He Won’t Last ‘Til 40, Doctor Says; So He Decided To Lose Weight


  • Carlos Orosco weighed 651 pounds when he was hospitalized with a serious blood infection and was told by the doctor, he won’t live to see 40.
  • He started changing his lifestyle that same day and had the surgery needed to lose weight. He also changed his food menu to healthier options.
  • Carlos also discovered running and as a reward, has lost an amazing 450 pounds total.

Carlos Orosco was 38 years old when a doctor told him he won’t live until 40 unless he loses more than half of his body weight.

The news was a ruthless wake-up call for him to change his lifestyle. Carlos, from Saginaw, Michigan, has always considered himself a “bigger” person being six feet tall. He thought that he was fine as long as he can move and play sports.

After Carlos moved to live on his own in his 20s, his lifestyle became rough and his weight got out of control. Unhealthy foods and alcohol bring about his heaviest weight at 651 pounds. His legs were painful and swollen. After he was hospitalized with a serious blood infection, he decided to stop his wicked lifestyle for good.

Photo Credit: Carlos Orosco

“The symptoms only got worse from my weight, and I met with a surgeon to discuss a sleeve gastrectomy,” Carlos explained. He was told that about 75% of the stomach will be removed to limit the food intake. Then the doctor told him the terrifying news, his weight is going to kill him very soon.

The doctor said Carlos had to lose 100 lbs to perform the surgery. He started right away. He walked 3 miles everyday and removed unhealthy food from his menu. A dietitian helped him with his healthier options like vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins.

“The first few months were really tough. I was constantly fighting urges and cried myself to sleep many nights,” he admitted. Six months of hard work, Carlos lost 95 lbs. He then had the surgery. His weight continued to go down but fluctuated when he reached 350. 

Photo Credit: Carlos Orosco

Then he discovered running.

“I ran my first 5K in honor of a friend who recently passed away,” he said. “I felt so much love and support from the people cheering me on and other runners that I kept at it.”

Carlos has run 36 races and is now training for his first marathon in the fall. His perseverance concluded into an astonishing 450-pound weight loss. Now, at age 42, he is most fit and active in his entire life.

“I finally feel like I’m living my best life,” he said.

Photo Credit: Carlos Orosco

Three tips from Carlos:

  1. Get Help. “People are there to help,” he says.
  2. Be Patient. Don’t expect the weight to come off immediately. Slow and steady wins the race!
  3. Don’t Get Discouraged. “Your current situation never has to be your final destination.”

This is only the beginning of a long journey, in the end, it will be worth it all! Carlos now is at his finest, thanks to the harsh words from his well-meaning doctor.

Photo Credit: Carlos Orosco

Source: Inspire More

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