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Chef Graham Elliot lost 128 pounds after weight-loss surgery, ran first 5K race

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"MasterChef" star Graham Elliot has lost an astounding 128 pounds just five months after undergoing gastric-sleeve surgery in July 2013.

Elliot posted a stunning before-and-after photo on Twitter Dec. 4. The 6-foot-1 Graham revealed he has slimmed down from 396 pounds to 268 pounds.

Elliot celebrated his weight loss by running a 5K race in Chicago on Nov. 30. The once-sedentary chef trained for the event by running daily, slowly building up to three miles a day.

Elliot, 36, said the pride he felt after crossing the finish line (in an impressive time of 34:49) was exhilarating.

Graham underwent a sleeve gastrectomy (or gastric-sleeve surgery) in July 2013 and is thrilled with the results.

In the procedure, three-quarters of the stomach is removed to create a small sleeve-shaped stomach, about the size of a banana. Last year, comedian Lisa Lampanelli lost 106 pounds after undergoing the gastric-sleeve procedure.

Elliot, a judge on the reality TV competition "MasterChef," is amazed by the extra energy he has now that he's no longer lugging around an extra 128 pounds.

He's so excited about his new body that he wants to run the Chicago Marathon next year with fellow MasterChef judges (and distance runners) Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay.



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