Popular TV reality show “My 600-lb-life” helps people with obesity lose weight and improve their health. The participants literally shock viewers with the numbers on the scales that are often over 600 lb. Millions of viewers can’t stay indifferent to the way such people live and how they overcome the difficulties.
Apegeo has collected 17 examples of unbelievable transformations that people went through. Thanks to the show, they managed to lose weight, improve their health, and completely change their lives.
1. Amber Rachdi
Amber Rachdi was an overweight insecure girl who knew only one way to comfort herself — food. By the time Amber turned 24 years old, her weight was critical — around 660 lb. She moved from the apartment she rented to live with her parents because she could no longer take care of herself. Her daily diet consisted of 4 giant meals and she ate a heap of candy in between.
When Amber joined the project, she had to say “goodbye” to this lifestyle. She had a gastric bypass surgery and she started working on herself. She went to the gym and saw a therapist and the results were amazing. Just 6 months after the surgery, Rachdi lost more than 88 lb and a year later, she lost an additional 55 lb. After she lost weight, Amber broke up with her boyfriend who didn’t mind her gaining weight and married another man.
2. Christina Phillips
Christina Phillips grew up in a family where her parents argued all the time so the girl ate a lot to escape from the problems. By the age of 12, she weighed 286 lb, and by 25, she weighed more than 660 lb. The girl became insecure, she stopped leaving her house and she was fully dependent on her mother and her husband.
Christina managed to lose 522 lb in just 2 years. She had a gastric bypass surgery. Apparently, she is not going to stop there as she continues to eat healthy food and exercise. But doctors are now worried about Christina becoming anorexic.
3. Marla McCants
After Marla McCants was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, she developed an eating disorder caused by stress. She was scared that the boyfriend who wasn’t legally punished would return and kill her. Marla’s ex-boyfriend was caught when she was 43 years old. By that time, she was already addicted to food and weighed 793 lb. She didn’t get up from the bed — she fried chicken right in it.
Marla realized that she didn’t want to be found dead in her own apartment surrounded by food. And when she was moving to Houston, a blood clot formed so she was really scared and decided to fight for her health and for a new life.
4. Donald Shelton
Donald Shelton went from weighing 674 lb to 295 lb in 4 years. He had a gastric bypass surgery but during treatment, doctors diagnosed him with Guillain—Barré syndrome. The diagnosis didn’t let Donald do any physical exercise, so he is in a wheelchair. But Donald didn’t give up and is not going to.
5. Melissa D. Morris
Melissa D.Morris is one of the first participants of My 600-lb-life. She was a woman who dreamed of having a child. But she couldn’t get pregnant because of her extra weight — she weighed 652 lb. Thanks to the gastric bypass surgery, dieting, and a lot of physical activity, Melissa managed to lose almost 154 lb. This allowed her dream to come true — she managed to get pregnant. But after her pregnancy, her weight started to return.
When she reached the 273-lb mark, Melissa cut her daily calorie intake to 1,200 calories and lost 176 lb. Now she is really careful about what and how much she and her family eat, she is very active on social media, and she motivates other people to live a healthy lifestyle.
6. Chuck Turner
Chuck Turner had never had problems with extra weight but everything changed when his wife was murdered. After the tragedy, Chuck tried to escape from the pain by eating a lot of food. He was able to stop only when he weighed 692 lb. He remarried and had a son. But the man couldn’t help his wife raise the baby because he was barely able to get up and he had a tumor on his leg. Thanks to the project, Chuck lost almost 418 lb and became a totally different person.
7. Susan Farmer
Susan Farmer dreamed of losing extra weight and her giant belly. It was like getting out of a jail she put herself into because of her eating disorder. Susan had a gastric bypass surgery and changed her eating habits with the help of experts. She also started doing regular physical exercises.
As a result, she lost 407 lb. Susan received a lot of support from her friends who let her swim in their pool. After Susan had the extra skin removed, the first thing she bought was jeans. The last time she wore jeans was in middle school.
8. Nikki Webster
Nikki Webster was 33 years old when she realized that she had a deadly addiction to food and her life was in danger. It all started when her parents let her eat whatever she wanted and didn’t control the process. They even sent plates with food to her room. By the age of 33, she weighed 649 lb and she could barely stand and get up without someone’s help.
Only then Nikki’s father took her to the hospital to have a gastric bypass surgery, but she had to lose more than 45 lb on her own before the surgery or she would die. After a course of psychotherapy, she had a new diet and did a lot of exercises. She lost 198 more lb, met a person she fell in love with, got married. Now her weight is 235 lb, she is happy, and she has a healthy lifestyle.
9. Paula Jones
Paula Jones couldn’t escape from her body on her own and she was scared that her children would be left alone soon. Before the gastric bypass surgery, she lost a lot of weight on her own and after the surgery, she weighed 268 lb.
She also had the extra skin removed. Now Paula weighs 198 lb, she continues to eat healthy food, she has an active lifestyle, and she motivates her Instagram subscribers to lose weight and to overcome similar problems.
10. June McKaymee
June McKaymee started gaining weight after her son died. The woman was trying to escape from grief with food and her husband helped her without any objections. He brought his wife giant plates with beef, cheese, sauce, burritos, and nachos, but when June weighed more than 595 lb, he stopped doing this. After that, June was scared and she asked experts for help when she realized that this life-threatening problem needed to be solved. Thanks to the gastric bypass surgery, dieting, physical activity, and psychotherapy, now she weighs 300 lb.