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TRIMMING THE FAT: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OUTREDUCES HIS BOSS

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Val Oveson is a loyal lieutenant governor, willing to follow the governor's lead.

But when it comes to losing weight, he could be accused of trying to upstage the state's chief executive.When Gov. Norm Bangerter started losing weight during the spring of 1988, Oveson decided he should do the same. Four months later he was 48 pounds lighter. The governor has lost only 20 pounds.

Oveson since has gained back 10 pounds, but he maintains a regimen that includes a healthy breakfast and lunch, no dinner (unless he has to attend an official event), no desserts or breads and eight to 12 miles of jogging per week.

He is quick to credit the governor for his own success. "He motivated me to do something about it," Oveson said, referring to the time when he weighed 228 pounds.

Oveson, who runs in his Bountiful neighborhood, says he rarely feels hungry at night. He drinks three 10-ounce glasses of water each evening.

"If my head's right, I don't feel hungry at all," he said. "It's a wonderful feeling."