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Facebook helps a Vancleave man lose 100 pounds


VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country, but a coast man wants others to know it is possible to beat the odds without fad diets.

Eric Collum from Vancleave lost 100 pounds in one year. He did it by using a common sense approach to dieting and exercise, along with motivation from Facebook.

The 36-year-old's weight loss journey began In December 2009, when he set out to lose 100 pounds. A year later Collum has already reached that goal.

"Through the process of watching what I eat and running around, I've now lost 102 pounds as of today," Collum said.

He dropped from 299 pounds to 197 pounds, and didn't rely on any of the popular new diets. Instead, he did it the old fashioned way, by counting calories.

"I'm a banker. I like numbers to make sense. So if you look at calories, in versus out, and create a calorie deficit, you can lose weight."

He started with a 2500 calorie a day diet. Now that he has lost significant weight, he currently takes in 2000 calories a day or less. He said he doesn't deprive himself of his favorite foods.

"I will eat whatever my wife made for dinner, but don't go back for seconds or pile it on."

He also created a Facebook page and a blog, for what he refers to as accountability. He said it helped keep him stay on track during his weight loss journey.

"I couldn't let down the 150 people on Facebook, or however many read my blog. They were depending on me."

Now that he has lost the weight through diet and exercise, he's enjoying life more.

"It's amazing how much more energy I have. I'll be running my first 5K on the 26th. I feel like I can play around with my kids more now."

And while he's aware that many people fall back into old habits and gain their weight back, he's determined not to do that.

"My focus was to change my lifestyle, and change my life."

Collum continues to count calories every day, and said feeling better and being able to enjoy his family more will continue to motivate him to stay on track.

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