Every push. Every pull. Every stride, 25-year-old Alejandro Porro has been running from his old, 480-pound self.
The day after he weighed nearly a quarter ton, he started over.
“Just woke up and threw everything out of the fridge all my junk food, soda, everything and just started hitting the local gym in my neighborhood,” the Boynton Beach, Florida, man said.
That was in April last year and today, he weighs about 255 pounds. How? Old-fashioned diet and exercise, he said.
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“I’m 25, I’m married and I don’t have kids yet and I plan to have kids so I want to be as healthy as I can be,” Porro said.
He documents his journey on Instagram, where he inspires his nearly 5,000 followers under the name @Porro92.
“I didn’t think it would take off like this at all,” he said.
On Sunday nights he spends about an hour meal prepping. He eats a high-protein, low-sodium diet, between 1,700 and 1,900 calories a day. He exercises at the Boynton Beach Planet Fitness at least six days a week with his wife, Megan Dickie.
“Seeing him do it makes me want to do it,” she said.
She started going hardcore like him four months ago. She’s down 40 pounds.
“(At the gym) I definitely push him a lot more and on the diet side he pushes me a lot more,” she said.
“Everyday it’s part of the routine and we’ve grown to love it. Just part of our lifestyle,” he said.
He’s down from a waist size 60 to 38. They used to spend upwards of $500 a month, now it’s down to about $150 on food.
He has never been on an airplane before, partly because of the embarrassment of sharing a seat with someone. But he’s making plans for a trip later this year to see family in California.
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Written by Andrew Lofholm for WMAR. Additional reporting by Simplemost staff.
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