A 700-pound man who was confined to a wheelchair because of his unhealthy height has shown how he lost half his body weight in just 15 months – which changed his entire life.
Zachary Muncy, 23, of Pataskala, Ohio, had always struggled with his weight, but a deterioration in his mental health after high school resulted in him consuming up to 8,000 calories a day and gaining 280 pounds in just two years.
He ate junk food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, soon saw his weight balloon and left him in a wheelchair that could not move or breathe without pain.
Then and Now: Zachary Muncy, 23, of Pataskala, Ohio, went from £ 700 (left) to £ 335 (right) in just 15 months
New man: Zachary started losing weight in July 2019 after a doctor warned him that being obese could drastically cut his life
The turning point came when a doctor told him in 2019 that obesity could drastically shorten his life if he didn't act now.
"I've been tough all my life," Zachary told Jam Press. "When I was in ninth grade I was 280 pounds and last year I was 400 pounds."
After that, Zachary's weight continued to spiral out of control and eventually he topped the scales a whopping 700 pounds – in large part thanks to his obsession with unhealthy fast food.
"Before I really started losing weight, every meal was fast food – breakfast, lunch, and dinner were always takeaway," he said. & # 39; This consisted of fast food breakfasts like McDonald & # 39; s and Domino & # 39; s pizza.
“I'd be eating a whole bag of french fries in just a few days, and a whole sleeve of biscuits in that time. I would easily be consuming between 5,000 and 8,000 calories a day. & # 39;
Battle: Zachary, pictured before his 2013 prom, always struggled with his weight
Before and After: In its heaviest form, he ate up to 8,000 calories a day while eating fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He is now following a strict diet
Zachary decided to change his lifestyle in July 2019 after a doctor's prognosis broke his heart.
He now has a strict diet and exercise regime, but has not completely given up his love of fast food. Instead, he's reworking his favorite dishes into weight-loss options.
But Zachary, who loves to cook, has stopped drinking carbonated drinks entirely.
"The first attempt at losing weight was just trying liquid diets, and I inevitably failed because I couldn't satisfy my cravings," he said.
“My current diet is only low calorie and the same for my entire trip. Two thousand calories a day, staying below 2,000 sodium a day, and I've hit at least 140 grams of protein.
"It's very structured and calculated," he explained. “My breakfast every morning is simple. I have a fruit smoothie with spinach and a protein shake.
Swaps: Zachary swapped McDonald & # 39; s breakfast for yogurt, cereal, and juice
To make it work: Zachary, who loves to cook, turns his favorite dishes into weight-loss options
Amazing: Zachary lost 100 pounds in his first three months of the diet thanks to his healthy swaps
“I ate the same breakfast throughout my trip. For lunch, I switch different meals that I craved and I've found healthier alternatives.
"Some of the meals I make for lunch are BBQ Chicken and Potatoes, Chicken Alfredo with Whole Wheat Pasta, large salads, and lots of eggs, to name a few."
Zachary lost 100 pounds in the first three months of his diet and was inspired by the positive effects it had on his health. he no longer felt breathless or agonized from walking.
Combining his revised diet with a rigorous exercise regimen, he has so far managed to shed a staggering 365 pounds – more than half his original weight.
“Before I lost weight, I didn't exercise. I was in a wheelchair at my heaviest weight, ”he said. “I couldn't physically run more than 50 meters on my heaviest, and now I run five miles six times a week for cardio workouts.
Incredible: Zachary used to be the heaviest in a wheelchair, but now he runs five miles a day, six days a week
Plans: Zachary's goal is to reach 210 pounds and remove the access skin that hangs from his body after his dramatic weight loss
Pros: Losing weight helped reduce the swelling in his legs and it doesn't hurt anymore to walk
Thursdays are days off. I walk or jog five miles every day and lift weight on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.
"I've never seen a personal trainer before."
Zachary, whose goal weight is 210 pounds, revealed his "Weight Loss Secret" – and it has nothing to do with food, diet, or exercise.
"My secret is to have friends or a point of sale to contact about your issues, to join a fitness-centric community so you have people with common goals," he said.
& # 39; Weight loss is both a personal and social journey. The greatest support for my trip has been my mom, girlfriend and family.
“They took me to my appointments, they were there for me when I was bad weight and when depression hit everything.
Cheer him on: Zachary said his girlfriend was one of his biggest supporters. during his weight loss journey
Transformation: He admitted that some of his family and friends don't even recognize him now
Happy: "My life has more potential, more joy, and it's easier to exist," said Zachary
"I am very blessed and grateful for my support system."
Zachary's life was completely changed by his extreme weight loss.
"My life has changed in every way," he said. “My life has more potential, more joy, and it's easier to exist. I have a long way to go to achieve my goals, but I am very excited.
“My friends and family are totally overwhelmed and some don't even recognize me. They are all very proud and in awe.
"My new look is a little shocking," he admitted. “I don't really recognize myself in the mirror, but in time I'll learn to love the new me. I haven't had any operations. However, I am at work on skin removal surgery.
& # 39; I have nothing negative to say about my weight loss. I got my life back & # 39;
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