Local Doctor Drops 55 Pounds Using ‘Fitbit’

By Sean Lee
WWJ Health Reporter

DETROIT (WWJ) – Old-fashioned activity combined with some new technology add up to a big weight loss for a Metro Detroit doctor.

Dr. Matthew Sims' "before" photo. (Courtesy, Dr. Matthew Sims)

Dr. Matthew Sims’ “before” photo. (Courtesy, Dr. Matthew Sims)

A little more than four months ago, Dr. Matthew Sims was one of thousands of Beaumont Health System employees who got personal fitness trackers as part of the hospital’s employee wellness program.

Dr. Sims strapped on his Fitbit Flex, which fits in a little gray rubber wristband, and was shocked to see how few steps he was getting every day.

That motivated him to really step up his walking and make some simple diet tweaks, and now, the change is obvious.

“The biggest change is I’ve lost 55 pounds,” Sims told WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee. “And I’ve increased my daily walking from probably 4,000 steps to, right now I’m averaging probably in the mid-20 (thousands).”

Sims and his fellow employees keep each other motivated by being able to see how many steps everyone else is getting.

Doctor Sims says he loves being be a better example for his patients.

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