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  • Extreme Weight Loss – Beyond the Definition of Morbid Obesity


    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, July 29, 2009in Stories  

    mhimagesIf you’re looking for some inspiration as you embark on your weight loss journey, there are a number of amazing, successful weight loss stories out there that will do just that. I personally know of many people that have lost anywhere from 20 to 200 pounds and kept the majority of the weight off. Reading or watching biographies like these can be a fantastic way to offer yourself some support for those times in your weight loss program when perhaps you feel less than motivated.

    Flipping through the channels the other afternoon, I came across what undoubtedly is the most extreme of all of the amazing weight loss stories I have ever heard. A man named Michael Hebranko from New York was being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and I must say his story goes far beyond the definition of morbid obesity and yo yo dieting!

    Throughout his 56 years, Michael has lost and gained over 3,000 pounds! By the time he was 34, Michael weighed in at his heaviest of 1,100 pounds. At this point, as I’m sure you can imagine, he had no quality of life and was unable to perform the simplest of tasks. Michael may have been at his highest weight but he was certainly at his lowest emotionally speaking and had seriously been considering suicide.  The day he found himself with a gun in his mouth and finger on the trigger was the day he called weight loss guru Richard Simmons. Nineteen months later Richard had successfully guided Michael to achieving a record breaking extreme weight loss of 700 pounds! He didn’t stop there and soon reached his goal weight of 198 pounds! Unfortunately that’s where things started to fall apart. After seeing that goal number appear on the scale Michael says he felt like “I won the gold medal, and the next day I didn’t have to get up and train, so I relaxed.” He says he celebrated that ‘gold medal’ with 4 hot dogs and french fries covered in melted cheese. That wouldn’t have been so bad if it was a once in a blue moon type of indulgence, but Michael was on his way back to regular meals of 2 dozen pork chops, a couple pounds of bacon and 36 eggs.

    Six years later, Michael had gained back all of the 700 pounds he had worked so hard to lose. Realizing he was struggling with a serious and life threatening situation, he decided to check in to rehab. Since he was not at all mobile, a forklift was required to remove Michael from his home. After spending 18 months in rehab, he had lost 600 pounds and was able to return to his home. Not long after, Michael was once again back where he started. For a second time, a forklift arrived at his door to take him back to rehab.

    mh3imagesThese days, Michael’s weight is around the 350 pound mark. Quite a significant lifestyle change from a bedridden 1,100! He has learned a lot about dieting and weight loss and continues to shed the pounds at a slow, steady rate. He says “It’s not about the numbers anymore. Today I have the same battle as a person that has to lose 5 pounds. We all have to do the same thing…we have to eat healthy, we have to do whatever exercises we can do for our body and we have to make it through the day and do it in a positive way and take care of ourselves.”

    Learn from Michaels mistakes. If at first you don’t succeed just keep getting back on that horse and stay positive. If he can do it, so can anyone!

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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