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Monday, February 6, 2006

Alan's Diet

If you're a regular viewer of the Ten O'Clock News you know that I went on a medically-supervised diet plan last spring and I showed you my 40-pound weight loss during a Special Report in May. But the downfall for many people who lose weight is keeping it off.

Here I am last February at almost 217 pounds. Three months later I was thrilled to drop to 177. Now I tip the scale at 168.

Dr. Jacobs: "So now you're down about 50 pounds and keeping it off. Excellent!"

That drop in weight also dropped my cholesterol and it's also given me more energy because I am hauling less weight around. Sure, I've had to exercise but not as much as you might think. The real key to the weight loss is what I eat.

But as anyone who has tried to lose weight knows, the actual weight loss is the easy part because you have strict guidelines to follow. With maintenance you have more choices.

Lisa Pigliavento: "Maintenance is the key because that's when you're feeding things back and seeing what's going to affect you and what's not and how much.

Nurse says: "Hi Alan. How're you doing? I'm going to get your blood pressure checked."

With less weight comes lower blood pressure, now a normal 120/80. Dr. Jacobs and his nutritionist, Lisa say obesity is a disease, almost like alcoholism, and it requires a life-long commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Lisa: "We're not dieting. We are changing your eating habits for life. You are learning how to eat to live not live to eat."

So what do I eat to maintain my 50-pound weight loss?

While many people go to fast-food places for lunch I come here to Publix. As an example, spinach salad, romaine salad... excellent choices for lunch. You have to watch the chicken caesar salad. It has a little more fat and it's something you might want to avoid.

I also eat seafood, a healthful choice, and it works well on maintenance as long as you don't smother it in butter or fatty sauces.

Here's a staple: a complete chicken, either BBQ, lemon pepper or mojo. You can get 2 or three meals out of it and it's very low in fat while very hight in protein.

Maybe you have a sweet tooth and don't know what to eat except chocolate. I buy strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries and take some fat free sour cream and put Splenda and vanilla flavoring in it. I dip the fruit in it and it is yummy.

I also like mayonnaise to make tuna or chicken salad but the real mayonnaise has ten grams of fat while the low-fat mayo has only two grams of fat.

So, that's a sample of what I eat to keep the weight off and I know the choices are mine to make. But I know that I can always return to Doctor Jacobs' office should I lose my focus.

Dr. Jacobs: "Sometimes you need that input... that constant reminder that, hey, you can easily get fat again if you let down your vigilance."

And after all these months I still no longer snore and no longer have sleep apnea. My wife can now sleep undisturbed, which she calls a miracle.

For more information contact:
Dr. J.P. Jacobs
200 Butler Street
West Palm Beach
659-6756

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