RVL Stories

Success Stories:

Rick Parlante

MonaVie Blue Diamond Executive

Rick Parlante (Before) BEFORE
Rick Parlante (After) AFTER

At the ripe young age of 55, I realized that my metabolism had been adjusting for some time. I had been struggling with my weight for over 10 years. No matter how much I exercised it didn't seem to come off. I own a Ju Jitsu club in Naples, Florida, so training had to happen at whatever weight. I just learned to manage my routine with the increased weight.

While I realize that my busy schedule had a lot to do with my eating habits, I thought increased exercise would more than compensate. I guess I was wrong. Last year this before picture was taken during The MORE project expedition in Brazil. I weighed in at 267 pounds. I had it as a screen saver on my computer and got a ton of comments from people who saw it. They couldn't believe I actually was that overweight. I realized that weight gain can be quite innocent. I didn't just go from 200 pounds to 267 overnight. I was off track just a little, but for a long enough period of time, so I didn't really notice the weight gain until that picture was taken.

In June, my doctor told me that I needed to make some changes or my health would suffer. Needless to say I wasn't happy about any of this. MonaVie juices had been great for me, and when they announced the new MonaVie RVL product coming out in the fall, I couldn't wait to try it. My only concern was, would I still be hungry after having a shake?

The minute the product became available I was all in. I increased my frequency of exercise to 30 minutes a day, 4 to 5 days a week. I didn't feel hungry with the shakes, so getting through the day was easy. The pounds started melting away, which really fueled my desire and focus to stick with it. My BMI was 38.5% in September and now it's 23.5%. I've lost 52 pounds and now have a goal to lose 15 more by the end of May. I have a new waist size of 36 coming from 46 previously.

I started jogging about six weeks ago, something I have never done in my life. I'm averaging 15 to 18 miles a week and loving it. I'm a new person and feeling great. (My wife says I'm half the man I used to be.) I always knew that weight played a huge role in one's health. I just never realized just how one's outlook could dramatically change with weight loss. My congratulations to MonaVie for yet another stellar product.