Monday, February 4, 2008

Weighing Nearly 400 pounds, Man Walks off Half His Weight

“Novak, who was approaching his 40th birthday, made it through the football game. As he ate two double-cheeseburgers and a milkshake, he began to think about the limitations of obesity and how it was keeping him from living a full life. Novak said the extra weight kept him from riding bikes with his kids. He dreaded doing anything physical like mowing the grass, shoveling snow or just moving -- period. Novak says even sleeping became difficult. The next day, Novak devised his own game plan and started his weight-loss journey. He began simply by walking -- one mile a day and eating a low-carbohydrate diet of 15-30 grams a day. ‘I walked off my first 100 pounds,’ he says. ‘Walked it off, an hour a day. I lost 100 pounds in seven months.’ Novak continued to lose weight and as he built up his endurance he started jogging. Even though he had never belonged to a gym, he wanted to incorporate strength training. But the first time he went to the gym, he was intimidated by the loud music and weight lifters. He says he quickly "scampered" out and tried a few other places until he finally found a club where he felt comfortable.”

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