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April 6, 2014

Greatest Losers share weight loss secrets

Ada — Tyler Witt, 2014 male winner of The Ada News Greatest Loser contest, says the biggest secret to losing weight is not giving up.

“Don’t give up,” Witt said. “Even if you do fall off the bandwagon, you can get back up on it. Some people, if they have a bad meal, let the whole day go to pot. You don’t have to do that. You get back up,” he said.

Calorie counting was a big part of Witt’s strategy. “Mainly I watched my calorie intake every day. I was very strict about not going over a certain number.”

Witt said that “certain number” was 1,200-1,500 calories daily coupled with 30-minutes of running on his home’s treadmill every morning. “A combination of those two really worked for me,” he said.

“You learn to adjust what you can eat. If you’re hungrier you adjust to a different type of food, like vegetables rather than a sandwich.”

Witt said it wasn’t all drudgery. “I allowed myself every Tuesday, after weigh in, one meal where I could let go a little bit and not worry about too many calories. I called that my cheat meal. It’s only for one meal, then you’re back on track.”

Lenora Ingle, first place female winner, admits her previous attempts at losing weight got derailed when she cheated on her diet. “If I (cheat), I blow it,” she said. “That’s how I always get off. I think, ‘Well, it won’t hurt me to eat this one thing,’ and then I eat it and I can’t get back on (my diet).”

Ingle says her success came as a result of following an Akins Diet regimen, which called for 75% meat consumption supplemented with 25% carbohydrates. “Breakfast would be bacon and eggs, lunch would be a salad and six ounces of meat, and then dinner would be a salad, a green vegetable and meat,” she said.

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