What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? We're betting that "Today" show co-host and weather reporter Al Roker can tell you. What else he knows: What it's like to lose 140 pounds. In a recent interview with U.S. News, Al talked about his decision to undergo weight loss surgery and how he took off the weight. His forecast for his future? Sunshine all the way.
The title of Al's book sums up how he feels about his weight loss success: "Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle For Good" (click for details).
"I've never felt more strongly about this than I do now," says Al. And one key to maintaining his weight loss: Working out.
I know I need to exercise. For some people, exercise is like breathing; for others, like me, it takes effort. Exercising is what I need for my metabolism and for a better sense of well-being.
But diet is equally important, and Al recalls his binge-eating episodes. A typical meal: "A couple of Quarter Pounders, two large orders of fries, and a vanilla shake," or "a dozen Krispy Cremes."
Reflecting on those binges, Al now feels that "doesn't even sound like the same person!"
He compares those episodes to drug addiction.
"When you're in the midst of it, whether an alcoholic or a drug addict, that secondary voice inside you is not loud enough. It almost feels like the "devil and angel" sitting on your shoulders, like in a sitcom."
Al takes pride in his new ability to control his portions.
I used to look at a pint of Häagen-Dazs and call it a serving size. Now I know that I can have a couple of spoonfuls and I'm done. I'm more in control—and I'm controlling food.
As for his book, Al hopes that others find it helpful. His message: Whatever journey you chose, whether it's weight loss surgery, diet, exercise, or a combination, success is achievable - but it takes work.
"I wrote this book to share my personal journey and what I went through, and I hope it will be helpful to whoever reads it," he says. Learn more about "Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle For Good" by clicking here.
And for a fascinating voyage of one woman's struggle with obesity and decision to undergo weight loss surgery, click here.