GLADSTONE may have one of the highest number of fast food outlets in Queensland, but its residents are also working hard to shed the kilos.
The city has the fourth largest weight loss total in Australia as part of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation program.
Since 2010,Gladstone participants have lost 3444kg, trailing behind only Mackay, Toowoomba and the New South Wales central coast.
Bec Swanton started her own personal training business, Perfect Fit Training Solutions, in Gladstone seven years ago and has seen the trend for personalised programs take off.
She said the long shifts worked in Gladstone could explain the spike in personal training services compared to other places that operated from nine to five.
"Over the last five or six years it has really exploded with the number of personal trainers and the number of gyms and cross fit classes," she said.
"I think maybe with the workforce in Gladstone, it doesn't make it possible to do the social touch or other sports."
Mrs Swanton said people were generally becoming more health conscious, and personal training helped them factor exercise into busy schedules.
It's mainly about making them feeling better about themselves, getting fitter and stronger.," she said.
"The changes on the scales then take care of themselves."
Programs brings about health and fitness transformation
FOR Calliope's Vickie Spencer, getting healthier was a numbers game.
Weighing 75kg with a waistline of 91cm and a resting heart rate of 94, the 43-year-old knew she had to make some changes to improve her quality of life.
One of those changes was joining Michelle Bridges' 12 Week Body Transformation, Australia's largest online health and fitness program.
"I wanted to be healthy," Mrs Spencer said.
"I thought I am just killing myself for being…like I wasn't doing any exercise at all."
Now 20kg lighter, Mrs Spencer said the program helped her keep on track with her weight loss goals.
"She tells you what to eat and when to exercise, and what exercise to do. There's motivational videos as well.
"She seems like she knows exactly what you're going through that exact day."
Mrs Spencer said she hadn't had a problem with her weight growing up, but eating the wrong foods and a lack of exercise had eventually caught up with her.
Mrs Spencer goes running four to six times a week.
"It was almost hard getting up out of a chair, and now I just want to run around everything. Nothing is too far away," she said.
"You've got to do it, for your own health, to enjoy time with your family and life."
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