HIS STORY Daniel Kriss was on the "gain weight, lose weight, repeat" roller coaster until his freshman year of high school, when he steadily gained. "But it was a vicious cycle," says Kriss. "I was getting fatter because I was depressed and had low self-esteem, but at the same time, I felt like this because I was overweight."
Kriss' mother researched weight-loss camps and decided on Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pa.
"The camp helps you better yourself inside and out," Kriss explains, "by forming friendships, eating portion-controlled meals and constantly staying active."
Kriss, now a graduate of South Side High School and a freshman at Wagner College on Staten Island, started at the camp in 2007. This will be his third year as a counselor.
HIS EXERCISE As a theater major, Kriss is enrolled in two dance classes, doing jazz and ballet twice a week. Three or four times a week, Kriss will either swim laps in the pool for 45 minutes or go on the elliptical for 45 minutes and then do some weight lifting. "I try to be active six days of the week and take one rest day, like the camp does," says Kriss.
HIS ADVICE "Losing weight is all about self-control and being structured and consistent with what you do," says Kriss. "Joining a gym and having one available to you is probably the most helpful part. Exercise is a must. You need to be active, and exercising also makes you feel better about yourself and puts you in a better mood." -- Marissa Cox
18, Rockville Centre
225 Weight before June 2007
180 Weight now
'Losing weight is all about self-control and being structured.'
-- Daniel Kriss