HEALTHY LIVING
09/25/2013 03:51 pm ET

Chefs Rock Serious Weight Loss For American Cancer Society (PHOTOS)

It's hard enough for regular folk to lose weight, but can you imagine sticking to a diet amidst the temptations of a restaurant kitchen?

A group of Washington, D.C-based chefs (and one sommelier) did just that as part of the 12-week "Fit for Hope" challenge to promote the American Cancer Society's Taste of Hope event.

Two participants tied for first place: Pizzeria Orso's executive chef Will Artley, who dropped a whopping 65 pounds, and Restaurant Eve sommelier Todd Thrasher, who lost 45.9. Both dropped about 20 percent of their original body weight. "Top Chef" star Mike Isabella also held his own, shaving 36.5 pounds off his frame, and chef RJ Cooper of Rogue 24 also lost 42 pounds.

“I feel like a different person,” Artley told Washingtonian magazine. He attributes his weight loss to three-a-day workouts, leaving the restaurant at a reasonable time and not denying himself the occasional treat. “It was all about balancing,” he said. “I wasn’t getting rid of things I liked in my life.”

Take a look at 10 of the most impressive "Fit for Hope" weight loss transformations below. Great work, everyone!

  • Will Artley: Lost 65 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Executive Chef at Pizzeria Orso

    Starting Weight: 326 lbs Final Weight: 261 lbs
  • Victor Albisu: Lost 10.6 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Chef and owner of Del Campo and Taco Bamba

    Starting Weight: 270.6 lbs Final Weight: 260 lbs
  • Mike Isabella: Lost 36.5 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Chef and Owner of Graffiato, G, Kapnos and G Grab and Go

    Starting Weight: 254 lbs Final Weight: 217.5 lbs
  • Marjorie Meek-Bradley: Lost 15.8 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Executive Chef at Ripple

    Starting Weight: 222.8 lbs Final Weight: 207 lbs
  • Scott Drewno: Lost 24.6 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Executive Chef of The Source by Wolfgang Puck

    Starting Weight: 257.6 lbs Final Weight: 233 lbs
  • Matt Hill: Lost 16.2 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Executive Chef of Range

    Starting Weight: 212.2 lbs Final Weight: 196 lbs
  • Todd Thrasher: Lost 45.9 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Sommelier at Restaurant Eve, The Majestic, PX, Society Fair and TNT

    Starting Weight: 251.4 lbs Final Weight: 205.5 lbs
  • Anthony Acinapura: Lost 33.1 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Executive Chef at Brasserie Beck

    Starting Weight: 270.6 lbs Final Weight: 237.5 lbs
  • RJ Cooper: Lost 42 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Chef and owner of Rogue 24

    Starting Weight: 281 lbs Final Weight: 239 lbs
  • Maziar Farivar: Lost 22.3 Pounds
    Elizabeth Parker
    Chef and owner of Peacock Café

    Starting Weight: 242.8 lbs Final Weight: 220.5 lbs

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