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Thu, 10/04/2012 - 15:04 -- mike

What is Confydo?

In a nutshell, Confydo is a solution to reclaim your health. Our system is 100% online and there are no meetings to attend. You work on your own and at your own pace.

Who is Confydo for?

Confydo is for everyone. Some people are more interested in weight loss, losing inches and/or toning up. Others may be looking for a way to feel better, think more clearly and have more energy. Some may have even lost a loved one to a health-related disease and want to take preventative action to avoid a similar outcome. Others may be searching for a different approach to existing medical conditions/diseases that are typically treated by prescribing pills or other ways that only address symptoms instead of root causes. Whatever the reason, Confydo was built for you.

What does Confydo mean?

Pronounced (con-fee-doh), the Latin translation (spelled properly as “confido”) is to have confidence in, to be confident of, to rely on, to trust, or to believe.

Who founded Confydo?

See our About page for more details.

Who is Coach?

Coach is an artificial intelligence engine designed to be as personable as possible. Coach's stories are drawn from real life experiences. Over time, Coach learns more about you and provides personalized motivation, support, and encouragement. From a privacy perspective, your personal information is not sold to advertisers. We use the information you provide to enhance your experience with Coach. See our Privacy Policy for complete details.

How does Confydo define health and what it means to be healthy?

Our definition of health is centered around seven key metrics of the body—none of which include the scale—and all of which can be easily tested. We call these metrics your Silent 7. We focus on a specific, yet flexible health game plan (the Confydo Game Plan) to improve them.

I already know how to be healthy, I’m just too busy or stressed out to do it.

Perhaps, but when you consider that 90% of people think they eat healthy and yet 70% are overweight, something isn’t adding up. What if a lot of what you learned about how to be healthy is actually wrong?

Separately, the average American somehow finds time to watch 20-30 hours per week of TV/Netflix/etc. Many also make time for Facebook, other social media sites and video games on their devices.

None of those activities are "bad" in and of themselves. The point is that if we are able to make time available for the above items perhaps we can re-prioritize your health higher so you can spend more time in the kitchen making “real” food.

What is the Confydo Game Plan?

The Confydo Game Plan is short book encompassing a comprehensive health game plan that anyone can follow. It includes a plan of action for your daily, weekly, monthly and annual focus. It's the backbone of our system, and what you'll use to guide you on your path to better health. Here's a graphical illustration.

Is the Confydo Game Plan a diet and how is it different from the millions of different types of other diets out there?

No, this is not a diet. The Confydo Game Plan is a long-term way of living.  A diet is something you go on and then go off, which is why most diets fail over the long-term. We think the best way to fix the short-term is to focus on the long-term from the beginning.

What is your secret sauce?

Confydo's "secret sauce" is that we provide the knowledge, system and tools to dramatically improve your health from the inside out. There are no short-term gimmicks and we focus on the long-term from the beginning.

Instead of the typical work harder approach (i.e., pound away at the gym while limiting your calories) we focus on working smarter.

Our approach to eating and exercise is very different from conventional wisdom.

We try and keep things simple and realistic when it comes to eating. Instead of looking at calories as units of energy (implying they’re all the same) we look at them as either grams of carbs, fat or protein, keeping in mind there are both good and bad sources of each.

Our approach is to keep your grams of good carbs, fat and protein balanced when you eat.

While that may sound like common sense, it actually is almost completely opposite from the now defunct food pyramid and current food plate.

Also, don't worry if it sounds difficult to track how many grams of each you eat over the long-term. We actually suggest you don’t count anything and instead change your way of thinking. Instead of focusing on calories or grams, just focus on ensuring that good carbs, fats and protein are well represented when you eat.

Not only will you find this food incredibly filling, but you’ll also be pleased with your scale results and how you feel. Your Silent 7 is likely to undergo a transformation as well.

In short, the body is an amazing, complex system that needs quality fuel to work well. That's where our recipes will help.

As for exercise, there's no need to spend countless hours slaving away in a gym. If your time is limited like most of us, that actually takes away time that’d be better served in the kitchen.

On that note, our activity plan asks for you to build up to about two hours per week of exercise. We encourage and promote shorter, higher intensity workouts ranging from 10-25 minutes. Combined with our eating plan, you'll be unstoppable.

Will I lose weight on the Confydo Game Plan?

Members executing on the Confydo Game Plan have lost a lot of weight, as you can see from our Success Stories.

While Coach knows most people want to lose a lot of weight, and that is a by-product of the Confydo Game Plan, one theme you will hear over and over again is how your health is about a lot more than your weight.

