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A 25-year-old man credits Chick-fil-A with changing his life.

Alton Ward, who attended Texas A&M University and now lives in Denver, says he was able to lose 140 pounds in a year by eating most of his meals at Chick-fil-A.

Ward told Business Insider that at 17 years old, he weighed more than 350 pounds.

He said he had always wanted to lose weight, but no diet worked for him.

When he headed off to college at Texas A&M, he decided to wanted to get healthy, and he would do it by eating many of his meals at a place he already knew and loved: Chick-fil-A.

Ward said that he would eat at the restaurant multiple times per week, sometimes for both lunch and dinner. He would eat items like the chicken wrap, soup, salad or grilled chicken sandwich.

Healthier eating, combined with a strength a cardio plan, helped Ward lose 140 pounds in just 11-and-a-half months.

"I wouldn't say all of it is Chick-fil-A, because I have to make my own decisions," he said, but noted that Chick-Fil-A had "tasty, healthy options that worked for me and ... my palate."

Several years later, Ward has maintained his weight and still eats at Chick-fil-A, although not as frequently.

"I'm just a loyal fan," he said. "I think Chick-fil-A is a great brand. It's literally helped me change my life, because I was on my way to a heart attack or just having a stroke or diabetes in every way. So, I was able to find food that tasted good, where I could have a variety of options."

"People are always looking for the short term solution. Chick-fil-A just helped me to take a step back and understand that I have to make a long-term life change and find food that works for me and exercise that works for me and make it fun."

What do you think about the "Chick-fil-A diet?"


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