Change in lifestyle was worth the wait
By LEE McDOUGALL
SWAPPING fast food lunches for salad sandwiches has helped Adam Hill lose 30kg ? and he couldn't be happier with the change this has made to his life.
As Australians digested the news yesterday that we've seen a 10 per cent increase in overweight and obesity rates in the past decade, Mr Hill was among those espousing the virtues of weight loss.
Fifteen months ago, Mr Hill was going through a divorce, feeling fairly low and tipping the scales at 136kg.
"I had put on a lot of weight in the last three to four years," he said.
"I was eating a lot of junk food. Every lunch I would have a fast food of some sort. Now, I usually have a salad sandwich and a piece of fruit."
Now weighing 106kg, Mr Hill hasn't looked back.
"Consistent training has also been a big part," he said.
"I go to the gym at least four times a week now. I'm strict with the fast food, I have it once a week and that's it.
"It is a whole lifestyle change, but once you're in the routine it's not hard. I feel great and my friends can't believe the change."
Harbour Health Club manager Scott Lambert said that 80 per cent of those who sign up to the gym are looking to lose weight.
"We teach people that they are not going 'on' a diet or exercise program, but rather that this is achange of lifestyle for the long term," Mr Lambert said.
"As well as working out a fitness program, we teach members about nutrition and that what they eat is just as important as the amount of exercise they do."
Harbour Health Club is about to embark on a project with Star FM similar to the television show, Australia's Biggest Loser.
"We'll pick 10 people who want to change their life. They will need to exercise regularly and we'll organise a dietician and doctor," Mr Lambert said.
"The goal is not necessarily to lose the most weight, but to change their lifestyle for the better."
Harbour Health instructor Colleen Mieni knows first hand the benefits of undergoing a lifestyle change.
In the past 15 months she has gone from 70kg down to an athletic 57kg.
"To be honest, I didn't really notice that I was losing weight until I realised that my clothes weren't fitting anymore," Ms Mieni said.
"I had to buy new clothes and it felt fantastic. For your own self esteem, in the end you feel so much happier within your- self."