Clint Reynolds lost 60 pounds. Let me repeat: 60 pounds. He works maintenance at Mountainside Fitness and has free use of the facilities, but it took a rude awakening for Clint to actually take advantage: his “Aha” moment came, when after several trips to the emergency room for joint pain, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. At that moment he decided to lose enough weight to be healthy, and pledged he’d never let his weight affect his health again. Here’s how he did it…
Name: Clint Reynolds
Occupation: Facility Maintenance at Mountainside Fitness
Weight before: 270 lbs
Weight after: 210 lbs
Kept the weight off: 8 months
Worst thing about your old diet: I had no idea that I was eating all the wrong foods. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. When I’d try and lose weight, it became a yo-yo diet cycle; I would lose 10 pounds and then gain 15 because I was just resuming my old eating habits.
Worst thing about your old fitness regimen: Very inconsistent. I would never stick to a routine.
The key to losing weight: DIET DIET DIET! I don’t mean going on a diet, but changing your diet for good. Not 3 weeks, not 12 weeks… forever! It helped that I got diet advice from the experts at Mountainside – little things like eating almonds as a snack instead of running to Taco Bell. As long as you’re consistently eating healthy, and conscious about what you’re eating at all times, there is no way you’ll get fat.
The key to keeping the weight off: Finding an exercise routine that you enjoy doing at least 3 times a week, while sticking to a healthy, balanced, meal plan. One of the easiest ways that I found to cut belly fat was to eliminate gluten and sugar from my diet. This means no bread, no soda, no fruit juice, etc. Also, eliminating any artificial sweetener, as the liver cannot metabolize this and fat efficiently at the same time.
Best advice to others looking to lose weight: Don’t be afraid of starting. Give it 21 days and once that habit is formed, you will wonder why you didn’t do this before now. And remember, you can’t out exercise a bad diet.
Top 3 changes…
Fitness: I now do 3 spin classes per week and 2 weight training sessions per week.
Diet: No sugar, no bread. If I cannot pronounce the ingredient on the label, it’s a good bet my body doesn’t know what to do with it either: don’t eat it.
Motivation: Initially, I was motivated by some medical issues that were due to my weight. Once I hit a plateau, I incorporated a personal trainer twice a week. This was key to my success, and I probably would have given up if not for him. I now use a trainer about once a month, just to kick my behind a little.
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