Monroe Lineman Loses £ 120 and Receives College Football Offers
Four triple cheeseburgers.
A 20-piece McNugget.
A large serving of french fries.
Two big colas.
Sounds like enough food to support a family.
Or maybe two.
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But actually it was a typical meal of the day for Jakob Lentz.
“I would order that almost every day,” he said. “To be honest, sometimes I did it twice a day. It was extremely terrible. “
It’s no surprise that someone who regularly eats meals close to 6,000 calories has a weight problem.
Less than a year ago, Lentz weighed 400 pounds.
“I was really down,” he said. “I struggled to breathe. I wasn’t happy with myself. “
So he’s changed.
Today he’s a different young man.
The starting offensive lineman for the Monroe High Football Team weighs around 280, which he carries well on his 6-foot-8 frame. He says it could drop to 235 or 240 after the football season ends. He’s considering trying himself out for the basketball team, which was unthinkable last year.
Football was the driving force behind his dramatic weight loss.
“I had to do this,” he said. “The only way to go to college is with a scholarship.”
It seems that is going to happen.
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Lentz already has offers from Heidelberg, Alma, Olivet and a junior college in Phoenix. If he does well this season there are likely to be more to come.
“I move a lot better,” he said after Monroe’s season opener on a brutally hot Thursday evening last week. “It was hot, but I have a lot more energy now. I’m not a big, slow guy anymore. “
It was only fitting that Lentz was allowed to celebrate the transformation of his body on the soccer field, because it was a night on the soccer field that convinced him to make the change.
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Monroe started his 2020 season with a playoff loss to Dearborn on October 30th.
Lentz didn’t get a lot of playing time.
And he couldn’t blame the coaches. At 400 pounds he was pitifully out of shape. He lacked the stamina to cope with the intensity of a playoff game.
“I was too slow,” he said. “I could not do it. I couldn’t keep up. “
The next day he vowed to get in better shape, but didn’t know how to do it right.
“When I started, I did badly,” he said. “I just didn’t eat. I could tell that my body was weak. I was happy with the results, but it was bad for me. “
Lentz then put his brain to work.
He went online looking for healthy approaches to weight loss and developed his own exercise program and proper diet.
“Almost every meal consisted of chicken and rice,” he said.
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And he did an aggressive exercise program. He and his teammates Jordan Bassler, Landen Riggers and Dane Marlow trained together almost every day.
“I love all of my teammates and how they have supported me,” he said.
Lentz needed this support. In one gruesome twist of fate, there is literally a McDonald’s right next to its gym.
He didn’t let the smell of McChickens and triple cheeseburgers weaken his resolve.
In April it had dropped to £ 330.
In May he had made it to 280.
And the weight stayed off.
“It was really cool,” he said. “I really hold on to it when people say, ‘You look great.’ You feel good there. “
His new body taught him about people.
“People really treat you differently,” he said. “It sucks, but it’s true.”
But he hasn’t lost the weight for others.
“That was to my advantage,” he said. “It’s the best thing I’ve done in my entire life. Now I am a completely new man. “