Terps coach Ralph Friedgen down 105 pounds and counting
With summer football practice in full-swing, we thought we'd get on the bandwagon and bring a little sports to our health blog.
Maryland Terrapins football coach Ralph Friedgen -- a bear of a prescence on the sidelines -- is missing something as he heads into the season. It may not look like much from these photos, but Friedgen this week is 105 pounds lighter than he was in October, when he weighed 401 pounds (see photo, far left). Of course, the question always is, how did he do it?
The 62-year-old Friedgen decided against weight-loss surgery. He lost it the old-fashioned way, by eating less. But after years of losing and then gaining back weight, he had to find something he could stick to.
He has been using Medifast, a plan from an Owings Mills company that has participants eat small prepared meals or snacks every few hours. He's down to about 1,000 calories a day, swearing off the high-calorie offerings of the training table. His cholesterol has improved, the university reports, as has his blood sugar, which was in the pre-diabetic range. He wasn't even supposed to exercise until he had dropped 50 pounds, but now walks 45 minutes, three or four times a week.
Still tipping the scales near 300 pounds, the coach hopes to lose another 45 pounds. He'll need a whole new wardrobe of white collared shirts.
"I'd like to lose 150, but I don't know if I can do it," Friedgen told The Washington Post in May. "It gets harder now, but I'm going to keep on this thing. My age right now, I'm 62. I want to try to get this thing down so I can have a good life."