• 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."
To change his lifestyle, Combs has started to walk around his building just a few laps, drastically reducing his calories for a while Calorie-in-calorie-out diet During his breaks, he also visited his office gym for brief cardiovascular outbreaks or he would take a few walks with friends over lunch.
Though he had to fight his biggest fight – the craving: "I always wanted pizza, tacos and cheeseburgers – it was really hard not to give up and even three years later I still have problems with cravings," explains Combs. It's something I've done, thanks largely to the scams I e once a week.
Almost immediately after he started getting a bit more active and paying attention to his calories, Combs began to see results, even though they were slow and steady.
"Climbing on the scales to see I had lost another pound or two was the biggest high and that made it easy to keep going. Sometimes it feels like my body does not have enough dopamine to keep up with the incredible feeling, "said Combs.
Of course, Combs is also familiar with the Plateau and the Holiday Fall which is an attempt to regain his health. This year, Combs said, he won back about £ 30 at Christmas. But even this setback does not prevent him from sitting on the horse again in the New Year to do it all and much more. In fact, it has already dropped to 215 pounds, which means a weight loss of 165 pounds.
"The moment I went back to work, I immediately jumped back on my diet and started running again. The only thing you can do in a situation like this is to go past it and get back to what you know is working, "says Combs. Although he feels very comfortable with his weight and health, Combs is on the mission to continue both mentally and physically.
"There are so many changes associated with weight loss," he says. "Physically I have never felt better. Unfortunately I have pain in my knees and back because I've been wearing over 350 pounds, but it's not what it used to be. I'm now running 5km (and a quarter marathon), which I never imagined, and now I can go out after five minutes and visit places with friends without getting upset.
In his mind, Combs says it was a "Total 180." After feeling unhappy for so long, he can now look in the mirror and see a man who has been able to make changes that he did not even know were possible.
"I am very proud. I'm 100 times happier than ever and that's always one of the first things people mention when they see my before and after pictures, "says Combs. "I'm not insulting anymore. Instead, I encourage and motivate myself on bad days. Weight loss is as mental as it is physical. "
Combs believes that it's the key to anyone trying to lose weight so they do not get overwhelmed from the start, and he's convinced that you can count your calories, too easy with apps like MyFitnessPal and others that are currently on the market.
"People always think that the only way to lose weight is to acquire a gym membership Reduce your calories to make sure you have a healthy deficit and train you to feel good in. Once you start feeling good, change it a bit and do it easy Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, take your time. "