Helen Brand is not your average personal trainer poured into spandex, shrieking at the sight of saddle bags and banishing clients to ice cubes and celery. Helen understands what its like to have a size 16 appetite for food with a size zero appetite for clothing and the viscous cycle that accompanies. Suffering from childhood obesity, at the age of twelve she broke free of this genetic handicap by educating herself on nutrition and exercise.
Like so many fat-gone-fit gurus before her time (read: Richard Simmons and Susan Powter) this self motivated lady set out to help those who could not help themselves (sans the daisy dukes!). She began by teaching exercise classes, moving on into more personalized one-on-one training. Helen knows that adding exercise into your life and subtracting the foods you love to eat equals short term success and a late night trip to your grocers freezer isle!
Helens philosophy is simple. "It doesnt matter what diet youre on; what does matter is changing your eating habits and to accomplish that, one must continue to eat foods they enjoy."
Helen set out to redress this problem by first finding healthy food and snack substitutes that people actually want to eat. Her plan was wildly successful among those she trained, they devoured every delicious tip she passed on. Her clients eventually started "yummy-hunting" on their own, adding new treasures to the list, thus creating the network that led to the publishing of The Yummy Hunters Guide: The best-tasting, low-calorie foods and where to find them.
Helen, charming and vivacious, finds satisfaction in interacting with and recruiting new "Yummy Hunters". This fuels her passion, making her the happy energetic person she is today!
Eric Robespierre is a very funny guy except when it comes to losing weight. But, lets face it; a break-up with Ben & Jerry could wipe the smile off anyones face.
Fortunately, Eric met Helen and learned that eating healthy does not necessarily mean eating cardboard. One in-flight conversation about Erics work on advertising campaigns (Danskin, Mitsubishi, Bordens, Izod Lacoste and The New York Yankees), turned into a life-altering course that took the inches off his waste and put passion back into his work.
"Working on The Yummy Hunters Guide allowed me the chance to see how much easier it is to maintain your weight when you are eating food that you enjoy. I point to myself as a perfect example of what can be accomplished. And, I want to do it with humor, because if I keep them laughing, they wont be eating."
Eric is no stranger to helping people. It was his work in the area of Public Service campaigns where he thrived by creating campaigns for such worthwhile causes as water conservation (Dont Drip New York Dry); voter registration (Feel The Power, Vote America); and finally the celebration of the Statue of Libertys centennial birthday (Treasure Liberty The American Way).
His pro bono work led him to meet two US Presidents and New Yorks Mayor Koch. "These are wonderful accomplishments, but maintaining weight loss after eating a pasta dinner with an ice cream chaser thats something to talk about!"