Hey, I’m Zach, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always struggled with my weight.
Here I am the summer before I went off to college. Look at those defined cheekbones. I was playing soccer and feeling good!
I reached my heaviest weight — 295 pounds — when I was 32. At 34, my poor eating habits and the lack of exercise caught up with me, and I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
This was the summer before I decided to do something about it.
Two weeks later, a producer at BuzzFeed (hey, Evan Ghang) wanted to cast people for a weight loss video. This was the extra push I needed.
Steve put me to fucking work, and I accepted the challenge. I was working out six days a week and doing cardio for seven. I know, pretty damn intense.
The first two weeks were the hardest.
I had to change my sleeping habits and become a morning person. Waking up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the gym so that I could get my two-hour workout done (one hour of cardio and an hour of lifting) and be at work by 9 a.m. was absolutely the worst. You never know with LA traffic — even that early in the morning, it’s a goddamn nightmare. Don’t worry, I made time to shower, too.