Do I have to count calories?

It's always up to you, but Coach would prefer you didn't.

Instead, always be conscious of the quality of your calorie since nothing impacts your health more than what you eat. Re-learn what healthy means, eat better food, feel more full and don't obsess about the number of calories. Watch everything else take care of itself!

I thought a calorie was just a calorie...

From an academic perspective, this is true. If you eat too many of any type of calorie, good or bad, you are going to put on weight. In the real world though, this is false. The quality of each calorie affects your body in many different ways. Cravings, satiety, how you feel, fat storage, energy level, mental clarity, etc. are just a few examples.

A big problem is distinguishing good calories from bad ones. Consider that 90% of people think they eat healthy, yet 70% are overweight. These 70% are not overweight because they are eating to many with high-quality calories. We provide a detailed grocery list and versatile recipes, as well as a comprehensive educational campaign, to help you get started.

Do I have to give up the foods I love?

The Confydo Game Plan is not about telling you that you can’t eat something you love.

Don’t fall into the “everything in moderation” or “there’s got to be a balance” traps.

No food or drink is off limits with our approach. Instead, we ask an opposite question: how much is too much or too often?

Instead of subjective phrases that allow you to rationalize doing something whatever and whenever you feel like it, we suggest two tests to answer our above question about “how much is too much?”

The first test is the scale. If you’re not happy with your scale results, you’re getting feedback that perhaps your body does not agree with the “healthy” or “clean” label of a lot of the food you’re eating. Be careful, though, in assuming that everything is good if you’re happy with your scale results. Your health is about a lot more than just your weight.

This brings us to our second test: your Silent 7. No matter what the scale says, you can have ticking time bombs lurking inside you that are not visible. We’re talking about heart disease, prediabetes, diabetes or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease to name a few.

Our Silent 7 and associated guidelines provide tangible metrics to gauge and improve.

What can I eat?

Here are the recipes we get you started with.

While being gluten-free is not a requirement to have success on the Confydo Game Plan, all of our recipes are for a variety of reasons we’ll cover in detail.

That said, it’s important to keep in mind that gluten-free by itself means nothing. Most gluten-free recipes and packaged foods are remanufactured versions of their original selves. Often, they include refined starches (replacing the wheat/gluten) that spike blood sugar, causing that rollercoaster ride of cravings you’re familiar with.

Our recipes use high quality ingredients that are naturally gluten-free.

Besides tasting great, our recipes have incredible nutritional profiles. As a result, you'll feel  full and there’s no need to count calories or anything else. You’ll learn to let your body be your guide as to when and how often to eat. More important: you'll create a significant improvement in your Silent 7 numbers.

  • Breakfast
    • Cinnamon Pancakes (Vegan)
    • Blueberry Pancakes
    • Cinnamon Waffles
    • Amazing Scramble
    • Simple Scramble
    • Oatmeal
  • Protein Shakes & Smoothies (Vegan)
    • Aloha Shake
    • Banana Shake
    • Blueberry Shake
    • Mango Shake
    • Peach Shake
    • Strawberry Shake
  • Protein Shakes & Smoothies (Whey)
    • Chocolate Swirl Shake
    • Peanut Butter Cup Shake
    • Chocolate Banana Shake
  • Lunch/Dinner
    • Spaghetti
    • Baked Chicken Nuggets
    • Fried Chicken Nuggets
    • Cheeseburgers
    • Sweet n Sour Chicken
    • Chicken Kebabs
    • Meatloaf
    • Burrito Bowl
    • Pizza Bowl
    • Feta Chicken
    • Crock Pot Chicken with Mexican Spices
  • Soups & Chili
    • Vegetable Soup
    • Lentil Soup
    • Crock Pot Chili
    • 90 Second Chili
  • Snacks & Sides
    • Carrot Muffins
    • Pumpkin Bread
    • Popcorn
    • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
    • Fried Rice
    • Sautéed Veggies
  • Salads
    • Taco Salad
    • Chicken Fajita Salad
    • Asian Chicken Salad
    • Feta Spinach Salad
    • Tuna Salad
    • Beet Salad
  • Dessert
    • Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Triple Chocolate Cookies
    • Gingerbread Cookies
    • Fudge
    • Chocolate Fondue
    • Chocolate Milk (Dairy-Free)
    • Popsicles

Just as important, we provide an approach to eating that also works when traveling or on-the-go.

Are you compatible with my special diet?

Confydo's eating approach is to keep your grams of good carbs, fats and protein similar. This provides a wide latitude to our approach fitting in with special diet restrictions.

