• After gaining nearly 350 kg, Levi Combs campaigned for the CICO diet and worked to counteract his low self-esteem.
• He consistently lost weight by combining diet with regular exercises such as walking and going to the office gym.
• Since the plan began, he has lost more than 165 pounds and says he "never felt better".
Levi Combs knows only too well that you can be your worst enemy. In the mid-twenties, Combs had allowed himself to sabotage his way to obesity and put 380 pounds on his six foot body. But he also knows that you can change all that by learning some important lessons about self esteem. Do you need proof? How about this: Combs has since lost 1
"I had no motivation whatsoever," Ohio's 27-year-old Combs told us about his life before his transformation. Before they changed anything, Combs came home from work and ate one of two meals: 12 tacos with a large bag of Doritos on the side or two frozen pizzas with ruffles.
"Of course, I would not do anything but eat and lie in bed, watch Netflix, or play video games," he said. "I had friends, but I only saw them once or twice a week, mainly because I just did not feel like doing anything." Although Combs said he would play disc golf a few days a week, he said, "Undo all this work by peeling off McDonald's right after that."
But that was not his biggest problem. He never had the biggest hurdle to ever feel full, according to Combs. "I would not be hungry, but I would not be full and just keep eating because I was bored," he says. By the mid-20s, Combs had reached his heaviest weight. At about the same time, a hard separation made him even more self-hating.
"I remember constantly looking at myself in the mirror and breaking myself down with pretty horrible things; I would say that I am fat and will never find love again, or that I will be fat and ugly for the rest of my life, "he said. "I think the reason I said all these things was that it was easier for me to accept a defeat and it gave me an excuse not to change."
Although he had tried to lose weight before nothing seemed stick. Until one day he noticed that his 4XL clothing was a bit tight. Then he looked again in the mirror and had a revelation. "I realized that nobody will love me until I love myself," says Combs. "I knew I had to change who I should accept before anyone else could."