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I’d like to make you an offer you can’t refuse, I want you to join the MVFIA. Don’t worry, no one’s sleeping with no fishes - MVFIA simply stands for MAN V FAT Intense Accountability. It’s a new, 30 day experiment that is designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve sending off for expensive equipment or giving yourself aloe vera enemas. It’s actually pretty exciting and is based on actual science. Read on to find out more…

What is MAN V FAT Intense Accountability? Intense Accountability is simply a term that encapsulates one of the most misunderstood keys to weight loss, namely that you have to hold yourself accountable if you are going to achieve your goals. It's all very well to formulate the best diet or exercise plan ever ("I'm going to give up sugar and unicycle across the county - EVERY DAY!") but unless you stick to it then it's just words. In most diet programmes accountability means a once-a-week weigh in. You start to bond with the group who you're dieting with and that communal sense of mission gives you an added incentive to stick to your plan. Intense Accountability takes that process and cranks it up several notches. Under the MVFIA process, you are accountable:

  1. To a much smaller group
  2. To that group every single day

You see in a larger group that meets weekly it's possible to keep quiet and slowly go off the boil. You might miss one meeting, or you just fail to hit a target and the impact is lessened. Maybe the group stops interacting with you as much, because they're focusing on the ones who are still on point. Your energy drops and you gradually stop caring and fall out of step with your goals. This doesn't just weaken your efforts, it damages the whole group. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN WITH MVFIA. How does it work?

  • MVFIA groups have just seven people in them
  • Everyone is trying to achieve their own goal
  • Groups post to their own private section of the TALK: forum at least twice a day .
  • Each group is scored based on what percentage of their group they get through the 30 days and what percentage achieve their stated goal.
  • There's a weekly weigh in.

That's it. Our hypothesis is that keeping a very visible, daily level of accountability in a small group means that you simply can't go missing. It's achieve, or leave.

What do you have to do?

If you join a MVFIA group then you commit to stating a reasonable goal to achieve in the next 30 days. You don't have to follow any particular diet or exercise plan, you could go paleo, you could do Insanity P90X - it's your choice, your group might discuss it with you, but you're the boss of you. Most importantly, you commit to posting two times a day on a private (i.e. only you and the other members of your group will be able to see this) Talk forum thread. One of those posts has to be your daily tracking info - what you ate, what you drank, what exercise you did. The other post can be anything - cheering on your other group members, isolating a challenge you're facing that day, celebrating a victory, posting some random motivational thing you found that might give others a boost - it's your call.

I'm in - how do I join the MVFIA?

Simple - head to this thread and join the thousands who have lost on average 8lbs. The only thing you have to lose is fat.

Ok, I’ll start the ball rolling. I’m in (obvs) and I’ll lead one of the groups. In the next 30 days I want to lose five pounds.

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Yep I’d like to give it a go. I want to get to 15st 10lbs which means loosing another 7lbs. That would be 1st in total and half way to my initial goal of loosing 2st by Christmas. Mind you I don’t believe my scales have 15st on them!

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I will give this a go.
Just hope I can keep up with the logging on whilst on holiday.
Only going Yarmouth so shouldn’t be a major issue.

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I’d like to join a group, my goal would be to drop 12lb in the 30 days.

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Sounds really good. I want to do it, but the last day is the 5th August by my calculations and I will be on the second day of a cruise in the Med, which is a whole day at sea! If I can post that day I will do so. I want to lose another 9lbs by my holiday.

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Love this approach. Most of us know what we have to do and have good intentions. I won’t bore anyone with theories of behaviour (I attended a one day conference and I’m now an expert) but we all know intentions don’t always lead to actions.
I’m in and my 30 day goal is 10lbs.

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Yes - I may not be a bout camp contender or even a couch to 5k guy yet - but I will take part and aim to actually lose weight - sign me up

This will be a true challenge as we are moving house at end of month - the extra work will either help or I will be resisting the quick bites of cake and fast food

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I’m definitely in.

I think 12lbs would be an intimidating enough goal

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Fab start, nearly two full groups in a couple of hours. Will check again on Monday and get the threads set up.

Get ready for Monday…

Honestly, I think 12lbs is unrealistic. It puts a hell of a lot of pressure on yourself. If you want to stick with it, fair play but do you think it’s sensible?

Good man, what’s your goal?

Is 10lbs doable? Only you can say but I’d think you were setting yourself up for a fall. Why not say, more than 6lbs?

Should have wrapped all these up in one! Would it be better to say more than 6lbs? That way you’re not gutted when you’ve only lost 10?

You know I struggle so realistically 6 lbs will make me proud - 3 lb first week as it’s easier and water loss and 1lb a week steady and slow will be fine for me

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Count me in… I would like to lose 8lbs in the next 30 days.

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Yes. 6lbs isn’t enough of a challenge to get me excited or making changes. It would be too easy to think that a safe and recommended 1.5lb per week fat loss is too easy and subsequently not achieve it . Does that make sense? Aiming for 2.5lbs per week will require determination, dedication and discipline. I’ll need to overhaul my diet. Plan and prepare meals. Train smarter. Currently carrying about 50lbs of fat, so even if I “only” lose six, I’ll hopefully be back on the right track.

Okay I’m in. Put me down for 6lbs+ in 30 days

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Haha, it gives me a terrifying insight into your standards for yourself! 1.5lbs isn’t exactly slow! Dude, you must be exhausted!

I’m hugely overweight, I don’t want to go for a lightweight challenge and look like I’ve made it easy for myself!!

I will compromise and go 10lbs over 30 days!

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