About one year into the coronavirus pandemic, Chris Sandberg decided it was time to get serious about losing weight – by turning his health journey into a TikTok challenge.
In January 2021, Sandberg, 37, began exercising every day until Taco Bell brings back his favorite menu item, the Grilled Stuft Nacho.
He’s continued the challenge for more than 480 days – shedding approximately 87 pounds in the process.
“Because it’s TikTok, you can’t just lose the weight, you have to turn it into a challenge,” Sandberg, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, told Fox News Digital. “I didn’t want the journey to be about a number on a scale.”
“I wanted it to be fun and maybe the goal was something that I wanted,” Sandberg added. “And for some reason, the first thing that popped into my head was the Grilled Stuft Nacho, and I just ran with it.”
On Jan. 4, 2021, Sandberg posted his first video for the challenge. At the time, he weighed about 275 pounds, he told Fox News Digital.
“Day one of exercising every day until Taco Bell brings back the Grilled Stuft Nacho,” Sandberg says in the clip, while out of breath.
Sandberg captioned the video: “Do the right thing #tacobell.”
The Grilled Stuft Nacho
Taco Bell first introduced the Grilled Stuft Nacho in 2013, according to the Taco Bell Wiki.
The menu item – which is described on the website as “a flour tortilla, shaped like a nacho, stuffed with beef, cheesy jalapeno sauce, sour cream and crunchy red strips” – was discontinued by 2015.
Sandberg said he tried the Grilled Stuft Nacho for the first time right before it was removed from menus.
“It was the best thing I ever had at Taco Bell,” he said. “And then I had it every day for a week.”
What makes the Grilled Stuft Nacho so special to Sandberg is the cheesy jalapeno sauce, which Taco Bell doesn’t use for any other menu item.
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