Bryan Voltaggio

Original weight: 229 pounds

Current weight: 218 pounds

Total loss: 11 pounds, 4.8 percent body weight loss

Bryan Voltaggio is the executive chef and owner of VOLT, a restaurant set inside a 19th-century, Frederick, Maryland, brownstone mansion that focuses on fresh, local ingredients. Voltaggio was a finalist in season five of Bravo's 'Top Chef' with his brother, Chef Michael Voltaggio, and also competed in season six of 'Top Chef Masters,' the first chef to compete on both shows. 

His strategy: Shed in the gym.

"Exercise with my ex-military trainer and diet has been effective."  

His vice: Sporadic meals.

"It's actually hard to have breakfast and three square meals to help keep my metabolism revved. On busy days, I used to have my first meal at 2 pm or 3 pm. As for the food in my restaurants, I work the line almost every night and take small tastes to make sure the flavors are there." 

His health food: Vegetables.

"My go-to weight-loss meal is a fresh salad or vegetables with protein such as fish."