When Alfred Sanchez, head of the YMCA of Greater Miami, was about to launch an employee fitness program called “Healthy Lives Under Construction,” he decided he would have to “walk the walk and talk the talk” to lead the program successfully.
Alfred Sanchez in a spinning class
[Photo: Joshua Prezant]
Says Sanchez: “Americans don’t understand portion control.”
president/CEO, Miami-Dade YMCA
Before: 236 pounds
After: 170 pounds
Lost: 66 pounds
At weigh-in: Cholesterol: 306; blood sugar 110-115; taking medication for both.
After weight loss: Off his cholesterol and blood sugar medications.
How he did it: Portion control; more meals a day; four months into his weight-loss program, he began exercising. Now takes a spin cycling class six times a week. “I’ve become a fanatical spinner.”