friends about her plans and her fear of
failure. She designed her own diet plan
around vegetables, fresh fruits
and lean protein sources, and
used MyFitnessPal, an online food
diary app, to track food choices
and learn how to fuel her body for
energy and reduce cravings.
And for the first time,
Douglas added physical activity.
At first she couldn’t walk far, but as the
weight came off her endurance built up
to the point where she now walks at
least 10,000 steps daily and keeps track
with her Fitbit activity tracker.
Douglas says, “Exercise has really
been the key, allowing me to consume a
decent amount of food and manage day-
to-day stress. In the past, I just restricted
food, and that doesn’t give you a lot of
calories to play with when you are trying
to lose weight.”
Her goal is to reach 154 pounds, the
top weight for a healthy body mass
index of 24.9 for her 5-foot 6-inch frame.
Douglas says, “Overall, I made changes
that I can sustain for the long term
because I intend to be doing this for the
rest of my life. I’m very happy to share
my story, because so many people have
helped me along the way. It’s the least I
can do to try to offer others some encour-
MEET COSTCO MEMBER Ann Douglas,
author and mother of four, from
Peterborough, Ontario. When she was
turning 50, she decided she wanted to
enter midlife without the added health
risks linked to obesity.
In January 2013, she weighed 286
pounds; by December, she had dropped
100 pounds. In 2014, she lost another 22
pounds to reach 162 pounds.
Douglas had tried to lose weight
several times before, but this time she
put the habits of successful weight-loss
maintainers to work to build habits she
could incorporate into her daily life, forever. She connected with her personal
motivation and talked to family and
Top tips for weight-loss victory
ACCORDING TO JAMES O. HILL, co-founder
of the National Weight Control Registry
(NWCR), most successful weight-loss maintainers continue to consume a low-calorie,
low-fat diet and sustain
high levels of physical
activity. Here are some of
their success habits:
• 98 percent reduced
their food intake.
• 94 percent increased
their physical activity.
• 90 percent exercise
daily for about an hour.
• 78 percent eat breakfast every day.
• Most choose walking
as their preferred way to
Built on what has been learned from
the NWCR and patients at the Anschutz
Health and Wellness Center, Hill and his
associate, Holly R. Wyatt, recommend these
five rules for success:
1. Eat six times a day—three meals
and three snacks—to provide steady
energy over your day and
help manage hunger.
2. Eat breakfast within
an hour of waking up.
People who eat breakfast
end up eating less over
the day because they are
not as hungry.
3. Don’t count calories; count portions.
4. Have the right mix
of carbohydrates and protein at every meal. For at
least three meals, choose
vegetables as your only carb source.
5. Eat a healthy fat twice a day. Choose
unsaturated fats such as olive oil or fish oil.
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