When Ron Dahmann took a hard look at his long-term health goals, he decided he needed to change his lifestyle. Before he began, the Manufacturing Engineering Area Leader for Modatek Systems did some homework. He didn’t want a fad diet that cut out entire food groups or that was so restrictive he’d find it hard to sustain. He didn’t like the idea of counting calories or keeping track of points. He needed something that would work for him in the long term.
His research led him to the highly rated DASH Diet for its focus on sustainability and healthy attributes.
Six and a half months later, the forty-five year old Windsor-native is 40 pounds lighter and feeling terrific. “Everyone was very surprised at how well the diet worked,” Ron says. His success motivated family and coworkers. “Many have joined me in the life-style change.”
DASH is an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
The DASH diet plan was developed by the US National Institutes of Health. Its focus on high fiber and low-to-moderate fat intake was intended to help folks lower their blood pressure without medication. It’s a healthy way of eating that was designed to be flexible and still accommodate personal food preferences.
“I typically eat from every food group every day. Grains, meats, dairy, fruits, legumes and vegetables,” Ron explains. The DASH Diet recommends eating 5 – 6 times per day, “So there is no time to feel hungry,” he adds. “At times I don’t even want to eat the snack, however skipping the snack is not recommended as it keeps up your metabolism.”
4 Notches on His Belt
As if drilling a string of new holes in his belt wasn’t motivating enough, Ron’s improved squash ranking was a bonus. “I normally played 2 – 3 days per week,” he says. “As I lost the weight, my joint pain was less prevalent and now I’m on the court 5 – 7 times a week.” Ron saw a big change in his speed and ability. “You can imagine how much better you can move around the court with 40 lbs taken away. Imagine trying to run around a room for an hour with a 40 pound sack of potatoes strapped to you.”
For more information on the DASH Diet, please visit www.dashdiet.org