POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 11:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — NBC33 Losing it in Louisiana contestants got together with their trainers for a fitness retreat. There they talked diet downfalls what to watch out for as the program comes to an end. Plus what they can do to keep snacks flavorful and healthy.
In two weeks the contestants will be on their own trying to continue their weight loss journeys, but they still have to be careful to not fall back into old habits.
"I just have to learn to walk away or if I have something in my house or if someone pushed left overs on me I have to throw it away," said contestant Anita Katzman.
"I know I was supposed to workout today, but I really don't have time because of work,” said contestant James Henry. “You end up having a long night you don't got to the gym, and that's another thing is you end up not eating healthy either.”
Bally Total Fitness trainers say many dieters at this point get comfortable with their routines and start letting excuses take over, or let others persuade them to splurge.
"You start to say I'm starting to look a lot better, so I feel good,” said trainer Carlos Rachel. “[They say] I can maybe pass on this workout where you would always make workouts.”
"Realizing that they can't eat everything their best friend can eat,” said trainer Lake Johnson. “Everyone's different, so you have to watch out with that go with your own body."
One thing that can bring even the most dedicated dieter down is a bland diet. Contestants and trainers shared what they thought were some tasty treats to keep us from eating tempting foods.
Unsalted almonds, apple, Greek yogart, hummus, salsa, and frozen grapes are all good options for snack.
At the end of the day, our trainers say be proud of how far we've come but remember without hard work we re-gain the weight.
"Share your past with others,” said trainer Erik Duncan. “Share who you are now. Always remember never say I will never be that way again."
"Those times when you hit plateaus or some reason when the weight is not coming off anymore,” said trainer Justin Kirk. “Those aren't times to stop and get frustrated. It's time to revisit what got you in the gym in the first place, and what's your motivation for putting on your tennis shoes everyday and coming to the gym."
Next week the finalists compete in a mega fitness event. Find out which one comes out on top next Tuesday on NBC33 News at ten.