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Weight loss champ makes TV show bid

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Richmond's Ryan Loriault lost more than 200 pounds, and is aiming to share his inspirational weight-loss story by winning $10,000 from KIND Snacks to fund his project: a TV show about how people in different countries exercise, become fit and stay healthy.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel

Richmond's Ryan Loriault is a fighter.

After tipping the scales at nearly 400 pounds, you could in fact say he's already a champion by losing more than 200 pounds.

Now he's hoping to muster enough public support to win an online monthly competition with a  grand-prize of $10,000 for a project where he'll be able to share his weight-loss secrets, and learn how others around the world do the same.

Loriault was actually researching ways of doing random acts of kindness in the Lower Mainland when he came across KIND Snacks, which offered a monthly $10,000 prize for the best project.

Loriault's idea (visit tinyurl.com/RyanTVShow to vote through Feb. 28) is to produce a TV show where he goes to different countries around the world to learn weight-loss and fitness secrets.

The pilot would be filmed in Vancouver, and would feature Murderball—otherwise known as wheelchair rugby—curling, and the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

After filming his own weight-loss journey, and sharing it with the world on YouTube, Loriault found a common refrain was people asking for fitness alternatives.

"They didn't like the options available to them."

So far, Loriault has registered over 100 votes, and came close to pulling the plug on his own video after seeing the many amazing projects already posted, including efforts to help the homeless and provide aid to foster children.

But like those other commendable projects, Loriault believe sharing his story and hearing those from others, holds the promise of helping people.

For him, it's not so much about losing the weight.

It's about helping people find a healthier way of living that suits them.

"I want to get their heart pumping, get them to be healthier, and not just attain some stereotypical image. I want to help people find things they enjoy to do."

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