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Ken 2.0: A visit with Jared, the Subway guy

Jared Fogle, Subway's spokesman, spoke to Midwest City schoolchildren Friday. Afterward, he answered questions from Ken 2.0 readers.
Be Ken Raymond Modified: August 16, 2010 at 10:47 am •  Published: August 15, 2010

You know who Jared Fogle is, even if you don't recognize his last name. For the past 11 years, he's been the public face of the Subway restaurant chain, appearing in advertisements and promotional appearances across the country.

Jared, now 32, was a 425-pound college student when he began his Subway diet. He lost about 245 pounds in less than a year and has kept the weight off.

I caught up with him Friday at Soldier Creek Elementary in Midwest City, where he talked to a group of children. It was his first speaking engagement since getting married on July 30 and honeymooning in Napa Valley, Calif. I asked him questions provided by Ken 2.0 readers.

Q: How did you decide to use Subway sandwiches as the cornerstone of your weight loss program?

A: I lived next door to a Subway restaurant in 1988, when I was a junior at Indiana University (in Bloomington, Ind.). I just stumbled in there one day and, by chance, picked up the nutritional guide. I knew they had low-fat options, but in the past I hadn't paid it much attention. A lightbulb went off in my head: "I wonder what it'd do if I ate this stuff twice a day?"

Q: You ate multiple meals there every day?

A: Twice a day, usually for lunch and dinner. Seven days a week. Back then I was doing 6-inch turkey subs for lunch, and then dinner was a 12-inch veggie sub. The bread was a big part of it for me. I liked bread a lot, and this way I could eat nutritious meals and still get a filling portion of bread.

Q: What's your favorite Subway sandwich?

A: Now my favorite would be the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki. I get lettuce, pickles, green peppers, banana peppers, cucumber, jalapenos, a little salt and pepper and sweet onion sauce.

Q: What exercise program were you on during your weight loss?

A: For the first three months, not much of any. At 425-plus pounds, just walking next door to the Subway was exercise. For me, even now, it's hard to appreciate how immobile I'd become. Until I took those first 90 or so pounds off, I didn't feel comfortable doing any exercise. ... Then I started walking. Ten minutes a day, 15 minutes a day. I got up to a half-hour a day or sometimes more than that.

Q: How much did you lose, and how long did it take you?

A: Two hundred forty-five pounds was the total loss, and it took me just under a year. Mid-March of 1998 to February of 1999. It did come off very fast. I tried to get checked out by a doctor every couple of months. Even though it was an unconventional method, they were comfortable with it as long as I was comfortable with it.

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Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April 1.

Here are his stats:

Age: 41

Height: 6 feet 1 inch

Beginning weight: 307 pounds

Current weight: 276 pounds

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