Achieving your ideal body shape without counting calories or exercising?
That sounds like a dream, especially with the saturated world of fitness influencers and diet fads telling us that it’s impossible to get even remotely healthy without some “special science”.
But then I discovered the WildFit Quest by Eric Edmeades on Mindvalley.
WildFit is all about going back to the basics of nutrition and listening to your body and what it wants.
And I did this program completely from start to finish — so did it work for me?
In a way, yes.
If you want to learn how to eat intuitively — without restrictions and the constant upkeep of being in the gym — then read more about my WildFit review below.
Why I Gave Mindvalley’s WildFit Quest A Shot
Whether you’re spending $50 or $5,000, it’s never an easy choice to spend money online.
So the first thing you need to ask yourself is — why do I want this?
I want to start with my “why”, to give you a little background on my mindset when I jumped into the WildFit Challenge.
I’ve always been a pretty healthy guy.
That’s not to say I’m a health nut; I’ve never tracked my macros or competed in sports or athletics, but I’ve always taken just enough care of my body to stay fit and healthy.
And I’m sure many people fall in that same category.
But I’ve noticed my age a lot over the last few years, and it’s starting to feel like time is finally catching up with me.
I don’t feel like I have the same limitless reservoir of energy that I had in my 20s; I can’t just get up and work or party for as long as I want anymore.
For the first time in my life, I actually feel vulnerable, and that feeling can be so terrifying.
You just wonder: is this my life from now on?
Is my youth finally over, and now I have to live with weird aches and unknown pains, and I’m just going to get slower and slower until I’m stuck at home all the time?
So of course, I checked out Mindvalley and asked around the community for the best course (or “Quest”) that might help me.
And almost everyone recommended the WildFit challenge by Eric Edmeades.
And honestly, I was reluctant.
Not only was this course not available on the All Access Pass, it was also slightly more expensive than the average Mindvalley course.
So I had to do a bit more research than usual on Eric and figure out why so many people had recommended this guy.
Long story short, Eric’s approach to fitness is unlike any I’ve ever heard, and in an industry saturated with the same old tips and advice, it was actually quite eye-opening and almost unbelievable.
You don’t realize until you’re halfway through the WildFit challenge how much the way you think about food, fitness, and health has been stuffed into a very specific box, so you’re stuck working with a framework that might not be entirely accurate to begin with.
So did I enjoy the WildFit challenge? Absolutely.
Did I experience real positive changes to my body? Yes, but not only that; it also helped me break out of the way I’ve always thought about food, and think about it in a totally new way.
What WildFit is All About
So how exactly does WildFit work?
To understand WildFit, I want to start off by discussing what WildFit isn’t. WildFit isn’t:
- A set of exercise routines that you do everyday
- A specific guide on how to live your life
- A collection of healthy recipes that you need to follow
- A quick overnight process to give you your best body
- A new understanding of nutrition and health that we never knew before
This is where the “unbelievable” part of WildFit comes in, but the only thing making it unbelievable is the way culture has shaped our beliefs and understandings of nutrition and exercise.
Right now, if someone asked you how to to stay fit and get a good body, you would probably answer:
- Track your calories
- Only eat a certain amount of food per day
- Exercise several times per week
- Do a combination of cardio and heavy lifting
Have you ever wondered why obesity and so many of the health problems that come with it are predominantly modern issues?
It wasn’t until the modern way of eating settled in that we started having so many health issues and food-related struggles.
So Eric takes you back to the foundations of the human diet.
By spending years studying African tribes undisturbed by the modern world, Eric developed a new (but old) way of thinking about food.
With WildFit, there’s a focus instead on a few core concepts, including:
- Your level of food awareness with every meal; essentially, how mindful you are about every single calorie you put in your mouth
- Your personal eating behavior and how you tend to consume food throughout the day
- Your understanding of your personal food addictions, and knowing the difference between truly needing to eat or simply wanting to eat because your mind believes you need it
- Your appreciation for every meal, and detaching from the need to eat unhealthy and addictive food over more filling and healthier food
- The science behind why we eat, how we eat, and using that to your advantage
And that’s what makes WildFit so different but so effective.
Exercise routines eventually get tiring or boring; diets eventually become unsustainable because we hate being forced to eat the same things or same type of things over and over again.
With WildFit, you get a lesson plan and a guide that teaches you how to relearn your relationship with food, and readjust what food means to you.
