344 Pounds: The Book is Coming

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  1. Jerry says:

    I would buy one copy for myself and buy two to give to a couple of guys at work I know… .they need some inspiration!!!!

  2. Mercedes says:

    Absolutely! You are an amazing inspiration and true testament to the power of willpower! Congratulations on your continued weight loss and big announcement!

  3. Nia says:

    I would definitely buy the book!!!

  4. Kyle says:

    Awesome idea Tyler. Good luck getting is published.

    I would certainly read your book.

  5. Jason says:

    Congrats on the book. I’ll buy it as soon as it is released. As of today, I have lost what you started out at. What a journey it’s been.

  6. Buckeye Betty says:

    I find your writing style relatable and inspirational. You are not pushing anything that anyone cannot do (i.e. you are a realist). I think it is what people need to hear – that weight loss is not an overwhelming task that cannot be conquered. It is an everyday approach to life and weight loss.

  7. Alisha says:

    I’m excited with you 🙂

  8. Molly says:

    Count me in on buying the book!

  9. Steve says:

    KNEW IT! Hehehe

    I’d totally buy your book, can’t wait to hear more about it!

  10. Keith says:

    Congrats! I think you will show it can be done by everyone…

  11. Shelli Belly says:

    Congrats! Your blog was one if the first I read that actually gave me a glimmer of hope. Great Job!

  12. That’s awesome!! I’ll buy one too!! Will you autograph mine???

  13. Mike says:

    I called it!

    But yes, I certainly would buy a copy, your work on yourself is truelu inspirational.

  14. Jaclyn says:

    Tyler the TANK!! Wooo hooo! Schweeeetttt! Of course I would buy your book, you help me run! 🙂 Did 14 more this Saturday, and it was awesome!

  15. Tara says:

    I’d buy it only if you promise to put a chapter in there about being called Tyler the Tank!!!

    Just kidding, I’d so buy it even if you wrote it in crayon on construction paper!

  16. Sandralee says:

    Are you kidding me? I would buy it in a heartbeat!

  17. Katie55 says:

    I am preordering on Amazon right now! Oh, wait….I need a title first I guess. I will buy it and give away copies as well.
    Fantastic news!

  18. Joann says:


    First post. I found your site a couple of months ago and you inspired me to get up and MOVE. I like your straight talk, honesty and humor. YES, I will buy your book. Can’t wait!

  19. Michelle says:

    Congratulations Tyler!!!

  20. k8 says:

    tyler: i am a physical therapist from DC working in physical therapy and reaching out every day to people that are struggling with journey’s of their own. while most of my pateint’s have lost limbs or serious injuries and i am always trying to find new ways to motivate them. i think that your book of your journey will truely inspire my patients of my physical therapy practice on their journeys. thanks for the great posts and i hope you can find a publisher that wants to publish this great journey!

  21. will says:

    So proud of you, man! Can a Lifetime movie be far behind? It’s been incredible sharing your journey this past year — watching you grow as your waistline got smaller. I can only imagine how many others your book will inspire. You may have really find your callling! Great job, Tyler!

  22. Lynne Garcia says:

    Would I buy your book??? Oh hell yes!!!!!

  23. Chad says:

    That’s great, Tyler! Good luck shopping your book!

  24. Tyler says:

    Thanks for commenting for the first time! I don’t find a lot of time to reply to comments myself these days, but I always read every single one. If you have any questions, I’ll typically answer them.

  25. Tyler says:

    You better believe that as soon as I have a title, you’ll know it too.

  26. Tyler says:

    What about magic marker?

  27. Tyler says:

    I have another race on the 24th, I need to build a team — you in?

  28. Tyler says:

    Absolutely 🙂

  29. Tyler says:

    Nice to see you again, Will.

    Who would play me in the movie?

  30. Tyler says:

    The enthusiasm — I like it.

  31. Marla says:

    Newbie here, but had to add my 2 cents to this one…only been following a few weeks…the unrealistic plans, goals, diets, etc have had me FRUSTRATED for a long time. A friend found your blog and passed it onto me and I love your tone and that you are realistic and as discussed last week…PRACTICAL. You are a fabulous motivator and truly inspiring!

    Good luck, thanks for all you offer to those of us watching/reading, and congrats on this new venture in your life!

    I WILL so buy this book.

  32. Jessica says:

    I would buy the book!

  33. Frank Dobner says:

    I think that this story could be very validating, resourceful and motivational for people that have lost hope. Nice. We’re on your side.

