A 460lbs (33st) man who smoked three packets of cigarettes and downed two litres of cola a day has been accused of Photoshopping his appearance – after losing 295lbs (21st).
Zach Moore, 35, from Florida, who now weighs 168lbs (12st) shed nearly two thirds of his body weight in just 18 months so he could live to see his eight-year-old son Zach Jr grow up – but is now left with 30lb (2st) of excess skin.
The father-of-one, who works as a Mixed Martial Arts fight card matchmaker and is married to wife Amber, shocked his 2,000 Instagram followers with the transformation – with many of them accusing him of retouching the photos.
Zach Moore, 35, from Florida, who now weighs 168lbs (12st) shed nearly two thirds of his body weight in just 18 months (pictured weighing 460lbs – 33st)
The father-of-one, who works as a Mixed Martial Arts fight card matchmaker and is married to wife Amber, shocked his 2,000 Instagram followers with the transformation – with many of them accusing him of retouching the photos
Zach said he first began to lose weight after he stopped guzzling fizzy drinks and cut out sugar from his diet along with fast food – he then went on to have gastric surgery.
He admitted that being so overweight had affected his health – he had no sexual desire and had problems walking and breathing – and he was concerned that he wouldn’t live to see his son grow up.
He said: ‘The weight loss was way beyond what I, my wife, family and all of my doctors expected.
‘I’ve been asked and questioned a few times about if I’m being truthful about it all.
‘Before I decided to go ahead with the surgery I ate whatever I wanted to.
‘If I wanted deep dish pizza with strawberries, anchovies and meatballs, I’d have it.’
Zach had a BMI of 60 when he was taken to hospital with food poisoning in 2013.
Zach, who now weighs 168lbs (12st), said he lost the weight so he could live to see his eight-year-old son Zach Jr (pictured together right) grow up – but is now left with 30lb (2st) of excess skin (left)
Zach, pictured at his heaviest, said being so overweight meant that he found it difficult to breathe, to walk, and he also said he had no sexual desire
During his stint in the ward he quit smoking, stopped drinking fizzy drinks and cut out sugar which was the catalyst to losing 110lbs (7st 8lb) in 100 days.
It kick-started new healthy habits and Zach ditched his favourite fast-foods in a bid to slim down even more.
In May 2014, he had gastric bypass surgery and his weight plummeted to a healthy 168lbs (12st).
Zach said: ‘If I didn’t do this life-changing surgery I’d be in a pine box the way my health was going.
‘I was having issues walking, breathing and getting around. I had no sexual desire and I was just miserable at life.
‘I also had sleeping issues and had to take lots of pills for medical issues with lots of doctor visits too.’
Before his surgery Zach was smoking three packs of cigarettes a day and drinking at least two litres of Coca-Cola a day.
Zach, pictured with wife Amber after losing the weight, made the change to be there for his family as he was concerned about his health
Before his surgery Zach was smoking three packs of cigarettes a day and drinking at least two litres of Coca-Cola a day (pictured left, at his heaviest, and right, after his weight loss transformation)
Zach, pictured before his weight loss, said that his desire to see his son grow up fuelled his motivation to shed the pounds
Eventually the reality of an early grave pushed Zach to change his life.
He added: ‘I was getting sick of eating fast food and decided that I wanted take back my life and quit smoking.
‘I didn’t want to be a tombstone or a pine box for my wife and son to visit.
‘I wanted to live, I wanted to enjoy my life and I wanted to do things that people talk about doing with families.
‘I want to enjoy those with my family as well that’s why I made the change for myself for my family and for my life.
‘My wife is and always will be my backbone and biggest supporter.’
Along with a gastric bypass, Zach started walking every day for a couple of miles.
Zach, pictured at his heaviest 460lb (33st), said: ‘I was getting sick of eating fast food and decided that I wanted take back my life and quit smoking’
He also ate small protein based meals and quit all sugar and avoided heavy carbs.
WHAT IS A GASTRIC BYPASS?
A gastric bypass is surgery that helps you lose weight by changing how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat.
The surgery reduces the size of the stomach so you will feel full with less food.
The food you eat will no longer go into some parts of your stomach and small intestine that absorb food.
Unlike a gastric band, it’s not reversible.
He said: ‘I took the tool the surgeon gave me and used it to as much of my advantage as I possibly could.
‘I never went to a gym I just walked. I started at one mile a day and now I walk up to 15 miles some days.’
After his transformation, Zach still has 30lbs of excess skin which he plans to have removed soon.
He added: ‘Honestly the skin isn’t bad, the way that I see it is that I’m able to breath, walk, jog, swim, bike and fly.
‘I have my life back. I didn’t when I was heavy.
‘I will take some extra loose skin over life in a box early. It’s not as bad.’