Real life weight loss: How Chris lost nearly 180lbs safely and sustainably over 4 years

Californian Chris began his weight loss after looking in the mirror and seeing "nothing but a heart attack" waiting for him

Real life weight loss: Chris at age 24
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A determined 24-year-old man from California has reclaimed his life after shedding over 180lbs, half of his body weight. 

In 2015, Chris weighed 360lbs. He struggled to carry out basic tasks, like tying his shoelaces and realised he needed to drastically change his lifestyle. Four years later, he weighs 185lbs and is inspiring others to become the best version of themselves.

“They told me if I didn’t get my weight under control, I would die young,” Chris our sibling channel Truly. “Before my journey, I was a very depressed person.”

Chris spent his childhood years shuttling from foster family to foster family until finding a real home with adopted mom Janice. At age 10, he weighed 187lbs. The unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle showed no signs of slowing down, until in his late teens, Chris looked in the mirror and “saw nothing going for him except a heart attack”. 

Watch Chris' inspiring transformation story below

Chris’ transformation began when he dedicated himself to his workouts and healthy eating habits. He can be seen in the video above using the best elliptical machine and best treadmills, fantastic weight loss tools, alongside resistance training to build and maintain muscle.

The elliptical machine in particular is a great way to start your weight loss journey, as it’s a low-impact exercise – excellent for very heavy first-timers, as it places no stress on your joints – helping you to burn fat and build muscle at the same time thanks to the machine’s resistance levels. Handles work your arms as well as your legs, ensuring a full-body workout.

Chris can also be seen making chicken enchiladas with low-carb tortillas, an example of how a family favourite can turn into a classic healthy “maintenance meal”. 

High in muscle-building protein and low in sugary carbohydrates, enchiladas are still a crowd-pleasing meal which can be cooked for the whole family. We recommend doing the chicken breasts on one of our best health grill entries to avoid soaking them in saturated fats and roasting or frying them.

Matt Evans
Matt Evans

Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.