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The Incredible Shrinking Man | Jesse Shand Lost 350 Pounds

28-year-old Jesse Shand battled obesity and won—with a little help from his friends on the Bodybuilding.com forums. Learn how strangers made a difference in one man’s life!
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| Before |
Age: 26
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 653+ lbs

| After |
Age: 28
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 297 lbs

Imagine not leaving your house or seeing your friends for years. Imagine not bathing in nearly that long because your body had grown so enormous that it could no longer fit in the shower. Imagine looking down at the scale and seeing the number 653 staring back at you.

That’s where Bodybuilding.com forum member Jesse Shand found himself in 2013. By then, he had given up on the idea of living a normal life—at least by society’s definition of “normal.”

“I spent my days playing video games and trolling the Internet,” remembers Jesse. “I was just all negativity, all of the time.”

Jesse’s heaviest recorded weight was 653 pounds, but he probably weighed quite a bit more than that. He could only find a scale big enough to weigh himself with after losing weight for two months.

The only thing more remarkable about the amount of weight Jesse lost—300 pounds—is the way he lost it—through help from strangers on the Bodybuilding.com forums.

| 300 Pounds Down |
Remarkably, Jesse’s transformation started by accident. “It started off as nothing more than an ill-fated attempt to get a rise out of bodybuilding types,” he recalls. Jesse created a thread called “Ask the fattest man on the misc [sub-forum] anything,” posted photos of his then-obese body, and waited, fully expecting—almost inviting—a backlash.

What happened instead set the wheels of change in motion.

“[My plan] ‘backfired’ on me, and people started to try to convince me that it wasn’t too late, that even at my weight, all was not lost,” remembers Jesse. “I didn’t want to hear it and made my usual excuses, like not having enough money for groceries or lacking the motivation. But the members of the thread didn’t accept my excuses and even offered advice on how it could be done. They walked me through it, provided me with a platform to get feedback and take baby steps, and the rest is history!”

“It really showed me that even on the Internet, the kindness of strangers can completely change your life. It helped me to realize that I had something to fight for,” Jesse says of his Bodybuilding.com comrades. “They’re the ones who took me under their wings and believed in me long before I believed in myself.”
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  1. 13:43 It's 365 days in a year not 356

  2. I am 70lbs and I thought I was fat, I want to be 62lbs 😂

  3. break through 💪💪💪💪💪 push the limit

  4. I think an important part of his success is that he seems quite positive in his videos. Which means that he hasn't spiraled down to abyss of negativity. Kudos man! I came here to get some clues about possibility of my transformation too. I am 98 kg and 168 cm. I have gotta lose 30 kg to become my ideal weight.

  5. im fat and my friend make fun of me and im sad of that

  6. This is so fucking inspiring, its unreal!

  7. Wow. You are absolutely amazing.

  8. Got my boi pointed at nipple

  9. Great story, nice job my friend

  10. Follow me on the gram @LLzucks thank you

  11. Amzing stay blessed n healthy truly insprition

  12. i wish I could have as much positive people in my life

  13. Congratulations you came so far keep p the good work

  14. Thanks for posting your story

  15. How else is going throw the comments to see if anyone said anything bad and b*tch at them

  16. pretty fucking insane dude

  17. Eu realmente fui feliz assistindo a transformaçao desse rapaz. Consegui notar a felicidade retornando eu seu rosto.
    Muito bom, gostei muito desse video.

  18. Wow God bless you you can do it 💪

  19. wait a minute, you lost 300lbs in less than 18 months ? with no surgery ? what happen to the skin ? tell us the inside story, i am motivated by your story, but i know its more to it.

  20. How this man even get money tho

  21. you look like tony from the office

  22. Why would anyone give this a thumbs down. Sad…

  23. “After a wildy successful bulking phase” LMAO 😂

  24. I’m 13 5’10 and 175 hoping to lose 20 by end of year

  25. You have shown great resolve and perseverance, you have proven you are a very mentally strong individual. Good luck.

  26. Im 202 pds and 15 🗿

  27. This is soo inspiring… I have started my journey.. n most times I feel like maybe it can't be done but seeing this video gives me hope.. that I can fail but I must never give up.. thank you

  28. You are true Arnold Schwarzeneger

  29. 1 like equals 10 sit ups 1 reply equals 10 push ups

  30. I'm 5'5 13 years old and 210 pounds I've already started dieting and going out more

  31. Mortally fortifying to see and hear! Thanks…

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