Sheriff, deputy, others drop pounds with 'Ideal Protein' -

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MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Some might question the sustainability of a system that drops weight quickly, but it won't be Davison County Chief Deputy Steve Brink.

"I've done them all — the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet and the cabbage soup diet — and they all work, but keeping the weight off is tough. This diet is healthy, and if I can do it," he said, "anyone can do it."

Brink was talking about the Ideal Protein Weight Method that helped him lose 85 pounds. At his heaviest, Brink said, he was pushing 300 pounds. That was too much, he said, even for his large, 6-foot-2-inch-frame.

"It got to the point when I was at the courthouse I never took the stairs. My knees hurt too much."

Contrast that with bounding up two flights of stairs with ease during a recent response to a domestic disturbance call. The biggest benefit has been a vastly increased energy level, he said.

The weight loss also staved off a looming threat of diabetes, said Brink's wife, Kathy, who also lost 45 pounds on the program and now works as a part-time coach for the Ideal Body Weight Loss Center, in Mitchell, which promotes the low carbohydrate, high-protein weight-loss plan based on the work of Dr. Chanh Tran Tien, a native of Vietnam, who now lives in Paris.

The program uses a proprietary protein blend to prevent the loss of muscle mass during the weight-loss process.

Kathy Brink said the medically supervised program helped her and her husband to toss their prescription medications. As a part-time coach, she sees the program helping others on a daily basis.

"It's fun to see people get their self-esteem, confidence and health back," she said.

Clients also appreciate that the weight-loss consulting and coaching is done privately — there are no public weigh-ins, which is the case with some other programs.

The program has other supporters at the Davison County Public Safety Center, too.

Davison County Sheriff Dave Miles, who knocked off more than 40 pounds using the program, says his target is to drop 60 pounds.

The rapid weight loss of the county's top law officers had some wondering if the entire department was involved in some mandated weight loss program.

"Nah," Miles said, "but everybody's looking at it; it's an easy diet to stay on."

Miles said the success of others on the program drew him in.

"I watched those guys lose, and I said, 'I gotta do that,' and they kept bugging me."

Under the positive peer pressure, Miles eventually signed up.

"I've lost 45 pounds already and I've got 15 pounds to go," he said. "I'm down two sizes on pants, two sizes on shirts, and I feel good."

Besides peer pressure, what provided the final nudge?

15 Oct, 2011

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