Finally, the most impressive thing about all this: it’s all backed with science.
There’s no new age belief here; everything relies on human psychology, behavior, and food science, and the goal of the 90-day challenge is to make you understand food in a way you never really got before.
Who Is the WildFit Quest For?
|You would love WildFit if…||WildFit might not be for you if…|
|You’re tired of diets and exercise routines that you can’t stick to, because they get boring or tiresome||You don’t have that much time to make huge changes in the way you eat|
|You want a guide or coach who can help you discover real, lasting change in your life||You’re not super committed to the idea of making huge changes to your daily diet|
|You are up for the challenge of trying something new, even if it feels like it goes against everything you know when it comes to food and health||You’re content with your body as it is, and you’d rather try something less extreme|
It’s hard to find things wrong with the WildFit challenge, because so much of it makes sense if you stick with it long enough to understand it.
On top of the chart above, I would say that the biggest issue dividing those who love this program and those who don’t, is whether or not you’re up for the challenge of self-discovery.
Unlike most diet programs out there, WildFit doesn’t give you a day-by-day, meal-by-meal instruction manual. It teaches you instead the science behind food and weight loss, where you learn everything from the seasonal approach to weight loss, and the conditioning approach to weaning yourself off unhealthy foods.
Essentially, you learn that nothing is absolute.
Something that may work for someone else may not work for you, and WildFit is all about discovering your own path and your own journey towards the best way to maintain your peak health without burning yourself out at the gym or with fad diets.
With WildFit, the people who benefit the most are the ones who are really up for the challenge of figuring out what makes their bodies tick.
And let me be the first to say, that’s not for everyone, and that’s totally fine.
A lot of people would rather find a step-by-step, routine-by-routine, meal-by-meal plan that requires zero thought and full execution.
If that works for you, great. If it doesn’t, WildFit is your alternative.
What Makes Eric Edmeades The Perfect Mentor
Eric certainly didn’t start as a nutritionist or as any kind of food scientist, but his personal experience inspired him to study how the human body metabolizes nutrients and what simple, clean eating habits can do to improve one’s well being.
His journey with food was sparked by a common tonsil removal procedure.
In his early life, Eric constantly struggled with sinus and throat infections, on top of being overweight and experiencing chronic fatigue.
Tired of dealing with recurring throat and sinus infections, Eric was set to have his tonsils removed.
Unlike most people, Erik didn’t quite believe that removing his tonsils would be the end-all-and-be-all of his problems.
After all, how can such a tiny organ produce such a big impact on his health?
Before the surgery, Eric set out on a personal experiment to fuel his body properly and feed it the food it needs.
To his surprise, his chronic symptoms subsided and the tonsil removal was canceled altogether.
With this experience, Eric has discovered one fundamental truth: food heals.
Since then, Eric has dedicated his life to understanding exactly how to heal the body by just eating the right foods.
WildFit is the culmination of many years of Eric’s research, founded on the latest nutritional science and anthropological data.
You might be wondering what makes Eric a qualified mentor for something as life-changing as the WildFit program.
Even before his excursions to Africa where he hoped to understand the early feeding habits of humans, Eric has always been vocal about the manipulations of the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Eric believes that too much misinformation surrounding nutrition confuses what should be a very simple understanding: that humans need proper fuel to optimize optimally.
Without the right balance of nutrients, humans experience chronic fatigue, diseases, and other manifestations of these imbalances.
Unlike a lot of “New Age” nutritionists and food “experts”, Eric’s WildFit program isn’t driven by aesthetic goals.
Although a lot of his students end up losing weight and getting into better shape than ever, the positive effects of the WildFit program to your physique come as a happy coincidence when you embody its main purpose, which is to change your relationship with food.
Everything You Get With The WildFit Program
WildFit is a 90-day coaching curriculum and is the best-selling food and body program on the Mindvalley platform.
Unlike the majority of the quests and programs in the library, WildFit involves one-on-one sessions as well as daily and weekly video calls with a certified WildFit coach.
It’s a lot more hands-on and personal than the other quests to ensure each student’s success throughout the program.
