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Man sheds 450 pounds and shares the 3 things that helped change his life
At 38 and 651 pounds, Carlos was told that he only had two years to live, so he set out on a mission before it was too late.
Eduardo Gaskell
11.23.21

Carlos Orosco weighed 651 lbs (46.5 stone) at the young age of 38. That’s when doctors told him he only had 2 years left. They were discussing leg amputation too.

His weight caused cellulitis. It is a common skin infection resulting from bacteria entering the body through a crack or break in the skin. That leads to chronic swelling and delayed wound healing.

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It is common for people who are overweight or obese to experience chafing. Skin rubs on skin, creating entry points for bacteria.

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Carlos tried different treatments but none of them worked.

“The surgeon started the appointment by predicting that I wouldn’t live to see 41. He told me I’d be 700 pounds by then, and would die from cardiac arrest. At the time, my sister was expecting, and I was going to be an uncle for the first time. I started to think of everything I’d be leaving behind,” he told Runner’s World.

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It was in his 30s that he began putting on a lot of weight. Fast food, drinking, and a sedentary lifestyle were all factors contributing to his weight gain.

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Carlos lived alone. He had no plans of dying and he knew he needed to lose the weight.

Carlos decided to go through a sleeve gastrectomy instead of the leg amputation. The catch was that he had to lose a hundred pounds before surgery could happen.

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So Carlos stopped eating junk food and drinking, turning to fruits, vegetables, and lean protein instead. He lost 200 pounds in six months, finally getting the surgery in December 2016.

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He began taking long walks every day. All his joint issues and chronic pain disappeared. Eventually, he stopped taking six daily medications.

“I feel like a new person, really. I have been blessed with a second chance, another opportunity. I realise that not everybody has the chance, has that second opportunity to do it, and that’s really what it feels like to me, a chance to do things the right way this time,” he said.

Carlos participated in a 5K run and fundraiser in honor of a friend who died because of a heart attack. That’s when he became addicted to running. It changed his life.

“I remember the atmosphere, the environment. It caught me. Even before I finished that first 5K, I wanted to sign up for another one,” he said.

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Carlos now weighs 185 pounds. He has participated in a lot of 5K runs helping him to shed more pounds. He’s also completed his first half marathon called the Great Turtle Run.

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He’s participated in full marathons and it’s hard to believe that he almost had to lose a leg before he decided to turn his life around.

“I used to have the mindset at a race that I didn’t belong, that these people were different from me. But on race day, I know I’ve put in the time and the work, and my mind clears of everything except the route in front of me. I finally feel like I belong,” Carlos said.

The man is a fitspiration, proving that it’s never too late to invest in your own health.

Listen to Carlos himself tell his incredible journey below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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