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08/04/03 - Tyler

Successful Weight Loss Program

When Stephanie Vasso of Tyler steps on the scale, she doesn't like what she sees. She's had three children, the last one just a couple months ago. She would like to get back in shape. "I've got some problem areas. I want to see all of my mid section tightened up and I want to be toned and I want to have more energy and I want to better my eating habits," says Stephanie looking at herself in the mirror.

She's getting help from personal trainer Kelly Hitchcock at KH Fitness in Tyler. Her goal is to lose 10 pounds. Hitchcock says, "Really, 80% of it is going to depend on her nutrition." He put Stephanie on an eight week fitness program. It includes a balanced diet of 55% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 20% fat. She will eat six small meals a day. Her exercise will consist of weight training and moderate aerobic activity. "I realize that a lot of people are working and they don't have time to do exactly what we need, but we still believe that if we can at least get them in here 3 days a week, we can still reach our goals," explains Hitchcock.

After 8 weeks, we meet up with Stephanie again. There is an obvious change. Her mid section is now tightened up and she's toned up the rest of her body. "I accomplished all my goals and I feel a lot better and I have better eating habits. So, I really feel like I accomplished what I set out for," says Stephanie with a proud smile. She adds, "I did 3 days a week of working out, but I think the biggest thing is your eating habits. It's amazing what has happened."

But would this fitness program work for an older person? We followed 64 year old Bettyrae Wallace of Tyler. She had put on 35 pounds. "I couldn't get up off the couch. I had a rotator cuff problem. This shoulder didn't work and my feet hurt because of the extra weight and I never had that before. I've always been active," says Bettyrae.

After being on the KH Fitness program Bettyrae says, "I've lost 20 pounds in the last 8 weeks. My goal was health and my goal was to get into clothes and I feel great! I just feel wonderful."

Bettyrae has been on and off diets for 30 years, but never knew how important it was to build muscle, which actually burns fat. "The weight program is new to me and I'm really getting a lot out of it. I mean I've got energy. I've got so much energy," says Bettyrae with enthusiasm. Hitchcock goes on to say, "There are so many misconceptions out there that you will build this big bulky muscle and I think you see with Stephanie and Bettyrae they don't have that appearance. They have lean, toned bodies."

But can this fitness routine become a lifestyle? "It certainly is realistic if I want to be healthy. At my age I want to be healthy. I want to lift my grand kids. I've got 9 of them and I don't want to be some old lady," explains Bettyrae. Stephanie agrees saying, "I feel my habits are also realistic. You know you can cheat here and there but if you stay firm to it it's really attainable. Whether you've got 10 pounds to lose or 100 pounds to lose it's something that anyone can do if they just stick to it."

Now the big question is, can they keep it off? We hooked back up with Stephanie and Bettyrae a couple months after this story was done. Stephanie has now lost a total of 16 pounds and her body fat has gone from 21% to just over 11%. Bettyrae has now lost a total of almost 30 pounds.

If you want to know more about this weight loss program Kelly Hitchcock holds a free fitness seminar the first Tuesday of each month. Feel free to stop by and ask Kelly any of your fitness questions or give him a call at 903-581-0404.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.

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