7:30 p.m., Sept. 28)
Orléans Biggest Loser drops 63lbs in 12 weeks to
Loser winner Gunveet Singh poses for a picture
with 180° Fitness owner Adrian Delorey
and nutrition coach Kathy Smart, author of
'Live The Smart Way'. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gunjeet Singh sees it, his battle with his weight began
when he stepped off the plane in 2004.
arriving from India to study at Algonquin College, Gunveet
began eating things that were foreign in his native country
such as pasta and fast food.
never had pasta before I moved to Canada and fast food
was a luxury you had maybe once a month. Here there is
a fast food restaurant on every corner," says Gunveet,
who slowly but surely packed on the pounds.
weakness is portions and fast food. Where most people
eat one helping for dinner I would eat two or three helpings."
life would change when he saw an ad in a local newspaper
promoting the 180° Fitness Biggest Loser Challenge.
had started trying to lose weight on my own, but did have
any real motivation," says Gunveet, who had gained
close to 80lbs despite going to the gym two or three times
a week for the past year.
attending the first information session and meeting 180°
Fitness owner Adrian Delorey and nutrition coach Kathy
Smart, author of "Live The Smart Way", Gunveet
decided to give it a try and join a dozen other Biggest
first week was the hardest, not exercise wise, but nutrition
size. Cutting down on what I could eat and how much I
could it was really tough," says Gunveet.
the mental battle of trying to stick to his nutritional
plan, Gunveet managed to lose nine pounds in the first
week and led all participants in percentage weight loss
the rest of the 12 week challenge due mainly to his commitment
in sticking to his meal plan and working out seven days
the end of the 12 week challenge he had lost a grand total
of 63.2 lbs, or 19.6 per cent of his starting weight.
credits his success to Delorey and Smart who refused to
let him stray from his meal plan.
would always ask her can have this or that, and she would
ask me, 'Is it on your meal plan?' and invariably I would
say 'No', and then she would say 'Oh well, I guess you
can't have it.' She's amazing," says Gunveet who
also benefited from having a roommate who helped stick
to his meal plan and a close friend who is fitness trainer.
understands now, more than ever, that proper nutrition
is a lifestyle choice.
passed his first post-Biggest Loser test when he went
to a local restaurant and ordered a pasta dish.
took one bite and that was it. I thought to myself, 'You
put in all that work for three months. What are you doing?',
and I pushed it away. I paid for it, but I didn't eat
it," says Gunveet.
18 Biggest Loser participants lost a combined total of
525 lbs. for an average of 29 lbs. per person.
his efforts Gunveet won a $3,000 prize package from 180°
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