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ECH program aids weight loss goals

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"Now I don't live to eat; I eat to live," Ratliff said, noting how he spreads out the four shakes of his 960-calorie daily diet to minimize hunger.

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Since starting the program April 10, Ratliff is down to 242 pounds; averaging about a pound of weight loss each day for a total of more than 65 pounds lost.

"I'm floored with the results; it's way beyond what I thought I would get with all this," Ratliff said, adding that he hopes to continue losing weight. "I thank God every day, and I thank Dr. DeMuro for offering this program."

Ratliff said he would recommend the program to anybody, noting how the shakes and bars work well for his always-on-the-go lifestyle, but adds that it does take commitment.

"How successful our patients are depends on various factors," said DeMuro. "The individual's that are losing eight to 10 pounds a week are all exercising daily. We have some individuals who do not exercise and lose one or two pounds a week. That may not seem like much but if you add it up for a number of months it becomes significant weight loss."

There are some times he's tempted to eat some of the foods he used to eat, Ratliff said, "but then I remember what I felt like when I was in bed, and I don't want to feel that way again."

"This program is about losing weight, but also helping to educate people during office visits every one to two weeks about the changes they need to make long-term to either continue with weight loss or maintaining their current body weight," DeMuro added. "We cannot stress enough to individuals that exercise is crucial to keep weight off once you achieve your goal."

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