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North Texas student finds TikTok fame

DALLAS – When Frankie Delgado began his weight loss journey in his freshman year at the University of North Texas, he was determined to live a healthier lifestyle.

“I started my freshman year of college with 310 pounds,” Delgado said.

That was in 2017. Delgado says it took him a year and a half to lose 120 pounds.

Then, COVID-19 struck and turned his life and that of other UNT students upside down.

“The reason I started making TikToks is because I was bored at home like everyone else,” Delgado said. He started putting together videos on the popular app that showed people ways to exercise at home.

In addition to the workouts, Delgado offered advice about the type of optional, low-calorie foods people could eat to maintain a calorie deficit, the only way to lose weight, according to Dallas locals. His videos have shown better options in restaurants, fast food places, and grocery stores.

Franky Delgado on Spectrum News 1 shows his TikTok account which has amassed over 7 million likes and around 332,000 followers. (Spectrum News 1 / Michael Lozano)

“You have to make sure you have things in moderation and stick to a diet that you can actually stick to, and not just, you know, everything from cold turkey,” Delgado added.

Eventually, his videos started getting some attention.

“I never expected it. I was just doing it for fun, because everyone was trying new things during the pandemic.”

Delgado’s TikTok, better known as “FrankyFitness”, has gained more than 332k followers and nearly 7 million likes.

Delgado, now a senior at UNT, posts videos regularly and works to build his brand.

His goal is to share realistic ways for people to experience healthy weight loss that they can sustain.

While he hasn’t finished his fitness journey, Delgado says he’s glad it’s made a positive impact on people’s health.

“Your journey ends, but then your new journey begins,” said Delgado.

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