First on our VegFest stage at 11:15 AM is Chuck Carroll presenting; Food Addiction: Crushing a 10,000 Calorie a Day Habit With Plant Based Eating.
Chuck Carroll is known as “The Weight Loss Champion” and host of the wildly 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.
A severe food addiction continued to fuel an unhealthy lifestyle as his waist expanded at such a pace that soon it would outgrow even the big and tall catalog. 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 money he was paid for schilling the cookies 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. Going vegan once seemed unthinkable to Chuck, but now it’s going back to eating processed meat and dairy that would be inconceivable.
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 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 in 2017 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.
His astonishing weight loss total now stands at 280 pounds!
The Exam Room Podcast – Inspired by an increasingly healthy lifestyle, he teamed up with PCRM to host The Exam Room™ podcast. Since its launch, the show has reached No. 1 in 79 countries among all podcasts in the nutrition genre, according to podcast rankings service Chartable. Millions of listeners, whom Chuck happily calls “Exam Roomies,” have tuned in from more than 130 countries around the world.
Previous guests include Grammy nominated musician Moby, actresses Maggie Q (Designated Survivor) and Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), comedian Jeff Dunham and celebrity chef Audrey Dunham, NFL player DJ Swearinger, and Olympic medalists Dotsie Bausch and Meagan Duhamel. Leading names in the medical community including Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Michael Greger have also appeared on the show.
Countless listeners have “raised their health IQ” and given themselves a wellness makeover after becoming inspired by Chuck’s transformation and listening to the show. They have lost weight, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and improved chronic health conditions.
Follow Chuck on Twitter and Instagram @ChuckCarrollWLC