Shows like My 600-LB Life strive to give viewers a look at the triumphs, setbacks, and small victories of these participants. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Nowzaradan, these patients have put in the hard work to reach their health goals. Check out our list of the most incredible transformations of My 600-LB Life.
1. Melissa Morris
One of the first participants on the TLC unscripted show, My 600-LB Life, Melissa’s story tugged at audience’s heartstrings. Viewers watched as Morris struggled while going grocery shopping. They also saw how badly Morris wanted children, but at 653 pounds, it would’ve been impossible for her to conceive.
Morris was able to undergo weight-loss surgery with Dr. Nowzaradan. After losing close to 500 pounds, Melissa was able to have three children. She was inspired to get her driver’s license, and look for a job after having been dependent on others for so long. Melissa now gives motivational speeches about her journey, and has even joined Dr. Nowzaradan’s office as a patient coordinator.
2. Lupe Samano
At 642 pounds, 39 year old Lupe was already bedridden when she met her husband Gilbert. Instantly, he was forced to take on the role of caretaker to his immobile wife. Lupe began to sense that her weight was affecting her relationship and how she felt about herself. In one episode she said her life was, “not a normal life living this way.”
Post-surgery, Lupe, who couldn’t stand up in the shower, is now full of energy. She divorced Gilbert, and began seeing another man named Andrew Renteria. Lupe has lost hundreds of pounds, and now embraces her new appearance by frequently posting photos of herself on her social media pages.
3. Bettie Jo Josh
At just 24 years old, Bettie Jo already weighed 654 pounds. The young woman was unable to care for herself, and largely relied on her husband to help her. The excess weight on her body left her “always in pain,” and she couldn’t even bathe herself.
After undergoing weight loss surgery and losing hundreds of pounds, Bettie Jo has a new lease on life. She was able to get pregnant, and give birth to a little boy named Preston. The young member of My 600-LB Life has shown fans just how much life-changing weight loss can be.
4. Brandon Scott
Another young cast member of the TLC show, My 600-LB Life, Brandon Scott felt trapped within his own body. Scott, who referred to his body as a “prison” which kept him from “being able to live my life,” was at a breaking point when he decided to see Dr. Nowzaradan.
Hundreds of pounds later, the talented musician, is finally able to pursue his musical dreams. Scott now performs in various venues, concerts, and even the famous Blue Bird Café in Nashville. He is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, and says “everything is easier” and “I’m enjoying life more.”
5. Charity Pierce
One of the most memorable patients on My 600-LB Life was Charity Pierce. Weighing slightly less than 800 pounds, Pierce was completely dependent on her fiancé and daughter. She was unable to do even the most basic functions, and also suffered from pain caused by a large mass on her leg.
After undergoing weight loss surgery, it is estimated that Pierce was able to drop more than 500 pounds. Not only is she lighter, but the painful mass has been removed, resulting in more mobility. Pierce now plays an active role in her family, frequently uploading pictures of them her playing with her niece to Facebook.
6. Donald Shelton
Donald Shelton’s weight-loss journey on My 600-LB Life was a particularly emotional one for fans. In addition to being morbidly obese, it was later discovered that Shelton suffered from a rare autoimmune disorder called Guillain Barre Syndrome. This condition affects the nerves, resulting in extreme pain, paralysis, or even death.
Against the medical odds, Shelton pushed through: losing more than 300 pounds from his 675 pound frame. Since his surgery, Shelton is able to be more active despite still using a wheelchair. He has continued losing weight, and now works as a DJ. Fans have been inspired by Shelton’s persistent efforts to reach his health goals.
7. Milla Shawn Clark
One of the most powerful transformations on the unscripted show, My 600- LB Life, was that of Milla Clark. In the beginning of the show, Clark weighed 751 pounds. She has highly dependent on others to take care of her, and had been unable to travel in a regular car because of her weight.
After undergoing weight loss surgery, her life has completely changed. Clark is now able to walk, thanks to many sessions of physical therapy. Clark no longer needs others to care for her. She has even become a fan of canoeing, something she would have never been able to do previously.
8. Olivia Cruz
Olivia Cruz has no doubt that weight loss surgery was the right choice. In an emotional post, Cruz said that Dr. Nowzaradan gave her, “a second chance at life.” Before her surgery and participation on the weight-loss reality show, Cruz would often isolate herself at home, because her weight made it difficult for her to move around.
After losing hundreds of pounds, Cruz has now found her purpose. While she had always wanted to pursue her love of cooking, she was unable to stand for long periods of time. After her weight loss, Cruz enrolled in culinary school, and is on her way to achieving her goal to become a chef.
