Have you ever felt like improving your health was just too hard? That getting into shape was nearly impossible? Meet Justin Grant,
Chief News Photographer for Fox5 Las Vegas. Just
two years ago, Justin weighed in at 540 pounds. On
August 1st, 2012, he underwent gastric bypass
surgery. Now 275 pounds lighter,
Justin is an avid cyclist and advocate
for a healthy lifestyle. Read more
about Justin’s journey below.
What inspired your incredible
On March 14th, 2012, I traveled to
southern California to watch a Detroit
Red Wings game, a team I’ve cheered
for my whole life. Although I purchased
an aisle seat to accommodate my size
and long legs—Justin is 6' 8"—the seat
was much smaller than anticipated. After spending
the first period trying to squeeze into the seat, ripping
a 6-inch hole in my shorts in the process, I gave up.
Mortified, I asked the usher to relocate me to the
accessible seating area. It was the wake-up call I
needed to make a change.
How do you maintain your new healthy lifestyle?
Gastric bypass surgery requires a strict diet; I not only
have to maintain portion control, but eat the right
foods. I am a very active cyclist and just completed my
10,000th mile. I am careful to monitor my diet and
exercise so I don’t fall back into old habits.
How is your life different 275 pounds lighter?
I love the fact that I can push myself physically. In
the last month I have participated in two 100-mile
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bike races. Two years ago, that seemed impossible, like
going to the moon. At my largest, I was a size 6XL
with a 64-inch waist. I love that I can fit into normal
clothing sizes now. I can join friends for dinner at a
restaurant or a game in a stadium without worrying if
I will fit into the seat.
What advice do you have for other people ready to
make a change?
If I can do it at 540 pounds, you can do it too. You
don’t have to take drastic measures like surgery to get
results. A small change to diet or exercise can really
help you to feel better, and put you on the path to a