Originally created 10/10/00

Worth the weight



Now that he's lost more than 100 pounds, George Ball Jr. is getting used to being called "Hottie."

Mr. Ball said he can't go anywhere in town without being recognized and complimented. "I feel very flattered," he said. "I've been told I'm an inspiration."

Mr. Ball has lost six pounds since our follow up with him in September.

He doesn't let all the praise go to his head. Though he admitted he would be lying if he said he didn't enjoy the compliments.

"It was as hard as I expected it to be," he said. "It wasn't and still isn't easy. It is a total lifestyle change."

But he says he still has a long way to go.

"I tell myself good job, but don't get complacent," he said. His next goal is to focus on weight lifting to tone his new body.

In fact, healthy habits are such a big part of his life that he misses the days he can't workout.

"My wife says I walk around the house like a sad puppy dog when I can't workout," he said. "I feel as though I am gaining weight when I don't exercise because it is such an important key."

He would still like to lose a few more inches from his waist. With his commitment and determination, he is sure he'll reach his goals.

"I am proud of myself," he said. "When I look in the mirror I think `Damn, I've done a good job!'

How he did it:

George Ball has lost 101 pounds through daily exercise and a balanced, healthy diet, specifically:

Calories per day: 1,500 to 1,800

Food groups: as much grilled or baked meat as he wants, four servings each of vegetables, fruit and protein and four to six starches per day

Daily exercise: Began walking two miles a day, worked up to four to five miles each day

About the series

The Augusta Chronicle is following four people who volunteered to go public with their battle of the bulge by participating in a weight-loss program. We offer an update on one participant's progress each Tuesday.

Today is our eighth update with George Ball Jr., 30, a store manager at Heilig-Meyers Furniture Co. His beginning weight was 363 pounds. He has lost 101 pounds working with Professional Health Control. As we follow our participants' progress each week, we'll provide you with information that you can use in your own battle to lose weight.

Health tip

Tufts University's Health and Nutrition Letter reported this month that eating foods that you enjoy may affect the way you absorb nutrients.

Researchers have found that if you don't like the way your food looks or tastes, that could lead to poorer food break down and a greater chance of nutrients being eliminated from the body rather than transferred to the blood supply.

What this suggests is that while you should follow a healthful eating pattern, it's also important to enjoy the foods you choose.

Also, the more you like what you put in your mouth at mealtime, the less you may feel the need to raid the fridge later in search of something that will satisfy.

Reach Lisa M. Lohr at (706) 823-3332 or lisalohr@augustachronicle.com.

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