Weight-loss champion Chantel Hobbs, author of Never Say Diet, The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer, The One-Day Way, and Love Food and Live Well (WaterBrook Press), will be featured in People magazine’s April 4 collector’s edition of their most inspirational diet and health stories. This will be Hobbs’ third appearance in People, including gracing the cover in May 2006 for the “Half Their Size” issue.
Hobbs lost 200 pounds without the help of surgery, pills, point systems or a trendy diet. Just as importantly, she has kept the weight off for more than 10 years. She began her weight battle and addiction to food during childhood, watching the scale go up and down after repeated dieting attempts. Finally, she gave up the weight battle, and after years of telling herself that she was too busy to lose weight, she arrived at 350 pounds.
“All day, every day, I felt ugly, pathetic and judged,” she says. “Then, one night alone in my car, it hit me. I’d been treating my obesity like a disease, something uncontrollable. But unlike an illness, my situation was about choices. Crying out of desperation to God, I asked for His strength to fight this war, my personal and lifelong struggle. Since that day, despite circumstances and challenges out of my control, I’ve lost nearly 200 pounds and have kept it off for good!”
Hobbs’ life’s passion is to see the world “ditch dieting” permanently and encourage those who are frustrated and exhausted from the constant failure. “My story can be their story!” she smiles.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The author of Never Say Diet (2007), The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer (2008), The One-Day Way (2009), and Love Food and Live Well (2010), Chantel Hobbs is a speaker, life coach, personal trainer, wife, and mother of four. Her amazing story of having lost 200 pounds and keeping the weight off has been featured on “Oprah,” “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends,” “Living the Life,” and the “700 Club.” She hosts a weekly radio show on the REACH-FM network, and is the weekly on-air fitness expert on the WAY-FM radio network. She has appeared on the cover of People and First magazines. Hobbs ran her first marathon in 2005 and has run many more since. She is a frequent speaker to women’s groups, and makes personal appearances at fitness conventions. www.faithfoodandfitness.com