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WORLD'S HEAVIEST MAN CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AND WEIGHT LOSS MILESTONE

Zone Diet Creator Dr. Barry Sears and His Team of Physicians Give Manuel Uribe A New Lease on Life

DANVERS, MA, June 10, 2008 /PRNewswire/—Manuel Uribe, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the heaviest living man in the world, has lost more than one-third of his body weight and now weighs just over 800 pounds thanks to an international team of doctors led by Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone Diet. As he approaches his 43rd birthday on June 11, Manuel credits Dr. Sears and his team for saving his life despite monumental odds.

After decades of failed weight loss methods, including a botched liposuction that nearly killed him, devotion to the Zone Diet has been the only weight loss program to have such a positive impact on the Mexican man, whose weight once topped 1,200 lbs. Dr. Sears, along with two of Mexico's most prestigious physicians, Dr. Silvia Orozco Aviña and Dr. Gustavo Orozco Aviña, are at the helm of the interdisciplinary team of doctors, nutritionists and exercise physiologists who continue to work diligently to help Manuel reach his goal . . . and his birthday.

"Manuel's ability to lose more than 400 pounds without resorting to weight loss surgery is a remarkable accomplishment. His success can be attributed to the fact that he's never hungry because his all-star medical team is stabilizing the hormones that control hunger through diet and high levels of omega-3 fish oil with EPA and DHA," said Dr. Sears.

That's not to say that Manuel hasn't been tempted by multiple offers to perform the surgery for free. In fact, during a recent filming with the Discovery Channel, he was approached by two surgeons from Texas, who attempted to convince him that gastric bypass surgery was his best option. However, Manuel's determination never faltered.

"I'll stick with my team," Manuel said, referring to the Zone physicians who have been treating him on a biweekly basis for the past two and a half years. "The Zone has saved my life, and I'm motivated to reach my goal weight by making the right choices about my health."

Manuel plans on celebrating his birthday by taking a romantic ride along the Mexican countryside with his girlfriend, Claudia. Manuel's previous attempt to go on a date with Claudia was thwarted when the rails of his bed, which was being hauled by a flatbed truck, struck an overpass. Undeterred, Manuel is ready to hit the road again.

"Here's a man who hasn't left his bed in five years, yet his spirits are so high that he's planning a spectacular celebration for his birthday. Any person looking to lose weight can find inspiration from Manuel's dedication and drive for success," said Dr. Sears.

Manuel's current diet consists of about 2,000 calories per day broken up into six meals. His specially designed menu includes a wide variety of meals including egg-white omelets, fresh salads, chicken fajitas and fish filet in a bed of spring greens. In fact, Manuel's biggest problem is not lack of appetite control, but eating all the food he is supposed to eat.

"This dramatic improvement in appetite control is another reason why gastric bypass makes no sense for Manuel," said Dr. Sears.

In addition to diet, Manuel's physicians developed a personalized supplement regimen that includes the Zone's OmegaRx, SeaHealth Plus, Metabolic Digestive Support, Cardio Support, Bone Support, Hepatic Support and Micronutrient Support. Manuel's diet and supplement intake is strictly monitored by his physicians, who make adjustments when necessary.

Despite his weight, Dr. Sears considers Manuel one of the healthiest men in Mexico. He is not at risk for diabetes, and his blood pressure and triglyceride levels are normal. In addition, his resting heart rate averages 62 beats per minute, a level usually found in trained athletes. Even though Manuel is confined to his bed, his medical team designed a tailored exercise regimen that includes sit-ups, pull-ups and hand-biking to help build muscle mass and accelerate fat loss.

For exclusive video footage of Dr. Sears' recent trip to Manuel's home in Mexico as well as continued updates on Manuel's progress, visit www.zonediet.com.