purchase. Not only does it include a meal plan, but it includes a workout plan - which I didn't use but still got results. The meals are simple to follow, not at all restrictive and easy to track. For me, the hurdle was actually eating breakfast and lunch, something I didn't do at all for the longest time.

After a week on the diet, I noticed my energy levels were significantly improving, and day by day my weight was dropping. By the way, for the first month and a bit, I wasn't even in the gym... The most exercise I had was at the track, for an hour a week. It's not like I didn't want to workout, but I was going through a breakup, so the most I could do at the time was focus on what I was eating.

When you're first introduced to the plan, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the layout, but the first thing I would suggest doing is going through each meal for the week and write down what you need to buy. I made the mistake of buying everything on the grocery list at once and racked a $150 grocery bill, but to be fair I did eventually used everything. The ingredients are easy to find, and the meals are super easy and quick to make. Still do yourself a favour, and make your meals ahead of time, and develop the habit of preparing your meals.

More energy for adventures.

The plan taught me to be responsible with my food, to stick to the plan, and more importantly not to freak out if I had a bad eating weekend. During the 12 week plan, I had a few weekend trips that lead me to places like the cheese cake factory. Was I heavier after those weekends? Yup. Old me would have gotten sad and ate more crap, new me realized that this was salt, and if I just went back to my Dolce plan, the weight would drop again. The lesson here is to stick with it, even when you fuck up.

By late February, I had lost around 20lbs and by March when I reintroduced lifting into my regime I lost even more. I was feeling great, and I still feel great while typing this. Right now I weigh 192lbs and I have no plans to stop losing weight. Do I want to be 150lbs? No, well maybe, I don't have a fix number right now, but I want to be smaller for sure, and be in the best maintainable shape possible.

The Dolce Diet has taught me to be smarter with my food choices, and to recognize what works and doesn't work for my body. By mid March, I stopped checking the site for my meals, because I learned for myself. I even had some cheat meals that had no impact on my weight loss. You know that person who eats bad all the time, and thinks one salad is going to magically make them skinnier? Well that's happening to me in reverse, I eat so well now that fries or cake, does very little to set me back.

Have a question during your program? Customer service is just an email away. You also have an entire community to reach out to for support, and even a leader board for those of you who thrive under competition. Yeah, that's right bitches I'm #1.

The plan fucking works, I am a real person who has lost over 30lbs on this plan, and if that's still not enough push for you to invest in yourself, then do the research, check his instagram or youtube, and learn more about Dolce - he's rad. If you have any other questions about the plan, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer your questions. Good luck.