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From Fat to Fit: The Inspiring story of Tara Costa

by User Not Found | Mar 29, 2012
An inspiring story of weight loss and the life-altering experience that ensues is now part of Tara Costa’s DNA. After losing 155 pounds, the fan favorite and record-setting finalist from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Season 7 returned home to Long Island with a change in her mindset from “fat” to “fit”. Costa shared her inspiring story of transformation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to attendees of the American College of Sports Medicine’s 16th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition during a keynote address.

March 29, 2012

 

FROM FAT TO FIT: THE INSPIRING STORY OF TARA COSTA

Biggest Loser finalist shares her inspiring story of physical and mental change

 

LAS VEGAS – An inspiring story of weight loss and the life-altering experience that ensues is now part of Tara Costa’s DNA. After losing 155 pounds, the fan favorite and record-setting finalist from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Season 7 returned home to Long Island with a change in her mindset from “fat” to “fit”. Costa shared her inspiring story of transformation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to attendees of the American College of Sports Medicine’s 16th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition during a keynote address today.

 

For the past three years, Costa has successfully kept off the pounds, maintaining a loss of 120-150 pounds from her pre-show weight. The Long Island native is now studying for her master’s in physical education at Hofstra University, is certified as a Road Runners Club of America and USA Triathlon coach, and is pursuing certification from ACSM. When she’s not serving as spokesperson for Anytime Fitness and Ilovekickboxing.com, Tara’s also doing body appreciation coaching and would love to help her fellow Long Islanders try to get more physically active. Costa’s other passionate pursuit is her foundation called Inspire Change.

 

“My goal was to give back,” said Costa of Inspire Change. “I can't help everybody who reaches out to me, but I feel that from the show I have been blessed. I got this amazing opportunity and it's only right for others to change and feel better about themselves. So it's about people embracing the right lifestyles.”

 

To make those positive changes, Costa’s talk focused on the power of positive thinking and the importance of being educated about health, nutrition and even her six steps for smart grocery shopping. In the spirit of competition, Costa stressed the need to create goals and to challenge oneself.

 

During the keynote, Costa also shared stories about life on the Ranch and some of the highlights from her Season 7 experience.

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The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 45,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

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