Before: 320 pounds
After: 205 pounds
Scott Morrison, 24, had always been athletic as a kid and teen. He even wrestled as a heavyweight in college, so he didn’t blink when the scales tipped to 275 or 285 while he was in school. “In reality, that was not a good weight,” Scott recalls. Once Scott graduated, he no longer followed the strict workout regimen of a college athlete. He also moved to a new city where he knew very few people, leaving him to binge eat alone. “If the Giants were playing, I would order wings and a pie, eventually I weighed around 320 pounds,” he says.
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The Turning Point
At 22, Scott noticed signs that his health was deteriorating: His vision blurred, he needed to use the restroom every 10 minutes, and was chugging orange juice every 15 minutes. Since excessive thirst and frequent urination are both telltale signs of diabetes—the result of kidneys working overtime to filter the excess sugar in the bloodstream—Scott knew right away that something was wrong. (Search: Diabetes symptoms) In fact, when Scott went to the doctor he found out he was on the brink of a diabetic coma. “That was pretty much the start of what I call Scott 2.0,” he says.
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Scott educated himself on diabetes by reading books and speaking with his doctor, and altered his diet accordingly. He limited himself to about 80 g of carbs a day, and ditched pizza, wings, and other fried foods. He also began eating lean protein and consuming as many vegetables as possible. “It was a lifestyle change,” he says.
For the first four months of his weight loss plan, Scott also worked with a personal trainer. These days he flies solo in the gym, which he hits nearly every day for strength training. Scott has also become a running fanatic and logs as many as 98 miles a month on his Nike+ .
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“I never want to take pills again,” Scott says. “That’s really what it comes down to. I look in the mirror and think about what I used to be, and I never want to go back there again.” He also draws support from his parents and his friends. “My parents had taken care of me all my life, so I didn’t want them to have to worry about my health as an adult.”
Scott no longer has diabetes, and feels better than he has his entire life.
Make a lifestyle change. “It’s not just a one-day, one-week, or one-month plan,” he says. “You have to stay committed.”
Start small. Set weekly goals to meet your big goal in the long run. “I thought in six months, I may not look like David Hasselhoff, but maybe in four weeks I can look like Funkmaster Flex, and in six weeks I can look like Fred Durst.”
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Weight Loss Before and After: Scott Morrison
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Scott Morrison, a former college wrestler, packed on the pounds with careless eating until a type 2 diabetes diagnosis forced him to change his ways
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Before: 320 pounds