How This Guy Lost 289 Pounds in One Year and Got Buff

“I’ve been overweight my whole life, ever since I was a kid,” says Cameron Salois. “In my early teenage years, it started to become a problem because everyone around me was starting to worry about me, which I never understood because I never really knew how big I was… You don’t even realize what you’re doing to yourself while you’re doing it.”

In a recent episode of the Brand New Me webseries, Cameron, 29, shares the story of his transformation, which began when he got a job at a gym “I was feeling good about myself, but I was still a big guy,” he says.

Cameron knew things had to change when one day he couldn’t actually get into his car as somebody had parked right next to it, and had to ask a neighbor to move it for him. “It was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever felt in my life,” he says. “That was it; the next week I started the program.”

At his heaviest, Cameron weighed 494 pounds. Over the course of 13 months, he lost a staggering 289 pounds, and improved his personal fitness. He’s far happier and healthier now than he was just one year ago, but admits that the excess skin caused by his extreme weight loss does sometimes get him down: “It feels like a battle scar, in a sense, but it also kind of messes with my mentality.”

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“I’m proud of myself,” he says. “I feel like I’m a lot more confident than I used to be. I do things that I never thought were possible, and I take tremendous pride in that. Monday is always going to be there, and you have to start today. That’s the biggest thing that you can do, right now, for yourself, is start.”

Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.

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