9. Paula “Sunshine” Jones
When Paula appeared on My 600-LB Life, few viewers thought that she would become the energetic and inspirational woman she is today. Weighing more than 500 pounds, Paula had difficulty taking care of herself. Thankfully, Dr. Nowzaradan and his team were able to set her on the path to health.
After losing more than 300 pounds, Paula wants others to understand the importance of making healthy choices. The reality show star serves as a motivational speaker, speaking out against the dangers of obesity and her experience with weight-loss surgery. She frequently shares healthy recipe ideas, work out tips, and motivational messages that her fans love.
10. Pauline Potter
When viewers first met Pauline, many believed that she would have difficulty achieving her weight-loss goals because of her often argumentative attitude. Before her surgery, Pauline weighed 678 pounds and was barely able to move. Many fans disagreed with the pressure Pauline put on her son to take care of her.
Luckily, Pauline was able to undergo surgery and lose hundreds of pounds. Not only did she become healthier, she has also been open about the hard work she puts in to keep the weight off. Pauline created her own YouTube channel to discuss work out tips, and interact with her fans.
11. Susan Farmer
When viewers first met Susan, she couldn’t make it through a trip to the local grocery store without the help of an electric shopping cart. Not only were mundane tasks impossible, but her health suffered as well — Susan had trouble breathing, and couldn’t walk.
After being approved for weight-loss surgery, Susan was able to drop hundreds of pounds. One of her biggest victories? Wearing Jeans. After slipping on the denim pants, which she hadn’t been able to wear since high school, she remarked “It may just be a pair of jeans, but it represents a whole new life for me!” and that she finally felt like a “normal person.”
12. Zsaylnn Whitworth
When she initially appeared on the show, Zsaylnn seemed to be comfortable with her size — even embracing her weight gain. But as the episode progressed, viewers saw that her attitude was just a cover-up. After realizing she was just “existing” instead of living a fulfilling life, Zsaylnn decided to undergo weight-loss surgery.
After being close to 600 pounds, Zsaylnn’s weight loss has changed her life in radical ways. She is now able to be an active mother for her daughter, instead of just watching her play. Zsaylann now gives inspirational speeches, and is always looking for new workouts to help keep her on the right path.
13. Teretha Hollis Neely
In a Facebook post, Teretha declared that having weight loss surgery was the “best decision for me.” Teretha, who once weighed close to 700 pounds, underwent surgery as a cast member of My 600-LB Life. Once bedridden, and dependent on others, Teretha has been able to regain her independence since having the surgery.
Years of extreme weight have caused damage to her knee caps, leaving Teretha to frequently need a wheelchair or walker. Despite this, she continues to stick to Dr. Nowzaradan’s diet plan and exercise regimens as best as she can. The weight loss has also allowed her to become more social.
14. Brittani Fulfer
Brittani’s personal story was one of the most tearful stories on My 600-LB Life. The young woman’s extreme weight gain left her feeling in pain, and forced her into spending most of her day sitting on the couch. Thankfully, her sedentary life took a positive turn when she underwent weight loss surgery with Dr. Nowzaradan.
Brittani was able to not only lose hundreds of pounds, but she has put in the hard work needed to keep the weight off. She is open about her struggles, and hopes to inspire others to make healthy choices. Brittani now spends her time at the beach, going to concerts, or traveling. She tells her fans, “My goal is to be healthy, not skinny.”
15. Destinee LaShaee
Weighing close to 700 pounds, Destinee would spend most of her life in her bedroom — only leaving to go to the kitchen, or waiting for someone to bring her food. Destinee admitted that her isolation was taking a toll on her mental health. In one tearful moment, she says “I can’t believe this is my life now.”
Thankfully, Destinee was able to be approved for weight-loss surgery, and has been able to shed hundreds of pounds. Destinee, who was once unable to leave her bed, now enjoys going out with her friends. She is vocal about her newfound confidence and acceptance of her body.
16. Dottie Potts
One story that resonated with viewers of My 600-LB Life was that of Dottie Potts. Dottie is the mother of two boys, one of which had cerebral palsy. Despite weighing 641 pounds she was a dedicated and hands-on mother to her sons. Dottie realized she needed to be healthy to care for her children, and began the steps that would eventually lead to a dramatic weight-loss.
After losing hundreds of pounds, Dottie has been able to gain more independence. Although her son with cerebral palsy passed away, Dottie continues to work on achieving her health goals. Viewers, especially those that also have children with special needs, were particularly moved by the mother’s dedication to both her family, and to her own goals.
17. Chad Dean
One of the most successful cast members of TLC’s My 600-LB Life, Chad Dean, has undergone a truly remarkable transformation. The former truck driver at one point weighed more than 700 pounds causing him to become bedridden. His lack of mobility had put a strain on his marriage, because his wife felt more like a caretaker, instead of a wife.
