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The participants meet Bob at Chicago's East Bank Health Club, where they hop on the treadmills for their first workout. Bob also wants them on treadmills so he can assess their fitness levels and identify any "red flags" that could make future advancement difficult.

"I almost always find flags when I talk to somebody, and I didn't have any with Tori," Bob says. "I think she's emotionally strong and ready to make the changes."

"You gave me a bear hug, picked me up like I weighed about 10 pounds, so the exercise isn't going to be a problem. But [the extent that] you're struggling with your weight means there's something deep on the eating side. Really uncovering that is important," Bob says.

"The first day, people are a ball of energy. 'I'll do whatever it takes.' But there was really a resistance [for Tracy] to the exercise, and that's a big concern on Day 1. … A woman in particular needs to work out or do something active five times a week for 30 minutes."

"On paper, LaToya looks like no problem," Bob says. "The only problem I saw was that you're young, you're living in the city, you're pursuing your dream of an advanced degree. Everything should be on all cylinders. There's some reason it's not, and that's what you're going to need to tap into."

"There's a passion required to get the results you want that was missing. There was something missing that I couldn't put my finger on," Bob says. "You're going to need to tap into that passion and make it strong every day of your life to do the things you need to do."

"Barb has a long journey," Bob says. "The facts are you're a smoker for 30 years, that's a big negative. It's going to be tough for you to quit. But on top of smoking, you're … a compulsive eater. … Those are coping mechanisms to get you past certain moments that must be painful."

To achieve results, Bob says you should assess your own current fitness level and then "go a couple levels above and have a structured workout in addition to the regular activities you get every day."
FROM: The Best Life Diet Weight Loss Challenge: The Launch
Published on January 01, 2006