By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Weighing close to 500 pounds, Louis Constancio has been on his weight loss journey for one year, and now weighs 150 pounds lighter. After being turned down for two seasons of NBC's show The Biggest Loser, casting directors now want him back for season 12.
Louis got back into Lubbock Sunday night after an interview with NBC's directors in Dallas. There they told him he was one of 30 finalists that would be going to the final interview in Los Angeles, but he isn't waiting around for the show to shed the pounds.
"I went from 66 pants, now I'm down to 54. So I'm excited. I'm going to burn them all; they're going up in smoke guys," said Louis as he demonstrated how loose his pants were.
In 12 months Louis dropped down to 350 pounds, but it wasn't an easy task. "I work out five to six days a week, for about two to three hours a day," he said. "I'll be out the door by 6:15 in the morning to run or swim a mile."
Thanks to the show Biggest Loser, Louis says he was inspired to turn his life around and began using some of the dieting tips he saw on the show and through the cook books. "I eat a lot of eggs and organic milk. I don't eat anything fried; I do everything broiled, baked or grilled," he said opening his refrigerator.
Louis says he eats only whole foods and stays away from preservatives, always keeping a count on his calorie intake with a pre-planned menu for each week.
"I package just about everything. I package all my chicken and I put my calories according to the weight so I know exactly what I'm eating at all times. I measure everything."
By counting his calories, Louis says it's helped count his pennies. "We saved thousands of dollars last year just because I shopped according to my menu not what McDonalds has for me," said Louis.
As Louis waits for his call back to L.A., he plans on continuing to help others in Lubbock drop the weight.
"I want to be a life coach. I want to be able to help these people with the issues that no one's asking, you know, let's get down to the bottom core of why you are where you are. I think that's my gift is to help people," said Louis.
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