Pennsylvania delivery driver halves his waist measurement

An obese man who once tipped the scales at over 490 lbs (35 stone) after gorging on 10,000 calories a day has been left with mounds of excess skin after undergoing a remarkable weight loss.

Sam High, 28, from Hatfield, Pennsylvania, has lost more than half his body weight, dropping to 200 lbs (14st 4lbs), and trading his 60in waist for 36in thanks to bariatric weight loss surgery – but admits the loose skin left behind is a ‘burden’.

Before the operation, Sam’s unhealthy weight left him with no self-esteem as he battled severe anxiety and depression.

The delivery driver tried everything to shift the pounds naturally but would always end up injured when exercising due to the pressure on his joints from his obese frame.

The way he was: Sam has lost more than half his body weight, dropping to 200 lbs (14st 4lbs), and trading his 60in waist for 36in (pictured here before his weight loss in March 2014)

The way he was: Sam has lost more than half his body weight, dropping to 200 lbs (14st 4lbs), and trading his 60in waist for 36in (pictured here before his weight loss in March 2014)

The way he was: Sam has lost more than half his body weight, dropping to 200 lbs (14st 4lbs), and trading his 60in waist for 36in (pictured here before his weight loss in March 2014)

'It's a burden': Despite his impressive weight loss, Sam has been left with mounds of excess skin which he admits is one of his 'biggest hindrances'

'It's a burden': Despite his impressive weight loss, Sam has been left with mounds of excess skin which he admits is one of his 'biggest hindrances'

‘It’s a burden’: Despite his impressive weight loss, Sam has been left with mounds of excess skin which he admits is one of his ‘biggest hindrances’

Dramatic images show Sam’s journey from before and after the surgery, which has unfortunately left him with a large amount of excess skin.

Sam revealed how his weight started to spiral out of control and how his size affected him.

‘My weight started to increase significantly after high school when I had access to an income and a car,’ he said. ‘I used to eat constantly, easily in excess of 10,000 kcal a day.

‘I felt horrible about my body, I had no self-esteem or motivation. I also struggled with severe anxiety and depression because I felt powerless in my life and had no positive outlook for my future.

Speaking about his excess skin, Sam said: 'It's a burden, it definitely affects me and is one of the biggest hindrances I still deal with'

Speaking about his excess skin, Sam said: 'It's a burden, it definitely affects me and is one of the biggest hindrances I still deal with'

Speaking about his excess skin, Sam said: ‘It’s a burden, it definitely affects me and is one of the biggest hindrances I still deal with’

Sam (pictured before his weight loss) recalled: 'I felt horrible about my body, I had no self-esteem or motivation. I also struggled with severe anxiety and depression because I felt powerless in my life and had no positive outlook for my future'

Sam (pictured before his weight loss) recalled: 'I felt horrible about my body, I had no self-esteem or motivation. I also struggled with severe anxiety and depression because I felt powerless in my life and had no positive outlook for my future'

Sam (pictured before his weight loss) recalled: ‘I felt horrible about my body, I had no self-esteem or motivation. I also struggled with severe anxiety and depression because I felt powerless in my life and had no positive outlook for my future’

Transformation: Having shrunk from a 5XL shirt size to a healthier XL, Sam is much happier with his new body, although the excess skin he has been left with remains a point of dissatisfaction for him

Transformation: Having shrunk from a 5XL shirt size to a healthier XL, Sam is much happier with his new body, although the excess skin he has been left with remains a point of dissatisfaction for him

Transformation: Having shrunk from a 5XL shirt size to a healthier XL, Sam is much happier with his new body, although the excess skin he has been left with remains a point of dissatisfaction for him

‘I constantly received negative comments, my weight and size defined my whole life and I was commonly known as “Fat Sam” for years.

‘I tried everything to lose weight by eating right and exercising, but I would often injure myself trying to exercise as my ankles and knees couldn’t handle being active for very long.

‘When I was 24 and still on my mother’s health insurance we discovered that the policy would cover bariatric surgery.

Reflecting on his huge decision to undergo surgery, Sam revealed: 'After trying to lose weight conveniently and failing, we decided that surgery was the best way to assist me in losing weight'

Reflecting on his huge decision to undergo surgery, Sam revealed: 'After trying to lose weight conveniently and failing, we decided that surgery was the best way to assist me in losing weight'

Reflecting on his huge decision to undergo surgery, Sam revealed: ‘After trying to lose weight conveniently and failing, we decided that surgery was the best way to assist me in losing weight’

Sam recalled: 'When I was 24 and still on my mother's health insurance we discovered that the policy would cover bariatric surgery'

Sam recalled: 'When I was 24 and still on my mother's health insurance we discovered that the policy would cover bariatric surgery'

Sam recalled: ‘When I was 24 and still on my mother’s health insurance we discovered that the policy would cover bariatric surgery’

Sam's driving license photos show his drastically different appearance since losing weight. He said: 'For anyone thinking about having the surgery, I'd suggest doing as much research as possible, talk to people who have had the procedure and make sure it's definitely what you want to do'

Sam's driving license photos show his drastically different appearance since losing weight. He said: 'For anyone thinking about having the surgery, I'd suggest doing as much research as possible, talk to people who have had the procedure and make sure it's definitely what you want to do'

Sam’s driving license photos show his drastically different appearance since losing weight. He said: ‘For anyone thinking about having the surgery, I’d suggest doing as much research as possible, talk to people who have had the procedure and make sure it’s definitely what you want to do’

‘After trying to lose weight conveniently and failing, we decided that surgery was the best way to assist me in losing weight.

