UPDATE: See also the video report above for more photos and details on Jay Wornick’s story. He will make an appearance on Good Morning America on Nov. 10, 2011.
2nd UPDATE: GMA Video is posted below.
Original article follows….
The story of Jay Wornick’s 198 weight loss has gone viral. What began as a bet with his wife 10 months ago has yielded an inspiring story, a dramatic transformation a radical shift in diet and exercise and some remarkable before-and-after photos. The 30-year-old man from Fulton, New York, described an extreme diet fare of an estimated 7,000 to 8,00 calories in which a meal could be 20-ounce steak and three potatoes, and every day he was drinking 12 to 14 cans of of his favorite soft drink, Mountain Dew. As he put it, “I would just eat until I couldn’t move, basically.”
He topped the scale at 366 pounds on January 1, 2011 and it became a wake-up call for him, according to The Syracuse Post-Standard.
“I almost passed out,” Jay said. “We actually had to go buy a bigger scale, because the one we had just kept (saying ‘error’). I thought it was broken, but it could only weigh up to 330 pounds.
His wife, Angela Wornick, a licensed practical nurse, had long been concerned about his weight as he had put on 100 pounds since their 2004 wedding and had warned him of the health risks of obesity including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while urging him to make changes.
Although she was witness to his weight gain, she was not aware of the full extent of his overeating.
“There were times when Angela would go to bed and I would get two large pizzas, a box of Ho Hos and a 12-pack of soda,” Wornick said, “and I would eat it all by myself at like 1 in the morning after eating huge meals all day.” He also recalled going to fast food restaurants to pick up food for the family, where he would gorge on two triple cheeseburgers and two chicken sandwiches in the parking lot before returning home to eat another smaller meal with the family. “She never knew,” Jay said.
It was in the aftermath of his weight-in that he wife challenged him to a weight loss battle, saying that if he beat her in the effort she would get his name tattooed on her back. Which begs the question: how did he lose the weight?
Jay attributes his dramatic weight loss to eating 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day, loading up on high-fiber foods, fruits and vegetables, lean meats and water instead of the 7,000 or 8,000 calories a day he and Angela estimate he had been consuming before starting the challenge. Jay also works out at the Fulton Family YMCA two hours a day, six days a week, doing an hour of cardio and an hour of weight training each day.
“The Y has been a huge support system for me,” Jay said. “They’re very friendly and welcoming, very helpful.”
With this routine he was able to lose 40 pounds in the first month. After he had lost 75 or 80 he said he went to the doctor to get blood tests. He said was encouraged to find out that the blood work was all normal despite abusing his body and not having seen a doctor for 10 years. He was able to lose the weight all on his own as he went on to note:
“I couldn’t afford a nutritionist or a personal trainer,” Jay said. “People think they need all that stuff, which is great if you can afford it. I just wanted to see what I could do myself. I Google everything and get a lot of diet tips from ‘The Dr. Oz Show.'”
Read the full article at The Syracuse Post-Standard and see Jay Wornick’s before and after weight loss photos.
Jay Wornick now weighs 168 pounds and is two pounds away from his original goal to lose 200 pounds. The story is all the more inspiring as he made the lifestyle changes he needed to make to lose the weight in a healthy way with diet and exercise and did so on his own. This is the important message; it’s a matter of getting the determination and the mindset. It’s why I am so glad these kind of stories get so much attention.
Jay Wornick’s weight loss journey will be featured an upcoming segment on The Dr. Oz Show. I’ll update with the details and, ultimately, the video. Meanwhile, check out the GMA video and find out more about his before and after weight loss transformation.
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