Desire to be on ‘Jeopardy’ leads to weight loss

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(February 3, 2016)- Paul Baylor is a svelte 170 pounds today, quite a difference from a little over a year ago.

“I was at a maximum of 247 pounds,” says Baylor.

His weight loss journey started with his desire to be a contestant on the game show, Jeopardy. To enhance his chances of being selected, he decided to drop some weight.

“They were having auditions up in Chicago, so I decided I’d go ahead and lose 20 pounds.”

Twenty pounds came off relatively quickly. He decided to go for more and shed another 50 pounds for a total of 70.

Baylor used a tried and true method: he tracked his caloric intake to 1,200 calories a day using an app called myfitnesspal. And he ramped up his cardiovascular exercise, starting at 30 minutes a day.

“Basically I focused on cardio. I’ve done treadmill and I did a stair stepper and then I did the bike.”

Baylor says his reduced weight helps him to feel better.  He’s more focused.  And for the first time, he’s not shying away from standing with other lawyers for a picture.

“Whenever they would take pictures for the bar in Anderson, I would not sit for it because I didn’t like the way I was photographed.  So this year, will be the first I ever had my picture on the composite.”

Baylor is convinced most overweight people don’t need to spend extra money on weight loss programs. In fact, he takes issue with Oprah Winfrey, who as an owner of Weight Watchers, now does ads for the program.

“In the end we should look at Oprah. Oprah has lost weight in the past and it’s come back. So maybe Oprah needs to think less about the program and what fad to get on and maybe how to change your lifestyle.”

More than two-thirds of adults in this country are considered to be overweight or obese. Obesity puts one at risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis and gout.

4 Your Health is presented by American Senior Communities.

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