Fitness Report: Keeping The Weight Off

Many of you vowed to shed some pounds in January. If you did, that's great. But now comes the hard part: keeping it off. Find out how two people did it in this Fitness Report.

Toni Olson and Matt Herzog had their own reasons for wanting to lose weight.

Toni says, "I would keep eating and eating to the point where it was getting out of control."

Matt told us, "I was just tired of looking the way I looked."

Both sought help and found it. With the assistance of a personal trainer, Toni changed her diet and wouldn't just work out during her lunch break but after work, too.

For Matt it was a spinning class that got him moving and losing.

Toni and Matt both have lost 40 pounds and are still losing. And for the first time, Toni's keeping the weight off. She says this time around, something clicked

She says, "I have pictures of me before and I don't want to go back there."

Group Fitness Instructor Laura Schwartz said, " It just really takes a significant lifestyle change. A significant change of mind. You can't live in the same mindset that you did before."

Matt made the adjustment. He said, "It has just totally integrated into my life. I can't remember what life was like before working out."

Now he's training for a Triathlon.

Fifteen inches smaller, Toni says she also feels too good to slow down. "I have more energy and more confidence," she said.

Herzog said, "I would say just overall happiness about myself."

The results keep them motivated to make their fitness routine and new look permanent.

According to the American Medical Association, 90 percent of the people who lost weight are unable to keep it off long-term. Here are some strategies Laura Schwartz suggests:

  • Stay motivated
  • Don't let yourself get bored
  • Switch up your workout
  • Remember it's okay to reward yourself. Just be careful not to fall back into those old habits.

Researchers have looked into four behavioral trends for those who have had success keeping off lost pounds. Here's what they all have in common:

  • They all eat a low-fat, high-carb diet
  • Most ate breakfast seven days a week
  • They had high high levels of activity and they constant self-monitor by weighting themselves daily or they journal their food

About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.
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