A morbidly obese Florida man who lost 200 pounds in 16 months was giving fresh hope to sweet-toothed dieters Friday -- after revealing his stunning weight loss was down to eating chocolate.
At 448 pounds, Peter Ajello was so overweight he suffered a diabetic stroke and had to be hospitalized. His poor health scared him into cutting out junk food and he managed to lose 50 pounds in one month. His friends were so shocked by his success they bet him $15,000 he could not double his weight loss over five months.
Despite the cash incentive, Ajello struggled to shed any more weight and feared he would be stuck at 400 pounds -- until he began eating a square of dark chocolate before every meal to stem his sweet tooth. He found TRU chocolate satisfied his sweet cravings and discouraged him from eating other sweet food.
As the weight fell off his friends realized they would be out of pocket and tried to sabotage his diet by putting jelly donuts in his gym bag and sending pizzas and chicken wings to his house every night.
Ajello managed to resist temptation and as well as gaining $15,000 he now weighs 194 pounds. He said, ’A lot of it had to do with the dark chocolate."