Are you carrying some extra weight and need some inspiration to make a change? Meet Cole Prochaska, the South Carolinian who lost a whopping 336 pounds (152 kgs) and posted an incredible before-and-after photo of his transformation. The internet was quick to applaud his amazing effort, proving that social media can occasionally spread love instead of hate.
It's very hard to share a shirtless picture but I've come so far. Over 336lbs down! Most didn't believe in me but I believed in myself. Thanks for the inspiration bros @Cernovich @BowTiedOx @AJA_Cortes @Derek_Fitness @dookiebutter100 @bowtiedwhitebat @bowtiedbrazil @BowtiedCuda pic.twitter.com/M7atqHZayW
— Cole Prochaska Weight loss & Health (@3to1fitnesspro) April 23, 2023
In a rare show of interest on the internet, Cole’s tweet received a staggering 70k likes, 5000 comments, and nearly 4,000 reposts. One curious commenter asked the question on everyone’s mind: “Congrats! I wonder what happened that finally flipped the switch in you?” To which Cole replied with some real talk: “Honestly, it was a 7-year relationship coming to an end. I was trying to save it. I did not, but I saved myself instead.” Now, if that doesn’t give you goosebumps, you might want to check your pulse.
“Focus only on things you can control, join a gym, work your way up to at least 10k steps a day”
According to Cole, he weighed in at a whopping 600 lbs (270 kgs) two years ago before deciding to “take his life back.” He’s now down to roughly 225 pounds and shared his three-step plan to help others get started: “Focus only on things you can control, join a gym, work your way up to at least 10k steps a day.” So, what are you waiting for? Lace-up those shoes and start taking steps towards a healthier you.
2 years ago I was pushing 600 lbs. Most people had given up on me, but I didn't. I believed in myself and decided to take my life back. Today I weigh 227 lbs and focused on getting a little better everyday. Never give up on yourself, nothing is impossible. Let's Go!! pic.twitter.com/rHvrB0i5zB
— Cole Prochaska Weight loss & Health (@3to1fitnesspro) April 3, 2023
Prochaska is now planning on getting some body sculpting surgery to help him transform his physical appearance. This kind of surgery involves removing any loose skin or extra fat, and improving the shape and tone of the underlying tissue. It’s usually done in stages, so it can take quite a while to finish – sometimes months or even years.
It’s not a cheap process either. According to the 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, these kinds of procedures can cost anywhere between $4,000 to $15,000. But despite the cost, body sculpting surgery is becoming more and more popular. In 2018, there were almost a quarter of a million more cosmetic procedures performed than in the previous year.
Prochaska is keen to get the surgery done as soon as possible, and if his insurance doesn’t cover the cost, he’s even considering starting a GoFundMe page to help raise the money. When talking to his followers, he said, “Yes surgery is next up. I’m hoping I can get my insurance to pay for it. If not GoFundMe might be my next option. Thank you for the kind words.”
2 years ago I decided I didn't want to die young
I didn't want to get diabetes
I didn't want to never know my true potential
I decided to take my life back.
330+ lbs down and I'm not done yet.
Believe in yourself! pic.twitter.com/NofwxgVrSQ
— Cole Prochaska Weight loss & Health (@3to1fitnesspro) March 24, 2023