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How to keep those holiday pounds off

BEAUMONT - by ASHLEY GASTON - How many cookies have you eaten during the holiday months?

Statistics show nearly 60 % of our annual weight gain happens over a 6-week period every year: from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s.

On average Americans gain three to five pounds during the holidays.

A trainer from Beaumont tells 6 News anchor Ashley Gaston how to avoid the pounds before they even begin.

“How you train is how you look,” said Donald Foster.

Donald Foster is the Trainer at Xtreme Fitness in Beaumont.

“Moses Malone was my first client, he's a basketball player for the Houston rockets,” said Foster.

Foster’s spent 45 years training a wide range of clients from professional athletes to house wives.

“This is a hobby I turned into a business,” said Foster.

Foster says his military background crosses over to the gym and the way he helps people reach personal fitness goals.

“That is the most exciting thing that I do in here.  I look forward to seeing a client lose inches and pounds, that’s my fulfillment, that's how I get my Joy.

During the past 4 months, one of his clients, 22 year old Taylor Green has lost 15 inches and 50 lbs.

“I've learned over the years, it's about being lean it's about body fat reduction, that's what it’s about.

Foster says strength training plus 30 minutes of cardio three times a week will help Southeast Texans become healthier.

“This is a lifestyle, this is not something you wanna do just before holidays,” said Foster.

Statistics show Americans gain 3-5 lbs on average from Thanksgiving to New Years.

An increase that can be prevented by watching what you eat.  He says every meal should consist of lean proteins and vegetables.

“This is something you want to be consistent about,” said Foster.

A dedication Foster says will help Southeast Texans get fit and live a healthy lifestyle.

If you're wondering why Donald foster wears sunglasses while training, he says they help him multi-task during group fitness.  He says he can keep tabs on his clients without them noticing where he's looking.
How to keep those holiday pounds off

Tuesday, February 19 2013, 11:49 AM CST
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