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About Me

In 2001, the only vegetable I ate was ketchup

I was 60lbs overweight and I felt invisible. My life “accidentally” changed and I went from an out-of-shape, overweight office worker to a male model.

In January 2012, I created the Stefan Pinto Facebook C Diet; an online care coaching system that helps you to lose weight with a cell phone camera and support from the Facebook community. 20 participants receive compulsion control coaching and find out if most of their food choices are based on either Convenience, Calories or Cost — or a combination of all three! The project is supported by top-shelf, household brands including Chobani, Nordic Naturals, Manitoba Harvest, Vega, Oxylent, Tilvee and Earth Balance. Click here to see.

My first book was published in 2011. It is called Fat-to-Fit: 50 Easy Ways to Lose Weight and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in the Apple iBooks store.

Stefan Pinto
My "Before and After"

In 1986, my parents emigrated to America from Trinidad. I knew little, if anything then about life, purpose and why things happen. Today, I earn a living as a paid, male-model (my first assignment was a campaign for Sears Eyewear, my most recent was a promotional campaign for Tilvee which launched in Whole Foods. I am also in the Screen Actors Guild following my role on Burn Notice. I became an accidental writer while serving jury duty in Miami (the case was dismissed). I am a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Before that, I worked as a UI designer for a very large pharmaceutical firm and also for a huge investment bank.

HOW I GOT FAT AND BECAME A COMPLAINER:
Every Friday night, I dined on Pizza Hut® Stuffed Crust Meat Lovers with a serving of do-you-want-to-start-with-some-Burnin’- Hot- Buffalo-Wings?-Yes-please! And an orange soda. Because I needed something sweet. Dessert: a heaping, three-scoop; vanilla, chocolate, chocolate, Baskin Robbins® Build-Your-Own™, banana split, Macadamia and marshmallow sundae. On Fridays, my frequent, ice cream lover, card let me save one dollar because I was part of the club. It really does add up, a dollar.

The barista, at the Wall Street location, called me “Venti White Mocha”

Five days a week, I rushed to catch three different trains, my life as a highly-paid, Wall Street, computer programmer was typical. I seemed content. My Starbucks® Venti White Chocolate Mocha accompanied the two-hour commute. At $4.55 a pop, this, three-a-day, sweet-mix was not only gratifying; it served as a post-lunch repose and “one more for the road” anticipation (incidentally, the barista, at the Wall Street location, called me “Venti White Mocha.”). Include a plain (cough, chocolate) croissant for breakfast, a shrink-wrapped, ready-made, chicken salad sandwich for lunch and train station, pepperoni pizza for dinner, I settled into the comfortable, rat race of happiness, ready to do it all over again, tomorrow.

Stefan Pinto
My "before" and "after"

I was fat and I kept getting fatter. I was also in a relationship and unhappy. Unhappy with myself, how I looked and how I felt. I became a general, all-around, pain-in-the-butt, chronic complainer. I began taking over-the-counter pills for seasonal allergies, which easily escalated into more potent meds from my doctor, as apparently, “allergy season was getting worse.” Another doctor prescribed migraine medicine which I even contemplated taking the entire bottle. Following lunch, I would pop a purple pill, to calm excessive heartburn, “a potentially scary, age-related disease that could destroy my esophagus and lead to cancer and eventual death.”

I believed that weight gain was a natural by-product of getting older

The a-ha! moment happened when I realized that being a regular, everyday person only results in regular, everyday circumstances.

There’s a saying that “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” and one Monday morning in September, I did something differently. It wasn’t an extraordinarily outlandish act, considered risky in hindsight; nor was it an act propelled by nothing other than faith and hope. It was quite simple. In fact, it was rather mundane. And it certainly wasn’t planned.

Whole Foods Tweets Stefan Pinto

I was fat and I felt invisible, so perhaps it was serendipity, that on this day, I also felt courageous.

What happened next would be the beginning of my new life. Find out in my first book, Fat-to-Fit: 50 Easy Ways to Lose Weight, now available for the iPad, iPhone, Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle.

STEFAN PINTO LIKES THIS! My interview in The New York Times about my abs :-)

  • Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, superb blog!

    Hayley

    7:16 am
    19/12/2012

  • Hi Stefan. I just wanted to thank you for your daily tips and for sharing your photos. You have an amazing story. I am looking forward to reading more about you and will buy your book.

    Dave White

    4:10 am
    01/12/2011

  • Your story is amazing!!!

    Kenneth

    4:07 am
    01/12/2011

  • What you did for your health is amazing and inspiring.

    Saranna DeWylde

    1:46 pm
    30/11/2011

  • Your story is amazing.

    Rona

    4:18 pm
    29/10/2011

  • You are an amazing person and extremely inspirational! Thank you for encouraging self improvement through mainly taking personal actions. My wife and I have benefited tremendously from your knowledge and motivation. Keep up the great work! By the way the book in phenomenal.

    Paul Mitchell

    12:32 am
    15/09/2011

  • I bought your book on the Kindle and I must say that your transformation is very motivating.

    Aaron

    1:17 pm
    12/09/2011

  • Hi, we have the same first name. I am artist, graphic designer (and i just started doing the web se, musician, writer.
    I was looking to buy my own domain name*(since ive been using a free one for about a year now) and of course i tried for Stefan.com
    taken of course. while doing research on website traffic to that site, (which has almost none) i came accoss your site. i thought u were just a model, then i saw you wrote a book, and shortly there after i saw that you make art just as i do.
    So besides congratulating for your impressive physical transform, i just wanted to say that you’re quite talented and you’re story is and your level of success is inspirational. thanks.
    Keep up the good work man.

    Stefan Reckson

    10:07 am
    12/09/2011

  • Parabens sou Brasileiro ; e fico feliz em participar de teu bloger!
    Parabens Rubens Rosas Juniior,

    Rubens Rosas

    4:36 am
    28/07/2011

  • Congratulations!Have is a very nicr picture….sexy hot!!

    Rubens Rosas

    4:34 am
    28/07/2011

  • Stefan, you have come so very far and your strength amazes and inspires me…The change is more than skin deep yet your beautiful soul still shines true! hugs!
    Debra aka @momsofamerica

    Debra Cincioni

    3:40 am
    30/06/2011

  • Truly inspiring what you did to transform yourself and make it happen. What would you say is the single most important thing someone most to to change themselves physically?

    David Schoner

    2:30 am
    23/06/2011

  • Thank you for all your inspiration over the years. You truly embody healthy living both physically and mentally. Your journey, passion, commitment, wit and educational posts are truly what changes the lives of everyone you meet! Keep it up! I pass your site along to so many people!

    Kristie McNamara

    1:15 am
    17/06/2011

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