For most of his life, Josh LaJaunie believed that being big came with being a LaJaunie. The Louisiana native grew up in a food culture that consisted of buckets of crawfish, jambalaya, and deep-fried Cajun dishes.

By 2009, he topped the scale at 420 pounds. When a friend asked him to join the gym, he agreed it was time. While walking on a treadmill flipping through an old issue of Runner’s World, he read about how running was a good fat-burning workout. Inspired, he put on a pair of running shoes and started to run, lose weight, and get healthier.


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In the spring of 2013, Josh’s life and body took another radical turn when he decided to adopt a plant-based diet. His new lifestyle led to faster running times, leaner muscles, and a new perspective on life.

Watch the video below to learn about his incredible journey to a healthier life.

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