I have gained weight eating fast food. So I was astonished by the story of Jared Fogel, who lost 245 pounds eating nothing but fast food - Subway sandwiches twice a day for almost a year. He went from a 425-pound couch potato to a 180-pound daily walker.
Jared not only has maintained his weight loss for over 3 years but inspired many others to try his portion-control method of losing weight. Subway is featuring 5 of these successful dieters in their "Friends of Jared" ads.
Portion control and low fat is the secret of Jared's "Subway Diet." Subway has 7 sandwiches with under 6 grams of fat. Jared ate a 6" turkey sub and a bag of baked chips for lunch and a 12" veggie sub for dinner, with extra veggies and no cheese, oil or mayo. This totals about 1000 calories per day. The convenience of a Subway restaurant right next to his apartment made it easy for him to choose their well-advertised low fat sandwiches. As the weight dropped, he stuck with what was working.
Walking and Exercise
At 425 pounds, Jared was a stranger to exercise. When he got down to 300 pounds he began walking rather than taking the bus, then began walking everywhere he went, getting in about 1.5 miles a day.
Update: Jared's Journey 12 Years Later
Jared maintained most of his weight loss. He admits to regaining 40 pounds by 2009. This spurred him to reduce his calories and take up training to run a marathon. He completed the ING New York City Marathon in November, 2010 with a respectable time of 5:13. His efforts led to further weight loss, as can be seen in our photo of Jared leading the Portland Grand Floral Walk in June, 2011.
Friends of Jared
Meet a couple of the Friends of Jared featured in Subway ads.