  34. Gina E says:

    I will totally buy your book! My hubby is in the same spot you were a year ago. Maybe a little heavier. He’s tried to lose weight in the past, but always goes right back up. And I think he’d like to read something practical, like your story, for inspiration. Would definitely buy it!

  35. Will it be available on IPad? XD

  36. Kevin says:

    What race are you doing on the 24th?

  37. Kevin says:

    I would certainly buy a copy!

  38. Jason says:

    I have been following you from nearly the beginning and tend to call you out during the tough weeks. This is a tough week for a different reason.

    According to a 2008 CDC study, about one out of every three Americans is now considered obese. These figures are as astronomical as the people themselves. If you look back at our country’s history, our populace has always been inundated with a myriad of bad food choices. McDonalods has been around for far longer than the obesity crises and will continue to thrive after it ends.

    As you are well aware, your approach to losing weight works because you are eating less and exercising more creating a caloric deficiency causing your body to burn fat to supplement your daily energy requirements. As you build muscle, your energy requirements for maintaining it increase causing your body to burn more fat (and other muscle) to make up for shortfall. I think your approach to weight-loss is reasonable and a gateway for normal people to begin living a truly healthy lifestyle.

    Keyword being gateway.

    Here’s the problem, by encouraging people to lose weight this way, you are not giving them the tools to keep weight off after exercise has ended. By rewarding exercise with foods high in sugar, loaded with saturated fat, you are putting these insidious products up on an even higher pedestal. If people grow bored from working out 4-5 times a week, go on vacation, or get injured, they will not have coping mechanisms to suddenly resists foods they have continued to enjoy during their “healthy lifestyle”.

    Food is fuel. As someone with an Italian background and who derives pleasure from amazing lasagna or perfectly prepared cannoli, this is a hard concept to instill but inevitably necessary to break the cycle of weight loss / weight gain.

    Here is a quote from your new sponsor’s webpage on the right-hand corner

    “Fast Food: Most diets also tell you to avoid fast food. Fast food is not ideal food, but having it once, twice or three times a week will not prevent you from losing weight. In fact, some people can eat 8 Big Macs in one day and still lose weight. Yes, EIGHT BIG MACS a day and still lose weight. ”

    Do you think this is an appropriate message to be sending to people? Will your book contain similar insights?

    I hope not and I hope you take an honest and transparent approach to your plan.

    Good work this week, let’s finish this thing up in April and celebrate.

  39. Tyler says:

    My sponsor can speak for themselves, but when I say something like you can eat 8 cheeseburgers a day and still lose weight nobody is literally suggesting you do that.

    The option is available, however.

    I understand, but totally disagree with your point of view, much like the majority of people that read my lost post.

    Here’s what should happen:

    – 350 pound man decides to lose weight
    – loves big mac meals, so he literally eats 6 a day
    – loses 30 pounds in a few months
    – realizes he can actually lose weight
    – weight loss is moving along, so he starts to get more involved in fitness and healthy eating
    – sees firsthand (not told) the benefits of losing weight and realizes big macs aren’t so healthy for him
    – cuts back to 3 big macs a day, eats salad for other meals
    – loses another 30 pounds, but weight loss is slowing
    – sees firsthand the benefits of losing a lot of weight and wants to continue, so cuts back on the big macs more


    It goes on and on and on until he hits his ideal weight. He slowly becomes educated, but more important he’s able to stick on his diet for life. He’s able to have a Big Mac when he wants, in moderation, and exercise in between. He doesn’t have to stay in the gym 2 hours a day, just like I don’t.

    As you said, it’s a gateway. Telling people they can have eight Big Macs a day doesn’t mean they will, all it tells them is that their new lifestyle won’t steal their “favorite” foods away. This is key to someone who needs to lose weight, particularly a lot of weight, and has had bad habits their entire lives.

    It may not work for you, Bob, or Bill down the road. But it worked for me and is working for thousands of others that follow the blog.

    I appreciate your rare comment, as always. Glad to know I can always count on you being there when you disagree with me.

  40. Tara says:

    only if that magic marker is my favorite color: orange!

  41. Samantha says:

    I have read your blog since it was on CNN but I have not commented. I think your blog and your weight loss are impressive. However, I don’t think I would buy your book. First, although you have demonstrated the ability to lose a significant amount of weight in a relatively short period of time, you have yet to demonstrate that you can maintain your weight – a critical elemant for an author of a weight loss book, in my opinion. Second, you often make glaring grammatical errors, including using the word “their” when you are referring to a single person. As an avid reader, I find these types of errors acceptable in a blog but unforgiveable (and, frankly, unpublishable) in a book. Finally, I’m concerned that you will try to sell your weight loss plan rather than your weight loss story. If the former, I doubt very much that any physician would approve of your plan. Rewarding yourself with food is a bad message to send and taking the amount of pleasure from food that you seem to is frightening. Instead of focusing on how to eat the foods you love in moderation, perhaps you should focus on why your love (if not obsession) with food has seemingly ruled your life for so long?

