What works, what does not when battling the bulge

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Jan. 5, 2012 at midnight
Updated Jan. 12, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.

Heidi Anthony holds a few Max-E pills in her hand. She has been taking the pills for a month.

Heidi Anthony holds a few Max-E pills in her hand. She has been taking the pills for a month.

The new year is here; and like most Americans, you've most likely come up with some resolution.

And let's face it, also like most Americans, that resolution probably teeter-totters somewhere on the getting-fit line.

But are you approaching your weight loss resolution the right way?

Some nutritionists and dieters suggest researching and planning out ways to reach that resolution successfully before setting yourself up for failure.

About two months ago, 36-year-old Heidi Anthony had nothing to lose.

Except her excess weight, of course.

The Victoria resident had tried several weight loss products and methods.

Fad dieting was no exception.

First there was Slim-Fast, but the shake never agreed with her system and sent her running to the bathroom.

Then she tried the grapefruit diet, and though she lost several pounds, she gained it all back once she realized eating grapefruit daily for the rest of her life just was not reasonable.

Today, she has lost 30 pounds since starting a new dieting program on Nov. 1.

Though Anthony has 70 more pounds to go to reach her goal weight, she is sure she has finally found a way to keep the weight off.

"The fad diets, that's why they don't work," she said. "Once you revert back to your old habits, you gain it all back."

Anthony has been on a weight loss supplement through Advocare called the Metabolic Nutrition System Max E, which has given her energy.

She is also on Advocare's Catalyst, which helps maintain her muscle mass as she drops weight.

For the first time, Anthony has seen results and is feeling better about herself.

"I don't feel like I'm on a diet," Anthony said.

Anthony had been introduced to the product about five years ago, but was wary about supplements to help her lose weight after her unsuccessful attempts with fad dieting, she said.

"We live in a world where almost everyone struggles with weight," Anthony said.

Dr. Tim Holcomb, who works with natural health in Victoria, said most fad diets are harmful and never give people the results they seek.

People who want to lose weight successfully the right way need to see a nutritionist to learn how their body works and what needs to be done to achieve changes, he said.

"A lot of people want this magic pill," Holcomb said. "We need to find out what each person's needs are."

Holcomb admits that some of the fad diets work to an extent, but for those seeking real weight loss and changes, more than just a fad diet is in order.

What needs to happen is that the fat burning hormones need to be turned on, while the fat storing hormones need to be turned off.

Many times, people who are not properly dieting lose lean muscle mass, which does not work because muscle is what helps burn fat, Holcomb said.

The backing of celebrities, such as Oprah, does not help when people are trying to lose weight, Holcomb said.

"She (Oprah) loses weight, then gains it back, then goes on another fad starvation diet and loses weight again, then gains it back," he said.

For Anthony, she has not changed her diet.

She has continued eating the foods she enjoys, like tacos from Las Palmas in Victoria.

The difference is she eats smaller portions.

The success with her supplements and eating habits has Anthony encouraged enough to have her entire family eat better.

"My whole household is overweight. We're going to make some changes," she said.

Holcomb is glad to see that people do want to make changes.

In the 1960s, only 24 percent of Americans were overweight compared to today, where almost 67 percent are overweight, Holcomb said.

Change needs to happen, he said.

"It's ridiculous," Holcomb said. "It's an epidemic."



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