After the surgery, Chad lost more than 400 pounds. He also wrote a book, chronicling his journey called I’m in Here Somewhere: Memoir of a Food Addict. Since appearing on the show, Chad has continued to pursue his health goal.
18. Angel Parrish
Angel’s story was one of the most heart-breaking stories featured on My 600-LB Life. At just 42 years old, she weighed 570 pounds. Angel was mostly bedridden, and had to depend on her husband to help her with even the most basic hygiene related tasks.
Donny, her husband, began to resent taking care of her all of the time. He admitted that he felt like a “single dad” to their son, because Angel was incapable of being an active parent. Fortunately, Angel was able to receive the weight-loss surgery which changed her life. Not only is she physically lighter, but Angel now has the energy to be the mother she always wanted to be.
19. June McCamey
For fans of My 600-LB Life, June’s story is the perfect reminder that there are such things as happy endings. When viewers first met June, she lived a sedentary life, often depending on her girlfriend to bring her food. She realized that her behavior was harming her body, and her relationship with her girlfriend — she knew she had to do something.
After qualifying for weight-loss surgery, June was able to lose more than 300 pounds. Not only did she lose the weight, she gained a new life partner — her wife, Mary. June, still in disbelief said, “If you told me this was even possible when I started trying to get my life back, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
20. Kandi Dreier
Kandi Dreier appeared on the weight loss reality show with her sister, Brandi. The twins both shared an addiction to food, and had both become obese. Kandi, who weighed slightly more than her sister, weighed 604 pounds. After living a life of unhealthy choices, the two sisters decided to make a positive choice — they both underwent weight-loss surgery.
Today Kandi is fit and active. She is a doting aunt to Brandi’s daughter, and is constantly uploading pictures of their adventures. When she was at her highest weight, Kandi lamented that she was young and wanted to travel, but her weight prevented it. Now, hundreds of pounds less, Kandi enjoys traveling.
21. David Bolton
Brothers David and Benji Bolton quickly became My 600-LB Life fan-favorites. The two brothers suffered from an addiction to eating, and other destructive health habits. At his highest weight, David weighed more than 700 pounds. After committing to changing their lifestyle, the two decided to undergo weight-loss surgery.
Now, hundreds of pounds lighter, David is enjoying a life he thought he would never have. He enjoys being able to move around easily, unlike before, and says that he sees “a whole new person” when he looks in the mirror. He is now more social, and has even proposed to his long-time girlfriend.
22. Amber Rachdi
Despite her young age, Amber’s extreme weight gain made it impossible for her to complete basic tasks or movements. Her weight made it difficult for her to walk, and go up and down stairs. Frustrated with her limited mobility, Amber enlisted the help of Dr. Nowzaradan to find a surgical solution to her weight.
After undergoing weight-loss surgery, Amber has experienced a radical change in her life. She is able to move around freely, and without pain. Amber has lost hundreds of pounds, and broke up with her previous boyfriend, who many fans accused of enabling her poor choices. While she has moved on and gotten married, fans know the most important relationship that she has created, is with herself.
23. Marla McCants
Marla’s transformation is easily one of the most memorable ones from My 600-LB Life. Marla began her journey at 800 pounds, and fans were worried because it didn’t seem that she understood just how much danger she was in. Marla was often uncooperative, and clashed with the doctors.
Her change in attitude resulted in one of the biggest weight-losses in the show’s history — over 500 pounds. Marla’s extreme weight loss has shocked fans, and even Marla herself. The reality star now gives motivational speeches, and has appeared on a variety of radio shows, sharing her moving story.
24. Christina Phillips
One of the most popular cast members of My 600-LB Life, Christina has also shown how dedicated she is to keeping the weight off. Viewers first met Christina when she was 708 pounds. Christina felt very ashamed and embarrassed over her weight — she didn’t even want her husband to look at her.
Christina finally decided to make a positive choice and get weight-loss surgery. It is estimated that she lost more than 500 pounds, and has managed to keep the weight off. Christina now runs in 5ks, and lives an active lifestyle. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to share her story.
25. Diana Bunch
Weighing more than 600 pounds, Diana couldn’t take one step without being in pain. The extreme pain not only limited her movement, but made her rely on others for everyday functions. Diana admits that she felt humiliated to lose her independence, and become so dependent on others.
After undergoing the surgery, Diana still had pain in her knees. After losing the necessary amount of weight required for the surgery, Diana was able to get knee replacement surgery. Now pain-free, Diana can enjoy an active life. Dr. Nowzaradan said that she had one of the “best attitudes” of the show’s participants, and that her weight-loss journey was a “great success story.”
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