Doctors told JC Danies he had two years to live. Eighteen months later, he’s winning bodybuilding competitions and proving that it’s never too late to turn your life around.
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Two years ago, Jeancarlo “JC” Danies weighed more than 430 pounds. He went to see his cardiologist, and the news was grim. Faced with the prognosis that he had only two years to live, JC decided he had to do something about it. He made the choice to lose the weight, not just for his own life, but for the sake of his wife and 4-year-old son.
Here, in his own words, is JC’s story of how he transformed his life and what it took to achieve this incredible weight loss.—H.E.
Back in January of 2019, I went to the cardiologist because my ankle was turning purple and there wasn’t a lot of blood flow in the area. At the time, I weighed 431 pounds, and my life was just from the bed to the sofa, the sofa to the dinner table, back to the sofa, then back to bed. I would shower every other day, and I couldn’t tie my shoes—my wife had to tie them for me.
The cardiologist said, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll be dead in two years.” I left crying.
And then it hit me: I needed to do something about this.
The first thing I did was see a nutritionist. She pretty much taught me how to eat again. She put me on a paleo menu. It wasn’t super-strict paleo—just protein, veggies, fats. I cut out sugars and unhealthy fats. I also started walking around my neighborhood. I kept increasing the distance I walked until I could get into the gym, and once I could do that, I did 30 minutes of cardio.
I didn’t give up all my favorite foods at the beginning. I was very strict Monday through Friday, and Saturday, if I wanted to have a doughnut or get out of the diet, I would do it.
In the beginning, I wasn’t lifting weights. I told myself, “Until I see 299 on the scale, I’m not going to do any weights.” Then my weight stalled right at that 300 mark, and I couldn’t get down to where I wanted to be.
I got discouraged, and in a matter of weeks, I put on 13 pounds. I was like, “No, this can’t happen again.” So I joined a gym, and I started doing more exercises. I discovered I could do things I thought I couldn’t: bend over, jump, sprint. That gave me the push for the next year to keep going and keep going hard. I also used Bodybuilding.com as a resource. I was mostly on the forums, talking to other people, trying to get ideas and inspiration.
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