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'Our weight was out of control': Obese couple shed 250LBS between them by ditching their $500-A-WEEK fast food habit and daily sugary caffeine fixes

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 8/13/2018 Charlie Lankston

a group of people sitting at a park: Unhealthy habits: Sarah Bentley, 31, and her husband David, 33, from Grand Island, New York, would order out every evening © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Unhealthy habits: Sarah Bentley, 31, and her husband David, 33, from Grand Island, New York, would order out every evening An overweight couple has revealed how they shed almost 250 lbs. between them by kicking their $500-a-week pizza and coffee habit.

Sarah Bentley, 31, and her husband David, 33, from Grand Island, New York, used to eat out or order in every single evening, often gorging on their favorite chicken finger pizza or a greasy Chinese for supper.

In the mornings, mother-of-two Sarah frequently washed down a cream cheese bagel with a sugar-filled cappuccino, while David downed two cans of Red Bull each day for his caffeine fix.

a group of people posing for the camera: Need a change: The couple, pictured with their two children, decided to change their $500-a-week fast food habit in 2014 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Need a change: The couple, pictured with their two children, decided to change their $500-a-week fast food habit in 2014 a man holding a sign: Throwback: The couple, pictured when they were younger, found they were constantly making unhealthy choices by eating foods such as chicken fingers and pizza © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Throwback: The couple, pictured when they were younger, found they were constantly making unhealthy choices by eating foods such as chicken fingers and pizza

Hairdresser Sarah found herself tipping the scales at 270 lbs. in January 2014, while David, a former corrections officer, weighed in at 347 lbs.

Size 20 Sarah lacked energy to run around after her kids Landon, nine, and Evalynn, seven and David's 46-inch waist couldn't squeeze into roller coaster seats at Six Flags.

The parents knew something had to change and embarked on a nutrition plan called Advocare in 2014.

The couple ditched their daily takeouts in favor of meal replacement shakes, homemade salads and stir fries and curbed their caffeine addiction with a healthy coffee supplement.

Mom Sarah, now a size eight, shed 105 lbs. and now weighs 165 lbs., while dad David dropped 142 lbs., shrinking to 205 lbs.

Sarah said: 'I just turned a blind eye to it for years.

'I knew I was overweight but I refused to acknowledge how out of control things had become.

'I would never eat breakfast but I would take a break and go to Tim Hortons in the morning for an extra large coffee with cream and sugar. I was just drinking calories.

'I would have a bagel with cream cheese with that too.

'When I got home it would be subs or chicken fingers pizza, sesame chicken from the Chinese with doughnuts for dessert. Whatever we wanted.'

a group of stuffed animals sitting next to a child: Time for a change: Sarah, pictured with her family, was the first one to start a diet with Advocare where she ditched the fast food for protein shakes, salads and stir fries

Time for a change: Sarah, pictured with her family, was the first one to start a diet with Advocare where she ditched the fast food for protein shakes, salads and stir fries
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David added: 'I was working as a corrections officer more than 300 miles away from home. I would work four 18-hour days and then return home for seven.

'I was working crazy hours and my nutrition was horrible.

'I would eat pizza and subs late at night and I was addicted to Red Bull. I drank at least two cans every day.

'Our weight was out of control. I had gotten so big they couldn't even close the thing around me on a roller coaster at Six Flags. It was embarrassing.

'My wife started the program a few months before me and lost 50 lbs. in three months.

'I could see how bubbly she was. Of course she looked so good as well.

'I felt like I wanted some of that. I started and within a few months I was down 50 lbs. as well.'

The couple reckon they look much better in their thirties than they did in their twenties thanks to their new take on nutrition. Sarah and David say simple changes like swapping white bread for whole grain and white rice for brown have made all the difference.

Sarah said: 'When we look back at those old photos we are both like "Wow".

'The best thing is that we have instilled healthy habits in our kids.

'We still have the things we like, like chicken fingers, but healthier versions. Now we make them ourselves with almond crumbs and cook them in the air fryer.

'We make our pizzas with a cauliflower base.'

a man and a woman posing for a picture: Transformation: Together, the couple has lost almost 250lbs and feel they look better than ever in their 30s

Transformation: Together, the couple has lost almost 250lbs and feel they look better than ever in their 30s
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The couple, who were completely inactive, have fallen in love with circuit training, which alongside nutrition, has helped them transform their figures.

Sarah and David even inspired her parents Steven Hoffman, 66, and Debbie, 64, who have each lost over 100lbs after embarking on the program.

Sarah said: 'My dad was on the verge of diabetes and his cholesterol and blood pressure were out of control.

'He's so much healthier now and my mom gets around so much easier then she did when she was heavier because of her arthritis.'

The couple love the program so much, they have become full time sales reps with the program to help other people struggling with their weight.

David said: 'It's been a great way for us to help other people and it's so rewarding. We're lucky that it's become the main source of income for our family.

'Our weight loss has changed us completely and it has transformed our lives as a family.' 

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