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Success Stories / #ChangeAMeal Success Story: Benjie

Dec 29, 2015 • Smoothie King

Have you ever thought about making a change to reach a healthy weight or active lifestyle? Benjie, a truck driver from South Carolina, set out to lose weight and ended up transforming his entire personal, health and family life. Read on to hear how he lost 65 pounds* while drinking Meal Replacement Smoothies, exercising and making better food choices and is still going strong toward his goals!

Q: Why Change A Meal?

A: In January 2015, Benjie decided he needed to make a big change, not only for himself, but for his 8-year-old son. Being a role model was important to him, and he knew his health habits and struggles weren’t something he wanted his son to emulate. Then At 320 pounds, Benjie was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. He admits his diet was unhealthy, full of red meats and fried foods. His will to live a long life and set a better example for his son convinced him to make some changes, including trying smoothies as a meal replacement.

Q: How does Benjie incorporate Smoothies in his diet?

A: Benjie is dedicated to incorporating smoothies in his diet, drinking two chocolate Gladiator® Smoothies a day. When he can't make it to a Smoothie King store, especially when he's on the road for work, he makes his own Gladiator® Smoothies with a blender in his truck using Smoothie King’s Gladiator® protein, peanut butter and milk! The rest of his diet includes leaner meats like chicken and pork, vegetables and salads.

Q: What else is Benjie doing to reach his goals?

A: He walks 7 to 8 miles a week and enjoys kickboxing for exercise.

Q: How has Change A Meal changed Benjie’s life?

A: Benjie’s goal this year is to go skydiving, as it’s one of his biggest dreams. In order to do this, Benjie’s goal weight is 225 pounds. He’s already reached his goal of becoming a better role model to his son through his healthy and active lifestyle!

Not only has Benjie lost 65 pounds, he also no longer needs diabetes medication. Benjie is now determined to spread the word about Smoothie King and passionate about helping others achieve their weight loss goals.

Benjie took the step to reach his weight loss goals with the Change A Meal Challenge. Learn how you can get started, too, at

Keep checking back here for more success stories to get inspired and go after your goals!

*Weight loss is dependent on each individual’s needs and is based on a low-calorie diet combined with an exercise program. Consult your physician before beginning any diet program.


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