How This Man Lost Almost 400 Pounds in 3 Years

Sal Paradiso can’t tell you his starting weight in early 2014, when he began his weight loss journey. Not because he doesn’t want to reveal the number, but because no scale could effectively measure his weight.

He estimates it was close to 700 pounds, a weight that made everything difficult, says Paradiso, now 35. “Putting on my shoes was a struggle. Taking a shower every day was a struggle. I was basically under house arrest [since] it was such an ordeal to go out.”

In February 2014, the Tampa, FL, resident hit a turning point. His father died from a massive heart attack at 42, and Paradiso realized he was on the same path unless he made a big change. “I said to myself, ‘I need to take a drastic U-turn in my life if I’m going to make it to age 40,’” he recalls.

After attending a seminar about weight loss procedures, he decided to discuss surgery options with a doctor. The doctor told him he needed to lose some weight on his own before surgery and put him on a high-protein, low-carb diet. His new 1,500 to 1,800 calorie per day plan was a drastic change from his previous 7,000 to 9,000 calorie per day diet, packed with soda and juice.

The Journey Begins

On his new diet, Paradiso started losing weight quickly, about 5 to 6 pounds per week. Not that it was easy. “Early on it was a big adjustment,” he says. “My body was so used to eating how I had been eating that it was rebelling at first. It was a rough first few weeks.” He’d crave more food at night, but no matter how miserable he felt, he wouldn’t let himself raid the fridge. “I’d tell myself, ‘I’m not working this hard to sabotage myself,’” he recalls.   


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But overall, Paradiso says he didn’t feel deprived. Instead of giving into a craving for unhealthy food, he’d look up recipes for lighter, healthier alternatives. “That would be enough to cure my craving without blowing my calorie budget for the day,” he explains. Instead of ordering a pizza, for example, he’d top a low-carb pita with tomato sauce and some cheese. 

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From: http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/weight-loss-story-man-loses-400-pounds?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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