Eric and Maleka Beal are healthy lifestyle coaches, authors, speakers, and advocates for healthier living. Their own inspirational weight loss journey began in 2006, when during a doctor’s visit, Eric was shocked to discover his weight ballooned to 400 pounds. “When most people are the butt of a joke, they get angry. I got motivated.  I had no idea I was 400lbs. Thoughts of dying raced through my mind. I realized at the time, there are a thousand ways a 35 year old, obese man could die. The only question was what WOULD I do to change it?” Did I say obese? …Yep, OBESE! Both of us. That was my tipping point. Tipping points, by definition, are when small things make a big difference. We go through life asking God questions but many times, we find ourselves not willing to accept His answers. Even after losing my mother to colon cancer, I still refused to acknowledge the answers that were right in front of my face!” Determined to gain control of his life, Eric immediately embarked on a systematic approach that led to a 150-pound weight loss. Maleka, whose own weight topped 276 pounds, set aside all her excuses and made the CHOICE to join Eric, resulting in her own incredible weight loss of 138 pounds.  Eric and Maleka started BetterChoices, LLC, a healthy lifestyle company with an emphasis on educating, motivating, and empowering individuals to live healthier lives, one betterchoices at a time. “We want to teach and show people HOW to love themselves better. The first step begins with your health.” In 2014, Eric & Maleka started BetterChoices Healthy Lifestyle Foundation, a non-profit organization to expand their mission of educating and empowering families to live healthier & more active lifestyles so they can improve their overall health & wellness.  The truth is, over the last 4 decades, America’s obesity rates, deaths associated with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes has steadily increased at alarming rates. According to the CDC, over 60 MILLION adults are obese, 1 out of 3 kids and teens are obese, 7 out of 10 adults are overweight or obese, and 8 out of 10 African American women are overweight or obese.

Once being part of these staggering statistics, Eric & Maleka know their journey was purposed to serve greater mission. BetterChoices is NOT a weight loss program. It is a way of living–it’s a LIFEstyle.  As a couple, Eric and Maleka bring a unique perspective and approach to healthier living, weight loss, relationships, marriage, and parenting. Their approach is rooted in education, awareness, truth, and accountability.  “…As we look back, it amazes us that Eric wore a size 60/4XL & at my heaviest, I wore size 22/24W…It has been an amazing journey! They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, for us, our picture is worth AT LEAST 300lbs!!!!”