Transcript from Weight Off with THE EARLY SHOW
Thursday, April 5th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
BRYANT GUMBEL: All this week, we`ve embarked on the beginning of our ``Weight Off with THE EARLY SHOW.'' A comprehensive program designed to help you improve your health and shed unwanted pounds. A group of volunteers from across the country agreed to allow our experts to monitor their progress as they follow the weight-loss plan.
This morning, we`re in the twin cities to meet 24-year-old Greg Shipp, who weighs 196 pounds and wants to lose 20.
Greg, good morning.
GREG SHIPP, WEIGHT LOSS PARTICIPANT: Good morning.
GUMBEL: Doesn`t sound to me like you have much of a weight problem.
SHIPP: I don`t think it I a weight problem yet, but it`s going in wrong direction.
GUMBEL: Why is it going in the wrong direction?
SHIPP: My lifestyle has changed. Less active than I once was, eat more junk. It is adding up.
GUMBEL: What are some of your worst eating habits?
SHIPP: Worst one is late night, no doubt.
GUMBEL: Munching late?
SHIPP: Munching late. Snacks out at a bar or something like that.
GUMBEL: I understand you also like to down a brew or two.
SHIPP: Yes, that happens now and again.
GUMBEL: Yes. Have you tried ditching some of these pounds before?
SHIPP: I don`t know. I think I`ve been a little bit more conscious of them, but never tried to make a wholesale change. I think I`ve watched them a little bit, but not very consciously.
GUMBEL: This is your fourth day on the program. How do you feel?
SHIPP: So far, so good. Not a big deal. Not a big deal so far, no.
GUMBEL: How many beers have you had?
SHIPP: Softball season starts next week, so...
GUMBEL: Sit tight for a second. Let me bring in Dr. Lou Aronne of Presbyterian Hospital, who helped us develop the weight-off plan.
Does he have a problem?
DR. LOUIS ARONNE, N.Y. PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL: I think he`s on the way to developing a problem, Bryant. Because he`s gained 15 pounds in three years, that`s five pounds a year. If he doesn`t take steps, he could wind up gaining a lot more weight. Let me give you an example...
GUMBEL: That`s unlikely. Generally guys get out of college and bloat up a little bit. They won`t gain five pounds a year in perpetuity.
ARONNE: You don`t know that you`ve got watch and prevent that weight gain. If you look at Jake White, our participant from Orlando, very similar story. Now he`s 31. Now he`s gained not just 15 pounds, he`s gained more than 50 pounds. He has high triglycerides, a low good cholesterol. He`s starting to have health problems from his weight.
GUMBEL: Greg talked about his--and we can all relate to this--he misses his brews and alcohol. Do we have to stay off that stuff?
ARONNE: I don`t think we have to stay off it. You have to watch it. If you`re having trouble with your weight, while a little bit of alcohol is healthy, alcohol is a triple threat it is high in calories. It stimulates your appetite and reduces your willpower. Have it the right way. Have it with a meal.
GUMBEL: Reduces your willpower. Why stay away from the alcohol then?
ARONNE: You use the willpower you had before.
GUMBEL: Is that the hardest part of this thing?
ARONNE: I anticipate it, because it is part of my social life.
GUMBEL: Yes, I would imagine so. What`s our tip for the day, Lou?
ARONNE: The tip for the day is to watch your portion sizes. People are being supersized into obesity. If you look at what`s going on in the country, you go to a buffet restaurant, there is all the food you want, low price. You got to watch out on the buffet lines.
GUMBEL: It is an American habit, isn`t it?
ARONNE: An American habit, big quantities, low cost.
GUMBEL: Greg, good luck. We`ll check back with you.
SHIPP: Thank you.