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How I lost 240lbs in less than 2 years and discovered my inner comedian.

Written By: Alexandros Kosmidis

Before and After

Losing 240lbs may sound like an impossible feat, but let me tell you, it's not. You just have to be willing to make some serious lifestyle changes, and by serious, I mean comically serious.

It all started in 2020, during the height of COVID-19. I was 700lbs, which is a lot of me to love, and I was feeling pretty down. I knew I needed to make some changes, so I did what any reasonable person would do – I cut out all refined sugar and started eating more protein.

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Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to cut out sugar before, but let me tell you, it’s like giving up your firstborn child. I mean, I love my sugar. I love it so much that I used to have a sugar jar next to my bed just in case I woke up in the middle of the night with a craving. But I knew I had to do it, so I did.

And you know what? It wasn't that bad. I mean, sure, I cried myself to sleep a few nights, but overall, it wasn't too terrible. I started eating more protein, like chicken, fish, and eggs, and I found that it kept me full longer. I also lowered my intake of carbs, which was a little harder, but still doable.

But the real kicker was finding a great Bariatric Endocrinologist who helped me find some underlying conditions that were causing me to be big my whole life. I was born 9lbs and 7oz a whole month before I was due. I was a big baby and I continued to grow.

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Once I knew what was causing my weight gain, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Well, not literally, because I was still 700lbs, but you get the point. I started working out as much as I could and eating very little while focusing on protein and the weight just started falling off. It was like magic. Okay, it wasn't magic. It was hard work and dedication. But it felt like magic.

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Now, I'm not going to lie, losing weight isn't all rainbows and unicorns. There were days when I wanted to give up. There were days when I ate an entire pizza and cried myself to sleep. But those days were few and far between.

Mostly, it was just a matter of sticking to my plan and finding humor in the situation. Because let's be real, losing 240lbs is kind of hilarious. It's like a whole person just disappeared. That's how I discovered my inner comedian. I started making jokes about my weight loss journey, like how I can finally fit into an elevator without breaking it, or how I have to buy new clothes every other week because nothing fits anymore. And you know what? It made the whole thing a lot easier.

Laughing at myself and the situation made it less daunting. It made it feel like I was in control, even when I wasn't. So, if you're thinking about losing weight, my advice to you is this – find humor in the situation. Cut out the sugar, eat more protein, and find a great doctor who can help you identify any underlying conditions. And don't forget to laugh along the way.

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Because in the end, losing 240lbs is just one big joke. But it's a joke that's totally worth it.

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