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Dr. Richard Honke, a physician at Avera St. Benedict in Parkston, spoke to a small group at Ideal Body Weight Loss Center in Mitchell Monday about his experience shedding pounds using the Ideal Protein program. He was at a maximum weight of 203 pounds and lost about 30 pounds on the program. He said one of the many benefits was his pulmonary functions improved by 20 percent. According to program information, it keeps participants on a four-phase method to stabilize pancreas and blood sugar levels. At the same time, it burns fat, but keeps muscle. Honke had his success through Ideal Body Weight Loss Center, located in Parkston and Mitchell. (Anna Jauhola/Republic)