WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - News 18 asked our Facebook followers to submit videos of themselves if they wanted help getting in shape.
"I've been fat all of my life," Lafayette resident Terri Staley said. "I've been called every name in the book, we won't even go into that. I've tried every diet I can think of and still look at me."
"Currently I weigh 295 pounds, and now I'm ready for a change in my life," Lafayette resident Jared Bond said.
54-year-old Terri and 27 year-old Jared were ready to make the change to B.N. Shape .
Both share the same goal of wanting to live a healthier life, but each had a unique driving force.
"I've been at this weight for a long time and really what got me was just looking at pictures of myself, and I was tired of being the fat kid of the group," Jared said.
The dates we began each journey held a lot of significance for Terri.
"The day we actually met for the first time and did the weigh in and measurements, that was my ten year anniversary of being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma," Terri said. "That day ten years ago I was told I may not live to until Christmas. The day that we worked out, that first time I worked out was the ten year anniversary of my first chemo treatment. It's not an accident. It's not a coincidence."
Teri overcame her cancer and was ready to battle her weight problem, and Jared was ready to become a new man.
With help from Dozie Onunkwo and International Sports Club, we hit the ground running to start dropping the pounds.
The first stop on the journey was the grocery store.
Dozie taught Terri and Jared what, and what not to eat in order to lose weight.
Sure, exercise is a real challenge when trying to lose weight, but the bigger battle starts in the kitchen.
"I think that's one of the biggest misconceptions out there about losing weight, that you have to restrict your calories to a ridiculously low amount, even lower than 1000 calories," B.N. Shape Clothing founder Dozie Onunkwo said. "That's not the right approach. So, I think that's the most important thing, eating the right foods and when you do that you can actually eat a lot more calories than you think."
Dozie details which foods you should eat and which foods you should not eat on his Unbiased Health blog .
Dozie says most importantly, don't be fooled by low-fat and sugar-free products. Always check the ingredients list for what's truly in the food.
"If you look on the ingredients list it has sugar as the third thing on the ingredient list," Dozie said. "So, do you know the significance of how these things are listed on here?"
The ingredients are listed in order from most to least in the product.
Jared and Terri took notes on the diet plan and were ready to hit the gym.
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