Camp Chat: Matt Harrison and weight loss
Q: Was losing weight something that was discussed with you before the end of the season?
A: Yes. When I came last year, I was 265. I didn’t realize I was that big when I came in for spring training. I started getting real bad shin splints. They said that if you lose some weight it would help. I lost 10 pounds and started getting better. I weigh 235 now, so that’s a big difference. I feel much better.
Q: How did you lose the weight?
A: I stopped eating late. I did more cardio stuff and basically cut out the sweets. That really helped a lot. And from then on, I’ve maintained that.
Q: Was it tough to give up sweets?
A: Oh yeah. I love eating chocolate chip cookies. I had to tell my wife to quit making them. She was making them at 9 o’clock at night and I’d get home and she’d eat one and I’d eat the rest of them.
Q: Anything specific on the workouts?
A: Running longer distances. I go out and run 30 to 45 minutes at a time, two or three times a week and then sprints on the other days. I really focused on more cardio exercises and then some squats and free weights too.
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