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March 15, 2006 15:33 ET

Author Takes the Pat Robertson Weight-Loss Challenge

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2006 -- Thousands of people nationwide have taken Pat Robertson's Weight-Loss Challenge and have had success on the program. Recently, author and journalist Michele Karl started the weight-loss challenge to see for herself if it really works. Following is a reprint of her first article detailing her weight-loss journey with Pat's Diet. (The following article has been reprinted in its entirety with permission from The Herald Newspapers).

Shake Inspired by Robertson's Weight-loss Challenge

By: Michele Karl

Thinking of losing weight? Well, it's that time of year when resolutions are made. While most tend to get broken fairly quickly my husband Joe and I have decided to try to make one stick. That resolution is to lose weight. Yes, I know, it's one that people make all the time and rarely stick to but we are going to try it with a little help.

More than 750,000 viewers of "The 700 Club" took Pat Robertson's challenge to lose weight this year by following his nutrition and exercise program. Participants in Robertson's weight-loss challenge not only lost incredible amounts of weight but also benefited from lowered blood pressure and cholesterol.

"The obesity crisis is growing and damaging many Americans and their families," says Robertson who has been an avid health advocate and athlete throughout his 75 years, including boxing as a heavyweight in the Golden Gloves. "Teaching people how they can hold on to their health and stay vigorous much later in life is something I want to give to all Americans who struggle with this curable disease that affects 65 percent of our adult population."

So we decided to give it a try. We received two cans of the powdered drink base and mixed a couple of scoops at a time with milk. First of all I was surprised how good it tasted. Most powders with a protein base are not very tasty. Secondly, I was impressed by how full it made us feel. With the large amount of protein in each glass it helps to keep your appetite in check until mealtime.

Robertson's nutrition plan is based on a unique calorie controlled diet consisting of high protein, moderate (low-glycemic) carbohydrates, high fiber and low fat. It also incorporates specific nutrients for maintaining lean, strong muscle and key antioxidants for optimal health including glutamine and omega-3. Robertson's diet plan is a combination of select foods and his personal diet shake recipe he designed from interviewing renowned doctors, scientist, and health and fitness experts on his show.

General Nutrition Centers (GNC) is the first national health retailer selling Robertson's personalized diet shake recipe in a pre-mix formula to make it easier and more convenient for those who want to follow his weight loss plan. Pat's Diet Shake (double chocolate or creamy vanilla) is available at GNC for $22.99. The shake includes four different protein sources including Solae soy and whey protein, and 35 percent of the RDA of vitamins and minerals.

We tried the vanilla and chocolate and liked both. I'll be sure to keep you updated on our success. Robertson's weight-loss challenge diet and exercise plan can be downloaded for free at: http://www.patsshake.com, click on the "Pat's Diet" link.

Michele Karl is co-publisher of The Herald Newspapers and author of, "What Celebrities Collect" (May 2006, Pelican Pub.).

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