The ordinary story of a 300-pound gynecologist who slimmed down to 162 pounds after discovering est and a new way of life. We hear stories like these every day. It's your attitude about eating that's important, says Reich. That's what has to change, and then you, too, can lose nearly 150 pounds. The show stopper. . . his motivations for dieting: ""I noticed that during one of the most eventful periods of my life I had lost weight. That was during my stay in Uganda in 1972."" Reich goes on to explain that he was there to research a new fertility drug, but ended in jail, having helped a number of ldi Amin's victims to smuggle their belongings out of the country. ""My smuggling activities stopped when I was arrested. While sitting in jail, hungry as I was, I had other things on my mind besides food. . . . Whenever the door was unlocked, I did not think, 'maybe the guard is bringing me food.' It was more like, 'maybe it's my turn to be shot.' Not surprisingly, my reduced food intake, combined with the anxiety meant I lost some weight."" Not surprisingly. Uganda seems to be better, for those purposes, than Duke University.