A 3 minute read.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
Lawrence (Larry) Amato
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
My Bride-Marianne, 3 sons-Christopher-27 Zachary-18 and Evan-15. I am an Operations Manager for HNI Global
How did you get introduced to PLT?
Coach Patti’s transformation inspired my wife and I.
Who is your coach?
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach.
2. Straight shooter
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
Easy!!!! I just did it.. first week was a small bump, once over that, I went in feet first.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
Not many really... I was a vegetarian for about 7 years in my 20’s... I was in great shape back then and ate/worked out responsibly .... this program works for me because it’s not really a program... for me... it’s an education on how to eat properly
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
I was pushing 250 lbs with a cholesterol and high blood pressure issue... and at age 52 I didn’t want to go into my later years overweight. My wife and I decided why not get back to the way we were when we met each other; for me it’s 185 and that’s where I’m headed. And that’s where I plan to stay.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
I love the energy that I have and I love that I can fit into all of my clothes not just my fat ones.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
My advice would be, if you’re considering it then you’ve already made up your mind to join. Anyone can do anything and everyone is capable, so why not you? I have a dear friend who would eat nothing but beef and potatoes and now... he lost over 45 pounds on the PLT program and is eating cottage cheese and yogurt. If he can do that, then we all can do that. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to the people who love you to own your body and not let the food you eat own your body.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
I’d like to know your story
Thanks for the question!
I was a typically very active child and younger person. I got into bodybuilding and powerlifting at 13 and if I’m honest it kinda sidetracked my schooling, certainly hijacked my exams at 16!
Through my 20s I still lifted with friends but in my 30s and 40s quit exercise and had a family, drank too much wine & slowly gained weight. Eventually at the end of 2014 I had hit 226lb and enough was enough. I embarked on 5 days a week CrossFit & made something dietary changes and limited alcohol to weekends. I lost 57lb in 20 weeks. I then maintained myself for approx 18 months but just didn’t look how I felt I should, considering I trained most days. Eventually I worked with 2 different coaches and stripped the remaining bodyfat off, tota 70lb lost.
That sounds like a truly epic story but it has its negatives too; I was (in my opinion) over dieted down to 158lb by my coach, I’m at 180lb today, and my regular weight I would say is about 174. At the time I thought I looked great but looking back I did not. I went on my own and quickly regained 10lb weight. It taught me a lot about morals and ethics and the way the industry is focused sadly. During that time I taught myself a lot about nutrition and I knew I wanted to be a coach myself, so I would read and listen to podcasts daily. Eventually I became a coach and started PLT, the rest they say...
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.