Chefs Rock Serious Weight Loss For American Cancer Society (photos)

A group of Washington, D.C-based chefs (and one sommelier) did just that as part of the 12-week “Fit for Hope” challenge to promote the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope event. Two participants tied for first place: Pizzeria Orso’s executive chef Will Artley, who dropped a whopping 65 pounds, and Restaurant Eve sommelier Todd Thrasher, who lost 45.9. Both dropped about 20 percent of their original body weight. “Top Chef” star Mike Isabella also held his own, shaving 36.5 pounds off his frame, and chef RJ Cooper of Rogue 24 also lost 42 pounds. I feel like a different person, Artley told Washingtonian magazine. He attributes his weight loss to three-a-day workouts, leaving the restaurant at a reasonable time and not denying himself the occasional treat. It was all about balancing, he said. I wasnt getting rid of things I liked in my life. Take a look at 10 of the most impressive “Fit for Hope” weight loss transformations below.

Weight-loss surgery is Governor Christie’s gain

Christie called her remarks irresponsible. Ten days later, he had the surgery. Like Jets coach Rex Ryan and Today show host Al Roker, Christie has become the public face of weight-loss surgery whose progress will be viewed from afar by many considering the procedures, surgeons said. Ponce said no other public figure has drawn as much attention to the issue as Christie. We had more media attention when he announced than we ever had before, said Ponce, who has performed more than 3,000 weight-loss surgeries. It was amazing how many phone calls we received, and I think thats because many people expect him to run for president. Christie chose gastric banding, a less invasive form of weight-loss surgery, but one where the results take awhile to become noticeable. A silicone band, with a balloon inside, was placed around the upper portion of his stomach during a 40-minute surgery on Feb. 16 at NYU Langone Medical Center. Patients often lose 1 to 2 pounds a week and about 40 to 50 percent of excess weight in a year.

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