How I Lost 38 Pounds in 7 Months Using the 2:1 Rule

What we eat, how much we eat and when we eat are all habits. In order to lose weight you must change your eating habits. Reducing the number of calories you consume every day is the most consistently proven method to weight loss. But it’s hard to watch what you eat every day. I know. In my mind, I’ve struggled with maintaining my ideal weight (185 pounds). I’ve never had a problem exercising almost every day, yet despite my regular exercise, my weight still increased. Then, in 2007, after having completed my Rich Habits research, I discovered a formula for weight loss that I stole from my research. Those self-made millionaires who were able to maintain their ideal weight all had one thing in common – they tracked what they ate every day and used something that I now refer to as the 2:1 Rule. I took a page out of the book of these healthy millionaires and in seven months I was able to go from 212 pounds to 174 pounds. That’s 38 pounds!

The combination of the use of the Tracking Schedule and using this 2:1 Rule was so successful that my friends began talking behind my back to my wife, asking her if Tom was ok. They thought I had some horrific disease or something. I actually had to stop using this 2:1 Rule temporarily until I got back up to 185 pounds (I’m 6 foot 3, by the way). This 2:1 Rule is so simple, yet enormously effective. Here’s how it works.

Step #1: Track what you eat for a month. The purpose of this is to help you discover your Caloric Threshold. The Caloric Threshold is the number of calories you consume in a given day that will neither increase or decrease your weight. You’ll be able to find it by reviewing your Tracking Schedule. I included a copy of the Tracking Schedule in my book Rich Habits, but for those of you who don’t have the book, contact me here:  and I’ll send you a copy of it. Just include a note that you want the Tracking Schedule. Once you’ve found your Caloric Threshold, then the weight loss can begin.

Step #2: Applying the 2:1 Rule – Because cutting back on calories every day requires willpower, eventually your brain will overpower your willpower and force you back into old bad eating habits. The brain does this because willpower consumes too much brain fuel (glucose and oxygen) and habits are the brain’s primary tool in combating what it perceives to be excess energy consumption behaviors. This is why habits are so hard to change. Eating less every day requires willpower, which the brain perceives as an energy use threat. But I found a way that tricks the brain so that it will not fight you on your quest to lose weight. The 2:1 Rule works like this: 2 days in a row you reduce your calorie intake. On the 3rd day you eat normally. This confuses the brain. On day 3, just when the brain is about to turn on its excess energy consumption alarm, you confuse it by eating normally. The brain is relieved and goes back to normal alert status. If you do this during a 30 day period, you will have successfully cut back on your calorie intake for 20 out of 30 days. And the brain won’t care. It will not put up a fight. You win!

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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