Meet the man who halved his body weight in just two years – after being too heavy for scales encouraged him to work towards a bodybuilder physique.
At a whopping 28st 8lbs, Kyle Brown-Latham, from Austin, Texas, never let anybody take pictures of him, as he constantly felt self-conscious.
Everyday tasks proved to be extremely difficult for the 33-year-old and he even struggled to get up off the sofa.
He would have to “rock his body” a couple of times, grab something else nearby or have the assistance of his husband to stand up.
When he was 30, Kyle had a serious knee-injury that required 12 surgical procedures to heal and twisted his spine, which led to him being bed-ridden for months.
In 2015, after he began showing symptoms of fibromyalgia – a condition that causes crippling pain over the whole body – Kyle decided to make a drastic change, and now weighs just 14st 12Ibs.
He said: “I know I was over 28 stone because I went to weigh myself on our scale but it wouldn’t register my weight and I was too ashamed to seek out a scale that actually would.
“I fought with extreme yo-yo diets all my life; I would lose some weight and I would slim down for a while, but once I stopped taking the pills or starving myself, I would gain it all back and then some.”
Kyle added: “People just stared at me like I was a loser and I let myself believe that I was as well.
“Anywhere we would go; the grocery store, out to eat, I would have to stop periodically because I was too tired and in pain then it just became the norm.
“Movie theatre seats were even getting too small for me. I was so unhappy and hated myself so much for what I had done to myself but I still only tried to find comfort in food.
“That’s when everything hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t ready to be done. I wasn’t ready to just let this take over.
“My research opened my eyes to information that I had never know in my 30 years on this earth. Everything I thought I knew about food was wrong.”
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Kyle decided to completely remove gluten and sugar from his diet and, from no exercise, he has added five to six days of workout to his weekly routine.
He also incorporated a balanced, nutritional, protein-rich diet with complex carbohydrates, which he says has completely transformed his body.
He said: “I have literally lost half of myself by making these lifestyle changes. It was small steps toward a big goal and it all started with my mindset.
“It is painful and hard at times but the pay-off will be that I don’t have more issues down the road. Today I don’t have the issues I did back then.
“I have the energy and strength to go do stuff and live in the moment. I don’t have the weight holding me back and now with my fitness I can do things I would never have dreamed of.
“I am so blessed for being able to have come this far and want to share this gift with everyone. I want everyone to feel this good.
“If I can help show just one person that they aren’t done and that they can change their lives this will make it that much better.
“Nothing gives me more joy than to know that others out there are being inspired to make a personal change because they saw what I have done.”
Previously, we told how a 51-stone man who nearly ate himself to death lost half his body weight with a gastric sleeve.