Dr. Fuhrman's Weight Loss Challenge 2022

May 20, 2022 by Joel Fuhrman, MD

Health Concerns: Weight Loss

In this challenge, winning meant losing.

In May 2021, hundreds of people embarked on Dr. Fuhrman’s 21-day Weight Loss Detox. Some were long-time Nutritarians looking to strengthen their commitment to this healthy and longevity-enhancing lifestyle. Others were new to this eating style: unsure of how they would adjust, but committed to losing weight and improving their health. In just 21 days, detoxers dropped excess pounds, experienced renewed vitality and deepened their knowledge of nutritional science. Hundreds of pounds were lost during the detox.

And when it was over, we challenged participants to keep up the good work. It was time for Dr. Fuhrman’s 7-month Weight Loss Challenge: To lose weight and drop 5 BMI points (or more) while following the Nutritarian diet.

In it to win it

The challengers committed to following the Nutritarian eating style for the duration of the contest. Each month, they “checked-in” by recording their weight (using a photo of themselves on a scale), and a quick survey. They received extended access to the online classroom and monthly support with Platinum membership so they could take advantage of all of the support features available at DrFuhrman.com

Maintaining their focus

As the months passed, the Challengers stayed focused on their goals – through vacations, parties, work stress, back-to-school, changing seasons and (especially) the holidays. They learned, and stayed connected, and experienced amazing results. By the final weight-in, on January 5, 2022, a total of 19 Challengers had achieved the statistic of losing 5 BMI points (or more), and finishing in the winner’s circle. We congratulate all of our winners and participants of the program!

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Meet the Winners of
Dr. Fuhrman’s Weight Loss Challenge 2022

Tom's Before and After Photo

Tom S. Lost 86 pounds / 10.5 BMI

“I did the 21-day detox and the pounds started disappearing. My blood sugar numbers also improved rapidly. I was able to reduce my insulin injections and eventually got off it entirely. I also was able to get off Glipizide. I am still taking Metformin but when I see my doctor next month, I think we can eliminate that as well. My blood pressure has also improved substantially.”

Wendy's Before and After Photo

Wendy P. Lost 41 pounds / 6.9 BMI

“After the detox I continued to the weight loss challenge. I am pleased to say that I have lost over 45 pounds and feel 100 percent better! For me, the goal was to lose weight, but in the process of losing weight, I also found I can do hard things and that I can be successful in whatever I set my mind to doing. I also can think clearly, and enjoy knowing I can take a walk and not be winded and that I have more energy, and my brain fog is gone.”

Ellie's Before and After Photo

Ellie K. Lost 29 pounds / 5.3 BMI

“As of January 2022,* I have lost 45 pounds, exercise every day, have reduced my BMI by 8.1% and my waist size by 9”, and have reduced my A1C and estrogen, both of which are now in normal ranges. I became a Nutritarian because I did not want to spend my retirement living with disease, drugs or doctors. What I have learned from Dr. Fuhrman changed and saved my life.” (*Ellie began following a Nutritarian diet in March 2021.)

Carla's Before and After Photo

Carla Z. Lost 38 pounds / 6.9 BMI

“I feel so much better now. The person I see in the mirror matches my internal image of myself. I have more energy now, and have even started to run again. I'm not seeing the numbers on the scale creep up, and I know what to do if I see it. I feel that this way of eating has given me control of my weight in a way that I didn't have previously.”

Donald's Before and After Photo

Donald G. Lost 49 pounds / 8.2 BMI

“I had a physical only two months into the weight loss challenge, and the results were dramatic: My cholesterol dropped from 241 to 142. Triglycerides went from 241 to 125. A1c was 5.2. It is stunning to see these results in such a short period of time. I no longer need the C-Pap, as my sleep apnea has completely disappeared. My blood pressure medicine has been cut in half, and I’m still weaning off of the rest of the meds.”

Elsie's Before and After Photo

Elsie G. Lost 51 pounds / 8.2 BMI

“For me, the first several months were the hardest with the cravings, brain fog and detox symptoms. Within three weeks, my blood pressure dropped to normal range.”

Marlise's Before and After Photo

Marlise M. Lost 34 pounds / 5 BMI

“I enjoy meals now more than I ever have, which I did not think was possible. I am so happy and love how my clothes fit. I have so much energy so that getting outside for exercise is now something I look forward to every day. Dr. Fuhrman taught me what true hunger is and I went from having an unsettled stomach daily, to not feeling my stomach at all anymore. I am living the life that I truly believe in; finally have self-control and feel free!”

Mary Jo's Before and After Photo

Mary Jo J. Lost 30 pounds / 5.6 BMI

“I am approaching my 70th birthday and my blood pressure is 110/70, No drugs, my knees feel great, I sleep all night, my taste buds have recovered and I can say I love this eating style so much more than my previous addictions.”

Patricia's Before and After Photo

Patricia L. Lost 29 pounds / 5.1 BMI

“I have been strictly following this healthier lifestyle since May 2021. I have easily lost weight and feel more energized! The recipes are delicious and easy to make, with enough for leftovers, I do not need to cook every night. The most surprising thing for me was learning how addicted I was to sugars, but after a short time, I don’t miss eating the SAD.”<

Brandi's Before and After Photo

Brandi K. Lost 38 pounds / 6.6 BMI

“In the beginning I was concerned that after following the standard American diet for 45 years, that it would be hard to make the switch, but it wasn't!  Everything was bursting with flavor, and the combinations were extremely tasty. Some recipes had me scratching my head at first, thinking there was no way it could taste good, but each one of them truly excited me.”

Peggy's Before and After Photo

Peggy H. Lost 31 pounds / 5 BMI

“Dr. Fuhrman is not wrong when he says the last 10 percent is where the most benefit lies. I have purchased all of the 10 in 20 series books, because it is easier for me with my busy life to have a grocery list and pre-planned menus.”

Susan's Before and After Photo

Susan R.  Lost 32 pounds / 5.4 BMI

“My mind is clear and retains what I hear and read – but the best part is that I’m only on Dr. Fuhrman’s supplements and my Nutritarian foods. I feel like I am in my 20’s, which I didn’t feel like when I was in my 20’s, because I was more than 200 pounds and lethargic!”

Susann's Before and After Photo

Susann B. Lost 74 pounds / 12.8 BMI

“For me, the most important part was the help on food addiction. I needed someone who understood the addiction and how real it is, and to understand the emotional attachment I had to food and the need to readjust my thinking and living patterns. Dr. Fuhrman and his team provided that, which I truly appreciated so much during the monthly meetings of the challenge. “

Michael W. Lost 87 pounds / 10.3 BMI

“I focused on being 100% compliant and learning to give myself grace when overeating. The webinars and Facebook group were amazing and so supportive. The first couple of weeks were tough, but I got through them. I worked hard on being mindful and learning about what causes overeating.”

Debra S. Lost 34 pounds / 5.6 BMI

“It is the Nutritarian lifestyle that allows me to live at a healthy weight, free of headaches and small joint pain.”

Clare C. 30 pounds / 5 BMI points

Soriano Family 33 pounds / 5.1 BMI

Tiffany R. 42 pounds / 6.8 BMI

Laura L. 33 pounds / 5.5 BMI


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Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe his longevity-promoting, nutrient dense, plant-rich eating style.
For over 30 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and PBS television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.