    I will continue to read the blog, but I will not buy the book.

  42. Tyler says:

    Appreciate the honesty. You bring up valid points, but keep in mind that a book has an editor and I may even have ghostwriter. I write blog posts extremely quickly and have very little time for proofreading, unfortunately.

    A book would be very, very different.

    Secondly, I’d be telling both sides — story and method. I disagree with not being able to find a physician that would agree with me — I have many e-mail me and comment as well agreeing with my method to lose weight. Moderation is key.

    Lastly, I can’t help that the weight loss hasn’t been maintained yet. You certainly can’t hold that against me and I don’t think that will have any impact on whether or not someone buys the book.

    You’re the first one to say today via e-mail/facebook or the blog that they wouldn’t buy the book. That’s okay, maybe I’ll send you a copy for free.

  43. Laura says:

    I’m a newbie but have been lurking for awhile! I would def. buy your book as you have been so inspiring! Don’t let others get you down 😉

    P.S. you need a new pic 😀

  44. stonesmommy says:

    I would definitely buy the book for myself and few more for friends! So excited for you, and you should be so proud of your achievements!

  45. ty says:

    You’re so right. It’s much better to fail at a pure diet than completely change your life with a process that actually works. You might die at 30, but you’ll be idealogically pure after all. Yeah, that was sarcasm.

    You criticizers make me laugh in a sad way.

  46. Craig says:

    I would totally buy it…if you signed it for me! 🙂

    (or not, but I had to try!)

  47. Gelene says:

    Here is my 2 thumbs up for you and your story :! !: Oh, and I will buy your book. At least once!

  48. kate says:

    I would buy it at minimum to support you but probably not for a while. I also agree with whoever said it was time for a pic update.

  49. Jen says:

    I can’t resist. Does anyone else see the humor in someone bashing Tyler for grammar when she has just mangled the word “element” in the previous sentence? I write, edit and proofread for a living and don’t find Tyler’s blog the least bit offensive. In fact, I enjoy following it and find it very inspirational. 🙂

  50. Tabitha says:

    I will most definitely buy your book!

  51. Cory says:

    YAY!! I’ll buy your book and I will come to you for an autograph when you go on your book tour 😀
    Congrats this is fabulous news!

  52. k8 says:

    Samantha didn’t “bash” Tyler for his grammar; rather, she complimented him and offered him an honest answer in response to a question the HE posed. Moreover, as a professional proofreader and editor, you should know that a spelling error – which in this case is not even that, but a typo – is not a grammatical error. Grammar and spelling are unrelated entities. There is nothing wrong with Samantha, or anyone else, offering feedback on a blog that is not entirely positive, especially when it’s solicited. You may want to lighten up.

  53. Jill says:

    Calling you out on your grammar at this point in the game is simply nit-picking and trying to find things to throw at you. I actually think your spelling and grammar are far better than most blogs I read. An “avid reader” like our commentator above ought to know that books are thoroughly edited before hitting the press. In fact, her entire post wreaks of someone who is possibly jealous of your success and attention received (deservingly) for what you have accomplished.

    But alas… this is not about Tyler’s punctuation skills or those who wish to stay out of his fan club, or point out that even though he’s lost over 100 lbs., he still makes occasional spelling mistakes; it is about Tyler’s weight loss journey and the thousands of those who are burning fat as we speak because of the inspiration that Tyler has stirred up inside of them.

    Since you haven’t reached your goal weight yet, Tyler, you can’t be expected to maintain your ideal weight (and I’m sure you knew that). However, you are maintaining other things like a steady weight loss, motivation, awareness, regular exercise, and this blog. It is more than most. You also haven’t given up. I can’t find one post on your blog where you have written that you were giving up.

    I don’t know if every physician out there would agree with your advice. Maybe not. But all would agree that you’re better off weighing 203 lbs. than 344 lbs…… You aren’t starving yourself, you lost the weight in a healthy time frame, you had a few flops off the wagon like most, and you are physically active. And you are determined.

