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EscapeHatchDallas’ Wine Expert Jason Hisaw in Men’s Health Magazine


All that studying and stress to pass grueling exams–written, oral and blind tasting–to earn certification as an Advanced Sommelier led Pappas Bros. sommelier and EscapeHatchDallas wine writer Jason Hisaw on a path to weight gain.

“By the time I reached 277 pounds, I knew something had to change,” Hisaw told Mens’ Health Magazine, in a story that hits the streets next week. “I couldn’t move through the dining area as well as I used to, and I had to squeeze into tight spaces to reach my customers.”

His weight gain zapped his confidence, and he failed the blind tasting portion of the exam. A visit from his mom prompted Hisaw to resolve to lose weight, which he accomplished over the next 9 months by limiting portions, snacking on healthy foods and forgoing late night bar food.

And exercising. Hisaw took up running and weight training, has completed four half-marathons, and runs 6 miles nearly every day.

He passed his Advanced Sommelier exam weighing 50 pounds less.  A year later–and 90 pounds lighter–Hisaw is preparing for the Master Sommelier certification, the final and most difficult level for a wine professional to earn.

Read the entire story–and see before and after photos of Hisaw–in the June issue of Mens Health.

Can the Sommelier Diet be the Next Big Thing?

 

4 Comments

  1. Alfonso    6/3/2010

    Awesome – great to read and see! Drew Hendricks, also w/ Pappas, as well lost a lot of weight and looks better than I have ever seen him. Maybe steak and wine makes for a good diet? ( in moderation) . I’m with the young-uns, been downsizing for the last 6 months myself and that’s with two trips to Italy and one to France.

  2. Anonymous    5/11/2010

    What an awesome story!!! Jason is an inspiration to all who have ever battled (or still battle) the weight roller coaster!

  3. Anonymous    5/11/2010

    Sounds like it works a lot better than the Reataurant Critic Diet. Wine tastes a lot better than broccoli.

  4. Robert Smith    5/11/2010

    Jason is our favorite sommelier. We marvel at how thin he’s become. Can’t wait to read the full story!

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