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Issue 102: Star Gazing

Maybe they should call it The Weight Is Right instead of The Price Is Right, since the show’s host Drew Carey recently shed over 80 pounds through smart eating and regular exercise. His goal is to reach 170 pounds by October 31st. That’s 92 pounds less than the 262 pounds he weighed in November of 2009.

Because of his weight, Carey had an unhealthy heart and unhealthy blood sugar levels, but now he is strengthening his cardiovascular state and has balanced his blood sugar. Whether or not you’re a big fan of Drew Carey, you still have to admire that kind of weight loss, determination, and health turnaround.

If you take a look at what Carey used to eat in a day’s time, you will quickly understand how he got up to 262 pounds. A typical breakfast was an egg, sausage and cheese sandwich on an English muffin with pancakes, or steak and eggs on toast, hash browns and pancakes. Now his breakfast includes scrambled egg whites with a side of fruit.

Lunch wasn’t much better for the “old” Carey. He would eat a turkey club sandwich or tuna melt with French fries or an entire pepperoni pizza. Now he eats a turkey burger, steamed broccoli and a green salad with balsamic vinegar. He used to snack on a bag of chips, but now it’s an apple or some grapes. And beverages? Gallons—yes gallons—of soda and multiple cups of coffee with two sugars each were standard for Carey. Now it’s at least 64 ounces of water a day.

Carey, 52, is loving the new him. “This is how you’re supposed to feel every day,” he says. “This is what I should have felt like my whole life!”

It wasn’t easy, though, for him to start on this new lifestyle. The first two weeks were a detox period and Carey ate lean protein, lots of vegetables, some fruit, a few starches, vitamins and nutritional supplements, and at least 64 ounces of water a day. He felt like he wanted to “chew his arm off,” but by week three his food choices increased, including foods like mahi-mahi, lamb, goat cheese and even rice.

Carey also worked out six days a week—starting with 30 minutes of light exercise and progressing to 45 to 60 minutes of daily aerobic activity on a treadmill or elliptical machine. He lost weight at about 3 pounds per week, and by week 10, his doctor told him his diabetes symptoms had reversed and that he didn’t have to take any more medication for it.

Wow. What a shining star!

Speaking of shining…Gwenth Paltrow is spending time in the health spotlight, too, soaking up the sun—doctor’s orders. Here’s why: “My doctors tested my vitamin D levels which turned out to be the lowest thing they had never seen—not a good thing," Paltrow said. She goes on to say that she has osteopenia, thinning of the bones.

As a result, Paltrow is taking a high dose of vitamin D and has been told to spend more time in the sun. That makes sense, too, because adequate vitamin D is required for the body to absorb and integrate calcium into bone structure. Coming up short on vitamin D can lead to unhealthy bones, and in Paltrow’s case that’s exactly what happened.

Unfortunately, Paltrow isn’t alone in being vitamin D deficient. In fact, the Scientific American Archives of Internal Medicine (March 2009) says, “Three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, the so-called sunshine vitamin whose deficits are increasingly blamed for all sorts of medical issues.”

You never know what you’ll find when you star gaze, but it’s great to see some shining examples of stars taking back their health.

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.


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