Conquering the War on Weight

Winner lost 16.9 per cent of her body weight

The Biggest Loser winner was not the only one celebrating major weight loss recently – Cayman’s own biggest loser was also honoured last month after she lost more than 35 pounds.

Glenda Dilbert-Davis won the 2010 War on Weight challenge after losing 16.8 per cent of her body weight, or 35.5 pounds.

She was one of 10 contestants who declared war on their weight over the 16-week competition, which is organised by Cayman Heart Fund, by hitting the gym and dieting. The 10 participants lost a total of 168 pounds.

“I am most proud of my overall weight, which surpassed the personal goal I set when I signed up for the competition of between 15-20 pounds,” said Ms Dilbert-Davis. “I am also proud of my increased fitness level and endurance.”

She added: “When I started WOW, I couldn’t even jog for five minutes; now I can jog for 45 minutes and longer if I really wanted to.”

Ms Dilbert-Davis lost 30 inches over her 5ft 3in frame, and 1.8 per cent of her total body fat.

She and the other competition winners met the Biggest Loser star, Patrick House, at the War on Weight 2010 finale breakfast at 7 Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. Grand Cayman last month where he gave attendees tips he had picked up on the show.

Mr. House and his family were in Cayman in December to visit his brother after winning the NBC reality TV show.

Ms Dilbert-Davis’ workout buddy, Carmen Bell, came second in the War on Weight competition, having lost 14.2 per cent of her body weight, closely followed by Claudette Warren, who lost 13.7 per cent of her weight and won third place.

The top three winners were given prizes worth a total of more than $5,000. Prizes included airfare and accommodation to Cayman Brac by Cayman Airways and The Alexander Hotel, a Blackberry from LIME, fitness memberships for Energy, Flow Yoga, Body Sculptor, and Curves, a full makeover and photo shoot by La Mer Spa at Picture This, a weekend stay at the Marriott Beach Resort, water sports by Red Sail Sports and Parasail Professionals, and gift certificates to Funky Monkey and Reflections for a new wardrobe.

“This year the programme was a huge success, and competition was fierce,” said War on Weight chairperson Leandra Charles.

This is the third year the competition has been held.

“Contestants were determined to follow the programme, work hard, and get results. With the addition of new components such as group therapy, “Pay it forward” community involvement, monthly social events and Saturday activities, contestants were exposed to a variety of ways to stay fit and have fun. Spending five to 10 hours a week together, participants created a tight support system and close friendships that will last beyond the end of the programme,” said Ms Charles.

The War on Weight challenge begins in August and involves 16 weeks of group exercise classes at Body Sculptor, a nutrition plan created by dietitian Chad Collins, medical testing by Seven Mile Clinic and supervision by Dr. John Addleson and Dr. Marli Ellis, group therapy at The Wellness Centre, and free access to local fitness activities.

“The War on Weight programme is about more than simply losing weight; it is about providing contestants with the education, exercise options and support they need to start living a healthier lifestyle,” said Cayman Heart Fund board member David Dinner.

For more information on the Cayman Heart Fund or how to apply for WOW 2011, visit www.caymanheartfund.com or www.caymanactive.com/wow or contact the WOW committee directly at [email protected]

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Glenda Dilbert-Davis, centre, celebrates being announced winner of the Cayman Heart Fund War on Weight. She is pictured with NBC’s The Biggest Loser winner Patrick House, far right, his wife Bradley House, second from right, Bob Soto, far left, and chairperson of the Cayman Heart Fund Suzy Soto.
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