Author:Katie Bick

Child Weight Loss Success Story: At age 12, Sophie learns to read labels and cook healthy meals for her family.

After her doctor suggested she lose weight, Sophie decided to try the Kurbo app. “Other tracking programs were really confusing and made me add up all of my calories. I couldn’t do it on my own. When we found out about the Kurbo program, I was excited because it seemed like something I could do all by myself and it was comforting to know that they work specifically with kids,” Sophie says.

Two weeks later, Sophie decided it was time to get a Kurbo coach. “Getting a coach instead of just using the app was the best decision we’ve ever made and we’re actually extending our coaching plan,” Sophie’s mom, Heather shares. “Coach Lisa will make sure to focus on things I want to learn about, like reading labels and becoming independent when I’m making food choices. She’s now more of a friend than just a coach and I look forward to talking with her each week,” Sophie says.


Child Weight Loss Success Story: 11 year old Phoebe learns to read food labels and drops a dramatic 9 BMI points

Phoebe joined Kurbo so that she could feel more confident in her weight. “I personally wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I started looking for food tracking apps, but most were for adults so they weren’t going to work for me. Then I stumbled on the Kurbo app and it looked perfect.”

Coach Jennifer and Phoebe started working on introducing more healthy foods into her diet. “Once I started Kurbo and got my coach, it made me really want to try new foods because I had a goal to set. I had never tried sweet potatoes or cauliflower before and now I love them,” Phoebe shares.


Pizza with Cauliflower Stuffed Crust


A great winter vegetable to try is cauliflower! Cauliflower is one of those veggies that can be cooked in so many different ways. You can make cauliflower rice, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and even cauliflower pizza. Here’s my favorite recipe for cauliflower pizza. Hope you enjoy!


Macy’s easy 10 pound weight loss takes an army of support.

Macy was looking for a program that would give her that extra push to stay motivated. “Before Kurbo, I was always frustrated with my weight and appearance and felt stuck because nothing ever really worked. I never felt motivated,” Macy says. “She tried to get healthier on her own, but never kept at it for a good amount of time, so I researched and I thought Kurbo might be a good fit,” her mom shares.

Macy and her coach started working on gaining an understanding of nutrition and forming healthy habits. “I loved coach Lauren! She was always so nice and encouraging. Lauren gave me tips that spoke to me and helped me with my personal struggles. It was nice having someone to keep me motivated throughout the journey,” Macy says.


Child Weight Loss Success Story: Lindy realizes that healthier food is tastier food and loses 15 pounds.

With a family history of obesity and diabetes, Lindy’s mom Jennifer wanted a program that would teach her tools for long term health. “We liked that it was specifically designed for kids and I liked that it had games and rewards and it taught her how to read labels. I really wanted it to be something that she could do on her own. Her father and I wanted to stay out of it as much as we could,” Jennifer says.

Lindy wanted to learn healthy habits that she could stick to. I was really excited because I knew that I didn’t want to gain anymore weight and it had been really hard for me to keep track of healthy eating but Kurbo seemed like it would make it easier. I wanted to prove it to myself that I could eat healthy,” Lindy says.


Teen Weight Loss Success Story: Matthew becomes a master of portion control and loses 12 lbs!

Matt and his mom had tried losing weight on their own, but they wanted something different. “Matt and his friends are very big eaters, they are growing boys. Matt’s friends were hitting their growth spurts, but Matt was not and it was starting to show. We said, ‘Okay let’s start eating healthier’ but he was never satisfied and he was cranky about it so we talked about doing something different,” Matt’s mom, Jeanne says.

Matt decided to try Kurbo to learn how to portion control. “I was kind of obsessed with food, I was always hungry and eating. I went from 20 meals a day to 3 meals a day with Kurbo. When my mom told me I had to eat well I would say ‘I don’t care’. I play football and so I was trying to eat a lot, but then I realized I should probably start eating healthier,” Matt shares.


Winter Undercover Veggie Chili

Now that it’s winter and we can cozy up with some fuzzy socks and drink tea to get away from the cold, there’s no better time to make chili! Chili can have a lot of red meat and other ingredients that might be on the red light list, so we’ve created a chili recipe that is full of green and yellow lights by sneaking in some undercover veggies, you’ll barely notice they’re there. You may like this more than your same old boring chili!


Teen Weight Loss Success Story: In the midst of big life changes, Macee learns to make healthy choices and loses over 20 lbs.

After trying other diets and programs, Macee was ready to make long-lasting changes. She signed up for Kurbo.  “Before I had tried gluten free and paleo and I wasn’t able to eat a lot of things. I also tried a program that sent me meal packages, but I had to eat the same food everyday and it was very restrictive. Kurbo was easier because I was still able to have foods that I wanted to eat. I can go to a friend’s house and say, ‘Yea I can have pancakes in the morning!’ because I have budgeted my red lights. It prepared me for how life really is,” Macee says.

Macee worked with Coach Emily to learn how to make healthy choices even in tough situations. I was on a road trip a few months ago and we stopped at a gas station to get snacks and drinks and I didn’t know what fun drink I could get that wasn’t diet soda. Later that week she told me the names of a few drinks like sparkling water or naturally flavored water that I could buy instead next time,” Macee shares. “Sometimes even when we’re at the grocery store deciding what to buy we’ll text Coach Emily for help,” Macee’s mom, Shelley says.


Meet Coach Cara: Active and outdoorsy during every season!

Coach Cara has an impressive background in nutrition and lifestyle coaching. “I received my Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Bradley University. Next, I completed my dietetic internship and clinical training through Cornell University before becoming a Registered Dietitian. I’ve also completed certificate training in adolescent weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”

She wanted to be a Kurbo Coach because she would be able to build relationships with kids and families. “I became a coach after a few years of working in a clinical weight management program because I admired the dynamic nature of Kurbo. The Kurbo curriculum and program make possible what my hospital-based job couldn’t achieve: access to families all over the country and world, sessions that take place within the families’ homes, building relationships with the entire family, and redirecting some of the focus away from just food.”