The program costs $899 and for this price you can expect the following content:
- Seamless access to all WildFit content using the MindValley App
- Digital access through all your devices whether it’s a mobile, tablet, or computer device
- Exclusive access to a dedicated WildFit community
- Lifetime access which means access to free upgrades whenever Mindvalley updates the WildFit content
- Regular coaching videos to help you discover a healthier relationship with food
- Recipes, guides, and other tangible resources that guide you into making applicable, practical choices for healthier living
WildFit also comes with a ton of bonus content including:
- 12 bonus videos by Eric Edmeades delving deeper on topics like accountability while you travel, alcohol, fasting, to name a few
- 13x live weekly group coaching calls with a certified WildFit coach to help you track your progress and solve any problems holding you back from achieving optimal results
- Unlimited access to prerecorded coaching sessions. After subscribing to WildFit, you get access to previous live call recordings with Eric Edmeades and the WildFit coach instructors. These past videos provide a trove of information regarding the program, giving you a new avenue to dig deeper through other people’s questions
- A special bonus week at the end of the program that will reinstate what you’ve learned. This bonus week is led by Eric Edmeades himself where he helps you wrap up your new habits and transformations into a daily lifestyle
The WildFit program is broken down into three parts:
Part 1: Discovering What Your Body Truly Needs
The WildFit program doesn’t throw you in the deep end. You won’t be cutting anything out of your diet just yet.
For weeks one and two, you’ll be undergoing daily and weekly video calls with a certified WildFit coach.
During these sessions, you’ll be asked to reevaluate your relationship with food, allowing you to look at how and what you eat objectively.
Think of the first part of the program as the preparation phase. Here you’ll learn more about the six human hungers and how to effectively neutralize them.
This makes it easy to stick to healthy foods and avoid overconsumption, which is especially helpful for people with eating disorders.
Part 2: Allowing Your Natural Human Diet To Take Over
Part two is all about making gradual changes to your diet.
Through weeks three to ten, you’ll be engaging in weekly videos and group coaching sessions to make positive changes in your diet in small increments.
You won’t be undergoing drastic restrictions or absurd calorie cuts. Instead, the WildFit program is designed to work with what your body naturally wants.
A lot of students talk about seeing improvements in other areas of their life.
I personally felt more focused and a lot more energetic around week five.
Of course, don’t expect to see my results; your results will be specific to your own journey.
Part 3: Releasing Weight Rapidly And Keeping it Off
Around week 11 to 13, your newfound habits and dietary changes will have profound effects on your body.
Aside from improvements to your mood, satiety, and energy, you’ll start seeing the pounds dropping off effortlessly.
During weeks 11 and 12, you’ll get two coaching sessions per week and one weekly coaching call to wrap up your session.
This keeps accountability high and ensures that follow-through is strong towards the end of the program.
For the final week of the program, you get a daily video coaching call to ensure that the changes stay permanent in your life.
In this part of the WildFit program, you’ll learn how to work with seasonal changes in your life.
You’ll also be encouraged to engage with the exclusive WildFit community so you can talk to people who are on the same path as you.
Personally, I thought this was a great way to stay on track and consistent even weeks after I’ve finished my own program.
Is The WildFit Challenge Worth It?
From what I saw in the community, a lot of students joined because of one of the two reasons: they wanted to lose weight fast; or they wanted to get rid of chronic health problems.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m lucky enough to have stayed relatively fit throughout my adult life.
Although I don’t belong to either group of people, I’ve seen outstanding testimonials from 30 to 40 year old moms swearing by the WildFit method to diabetic patients of all ages talk about how WildFit has changed their life completely.
Their journeys were different but they talked about the same thing: how WildFit taught them the basics of nutrition and made eating simple through intuition.
Most WildFit reviews talk about better pain management or impressive weight loss, but I think they don’t realize a third benefit to the WildFit program: improved energy.
I joined the program because I was, admittedly, growing a little desperate to find something that would give me a significant energy boost, and WildFit did exactly that.
The program effectively overhauls your body so you’re not slogging through the day chugging coffee or binging on sugar just to feel a jolt of energy.
It seems so simple on paper but I never really thought of how significant a small change would be until I started listening to my body more.
That’s really the main takeaway from WildFit: understanding how your body works, and what it needs to work optimally.
You’re not getting Eric Edmeades or anyone else’s special diet; you’re being taught to listen to your own cravings, your own food preferences.
In fact, you’re not really getting any sort of “diet” by any traditional sense.
That’s what makes WildFit such an interesting program; it’s designed to work for you, and not the other way around.
So if you’re feeling a little sluggish or just stuck in a rut athletically, or even just curious as to what real food science sounds like without the hocus pocus of marketers and advertisers, the WildFit program is definitely a worthy investment.