A man who tilted the scales at 651lbs has lost more than half his body weight and developed a passion to run after a doctor warned him that he would not reach the age of 40 if he did not change his lifestyle drastically.
Carlos Orosco, 42, from Saginaw, Michigan, appeared on the Today shows on Tuesday morning to discuss how changing his eating habits and having a slimming operation helped him shed no less than 466lbs over the course of three years
The runner, who is now training for his first marathon, went from 651lbs to 185lbs and feels he has a & # 39; second chance & # 39; has been given to live life the right way after a large number of obesity related ailments.
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Unbelievable: Carlos Orosco, 42, from Saginaw, Michigan, went from 651lbs (left) to 185lbs (right) over the course of three years
New man: at the age of 12, Carlos was wearing a size 78 in jeans. The slimmed runner has lost so much weight that he can now fit his whole body in one of the legs and still has room
Love to run: he ran his first 5K in honor of a friend who died and was so fond of it that he held on to it. He has since completed 36 races
On one foot, Carlos explained that he was & # 39; always a taller person & # 39; but his weight really got out of hand when he was in his late twenties.
When he moved away from his parents, no one was around to hold him accountable and he opted for consolation in food and alcohol.
He admitted that he didn't think his increasing weight was a problem because he could still function & exercise & # 39;
After years of binging on deep-fried meals, fast food, bread, soft drinks and alcohol, Carlos reached his heaviest weight of 651lbs by the time he turned 38 years old.
His obesity caused him to get a blood infection that caused serious swelling and ulcers in his legs. He also suffered from extreme gout, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.
Throwback: Carlos explained that he & # 39; was always a taller person & # 39; even when he was younger
Bad decisions: when he left his parents in the late twenties, no one was around to hold him accountable, and he turned to food and alcohol for comfort
Misunderstanding: Carlos admitted that he didn't think his increasing weight was a problem because he was still able to function & exercise & # 39;
Out of control: after years of binging on deep-fried meals, fast food, bread, soft drinks and alcohol, Carlos reached his heaviest weight of 651lbs by the time he turned 38 years old
His symptoms continued to worsen, which led him to meet a surgeon to discuss whether he could have a gastrectomy with a laparoscopic sleeve. Approximately 75 percent of the stomach is removed during the procedure, reducing the amount of food the patient can consume.
& # 39; He bluntly told me that if I didn't change my lifestyle, I probably wouldn't be in the early forty, & # 39; Carlos remembered. & # 39; I was stupidly surprised by his prognosis. & # 39;
At that time, his sister and brother-in-law expected their first child. Because he knew he wanted to be there for his niece, he initiated the operation. But he was told that if he hadn't lost a kilo in six months, it would be canceled.
Carlo started working with a dietician who helped him replace the junk food he ate with healthier options such as fruit, vegetables, and lean protein.
He also became more active and started making three-mile laps around his neighborhood every day.
Lifestyle change: to have quality for weight loss operations, Carlos had to lose 100 lbs alone
Goal: Carlos & # 39; s sister was pregnant at the time and wanted to get well so he could see his cousin growing up
Drastic measures: Carlos continued to lose weight after having a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure in which about 75% of his stomach was removed
& # 39; The first few months were very tough. I constantly fought with urgency and cried myself to sleep for many nights, & he said.
In December 2016, Carlos woke up on the morning of his surgery weighing 555lbs – only 5lbs shy of his goal of losing weight.
He continued to lose weight after the procedure but hit a plateau when he reached 350 pounds. However, due to an unexpected introduction to running, he was able to get back on track.
Carlos ran his first 5K in honor of a friend who had recently died. He felt so much love and support during the race that he sustained it. He has so far participated in 36 races and is currently training for his first marathon in October.
Amazingly: Carlos has dropped 466 pounds and is now training for his first marathon in October
Share his story: he appeared on the Today show on Tuesday morning to discuss how changing his eating habits and undergoing slimming surgery helped him change his life
Thankful: & # 39; I really feel like a new person. I have been blessed with a second chance, a new chance, & he said
After sharing his story in a pre-taped segment, he sat down with Today hosts Dylan Dreyer, Craig Melvin, Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker, who also drastically changed his lifestyle after a gastric bypass operation in 2002.
Carlos revealed that he had thrown away all his old clothes – except for a size 78 jeans, which he held up for the public to see.
The slimmed-down runner has lost so much weight that he can now fit his entire body into one of the legs and still has room.
& # 39; I really feel like a new person. I have been blessed with a second chance, a new chance, & he said.
& # 39; I realize that not everyone has the chance, that second chance to do it, and that's really how it feels to me, a chance to do things the right way this time. & # 39;
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