Hollidaysburg native and former marine Angela Ross says to get into your best shape need to pay close attention to how each food you eat affects your metabolism. To do that, she recommends a glucometer, the small device diabetics use to measure their blood sugar.
Ross's book, "the Glucometer: a Self-Empowering Tool to a Healthy and Lean Body" outlines the theory behind her weight loss plan, and includes recipes, exercises, and a 21 day journal.
You record everything you eat and the results of blood sugar tests, after every meal, and after exercise, up to seven tests a day.
She says the device helps you find the foods, usually sugars and grains, that spike your blood sugar and make you more likely to gain weight. Ross advises eliminating those foods, or moving them to another time of day when they may not have the same effect.
Ed Shrift of Blair County says he lost 40 pounds in two months on Ross's program, basically eating a low-carb diet. He makes lots of quiche and stuff peppers, and relies on cheese, vegetables and some fruits to round out his diet.
Ross says following the glucometer plan will also help you sleep better, train better, and will relieve chronic pain.