Our recipes do not contain wheat, gluten, soy, processed carbs, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners or lactose.

Rest assured: you do not have to give up the above foods in their entirety to be successful. We just want to provide examples of great tasting “real” food that can be made from scratch from high quality ingredients.

I'm on the go all the time and don't have the time or desire to cook.

Being on-the-go is tough, but the Confydo Game Plan has you covered. Even if you eat out 100% of the time, we'll show you how to eat well—even while traveling.

For example, skip the bagel and juice for breakfast. Instead, go for a vegetable omelette (with or without cheese), a side of ham and a piece of fruit. This is a great way to stay closer to our eating approach when you can't cook your own food.

Another example is bring a simple hand blender to whip up a fruit- or chocolate-based protein shake. They make for a quick and great breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or after workout meal.

Point is: we’re all busy, so don’t let that be an excuse to hold you back from feeling great. We'll give you more great tips when you sign up and as time goes on.

How much do I have to exercise?

Confydo suggests a minimum commitment of two hours per week—not per day. If you currently exercise more often, we have a better suggestion for you: spend more time in the kitchen!

Our exercise approach may be different from what you're used to. For example: instead of two hours of only cardio, break it up into focused higher intensity activities ranging from 10-25 minutes.

We suggest shorter sessions between cardio, core (abs), flexibility and strength training to yield more benefits. The Confydo Game Plan provides specific workout recommendations to maximize these four components.

Is my weight private?

Yes. If you choose, you can change the default setting and allow people to see it.

Does Confydo sell food or other products I have to buy?

Confydo is a free service with no advertising. We stay in business through Coach’s Store (powered by Amazon). The most important aspect of Coach's Store is the Food section. There, you'll find certain ingredients that aren't often found in stores. These are the key ingredients that are foundational to the outstanding nutritional profiles of our recipes.

Each item in Coach’s Store has an explanation about why it makes the cut. You get to decide if you agree they are worth purchasing.

We appreciate your support of Confydo through any purchases you make in Coach’s Store. We hope you find it a convenient, one-stop shop for improving your health.

How do I access Confydo?

You can access Confydo from your desktop, laptop, tablet and/or mobile device. Once you sign up, we encourage you to download our iPhone app for the best experience.

Do I have to participate with friends/family/co-workers?

No, you can go about it on your own if that’s your preference. However, things become more fun and motivating when you have a friend to join in your success. For example, you could invite someone to a 30-Day Challenge (winner gets bragging rights!) or have an accountability buddy when you’re about to fall off the horse. It can also be nice to have someone help with meal preparation. Just one friend can make the odds of long-term success much higher.

What about privacy?

Your health is a private topic and there is nothing we value more than your privacy. We will not annoy you with advertising. We will not sell your personal data to anyone, period. See our Privacy Policy for complete details.

Do I have to wear any electronic devices to track things?

Absolutely not. Somehow, people were able to maintain a good waistline without them 40+ years ago. Now, by all means, if you find them motivating please feel free to use them. They just aren’t required to be successful with our system.

What is the difference between a million, billion and trillion dollars?

Consistent with our wealth theme, here is one simple example of a financial perspective we believe is missing in our country and the world.

Before we get into the specifics of putting a trillion dollars in perspective, consider the following:

  1. Over the last five years, our average annual federal deficit (spending more than money we earn) has been over $1 trillion.
  2. The Federal Reserve is printing over $1 trillion of new money out of thin air every year.
  3. We spend roughly $3 trillion dollars every year on health care costs in this country (75% of which are related to preventable diseases).
  4. Our federal government has official debt of over $17 trillion dollars (although the real number is much higher as we will discuss in the future).
  5. In 1923, a pair of shoes in Germany that had cost just $12 marks 10 years earlier now had a cost of $30 trillion marks. Yes, you read that right and we'll talk more about this in the future.

Getting back to our question, we can all relate to how much a million dollars is, which we know is a lot.  

To put a billion dollars in perspective, you’d have to spend a million dollars a day, every day, for almost three years to get there.  

Much more mind-boggling is the trillion dollar number which is now thrown around like it’s nothing.

To put a trillion dollars in perspective, if you go back to when Jesus Christ was born and spent a million dollars every single day between then and now, you wouldn’t even be close to spending a trillion dollars.

Stunningly, it would take you over 700 more years of spending a million dollars every single day to spend one trillion dollars! Most people wouldn’t even have a clue how to spend that much money.

This is a small example of the types of things we’ll be talking about in the future related to increasing your financial IQ.

How do I get started?

Simple: create an account. It's free!