‘However, I still had to exercise and eat right prior to undergoing the surgery to show I was dedicated to having the procedure and changing my life.’

Having shrunk from a 5XL shirt size to a healthier XL, Sam is much happier with his new body, although the excess skin he has been left with remains a point of dissatisfaction for him.

‘It’s a burden, it definitely affects me and is one of the biggest hindrances I still deal with,’ he revealed. 

Dramatic images show Sam's journey from before and after the surgery, which has unfortunately left him with a large amount of excess skin

Dramatic images show Sam's journey from before and after the surgery, which has unfortunately left him with a large amount of excess skin

Sam during his amazing weight loss

Sam during his amazing weight loss

Dramatic images show Sam’s journey from before and after the surgery, which has unfortunately left him with a large amount of excess skin (pictured left, before, and right, during his amazing weight loss)

Explaining how he continued to lose weight after the op, Sam said: 'I still had to exercise and eat right prior to undergoing the surgery to show I was dedicated to having the procedure and changing my life'

Explaining how he continued to lose weight after the op, Sam said: 'I still had to exercise and eat right prior to undergoing the surgery to show I was dedicated to having the procedure and changing my life'

Explaining how he continued to lose weight after the op, Sam said: ‘I still had to exercise and eat right prior to undergoing the surgery to show I was dedicated to having the procedure and changing my life’

Speaking about his transformation, Sam said: 'It all feels worth it as I get such positive reactions, people are shocked when they see what I was and what I am now, especially those who haven't seen me since high school or before my surgery'

Speaking about his transformation, Sam said: 'It all feels worth it as I get such positive reactions, people are shocked when they see what I was and what I am now, especially those who haven't seen me since high school or before my surgery'

Speaking about his transformation, Sam said: ‘It all feels worth it as I get such positive reactions, people are shocked when they see what I was and what I am now, especially those who haven’t seen me since high school or before my surgery’

Sam shows off his lean new figure after halving his body weight and losing almost 30in from his waist  measurement

Sam shows off his lean new figure after halving his body weight and losing almost 30in from his waist  measurement

Sam shows off his lean new figure after halving his body weight and losing almost 30in from his waist  measurement

‘I would love to have it removed, but I can’t afford the surgery. Insurance won’t cover it because it’s a cosmetic procedure.

‘I’ve thought about setting up a GoFundMe [crowdfunding page] to see if that would help, but I’m self-conscious and a little ashamed to ask people for help or money.’

Sam has now transformed his diet as he continues to strive to lose weight, revealing the reactions he has received to his progress so far as well as giving advice to anyone who is thinking of following a similar route to him.

‘My diet now includes a lot of protein and multivitamins, my body doesn’t process nutrients in a normal way anymore, so I have to be diligent about my nutrient intake,’ said Sam. 

Lean and mean: 'I mainly eat lots of lean protein such as chicken and I also do loads of walking both at work and in my free time to keep my exercise up,' says Sam

Lean and mean: 'I mainly eat lots of lean protein such as chicken and I also do loads of walking both at work and in my free time to keep my exercise up,' says Sam

Lean and mean: ‘I mainly eat lots of lean protein such as chicken and I also do loads of walking both at work and in my free time to keep my exercise up,’ says Sam

Sam said of his lifestyle overhaul: 'My diet now includes a lot of protein and multivitamins, my body doesn't process nutrients in a normal way anymore, so I have to be diligent about my nutrient intake'

Sam said of his lifestyle overhaul: 'My diet now includes a lot of protein and multivitamins, my body doesn't process nutrients in a normal way anymore, so I have to be diligent about my nutrient intake'

Sam said of his lifestyle overhaul: ‘My diet now includes a lot of protein and multivitamins, my body doesn’t process nutrients in a normal way anymore, so I have to be diligent about my nutrient intake’

‘I mainly eat lots of lean protein such as chicken and I also do loads of walking both at work and in my free time to keep my exercise up.

‘It all feels worth it as I get such positive reactions, people are shocked when they see what I was and what I am now, especially those who haven’t seen me since high school or before my surgery.

‘For anyone thinking about having the surgery, I’d suggest doing as much research as possible, talk to people who have had the procedure and make sure it’s definitely what you want to do.’

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