Matt Good, part-time nutrition and aging instructor at Youngstown State University and registered dietitian, successfully lost more than 100 pounds about a decade ago. He shed his weight, but he did not lose his inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle.
“I didn’t like the person that I had become in any aspect. I was unhappy in general and came to the conclusion that regaining control of my weight also meant regaining control of my life,” Good said.
Good gained over 100 pounds during his first two years of college, reaching a peak weight of 330 pounds.
“I found my lifestyle taking a drastic turn for the worse, being much less active and eating far worse foods,” he said.
At the age of 23, Good was unsatisfied with his rapid weight gain. He decided to make significant changes to his lifestyle and lost the majority of the weight he had gained.
Good is now 36 years old, and weighs 200 pounds. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from YSU and a master’s degree from the University of Akron. He also owns Good Health Industries, a company that offers comprehensive weight loss solutions to its clients.
Last April, Good published his book “Zero Resistance Weight Loss: How to Lose Weight Naturally and Fast” — a book in which Good shares his own experiences with weight loss.
Cindy Miketa, Good’s client since May 2012 and author of the foreword of his book, said she hopes Good’s words help readers the same way they helped her throughout her weight loss journey.
“This book can have a lasting effect on the readers if they take the time to really read it and actually try to do what the book is talking about. Anyone can follow a diet, but losing weight is so much more than a diet. You have to be ready to change more than just your external self, but also the internal self and that is what Matt’s book is all about,” Miketa said.
Good, unlike typical weight loss authors, pursues a different route on a pathway to a better, healthier life. He warns readers that not a single page in his book is dedicated to diet or exercise.
“It is a journey of identifying the single biggest obstacle that stands in the way of a vast majority of us ever being able to lose weight — ourselves. And that’s a hard lesson to learn,” Good said.
Good called himself a problem solver. He likes to identify what obstacles stand in the path of his clients’ success. Instead of eliminating their bad habits, he helps clients set up a series of behaviors that can be initiated.
“At this point, no longer is weight loss about eating less and exercising more. It becomes about recognizing the bad habits, realizing what triggers them and infusing a different behavior instead. The weight loss becomes a side effect of the behaviors we interject,” he said.
Good also advised his clients to set realistic weight loss goals.
“By eliminating the ‘all or nothing’ mentality of my clients, I allow them to see the truth and logic to the situation at hand,” he said. “Implementation of a series of maintainable healthy habits is far more effective and efficient than any ‘dieting techniques’ on the market today.”
After losing weight and helping others achieve their weight loss goals, Good said he has regained control of his life.
“I can honestly say, I exercise moderately, I eat healthy most of the time, but most importantly, I can live my life without the bounds of having to make every decision revolve around food,” he said.