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Honey, I Shrunk The Meteorologist - A WGEM in-depth report

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A lot of our loyal viewers have noticed a big change here at WGEM.

Yes, we have a new set and yes, we're in high definition now. But this story is about a personal change.

Our own WGEM Meteorologist, Brian Inman, is a new person. Inman has shed a significant amount of weight. We're telling you how he did it.

In November 2011, Brian Inman weighed in at 240 pounds. Today, Brian is 71 pounds lighter and in better shape than ever before.

He says he couldn't have imagined his weight loss journey would lead to this.

"Since I started doing this last November, I've only missed (exercise workouts) twice, once when Chloe was sick and the other...I don't remember but I've only missed twice!" Inman said.

Brian's "light bulb" moment came while buying a new suit last fall and nothing in the store would fit.

"And then I thought, how much do I really weigh? And so I went and weight myself and I was 240," Inman said. "I thought ok, this is ridiculous. There's no reason I can't lose this weight and be healthy."

That's when Brian decided to live a low carb, low calorie, low fat lifestyle. It was something that worked for him in the past, but he never stuck with it.

This time was different.

"Once it started coming off, it gave me more motivation to keep going," Inman said.

For Brian, a typical day includes egg beaters for breakfast with some veggies tossed in. When it comes to lunch and dinner, he's eating a green salad with some type of protein on top, like a chicken breast, ground turkey, or pork. He rarely eats red meat, something that's often associated with a low carb diet.

"People say, 'Don't you get bored?' But write down what you eat every week and it ends up you eat the same things you're eating over and over," Inman said. "And if you find something you really like, what's the difference. And this is healthy, and good for you and it's how I lost all that weight."

As Brian started to shed the pounds, he stepped up his exercise routine and started running more and spending more time in the gym. But even Brian admits he cheats every now and then.

"And you eat a bag of chips and ice cream and pasta but then the next day you're like, 'Oh my gosh! I feel like I'm dragging' and it almost feels like a hangover," Inman said.

Brian's transformation is remarkable. One of his old suits literally hangs on him.

"I am proud of my accomplishment and anybody can do it, if they want to do it," Inman said.

Brian now weighs 169, and went from a size 54 to a 40! His family is proud too.

"Chloe says, 'I can reach around you when I give you a hug!'," Inman said.

Another tip that helped Brian is to keep a food journal.

It's something we've all heard before but he said if you don't, you tend to veer off the weight loss path and you don't hold yourself accountable for everything you put in your mouth.

Write everything down to make sure you realize the calories you're putting into your body.

However, the low carb, low fat lifestyle might not work for everyone. While Brian was able to lose 71 pounds by changing his eating habits and working out, Doctor Stephanie Reyburn with Quincy Medical Group says there no magic solution to losing weight.

It comes down to simple math; calories in and calories out. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and finding time to exercise. Reyburn says be creative and squeeze in time to get moving however you can.

"If you can, get in a good 30 minute time frame every day," Reyburn said. "Some people who are very busy, especially I see busy moms a lot that have a hard time getting that piece into their day, and you know, if you need to split it up do ten minutes, three times a day."

Reyburn also says watch your portion sizes, especially when dining out. That's a big way to cut calories and still eat some of the foods you can't live without.

And if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, to talk to your doctor before starting a weight loss program. 

"You've got to get to the point where eating the food is less of a desire than being healthy. And once you get to, 'I want to be healthy and I want to be fit, versus boy I'd really like to eat that big bowl or ice cream', you've won," Inman said.

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