Jared From Subway - Jared S. Fogle was an average
overweight guy who decided to lose weight by creating a 1000 calorie-a-day diet
that consisted of mainly Subway® sandwiches. Originally
425 pounds, Jared, a 6'
2" 20-year-old Indiana University college student, frequented a Subway sandwich
shop next to his apartment building in Bloomington, Indiana and ate Subway
sandwiches twice a day for almost a year beginning March 1998. His daily menu
consisted of a breakfast of only coffee, 6" turkey sub and a bag of Baked Lays®
chips for lunch and a 12" veggie sub for dinner, with extra veggies and no
cheese, oil or mayo. And lots of diet drinks. He loaded his sandwiches with tons
of lettuce, green peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, and pickles, topped
with a bit of spicy mustard.
As Jared began to lose weight, he introduced a regimen of walking exercises into
his diet (1.5 miles a day) and eventually dropped 245 pounds. His
size 60 waist
shrunk to a 34.
The story of how Jared lost his weight caught the attention of a college
newspaper, got published in April 1999 and was picked up by The Associated Press
and ended up in Men's Health magazine. Eventually, the Subway Corporation hired
him for a series of successful commercial spots that touted their "Low Fat
Choices. Seven Under 6 Grams of Fat™" sandwich line. Jared soon became a minor
celebrity and appeared on TV talk shows as well as in an article in USA Today.
Jared's story has motivated many to lose weight. Subway even included 5 of these
successful dieters in their "Friends of Jared" ads. Ironically, the
Connecticut-based Subway Corporation doesn't officially endorse the "Jared diet"
and their company's dietitian advises "a balanced breakfast and more fruits and
Graduating with a degree in Management and International Business, Jarod
established his own company (Jared Fogle Inc.) Subway now hires him for
commercials and promotional appearances nationwide.
In October 2001, Jared married his sweetheart, Elizabeth Christie and reportedly
continues to maintain his weight loss by eating a normal diet of about 2,400
calories a day.
Soon after their marriage, The Fogle's domestic life was featured in a Subway
commercial where Jared and his new bride attended to such household duties as
cutting the lawn, cleaning out gutters, etc. And where did Jared go for a meal
after a hard days work?...Subway, of course.
In 2003, Sheetz one of the top convenience store retailers in the nation ("Not
Fast Food. Better food. Fast.") produced a commercial about an anonymous man who
takes a room at a local motel, sits on the bed and then begins to eat a very
large submarine sandwich. Playing in the background are the musical lyrics of
Luther Ingram's Soul song "If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right."
Outside the motel room we see a car and the license plate number JARED-1
(implying that Jarod Fogle of Subway fame had been tempted to try one of
Sheetz's sandwich products).
TRIVIA NOTE: In 2015, Jared Fogle, who was fired as spokeperson for Subway sandwiches, pled guilty to sex-with-minor charges after the FBI raided Fogle's home in July, reportedly as part of a child pornography probe.