02/17/2012 07:56 am ET | Updated Feb 17, 2012

'Fat Chef': Dimitri Loses 25 Percent Of His Body Weight (VIDEO)

When Chef Dimitri Verteouris applied to be on "Fat Chef" (Thu., 10 p.m. EST on Food Network) he weighed 327 lbs.

The strain of running his family business of three Greek restaurants in Brooklyn, New York had taken its toll and he was overeating as a way of trying to cope with it.

Dimitri's bad eating habits had led to an impressive set of man boobs and a scary wake-up call from his cardiologist, who'd warned him of the dire consequences of remaining morbidly obese. "I was really in fear of dying," he said.

With the help of personal trainer Robert Brace and a team of therapists and nutritionists, Dimitri spent 16 weeks on the grueling "Fat Chef" diet and fitness regime. His goal was to lose 82 lbs.

Dimitri admitted that he'd worked really hard on the program, but said it was worth it."I don't ever, ever want to go back to where I was."

So, how did he do? He nailed it. Dimitri lost exactly 82 lbs, coming in at 245 lbs.

Check out the original casting call for "Fat Chef," which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on Food Network.

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