The contest might be over, but that doesn't mean the journey to wellness is complete for the 2018 Fittest Loser contestants. They've all said from the start that the Fittest Loser wasn't just about the 12 weeks of competition or the pounds dropped from February to May. For these five, the contest has always been a way to jump-start a path to well-being that will last a lifetime. The contestants have seen extraordinary changes over the past few months, not only in their physical appearance, but how they view exercise, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle as well. With the official results in the books, the contestants shared the best parts of their journey, the hardest parts of the challenge, and what comes next.Chad Lowry Chad Lowry of Mount Prospect - Mark Black | Staff Photographer Before the Fittest Loser started, Chad Lowry said he felt that he "should lose weight" but didn't think he'd be able to stick to a plan long enough in order to shed all the pounds he needed … [Read more...] about Fittest Loser contestants reflect on the challenge; talk about what’s next
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Kevin Daly should have felt great after losing than 30 pounds following open-heart surgery in 2015, but he knew something was amiss with his health. Despite the weight loss the 63-year-old from Hoboken, New Jersey achieved through exercise and a healthy diet, his protruding belly did not budge. "I'm 6'3" and went from 232 pounds to 198 and didn't lose an ounce out of my stomach. I almost thought it got even bigger," Daly told CBS News. Up until then, doctors had told him what most older adults hear: weight settles in the stomach area as you get older and stubborn belly fat is tough to get rid of. "But after the weight loss, to not lose an ounce in my belly, it made no logical sense," Daly said. His doctors agreed and ordered some tests. Daly underwent a CT scan at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in December of 2017. That's when he got the harrowing news: "an extremely large mass" had invaded his midsection. "For two seconds I felt completely vindicated," Daly said. "And then … [Read more...] about Man’s “beer belly” turned out to be a 30-pound tumor
A visit to a doctor and seeing the words “morbidly obese” used in her analysis was the final straw and a motivating factor for Sally Donnelly.“It was one of those light-bulb moments, even though everybody around me was telling me you’re a walking time bomb,” said Donnelly, 63, of Linwood. “From that day forward I just put my foot down and I said, ‘I’m going to go on a diet.’” Vineland man slims down from 420 pounds for granddaughter: Fit Squad An 8-year-old girl was all the motivation Wayne Fisher needed to make a difference in his life. Donnelly joined Weight Watchers in May 2017 and started training with Patrick Mullin at Body in Balance in Linwood in June 2017.Since her aha moment, she has gone from wearing a 3X to a size 14, reducing her 230-pound body to 168 pounds. And she’s still not done. She’s turned her life around.“I was sedentary. I didn’t do anything. Where I live, there are three … [Read more...] about Linwood woman commits to diet, exercise regimen after doctor’s analysis
You likely already know that genetics significantly influence who you are. They mold your unique qualities that ultimately determine your thoughts, behavioral patterns, and of course, appearance. However, can your genes also influence how quickly you lose muscle mass over time? They sure can.Although everyone gradually loses muscle with aging, some people are genetically predisposed to lose it faster and easier, and starting at an earlier age, explains Julie Chen, MD, chief clinical officer at Vitagene, a DNA-based health and wellness personalization platform. Sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass due to aging, often occurs as a result of lower levels of growth hormones, such as testosterone, and difficulties absorbing key nutrients we need, Chen says. (This article on your aging muscles will terrify you, but it just might change your life.)Generally, around 30+ in age, men and women can start to lose muscle mass—although it’s more common in men—but the … [Read more...] about Are Some People Genetically Predisposed To Lose Muscle More Easily?
Credit:iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages So, it’s finally happened—you’ve stepped on the scale and noticed that your diet isn’t working. You’ve plateaued in your progress, or even worse, you haven’t made any. What could possibly be happening? Now, it’s been shown that diets don’t work in the long term. Experts say that about 65% of people who go on diets eventually regain all the weight—if not more—within three years. A more appropriate way to reach weight and body composition goals is to make comprehensive lifestyle changes instead of yo-yo dieting. But even those who regularly eat healthy and keep their calories in check can reach a point where there is no further change or development. The main reason for this is that humans aren’t necessarily what they eat, but rather what they absorb. And there are a number of factors that influence absorption, which in turn influences the ability to reach food-driven goals like … [Read more...] about Why Your Diet Isn’t Working: Best Eating and Digesting Practices