News Segment on CBS Affiliate WLTX

19 Responses

  1. Alisha says:

    Yay! Youre hitting the big time in the best of ways.

  2. Tyler says:

    I’m the featured story on their homepage, as well. That’s insane.

  3. Tyler says:

    This is getting out of hand.

  4. will says:

    Can the CBS Morning Show be far behind? Great story and interview, Tyler. You’re looking really, really good – strong and healthy. Awesome job!

  5. Juncti says:

    I’m waiting for Biggest Loser to track you down to appear at the finale and show that it can be done at home and without the trainers.

    Congrats once again, now time to go post my results and hope they eventually follow yours.

  6. Tyler says:

    I’m getting less nervous every interview I do — I’m ready for the CBS Morning Show!

  7. Tyler says:

    Bigger Loser is scary, I don’t want to get yelled at.

  8. beej says:

    This is great! Even more exposure. And what a good message: you can be a real person and still lose weight! You don’t have to go to a fat camp or get surgery–you just have to do it.

  9. Amanda says:

    I’m sorry, I hate to be Debbie Downer, but I just cannot agree with the crappy diet thing. I know I’ve commented a couple times and even emailed you directly so this must be getting old. But just “moving around in between” eating at greasy fast food-type restaurants is not a responsible message to be putting out there. You work out at a gym for 60+ minutes most days of the week. That is far above and beyond what the majority of people in America does. And what about all that saturated fat and sodium and chemicals?? People might lose weight but you’re still going to have clogged arteries and high cholesterol and an unhealthy heart. Thats like smoking cigarettes while trying to climb Mt Everest. I think we’ve all been conditioned to think that these places are a “normal” diet. Its not, this is not the way humans are meant to live. Just like the other commentors saying “hurray! we can still be real people and lose weight”. Talk to any health professional and they will tell you that its just not healthy. And like you’ve said before, you are not a professional. Its a clever “schtick” and its getting you alot of attention. You are getting results because of all the time you spend in the gym, not because of your meal plan. You’ve fixed your blood pressure because of all the time you spend in the gym, not because of your meal plan. And you can see the results right here on your blog on the weeks when you havent put enough time into the gym. And you’ll just have to wait and see the long-term results of all the junky fast food you’re putting into your system.

  10. Red says:

    Keep up the good work this is very positive. I weighed 252 and I have gotten down to 164 and I feel great but it took me a year to acomplished this goal and I am still working hard to keep it off. I did stop eating rice, pasta, bread, and no french fries. I did not drink anything except for water and if I needed flavor I would drink flavored water. It really helps, I am 28 years old and have been large all of my life so this is a very good change for me. This is nothing but motivation for us all. Great story Tyler

  11. Jason says:


    While you make a few good points but I think the bigger picture is missing here. Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and will soon top smoking as one of the preventable causes of death. The goal we have is to reduce the staggering impact this crises has had on our populace at any cost.

    You’re right Tyler is not a doctor and neither am I and neither are you. I think we can agree on the following facts

    #1: Morbidly obese Tyler in January was eating an unhealthy diet
    #2: 229lb Tyler is eating less quantities of unhealthy foods less frequently.
    #3: Tyler is healthier than he was 8 months ago.

    Now let’s for the sake of argument assume all of your points are correct that Tyler is still at risk for heat damage based on his diet.

    Let’s say that with Tyler’s weight loss plan has a 65% success and reduces his risk of heart attack by 60% for those who were successful.

    Let’s say your weight loss plan (which is a much bigger life change and harder to stick to) has a slightly less success rate of 45% (still very high) and reduces the risk of heart attack by 80% (+20% higher!).

    Now let’s run these models through the grinder for 10 million obese Americans and see what we get….

    Tyler’s Model: 390,000 lives saved
    Your Model: 360,000 lives saved

    This is highly simplified but my point is clear. Tyler’s diet works because it’s feesible. Expecting all fat Americans to drop bad food cold turkey and adopt lifestyle changes that will alienate them from their social networks and families is not a solution.

    While there are downsides to Tyler’s plan, the bottom line is that it works and would save more lives based on reasonable assumptions despite not being perfect.

    Tyler is inspiring people to exercise and eat bad food less often, I don’t know a single doctor that would not delve out similar advice.

  12. Amanda says:

    Yes, you are absolutely right. My apologies to Tyler.You have worked very, very hard and I did not mean to minimize your efforts and your progress. You have definitely come a long way, and you look fantastic.

  13. Tyler says:

    I appreciate it, Amanda! I’ll respond to your other comment above, but certainly no hard feelings.

  14. Tyler says:

    252 to 164 pounds is amazing! Congratulations, I’m extremely jealous. How’s the loose skin treating you? It is pretty amazing to lose almost 100 pounds in a year when you’re starting at 252 pounds — congrats!

  15. Tyler says:

    I agree with Jason, Amanda. While Jason defended me better than I could myself, it basically boils down to that you’re saying I’m not doing enough.

    Well, I’m doing something. And if my story gives people hope and helps people as well, that’s good. You need to keep in mind that this is just the beginning of my journey — there are of course stages and steps we’ll encounter that will involve me taking a deeper look into the foods I eat. We’re taking steps here, and if my story does help people lose weight, that’s a GREAT start — but you’re right, it’s certainly not the end.

    And as an FYI, I haven’t had a 60 minute gym workout in several months. I typically workout between 20-30 minutes these days at the gym.

    Thanks for your comment! I hope to see a lot more from you in the future.

  16. Tyler says:

    That’s the story. I’m glad you’re following it 🙂

  17. bossymommy says:

    Tyler…you’re so niiiice. (o:

  18. Vegan Vampire says:

    I loved the story on WLTX! I am in the same boat: I need to get up, move around, and be active! We have such a sedentary life now days with technology taking over everything. We all need to get up and just move!

    The Five Guys part, however, I would say be careful. It is like the Jim Fixx tragedy: we can look healthy but have deeper conditions like clogged arteries. Excercise won’t aleviate that kind of problem.

    Kudos! You inspire me to get off my butt and do something! Keep up the hard work!

  19. Rachael says:

    Pretty awesome! It’s good for people to see that it’s not all about giving up everything. It’s about MODERATION, like you said. Looking great!

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