Saturday, May 17, 2014
Question to my readers

By Tony Wagner Citizen Columnist

All I want to do in this column is have a chance to ask you a fitness question. True, I don't have an opportunity to do this most of the time, but fielding your questions is big fun and I always learn a lot from you. This time the shoe is on the other foot. Think you guys are ready? All right, here goes.

When watching TV, we are constantly bombarded by ads. The ads I'm talking about are the weight loss ads. Man, there are many of them that's for sure.

Nutri-System always is at the top of the list. Marie Osmond claims she has lost more than 50 pounds utilizing their product. They show before-and-after photos. She looks good. Dan Marino, too. He and a host of other lesser known folks have photos, before and after. I believe them. They have definitely lost pounds of what appears to be mostly fat. I'm happy for them.

I see ads for a device called a Tread Climber. It, too, displays its clients in before-and-after photos. Some guy lost 80 pounds by "just walking" 30 minutes a day on the device. He states he feels he can do anything he did in his 20s. I suppose he did not do too much in his twenties.

O.K., O.K. relax, I'm just kidding. But, he does look much lighter in body weight.

I suppose I could go on and on about these weight-loss ads. I think you get the picture. All of these people lost body weight and some of it was probably fat weight. That's super.

Here's the big question: Looking at the before-and-after photos of all of these people, just where did the fat go?

Did it fall on the floor? Get flushed down the toilet? Where? There is a definitive place that this fat went to.

Your job is to e-mail me with the correct answer to: You think you know? Well then let me know.

-- Mr. Fitness

Tony Wagner, aka Mr. Fitness, has more than 30 years of fitness and nutritional expertise. A certified personal trainer and fitness author, he has helped thousands of people get into and stay in shape. Contact him at and come visit at Bodyzone Fitness Center, 2740 N. Roosevelt Blvd., 292-2930.