Having a father figure, be it a biological father, step-dad, grandfather, uncle, or teacher, is important for a child's development. This is exactly why Zach Moore was motivated to change his lifestyle.
The 36-year-old father of one weighed a whopping 500 pounds at his heaviest. He boasted a BMI of 60, and at one point he was so sure that he would eat himself to death. He also drank at least two liters of Coca-Cola and smoked about three packs of cigarettes every day.
Moore's addiction to food was so severe that he even recorded a "goodbye" video for his son, Zach Moore Jr.
In 2013, he was hospitalized for food poisoning and that's when he realized that he needed to change his life if he wanted to live long enough to see his son grow up.
Moore stopped consuming sugary foods, drinking soda, and smoking. In just about a 100 days, he started to notice a significant difference in how he felt. Eventually, he added exercise to his routine and walked 10,000 steps a day.
"I was having issues walking, breathing and getting around every day…" he told Daily Mail. "I truly felt like my life was coming to an end."
The obese father managed to slim down enough to qualify for gastric bypass surgery, which he underwent in 2014.
For two years, Moore stuck to his healthier habits and lost over 350 pounds. Unfortunately, extreme weigh loss left him with 28 pounds of excess skin and he had to undergo ten procedures to get it under control.
Today, Moore looks like a completely different man and has a new lease on life.
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