During his 4th year in college, George took a semester off to work as an intern in Charlotte, NC. While in North Carolina, he was introduced to the sinful deliciousness that is Southern cooking: hushpuppies, fried okra, fried chicken, sweet teas, all-you-can-eat barbecues (ribs every Tuesday), cornbread, and butter everywhere. He loved every minute of it, all the way up to the moment he got back home to California and saw the surprised looks on the faces of friends and family. "Whoa, you gained a lot of weight!"
This is the exact moment in time George realized that his teenage days of eat-whatever-you-want-and-get-away-with-it were over. Thus began his 17-year journey through the land of yo-yo dieting. There were the three marathons he staggered through, the time he worked up to 200 push ups and 200 sit-ups in 15 minutes (he was trying to impress a girl), the 25 lbs. he lost for his wedding (different girl), and the time he lost 20 lbs. to avoid his family's judgmental looks at a cousin's wedding. Every single time he lost weight, like clockwork, he would eventually put it back on.
Except this time. This time, he lost over 40 lbs. and he has kept it off for almost three years and counting. How did he do it? With a heavy dose of self-awareness and Google-driven research, George started putting together a list of healthy habits that he knew he could live with. Slowly but surely (and sustainably), he got down to his ideal weight. Everyone started asking him how he did it, so he wrote it all down and "The Hungry and Lazy Guide to Diet and Exercise" was born.