"I think the difference is that God is missing from those programs," she said. "Philippians 4:13 says, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' That was a big thing for me, when I read that verse, you know, I really took it to heart. And I tried to lose weight on my own. I've tried many times, and I've lost weight on my own. And I always gained it back, you know. I was never able – because I was doing it of my own will power. This time I feel like I have God on my side."
Gail Mates, one of the leaders of the "Bod4God" program, has lost 65 pounds. She said she used God as a sort of motivational coach.
"When I was starting this program I was weak and I didn't think I could make it. I would actually write in my journal for God to give me strength and to help me," she said. "I would write something in there to the effect of, 'God, please give me the strength to eat these foods so that I can lower my blood pressure so I can lower my diabetes.'"
While the "Bod4God" program is inspired by Holy Scripture, it is not much different from many other non-God-based weight loss systems. It boils down to proper nutrition and exercise, and the company of other people fighting the same battle. Reynolds also has a leader who teaches the program in Spanish.
By the way, you don't need to be a Christian to do "Bod4God." Reynolds said he had an atheist join the program, who finished the program as an atheist, but thinner.
So for all the people who are not on the weight loss spiritual journey, but have been looking for a sign that they need to start living healthier, Reynolds is offering them one.