  54. Kristi says:

    I would buy your book without a doubt, and buy it as a gift for several people that struggle with their weight that I know. I think your approach to weight loss is realistic and sensible and it fits in with everyday life as I know it. Most dieters give up once they “give in” and have a *bad* meal or go overboard, then the eating frenzy begins. I have had that vicious cycle the last twenty years. Only when I began to realize I just might slip up every once in awhile and that it was really OK to do that; did I actually start losing weight.

    As for the grammatical errors, I did not notice. I often make them myself when blogging or facebooking and only see them when I go back to reread. Time is also a factor. For a book, I am sure you will have an editor that goes over it with a fine tooth comb.

  55. will says:

    I’m going to have to give that some serious thought, lol. I think you should ask your readers 🙂

  56. Samantha says:

    I’m sorry that my post is so unpopular. Tyler asked a question and I answered it. I guess readers of this blog only want to read comments that say “yay” and “you an inspiration,” without any any real feedback. As a side note, I did not critique Tyler’s spelling or punctuation – only his grammar. Further, I am not the one endeavoring to write a book.

    Finally, my comment that Tyler has not maintained his goal weight was not meant as an attack. I was simply trying to point out that one who authors a book about weight loss methods should have the elemEnt of time on his side. Apparently, this was lost on the readers.

    It is clear that candid comments and constructive criticism are not welcome on this blog so, contrary to my original post, I will no longer be reading.

  57. Tyler says:

    There are a few candid and constructive comments coming toward you right now for something you said, so yes, candid/constructive comments are allowed. I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. I receive dozens of them every day through Facebook, e-mail, and comments. I could do everything exactly right (whatever that means) and some guy in Decatur would have a problem with me saying “such and such” 95 days ago in a blog post I made when I was half-asleep.

    Good thing I don’t let them bother me, otherwise I would’ve closed up shop a long time ago. Also, I’ll make sure to ask my 1-year old to wait a little longer to play so I can proofread more carefully. While I’m at it, I’ll ask the media, my wife and boss as well, and maybe see if my gym can close a little later (I already go close to 9 PM).

    With that being said, I appreciate you reading the blog. Bye.

  58. Ninabi says:

    I would buy your book- but can we, your readers, get signed copies?

    I think your book would dispel the notion that it’s not all genetics or that people have to accept their fate of being obese. A book geared towards male readership would be good. Men (at least the ones I know) have no interest in salads, yogurt and God forbid, any sort of exercise program that includes a hyperactive guy in pink shorts “sweating to the oldies”.

    You made the seemingly impossible, possible. I do think readers would relate to your years before your weight loss. Pictures. Lot of them- the type where people will go, Whoa, no way is that the same guy…!

    And the story includes BBQ? And fast food? And a time line that is long, but not unreasonable (a year).

    Yes, I’d buy your book.

  59. Jamie says:

    So, just to clarify something, you’ve had a literary agent ask you to put together a PROPOSAL for a book. Have you actually had a publisher say they’d buy it?

    I ask because I recently had an agent approach me and ask me to write a book proposal (related to the psychology of video games, not weight loss) but he was very clear up front that this may or may not go anywhere. I’m wondering what your experiences in the proposal writing are so far.

    Also, everybody, don’t be too hard on folks like Samantha who offer dissenting opinions. By their nature blogs and comments are insular and omit the people who disagree with you because those people just don’t come back much less leave comments. So such views should be valued because they’re underrepresented here.

  60. Jason says:

    I’ve thought about this a lot since Monday. After re-reading what I wrote, reading your response, and thinking about weight loss in general, I think that we actually agree on a lot.

    I think that your method of weight loss where you subtlety change a few things and see dramatic results is the right way to go. I think my only concern is after the goal weight / body type is slipping back into bad habits because you are still having tiny amounts of food that got you fat in the first place. Before you know it you have one crazy weekend with A LOT of bad food and then all of a sudden you are craving it all week and you are back at your old quantities to stay fulfilled.

    Am I crazy? Probably. I just feel at one point though that the spell that bad food holds over all of us needs to be broken for you to truly “win” this battle.

    I hope you reach your goal soon 🙂

  61. Rachael says:

    YAY! That is so exciting, I’m happy for you! And, of course I will totally buy your book!

  62. I’d buy the book for sure, I’ve bought a couple of such books and love to read success stories!

  63. tony says:

    If it’s even half as entertaining and inspirational as your blog has been for the last year, it sounds like it will be a great read. I’m definitely in for a copy.

  64. oceanchica says:

    Congrats! I knew it would be a book!! I’d definitely buy it if it got published in the UK (or imported!) 🙂

  65. Lizz says:

    Definitely would buy your book and will buy a few extras for friends/family. Can’t wait for the release!
    Good luck with everything!

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