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Jan 7, 2021

Healthy Living: Extreme Weight Loss

For many of us, we are happy to put behind us the memories of 2020. But the year of the onset of the global pandemic wasn’t all bad for everyone. Tonight, we’ll share one young man’s inspirational journey of transformation. Here’s more in tonight’s Healthy Living.


Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

It started with the scare of his life.


Manuel Grant

Manuel Grant, Lost Over 150 Pounds

“It wasn’t like someone was grabbing me on my chest. It felt like someone was stabbing me from the inside.  I felt my legs start to get weak, and after that, I felt myself drooling, and I was no longer able to sustain my weight, and I just fell to the ground.  That’s when I realize I think you’re going to die. I think this is it. I’m going to die alone at home. I’m going to die urinating on myself. On a big Monday or Tuesday morning at over four pounds, this was going to be the legacy of my life.”


That led to one last bargain – a desperate plea to God.


Manuel Grant

“I said I know I don’t deserve a second chance, but I am begging you for one. If you let me survive this today, I am going to turn this around.”


That was March thirtieth, 2020, just a little over nine months ago. When twenty-eight-year-old Manuel Grant, who at that time weighed four hundred and ten pounds, believed he was having a heart attack – and prayed for one last chance at life. It was his wake up call.


Manuel Grant

“In the beginning, I set a two hundred and fifty weight goal for myself. It seemed so impossible and farfetched. I was like; I’ll just throw that number. I’ll never reach it. It was just taking it one day at a time and one week at a time and every week going to weigh. Ok. The weight was slowly coming off, and little by little, every day that two hundred and fifty weight goal seemed a little more possible.”


Step by step, he progressed. He swapped his habits of excessive emotional eating to carefully measured low-calorie foods. He started exercising more and gained motivation as he shed the pounds.


Manuel Grant

“If your diet is not one that you can see yourself on for the rest of your life. Then that is not the diet for you.   I just started watching my calories. Cause that’s what weight loss is, it doesn’t matter if it’s keto, paleo, or veganism. It comes down to one simple mathematic equation – calories in and calories out. As long as you are burning more calories than you are consuming, you will lose weight.  The weight just started coming off. seven pounds in one week, eight pounds another week, and it just became like this high that I was chasing.  In the beginning, I couldn’t walk for more than ten minutes, but I walked for ten minutes. It doesn’t matter if I was out of breath.  Then I started being able to run a bit, and now every day, I do sixty minutes of cardio. I split it into walking, running, and skipping rope.”


Slowly, the new Manuel began to reveal himself, no longer anti-social and hiding from his own reflection. However, he’s still adjusting to the new person in the mirror.


Manuel Grant

“I don’t know who he is because I went from never looking in the mirrors. I never passed where cars were because I didn’t want to get a glimpse of my reflection because I hated myself so much. And the worse part of a prison-like this is that you built is that you built it yourself, and that’s the worse part cause you don’t have anyone else to blame, and now I look in the mirror, and I’m not one hundred percent happy with I see cause I still pick myself apart but the guy in the mirror now. He has hope, and that is something that I did not have before.”


He has lost one hundred and sixty-five pounds in a little over nine months and down twenty pants sizes to date. But with all the weight he has lost, Manny says he’s gained so much more.


Manuel Grant

“I look at everything with a positive mindset and choose to see the positive in every situation, and I think that’s made me much more pleasant person to be around, and I think it’s just as important as the physical aspect, which is great but having a better mindset changes everything.”


However, it’s not over yet, as he says he still has three more months to reach another weight-loss goal.


Manuel Grant

“I did set another It’s two hundred and ten, I’m six feet tall, and so I think that would be ideal.”


He’s shared his story online with the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.


Manuel Grant

“It becomes cliche when people say if I can do it…Nah…if I CAN do it, I was literally at death’s door. If I can’t do this, there is no reason why no one else in this world can’t do what I did.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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