Subway pitchman visits State Fair

Posted October 22, 2008 4:46 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2008 8:18 p.m. EDT

— Jared Fogle, famous for losing weight by eating Subway sandwiches, stopped at the North Carolina State Fair on Wednesday to host the Pants Dance Revolution competition.

People boogied in honor of a pair of 60-inch-waist jeans – which Fogle wore before he lost more than 200 pounds.

The Subway pitchman said he plans to donate the jeans to a museum after he finishes his Tour de Pants – visiting state fairs across the country to educate people about nutrition and exercise.

At his heaviest, Fogle was more than 425 pounds. He said he felt “constricted” and “held captive” by his weight.

“I think I finally just had enough. I was finally sick of my life. I was sick of the way I was living my life,” Fogle said.

Fogle was attending college in Indiana and lived right next to a Subway. He ate a plain, 6-inch turkey sandwich for lunch and vegetables for dinner.

“(It) made sense that if I were to eat, you know, Subway sandwiches twice a day that maybe it could be a way to help me actually lose weight,” Fogle said.

The diet became a routine for almost a year and Fogle lost 245 pounds.

“For the first time in my life, I was actually proud of myself. I was feeling good. My self confidence was a lot higher,” he said.

Subway put Fogle in a commercial for the restaurant and saw a boom in sales.

The rest is commercial history.

Fogle has been a spokesman for the company for 10 years. He said the whole experience has been “very surreal.”

“One of the things for me that’s great is that people say, ‘Hey, if that Jared guy can do it, I can do it, too,’ and then obviously it’s quite a humbling feeling,” Fogle said.

Fogle travels 250 days a year, including many state fairs. He attended the N.C. State Fair last year to officiate at the Seriously Twisted Sub contest.