It looks like “Big Hoss” isn’t so big anymore!
Corey Harrison of the History Channel’s Pawn Stars recently revealed his dramatic weight loss- 192 pounds to be exact.
At his highest weight, Corey weighed approximately 400 pounds. The doctors realized that Corey’s weight could have tremendous side effects on his health, so they put him on a preventative medication for diabetes in 2010. Corey said this was an instant wake-up call that he needed to make a major lifestyle change.
“I literally drove straight from the doctor to the lap band center and had the surgery almost immediately,” Harrison told PEOPLE of his weight loss procedure. “Back then, the surgery was too expensive for my bank account, so I had to pay with four credit cards, but it was something I had to do – I was not going to get diabetes!”
Harrison underwent a gastric band procedure, and was able to drop 50 pounds in the first six weeks post-surgery. Within the next year, Corey lost another 100 pounds. “I could never go back to weighing as much as I did,” he said. “It made me realize what I ate, how I ate and what I did to myself. It was a WOW moment.”
Corey now weighs in at 210 pounds and continues to live a healthy lifestyle. “I’m actually excited to go to the gym now. I box 12 rounds a day five days a week,” Harrison admitted. “When I was a teenager I loved snowboarding, but in my 20s I was too big to strap my feet in the boards. Being able to finally touch my toes made me realize I could snowboard again, so I went out and got new gear immediately.”
Corey’s extreme success has inspired the rest of the Pawn Stars cast to change their eating habits as well, including Corey’s best friend and co-worker Austin “Chumlee” Russell. “It was time for me to get healthy,” Russell said. “I started at 320 lbs. and now I’m down to 225. When I first began, I eliminated all processed foods except mustard. Now, ‘everything in moderation’ is my motto.”
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