We had the opportunity to sit down with Anthony Hanners and talk about a topic he is passionate about—weight management.
Q: What is your background in health and fitness?
Anthony: I’ve been with Mettler Center since October of 2017. Since then I’ve worked with numerous clientele ranging from young adults to older individuals with various limitations & objectives in mind.
- Certified with the National Strength and Condition Association
- Associate’s Degree in Athletic Training.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois
Q: Why are you passionate about weight management and the fight against obesity?
Anthony: Weight loss and obesity hit home for me.
I have had several family members and close friends who have struggled continuously with managing their body composition. I, too, as a young boy was on the heavier side. It’s easier for me to relate or empathize with people who share a similar story.
Carrying additional weight over extended periods of time can create excessive wear and tear on the joints. Having a large amount of abdominal fat can also increase your overall risk for cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, & even create sleep apnea which influences the quality of your sleep. If these situations go unaddressed and are not handled appropriately, that can significantly impact your daily living & diminish the longevity as well.
Addressing Myths in Weight Loss
Q: How do I target these specific areas on my body to reduce the undesirable weight?
Anthony: Spot reducing is a common misconception and it is total energy expenditure that facilitates fat loss from all places not just one region. I try to educate my clients along the way so that they can fully understand the process of weight loss & how the composition changes will influence how they feel more than differences that they’ll notice on the scale.
Q: What do you mean by “composition?”
Anthony: Body composition is used to describe the percentage of fat, bone, water & muscle in human bodies. What you’re made of “composition” is more important than your total weight.
Q: What are the common denominators in those that are successful in meeting their weight loss goals vs. those that continue to struggle?
Anthony: There are three main points.
Those that have had great success are accountable for their nutritional intervention & exercise program. They display consistency with their sleep, diet, hydration, and physical activity. They plan exercise into their daily living as if it’s habitual.
2. Motivation That Works
Those that usually struggle sharing the same success are often intrinsically motivated for the wrong reasons. Making weight loss the ultimate priority rather than getting healthy. They tend to participate in fad diets and fail to nourish their body appropriately. Often withhold food as punishment for weight gain.
3. Trust the Process
Some people are overly critically of their results when they have not achieved the success they were expecting in the amount of time that they thought would be feasible
Long-term weight loss is done through a slow steady process. Having faith in the process is a huge component of success.
Steps for Improvement
Q: What would be your top recommendations that people can start doing right now to start improving their health?
- Number one most important thing you can do is to get your diet under control. You cannot outwork a bad diet. That doesn’t mean giving up all your favorite things. Moderation is the key.
- Learn how to eat more often but with less at each meal.
- Develop an exercise routine that you enjoy doing. Find a program that incorporates resistance exercises along with cardio to help facilitate with the fat loss & improve strength, endurance, balance, and others areas of fitness simultaneously.
- Improving your nutrition & routinely exercising a few days a week will allow you to not only promote fat loss but also increase desirable lean body mass.