The contrast between my calorie-heavy diet at 420 pounds compared to what I eat now that I’m 265 pounds lighter is startling.
Back then I was eating more than 10,000 calories a day and gaining weight at breakneck speed. My gorging was so out of control that within months I would have been too big to even shop at big and tall stores. At my heaviest I had a 66-inch waist and the largest pants being sold at the time were 72 inches.
Sadly, the fear of not being able to find clothes that fit wasn’t even enough to stop me from getting my food fix.
Years removed it’s still difficult for me to think about the gargantuan portions of garbage I was shoveling in my face. I’m not so much ashamed as I am disappointed that I let my eating spiral so far out of control.
I wish I could build a time machine so that I could go back and have a heart-to-heart talk with myself. It would have been reassuring to know that I was going to live to see my 30th birthday.
Today is much different as I feel like I’m now Chuck version 2.0.
Rather than mass quantities of fast food I’m filling my plate with food that actual nourishes the body. There is a burst of energy I get after meals instead of becoming a lethargic lump with no desire and almost no ability to move.
— Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) March 2, 2016
Indeed, my diet today is much different than my 420-pound counterpart. I’m only consuming 20 percent of the calories I once did — amazingly putting right on the mark for the recommended 2,000 calorie diet that all nutrition labels are based on.
Diet at 420 Pounds
I rarely if ever ate the most important meal of the day.
I thought I was doing a body good by eating at Boston Market. Nope, I was wrong.
- 1/2 chicken
- Creamed spinach
- Mashed potatoes
- Macaroni and cheese
- Corn bread
- Diet lemonade
Total calories: 2,151
- 6 Taquitos from 7-Eleven
- 2 24-ounce Gatorades
Total calories: 2,000
- Extra-large pepperoni pizza
- Buffalo wings
- Cheese sticks
- Dipping sauces and dressings
Total calories: 5,700
Yes, there were nights I would go back for seconds or have another half of a pizza as a midnight snack.
Total daily calories: 9,851
I elaborated on my diet at 420 pounds in a previous post.
Diet at 155 Pounds
- 1 piece millet bread toast w/ sunflower butter
- 1 banana
- Frozen mango
- Spinach salad with chicken, bell peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms.
- A handful (or two) of unsalted nuts.
- Greek Yogurt (plain) with fresh fruit mixed in
- Kale salad with kimchi and hard boiled egg
- Pita and hummus
Total daily calories: 1,987
You can gain a little more insight into my current diet and how small changes have allowed me to keep my weight off in a previous post.