In just over a year, Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle.
Chuck Carroll is truly “The Weight Loss Champion” and host of the popular podcast, The Exam Room.
At his heaviest, Chuck weighed 420 pounds and had amassed a 66-inch waist while requiring a size 6xl shirt. At just 5-foot-6, his tiny frame struggled to support his enormous figure that was fueled by a 10,000-calorie daily diet of fast food.
A severe food addiction continued to fuel an unhealthy lifestyle as his waist expanded at such a pace that soon it would have outgrown even the clothes in big and tall shops. Yet, he convinced himself that he needed to continue down that path to remain a personality on radio station BIG 100.3 (WBIG-FM) in Washington, DC.
Still, there were times when, like millions of others battling the bulge, he tried and failed to lose weight. He was even paid to endorse fad diets on the radio. But despite the paychecks, like every other attempt, the success he achieved was short-lived as the weight came pouring back on and then some. The diet money quickly evaporated at the nearest drive thru.
Fearing that his life was spiraling out of control and nearing an end, he opted to undergo weight loss surgery. Prior to the procedure he was convinced that the drastic measure would become like all the other failed attempts to lose weight. At least, he thought, he could go to his grave confident that he tried everything.
Chuck was just 27 years old at the time and didn’t think he would live to see 30.
Although a critical component, the surgery proved only to be the first step in his journey. In fact, he only attributes 10 percent of his weight loss success to the procedure.
In just over a year, Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle. He’s now maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet.
The confidence he gained from the weight loss enabled him to pursue his dream of becoming a sports reporter. He has hosted several radio shows with NFL players. One of the players gave him the nickname of “The Weight Loss Champion” after news of his transformation spread through the locker room.
Shortly thereafter, Chuck’s career took a twist when he became a reporter for the all-news CBS Radio station in Washington, DC. From there, he went on to anchor national newscasts at NBC News Radio. Despite the success, he felt something was still missing in his professional life. He wanted to give back and inspire others to follow in his footsteps and take back control of their health.
His journey took another twist when he adopted a plant-based diet at the urging of WWE Superstar Austin Aries which kicked his health into overdrive! His evolving eating habits enabled him to shed the 15 pounds of excess weight that had stubbornly been holding on for dear life.
Now more than a decade into his transformation, his astonishing weight loss total stands at 280 pounds! He attributes the lasting success to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, but free of meat and dairy.
Inspired by an increasingly healthy lifestyle, he teamed up with PCRM in 2018 to launch The Exam Room™ podcast where he has interviewed the biggest names in the plant-based community, including Grammy nominated musician Moby, actress Maggie Q, Dr. Neal Barnard, NFL star DJ Swearinger, and NASCAR driver Landon Cassill. The show has grown to become one of the most downloaded nutrition podcasts online today. Millions of listeners in more than 130 countries around the world have downloaded the show.
Away from the microphone, Chuck is happily married to an Emmy Award-winning TV personality whom he had a crush on for years before finally working up the courage to ask on a date after he lost weight.
Hi I’m Amy. My husband Rick & I adopted a Whole Plant lifestyle in 2012. We have had fantastic health results. Together, we’ve lost over 130 pounds! We offer private, lifestyle coaching and Zoom cooking lessons. We love to share our knowledge of this lifestyle and hope to spread the word and help others to Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!🌱 !
Sharme Ridley is a Rouxbe certified plant-based cooking enthusiast who specializes in creating Louisiana Creole inspired dishes. Overcoming a host of health issues after adopting a plant-based diet, she now inspires others to follow a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle through her efforts with Plant Based Atlanta, a PlantPure Communities pod and her Atlanta Creole YouTube channel, where she offers WFPB cooking demonstrations. Sharme is also one of the hosts for CNS Kitchen, a T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) plant-based support group. She earned the CNS eCornell Plant Based Nutrition Certificate and is a Licensed Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). A retired public school teacher in her early 60s, she takes no medicines and is a living testament to the power of plants. Sharme has a B.S. in Secondary Education, a MEd in Educational Administration, and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction.
CNS Kitchen: cnskitchen.nutritionstudies.org