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Doctor Shares Weight Loss Story With Patients

February 20, 2012, 6:06 PM by Kellee Azar

Doctor Shares Weight Loss Story With Patients
Dr.Leonard Gutnik

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Losing weight is never easy, and a Sioux Falls doctor knows that first hand.

A doctor's job is to help keep people healthy, but that can be hard if you're not healthy yourself.

Seven years ago, Avera Physician Dr.Leonard Gutnik looked like a different person. Since then he's lost more than 100 pounds and is still going.

"I've been losing five pounds a week for weeks, and that gets you excited and motivated and I feel so much better. I have lost probably 14 inches on my waist," Gutnik said.

This isn't the first time Gutnik has shed a lot of weight, but he believes this will be the last.

"I have lost a significant amount of weight once before in my life and as soon as I lost all the weight, I went back to all my old habits. And I think I have gotten smarter and the weight is so disabling to me that I don't want to go back to my old eating habits. So this for me will be a rest of my life type of eating," Gutnik said.

This time around, he's using the Ideal Protein Diet.

"You eat salads and veggies, which means you are a plant-based eater. Then I get eight ounces of lean meat at night," Gutnik said.

Gutnik says it doesn't matter what program you choose to lose weight, the key is sticking to your plan.

Now Gutnik is using his experience to encourage his patients.

"So now I spend a significant amount of time with each patient trying to talk them into adapting to a healthier lifestyle. And some I actually try to beg them to do something, and I'm not very successful," Gutnik said.

While not always successful getting his patients on board, even getting one or two is worth it to him.

"I think one out of 10 makes a significant effort and loses a significant amount of weight and gets better health," Gutnik said.

Gutnik says in order to be successful at any weight loss goal, you have to stick to it and not cheat.

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