by Rob O’Hara
Jared Fogle, the man who lost more than half his body weight by switching to a strict regiment of Subway sandwiches, has written a book. But Jared, the Subway Guy: Winning Through Losing, is not a diet book. Instead it’s the story of Jared’s life, bundled with inspirational bullets dished up like Subway lettuce.
Anyone who has ever been overweight will relate to Jared’s tales of growing up obese. There are stories about secretly eating alone, about being embarrassed in P.E. class, about having to weigh in at the doctors office, about the many diets he failed at over the years, and about girls quietly snickering as he walked past them in a lonely school hallway. As Jared’s weight skyrocketed past the 400 pound mark in college, he finally realized that something must be done. Inspired by a Subway store located in the basement of his college dorm, Jared was inspired to create his own diet, now known simply as “The Subway Diet.”
Throughout the book Jared documents how he plummeted from a massive 425 pounds down to less than 200 in a short amount of time by switching to a steady diet of Subway sandwiches, all while not exercising. Those looking to duplicate Jared’s success should be aware that prior to starting his sandwich diet he was consuming more than 10,000 calories a day (more than enough for five adult men). At that point, Jared probably could have lost weight by simply eating a single large pizza at every meal. Several times throughout the book Jared points out that “Jared, the Subway Guy” is not intended as a diet book, but rather his own story. I agree. Anyone who weighs 425 should talk to a doctor before drastically changing his or her food intake and exercise routine.
The book’s subtitle is “Winning Through Losing: 13 Steps for Turning Your Life Around.” At the end of each chapter, Jared offers inspirational advice that can be applied toward any goal or overcoming any obstacle, whether it’s weight loss or any other type of addiction. His advice is honest but sometimes oversimplified (ie: “eat less”). Overall I had very few complaints about the book. My wife had hoped for more information about Jared’s life as a celebrity (the book ends around the time his first commercial aired), and I had hoped for at least one before and after photo. Regardless, the book delivers what it promises — an inspirational story with advice on how you too can get started down the right path of achieving your goals.
The point Jared makes throughout the book is that there is no magic pill for weight loss. Jared’s story was never really about the sandwiches; it’s about hitting rock bottom, finding your inner strength, and knowing that you have the power to change your own destiny.
And that knowledge is tastier than any six-inch Subway Veggie Delight.
About the author
You can visit Rob at his blog, www.robohara.com