RICHLAND, Wash - 70 local people recently lowered their cholesterol, blood pressure, triglicyeride levels and weight, all while eating bread and pasta and not feeling hungry.
It is a part of the Coronary Health Improvement Project, or CHIP. During the 8-week program, people attend 16 educational classes at WSU Tri Cities and make modifications to their diet and exercise routines, said CHIP Medical Director, Eric Shadle.
"I feel so good, people tell me my colors are better and I look good and they can tell I've lost weight and that makes me feel good," said CHIP Graduate, Marie Seymour.
"Before on different diets, we've tried, you'd think, I want a cinnamon roll or I want a donut or something but I haven't had those cravings on this diet," Jim Seymour said.
Marie and Jim Seymour just graduated the 8 week program.
Jim lost 25 pounds, Marie lost 15.
Marie is almost off all of her diabetes medication and Jim lowered his cholesterol from 240 to 177 in just 8 weeks.
"We focus on diet because our diets are so perverted, we got a lot more fat and protein than we need in our diet, we get a lot more fat than we need in our diets," Dr. Shadle said.
The plan is to eat whole, natural food, less than 50 grams of cholesterol a day, and 20 percent of the diet from fat, Shadle said.
Plus, they get to eat about 5 pieces of whole grain bread a day.
Marie says she only cheated once, on a hamburger, and she isn't turning back now.
"I just felt bloated and yucky and though its not worth it, so no, this is the way we're going to live," Marie said.
Visit the attached link for more information on the national CHIP program.