56, Upper Brookville
Occupation Owns King Solomon Food, a wholesale meat distributor
Weight before June 2011: 250
Weight by January 2012: 205
Solomon, who grew up husky, says he really began to pack on the weight after getting married and becoming a father. He estimates that he was heavy for 20 years. "After my first wife died and I remarried, I began trying -- unsuccessfully -- to lose weight," Solomon says. "It was 13 years ago when my second wife, Helen, was expecting our son, and I decided I needed to get healthy for my wife and children ."
He turned to Weight Watchers and lost 75 pounds. But when he quit Weight Watchers, he regained 50 pounds. "My eating was just out of control," Solomon remembers. "I'd start the morning with three doughnuts and coffee with cream. I'd eat a double-egg-and-bacon sandwich when I got to work. Then, I'd have a couple slices of pizza, Chinese food, or whatever they were ordering for lunch."
He'd make a pit stop at a hot dog truck before going home to have dinner with the family. "Oh, and, then I'd have ice cream before bed," he says with a laugh.
Solomon says he got tired of how he looked, and more tired of how he felt. He went back to Weight Watchers, determined to stick with it. He did, going from a 42-inch waist to a 36-inch waist. "I can finally go into a normal store and buy clothes," Solomon says.
No more doughnuts. He starts the day with fruit and yogurt, followed at lunch by a plain hamburger -- only one, please, a Weight Watchers meal or a salad.
"For dinner, my wife cooks a healthy meal," he says. "I've cut out candy, cookies, cakes. I think I put the hot dog truck out of business because I quit stopping there." He indulges on Sundays with ice cream.
Solomon doesn't belong to a gym and says the warehouse keeps him active. "I do plan to start doing sit-ups and other exercise to tighten things up on my body," Solomon says.
If at first you don't succeed, don't give up. "I tried a bunch of times, but kept quitting," he says. "Finally, I stayed with it, and it caught on."