Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Competition Helps Man Reach Goal; How I Did It; Greg Dantzler Was among 1,200 People Vying for Prizes in Online Weight-Loss Program

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Competition Helps Man Reach Goal; How I Did It; Greg Dantzler Was among 1,200 People Vying for Prizes in Online Weight-Loss Program

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Greg Dantzler's first inkling that he needed to improve his physical condition was when he had bedtime prayers with his two children.

"I'd get up off my knees and I felt like I was 60," he said. He's 36. "It would take me a couple of minutes to walk that off."

The next was when his doctor threatened to start him on blood pressure medicine as his pressure spiked at times to nearly 150.

"I knew I had to do something; I wasn't ready to take medicine," he said.

He was 212 pounds and 5 feet 8 inches. His energy and activity levels were low, he said.

Around the first of this year, he looked around for a remedy and found a program called Lose to Win. The program is based on the concept that people can lose weight more efficiently when there's accountability.

"The best way to lose weight is to become part of a formal program in which you schedule regular weigh-ins," wrote Dr. Mario Morales, director of the SSM Weight-Loss Institute, for the program's materials. "Having that support helps you remain focused and committed to the behavioral changes that lead to real weight loss."

"I'm a competitive person and that was attractive," Dantzler said.

He signed up for the online program. He was among 1,200 people competing for prizes to be awarded to those who lost the highest percentage of their body weight.

The program didn't give him any methods to lose weight, although some classes were offered during the 12-week program.

"All I did was eat less and move more," Dantzler said. "Most people know what they have to do; they just need a reason to do it."

He began walking, spending more time with the aerobic workouts than in the gym. Today, "I can run three miles in 30 minutes," he said. He runs three times a week or exercises for 30 minutes each session.

As for his eating, he made small adjustments, especially during the day.

His breakfast became a couple of eggs and whole wheat toast. Lunch daily is a turkey sandwich, "with a lot of meat."

Between meals, he has snacks such as nuts. …

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