This is the old Ryan Clarke. At 383 pounds, the 24-year-old Nova Scotian was depressed, anxious, and experiencing chest pains and other health issues.
This is Ryan now — 183 pounds lighter and happier than ever.
Ryan made the transformation in just 10 months, but it was by no means easy. He goes to the gym twice a day and has totally overhauled his eating habits.
"There were days where he was just like, 'No I'm not going,' and I’d say, 'Yes you are,'" said Alyssa. That's what started the motto Ryan now lives by: can't stop, won't stop.
Now both Ryan and Alyssa can fit into his old 48-inch pants.
And it's not just his measurements that have changed — he's also gotten a handle on his mental health. "He’s more here now than he was, mentally wise, then he was 10 months ago," said Alyssa. "I feel like I’m married to a different man."
And yes, although weight lifting has helped, he does have loose skin. In a Facebook video, he said that he's self-conscious about it, but he won't let the haters get to him. He worked for this.
Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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