Through hard work and determination, 31-year-old Pasquale Brocco of Arizona has undergone a remarkable physical transformation, losing more than 300 pounds over the last few years by walking to Walmart and back whenever he got hungry.
Brocco told ABC News that he was inspired to change when he had one of those doctor’s visits no one wants to hear.
Brocco said he showed up at the doctor’s office weighing a whopping 605 pounds. The doctor said Brocco’s weight, high blood pressure and high cholesterol combined to paint a bleak picture of his future. The doctor also said Brocco was a pre-diabetic.
“My stomach was down to my thighs. My chest was hanging down here,” Brocco said. “I was disgusted.”
Today, Brocco is disgusted no more and it’s easy to see why.
Brocco’s extreme weight loss began with a really simple exercise plan. He challenged himself to walk to Walmart — a mile there and a mile home — anytime he got hungry.
The man started walking six miles a day every day.
“You walk to Walmart three times a day, and you end up walking 6 miles,” he said. “It’s amazing because I never walked 6 miles in my life, and I was doing it every day.”
Brocco said he singled out dairy as a problem point, removed it from his diet and started walking since he couldn’t even fit on machines at the gym.
“Once I figured out dairy was my downfall, I took it out of my diet, and instantly I started losing weight again,” he said. “I mean, at 600 pounds, I couldn’t even go to the gym. I didn’t fit on the machines.”
“Fat Pat” is now called “Possible Pat” by his friends. Brocco, as you can see, had trouble keeping it together when discussing the impact weight loss has had on him and his family.
“I’m setting an example for my son so he can be Possible Pat too,” he said.