**UPDATE: Al Roker talks about his diet and 10-year weight loss and maintenance on the January 3, 2012 episode of the Today Show. Watch the video to learn more and hear about his new book, Never Goin’ Back.
Al Roker is probably the most famous meteorologists in the U.S. He has been a part of the MSNBC Today Show family since 1996 and with the NBC family since 1978 when he was part of a local station in Cleveland.
Having watched Al Roker over the years, he has certainly made quite a drastic change in his appearance with his substantial weight loss. Having tried and failed at numerous diets to lose weight, which at 5’5” and 320 pounds was a huge health risk, Roker decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 2002. Through the weight loss surgery, which essentially reduces your stomach to the size of an egg, he netted out with nearly a 100 pound weight loss. Like many celebrities, he was featured on the cover of People magazine, showcasing his weight loss story.
In an article from USAToday in 2002, Roker was quoted as saying “In this country, if you have an alcohol problem or a drug problem, you can get treatment, if you have a weight problem, it’s lack of willpower: Just push away from the table, tubby, and you’d lose that weight. But you can stop drinking; you can stop sticking a needle in your arm. You cannot not eat.”
Since 2002, Al Roker has worked hard to keep the weight off and has spoken about his early morning workouts at 4 a.m. to ensure he gets his cardio prior to the kick-off of the Today Show at 7 a.m. Tomorrow, June 3rd on the Today Show, Roker will speak about his struggles with weight loss and the success he has had to maintain his weight. Tune in tomorrow, or check out the TodayShow.com for more details.