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1/4/06-Tyler

Texas Man Loses 70 Pounds Drinking Water

It's that time of year again, time to get motivated and kick your New Year's resolutions in gear. If your like most Americans, one of your resolutions is to lose weight. After trying almost every diet out there, one Texas man found a way to lose weight and keep it off, and all it took was something we all have in our homes.  

It almost sounds too good to be true, losing 70 pounds in just seven months and doing it by drinking water, but that's what happened to Blake Syliva, 42 of Old River, Texas.

"I was wearing pants in February of 2005 that were a size 40," said Blake Sylvia. Now a size 34, Sylvia is traveling through Texas sharing his story.

"I've been the fat kid in class since 3rd grade, so for the last 30 years I've always struggled," said Syliva. "I was at 270 pounds, my cholesterol was at 240, and I didn't exercise on a regular basis. I really felt like I was setting myself up for a heart attack." That's when Sylvia says he decided to do what the doctor says and drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.  He calls it the before, during and after program because that's what he does, drinks a glass of water before, during and after every meal. The meals include foods like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and yes even dessert.

"Immediatly I could tell that I was not as hungry as I used to be," said Syliva. "I started feeling better and my energy level went up and the natural response to more energy is why don't I start exercising a little bit." Clinical Dietitian Allison Adams of ETMC says she is not surprised someone lost weight drinking water.

"It could work," said Allison Adams, Clinical Dietician for ETMC. "Water has zero calories. More than likely it's a psychological effect more than a physical effect. In essence he probably feels full after drinking the water and in return you eat smaller meals."   Sylvia says for the first time in his life he feels healthy.

"I've been told that I look healthy by several different people and in 41 years of living I don't remember anyone telling me I looked healthy," said Sylvia. Dieticians say drinking that much water is not healthy for everyone. People with kidney or heart problems should consult their doctor first.   If you would like to know more about the Before, During and After program you can do so by logging on to our homepage and clicking on the Know More on 7 link. There you will find Before, During and After Program.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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