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Mind over matter


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By DEANNA DUNCAN
Sun Advocate writer

With the holidays are approaching quickly it can be an extremely challenging time for all of those who are monitoring their "calorie" intake. And with all of the delicious foods that are right under their noses for Thanksgiving and Christmas it's no easier. That is why stories of weight loss in an ever increasing "need for junk food" society can be inspirational.

A local 19 year old man, Justin Sacco, has an amazing story about his incredible "weight loss." As a young boy starting about the fifth grade, his average weight was 200 pounds. At age 19, weighing 340 pounds, he decided to make a life change and today weighs in at 190.

Two nights before his birthday he stood in front of the mirror looking at himself thinking "I can't do this anymore." He had no energy and didn't feel good about his appearance. At that time he was wearing a size 46 pants and a size 3XL in shirts.

He is now wearing a size "32" pants and size "medium" in shirts and he has accomplished this through reducing his calorie intake drastically. Before, on an average day his calorie intake was 30,000 calories a day, as he was eating a lot of fast food. For lunch he would eat four double stacked cheeseburgers from Wendy's with medium sized fries. For a snack he would eat a steak, which has about 700 calories and potatoes at about 200 calories. These are the foods that he ate everyday, along with his energy drinks and Lipton sweetened iced tea. Such a diet left a lot of room for improvement, and today Justin now takes prides in his low intake, low calorie diet which he attributes to much of his progress.

When he first started this weight loss program his Body Mass Index (BMI) was 40 percent. Now with two to three hours of exercise, three times a week it is 17 percent. The average for a male his age is 25 percent. Justin's workouts consist of 1000 abdominal workouts with 10 different variations and cardio, not to mention that he can now do 150 pull-ups. However drastic changes like this are never easy.

"The most difficult challenge has been hunger, because food is everywhere you turn," says Sacco. He takes supplements to help replenish his body. such as GNC-Creatine. Cretine has become one of the most popular sports supplements among professional and amateur athletes. In the body, creatine is converted to creatine phosphate, which helps to fuel skeletal muscles and provides support for immediate energy production during high-intensity workouts. Creatine supplementation may help to promote cellular hydration. Supplements such as these have also been shown in numerous studies to help improve athletic performance.

Justin is currently a student at CEU and is studying Pre-med. The experience of dealing with the problems of his own body has made him want to be an orthopedic surgeon, with a sub-specialty in sports medicine and a minor in bio-mechanics.

"It is a constant battle to stay healthy and fit" Justin said. "But you can do anything you set your mind to, because it is just a matter of mind over matter."

And he adds, "Don't give up!"

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