I recently came across a story on MSNBC about a man (David Smith) who has lost over 400 pounds. Several related videos can also be found on Youtube. Below is one of many:
David is also now starring in his own reality television show on TLC.
Here is a man who a few years ago contemplated suicide. He felt hopeless and had no desire to live. He wanted to disappear from the world around him. Just a few years later, he’s completely changed his life and is starring in his own television show. The drastic change that David has made certainly deserves a place in the inspirational section of this blog.
I do however realize that some may not find inspiration in such a story. An argument could be made that inspiration should instead be found in those who have been exercising all along. And while I understand these feelings, I still enjoy this story for several reasons. Perhaps most importantly, David Smith lost the weight without surgery. He used diet and exercise alone to lose over 400 pounds. Yes, he has had surgery to remove excess skin, but the actual weight loss itself came through hard work and discipline.
His story should certainly give hope to others who currently struggle with obesity. You do not need surgery and you certainly do not need anything fancy in terms of exercise and diet. A consistent and diligent effort has once again come out on top.
So often the obese feel hopeless. The marketing powers that be have convinced these people that pills and surgery are the only solution. I’ve had intelligent adults write me with the belief that it is truly impossible for them to lose weight. The honestly do not believe me when I tell them otherwise.
The often deceptive fitness industry unfortunately welcomes such feelings, as doubt leads to useless pill purchases (among other things). The industry doesn’t see a dollar when a man such as David Smith begins exercising in his home without equipment.
It’s nice to see major media networks paying attention to David Smith’s story. It should certainly give hope to those who are currently hopeless. Regardless of what others have said, anyone can lose weight with a consistent and diligent effort (both in the gym and in the kitchen).