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WRAL Photographer Celebrates Weight Loss Success

Posted May 21, 2003 3:20 a.m. EDT

— WRAL's Health Team asked viewers to send in their weight loss success stories. They did not have to look far to find one.

For all the people WRAL viewers see in front of the camera, there are many more people working behind the scenes. Despite a stressful job and long, unpredictable hours, a WRAL News photographer has lost weight and is keeping it off.

"We're always on the go. We're having to go from place to place to place," said Chad Flowers said.

A hectic schedule did not leave a lot of time for anything but stops through fast-food drive-throughs.

"My top weight was 250 pounds. Actually, 248 pounds," said the 31-year-old.

Flowers' love for food led to a WRAL food segment called "Chowing Down with Chad." During the 1997 State Fair, he ate his way down the State Fair midway.

"They had this real low-angle shot of me as I'm walking through all these food booths. I looked like an elephant walking through these things," he said.

The video captured Flowers at his heaviest and helped inspire him to lose weight.

So how did he do it?

"I started drinking mostly water, I started exercising on a regular basis and I didn't eat six hours before I went to bed," Flowers said.

That rule was the most important for Flowers to learn.

"If you eat and go to bed on a full stomach, chances are that's all going to turn to fat," he said.

In a year and a half, Flowers has lost 75 pounds and is keeping it off.

"I started at 250 and I'm down to about 175 now," he said.

Flowers admits it is still tough to eat right on the job.

"Most of the time now I bring my food. I'll either bring a sandwich or make a salad," he said.

Besides weight loss, Flowers has more energy.

"I move a little bit quicker than I used to," he said.

Flowers still tries to follow his "no eating before bedtime" rule and admits to indulging in his favorites foods, like cheesecake and pizza, from time to time.

Flowers, who recently

spent five weeks

with Fort Bragg's 82 Airborne Division in the Kuwaiti desert, said he gained four pounds during his travels.