Christine lost over 18 pounds, wore her “skinny” jeans and maintained the weight loss for over a year and counting! As most pre and post menopausal women can attest, this is a remarkable achievement. So how did she do it? By reviewing her progress more closely, it became clear that more than weight loss occurred. Without appropriate strength training, a high percentage of the pounds lost could have been muscle, making it easier to regain the lost pounds. By increasing lean muscle during her weight loss, Christine boosted her body’s fat burning abilities and improved her ability to horseback ride more effectively. After doing some calculations, we see Christine’s body fat dropped from 24.0% to a lean 17.3%. Her jean size went from a 12-14 to an 8! This means for every pound shed, 84% of each lost pound was fat. Christine maintained the weight loss and her clothes fit better due to a greater percentage of lean muscle tissue. The scale does not tell the full story. From Christine’s success, she highly encourages other women who wish to lose weight to focus more on “how the clothes fit” than “what the scale says” because the scale can be misleading. Christine is a beautiful example who shows that women can achieve great fitness results at any stage in life!

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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