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PYP 027: Tracy Ryan on Losing 200 Pounds and Gaining Her Life

tracy-ryan-before-afterAt age 29, Tracy Ryan weighed 350 pounds, and was comfortable in her role as the “funny fat girl.”

Then she embarked on an ambitious journey of self-discovery: to lose 200 pounds in one year.

Her story is now public, thanks to the gripping award-winning documentary, UnSuperSizeMe, produced by her trainer, Carly Asse.


In this interview, we go behind the scenes:

  • the difference between motiving yourself with self-love or self-loathing
  • the hard and easy parts of the journey
  • how being a “foodie” helped Tracy transition to a plant-based diet
  • the role of emotional eating in being overweight – and losing that weight
  • what it's like to make a private transformation so public
  • her relationship with Carly and how it evolved during the project and the filming
  • side effects of getting healthy – including some painful ones
  • Tracy's efforts to inspire others

Tracy's blog

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5 comments on “PYP 027: Tracy Ryan on Losing 200 Pounds and Gaining Her Life

  1. Brian Wilson says:

    I just watched “Unsupersize me” and it was great. Congratulation to Tracy and thank you for showing that a Vegetarian/Vegan diet is healthy and can keep you fit and trim.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Tracy, I just watched Unsupersize Me and am so inspired by you! I’d like to follow you in Instragram for ideas on vegan eating, but I’m having a tough time finding you there. What is your handle on Insta?

  2. Cathy Joelson says:

    I live with a vegetarian and yet I still eat meat! After watching unsupersize me I feel so inspired. To think that I can actually do this! Thank you for giving me hope.

  3. Rhonda says:

    I just watched Unsupersize Me again and I was hoping to hear this podcast with Tracy Ryan, but I guess you have taken it off the podcast. I cannot seem to get any farther back than podcast 101. I’m bummed.

    1. Howard says:

      Here you go:

      I’m redoing the audio hosting, should have episodes 1-100 up within a week or two.

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