Kathie Lee & Hoda: Joy’s Fit Club
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb introduce the newest member of The Joy Fit Club, Angela Baldo, who lost 186 pounds while going from 336 pounds and now weighs 150 pounds.
Angela Baldo: Ate To Numb Her Feelings
Angela Baldo, a 46-year-old research scientist from Romulus, NY, lost a whopping 186 pounds. She used to weigh 336 pounds and now weighs 150 pounds. She said her Mom would feed her as much as she wanted. She said she could eat a whole box of macaroni and cheese for lunch. As an adult, she liked eating alone in front of the television. She ate to numb her feelings and relax. She didn’t care about her size or her health. At 26, she lost 100 pounds, but gained it back four years later. After that, she gave up. If she couldn’t keep the weight off, what was the point? Her family and friends encouraged her to exercise, but their efforts only frustrated her.
At 42, she reached 336 pounds. It was super, morbidly obese. She suffered from arthritis and had trouble walking up and down the stairs. So, she started again. She found SparkPeople.com and tracked her nutrition and exercise. In one year, she lost 160 pounds and discovered a passion for white water kayaking. She said only a tiny fraction of people who lose weight keep it off and she is determined to be one of them.
Joy Bauer: The Joy Fit Club
Kathie Lee and Hoda welcomed Joy Bauer, Today Show nutritionist and author of The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and Inspiration, to the show to discuss how Angela did it. Joy said starches and sweets were Angela’s downfall. When she has a craving and she knows it could turn into a binge, she squashes that craving and she eats something that is super high in protein. Angela will eat non-fat Greek yogurt mixed with a scoop of Whey protein or she could have two hard-boiled eggs and it squashes the craving. Instead of buying a big, bulky bag of candy, Angela goes to the bulk food section and she will buy two pieces of candy instead. Or once a month, she goes to the local ice cream parlor and gets herself a small, kiddie cone to go instead of bringing the ice cream into the house.
Angela Baldo: The Reveal
Angela Baldo came out and looked completely different. She said the reason it is different this time because she gained it back the last time and realized it was easy for it to happen. She said she is still the same person, but she can do so much more in her life.