The message that even middle-aged women and men might lose weight is offered by Helen Phillips, who last week beat contestants half her age on The Biggest Loser, the NBC weight-loss competition.
“No matter how old you are, you can make the change if you have the dedication and the drive,” said Phillips, 48, of Sterling Heights, Mich., who has lost 140 pounds since September.
Phillips, who won $250,000, credited celebrity fitness coach Jillian Michaels for helping her lose the weight through the roughly 18 weeks of the show.
She lost 32 pounds when she went home for 30 days — and credits high-school football coach Shauhen Tahrebandi, formerly a Bally’s personal trainer.
“I couldn’t have done it without him at home,” Phillips said.
She slimmed down from 257 to 117 pounds and went from a size 22 to a size 2.
At home, she worked out six hours a day — two hours each in the morning, afternoon and evening.
Phillips suggests the following advice for anyone trying to lose weight — but especially the middle-aged crowd:
• Carry along food so you don’t fall into bad habits, such as stopping at fast-food drive-throughs.
• Never make excuses.
“It’s a priority now to go to the gym or do some kind of physical exercise every day.”
• Believe in yourself.
“Stop saying you can’t, and start saying you can.”