A GROUP of Hunter men have lost the equivalent of 40 cartons of beer, thanks to a world first weight loss program at the University of Newcastle.
Eighty-five men shed a total of 438 kilograms under the Self-Help, Exercise and Diet using Information Technology (SHED-IT) Program.
The scheme helps men lose weight using the internet, a DVD and printed materials.
Chief investigator Professor Philip Morgan said participants who followed the program lost an average of 9.7 kilograms.
‘‘Men reduced their waist size, body fat mass and blood pressure and increased their daily activity levels,’’ he said.
David Hinchliffe, of Rathmines, lost 25 kilograms over a year.
Under the scheme he learnt about proper diet and benefits of regular exercise.
Mr Hinchliffe was encouraged to join by his wife, Nadine, who dropped a less than subtle hint.
‘‘She said the university was running a program to help overweight men, there was a long pause on the phone, then I realised she was talking about me,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.
Researchers are looking for another 200 men to take part in the next round of SHED-IT.
To participate: 49216096.