After four years of dating, co-workers Amber Sledd, 24, and Benny Hidalgo, 31, decided to tie the knot, but one major obstacle stood between them and their dream wedding: losing weight. Over the years, they each gained 30 pounds and weighed 215 pounds. “I didn’t realize it had gotten that far,” reveals Amber, who felt extremely frustrated with her body after trying on wedding dresses. So Amber and Benny, stars of the new Style Network reality show Fat Free Fiancés, decided to diet together with a goal of losing 40 pounds for Amber and 35 pounds for Benny in the 12 weeks before their wedding. ”When I walk down the aisle, I want to look amazing,” says Amber. Under the guidance of fitness trainer Tarik Tyler and nutritionist Cindy Whitmarsh, Amber and Benny started working out five times a week and filled up on turkey and salads instead of fast food and sugary treats. “The process was challenging and rewarding,” explains Amber. “It made us stronger together as a couple.” The day before their wedding, they actually surpassed their goals with Amber losing a total of 45 pounds and Benny 39 pounds. When Benny first saw Amber in her wedding gown, he was awestruck. “It was really great knowing this beautiful woman walking down the aisle is going to be my wife,” he gushed.
Check out repeats of Fat Free Fiancés this Friday 1/9 at 9PM on The Style Network.