College Station Couple Loses Total of 420 Pounds After Surgery, Lifestyle Changes

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COLLEGE STATION - A major slim down for a College Station couple.

The duo has lost more than four hundred pounds combined.

News 3 found out how they did it.

Working out is now a regular habit for Charles Benbow of College Station.

Five days a week you can see him at Aggieland Fitness Dome where he included me in a friendly game of wall ball.

"Pretty good routine you've got going," said News 3's Clay Falls.

But he was not always a gym rat.

At his peak, Benbow weighed 535 pounds. He's gone from that to this.

"Anything's possible. I'm still overwhelmed at the amount of progress I've been able to make and if I can do it anybody can do it," said Charles Benbow.

Unable to manage his weight, Benbow decided to have bariatric surgery in the spring of 2013.

His wife Robin not only supported his decision she also went under the knife.

Dr. Rick Alford performed a sleeve gastrectomy on Robin and a gastric bypass on Charles.

"So bariatric surgery creates a small reservoir so that they feel full on a small volume of food and they're satisfied and they are not hungry all the time," said Dr. Alford of General and Bariatric Surgical Associates.

"It's not the answer. It's a part of the arsenal of things that you have to do if you want to change your life. You can't just have a bariatric surgery and continue to eat garbage and put bad food in your body and expect for your body to respond accordingly," said Robin Benbow.

With diet, and lots of exercise they've collectively lost about 420 pounds. Robin's shed 120, and Charles is back to what he weighed as an offensive tackle at Bryan High.

"And I think at the end of the season I used to weighed 250," he said.

"They are an inspiration to us. They are the reason why we are in business," said Jill Handy, General Manager of Aggieland Fitness Dome.

"We got our lives back," said Robin Benbow.

An ongoing journey they've shared together.

The Benbows hope they still have a few pounds to shed and are looking to reach their goals in the next seven to eight months.

The three main types of bariatric surgery can cost $15,000 to $20,000 but we're told many insurance companies will help cover the cost.