Pasquale Brocco struggled with his weight for years, eventually tipping the scale at 605 pounds. “Basically I was told I was on my deathbed,” he admitted. “High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, anything you can name I probably had.”
A doctor recommended gastric bypass surgery, but, in order to get it, Pasquale had to lose some weight on his own. Little did he know, that by working out and eating cleaner, he would be able to avoid gastric bypass altogether!
Brocco decided to make first steps toward possibly getting the surgery, doing what he could on his own to lose weight. “I just threw everything out in my house. And I said, every time I want to eat, I’ll walk to the store and get each and every meal,” Pasquale said. So, for every meal, he would walk a mile and back up to his local Walmart to buy food to cook. “When my next meal came, I would do it again. I would do it three to four times a day,” he said.
Within a few years of eating better and working out, Pasquale had lost 330 pounds, all without any surgery!
Sharing his incredible story on social media has inspired others to get fit as well! “I figure if I came from where I was — totally morbidly-obese to a professional athlete — it’ll be just an amazing story for everyone to get more motivated.”
Now, Pasquale has been raising money to remove 30 pounds of excess skin on his body after getting into shape. With people donated over $1,900 to Pasquale’s GoFundMe page, the guy’s doctor, Dr. Remus Repta, decided to front the rest of the cost for the operation, which costs about $42,000! “I’m excited to modify and reinvent the skin loss, skin-removal surgery to fit his body physique, you know, because there’s an opportunity there to hide the scars differently when there are muscles that are showing,” Dr. Repta said. “So he’s excited. I’m excited. We’ll see where it gets us.”
Pasquale’s journey is truly amazing, and inspiring to everyone on their road to fitness. It’s a push to all of us who would rather be lazy instead of working on our health. Congrats to him for making it this far!