When Omar Thaher was growing up, he gained so much weight that he “became numb” to the number on the scales. “I graduated high school touching 400 pounds,” he says, in a recent episode of webseries Brand New Me.
It was only at the age of 19, when he reached his heaviest at 440 pounds, that Omar knew he had to make a change. “I just realized this is getting out of hand, my life is either going to end with me losing this weight, getting in shape, or continuing down this path and dying at a young age or getting some kind of disease.”
He started exercising, including lifting weights at the gym, and within the first month had lost more than 30 pounds, which encouraged him to keep going. Now, he says the gym has “become therapeutic” for him: “It’s about keeping me sane, keeping me mentally where I want to be.”
Omar eventually lost a staggering 230 pounds in less than two years, and now maintains his weight at 250 pounds or so. He also makes YouTube videos in which he shares the things he has learned throughout his journey, in the hope that his insights will be useful to others.
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“It’s really more than fitness,” he says. “It’s a whole lifestyle aspect where I’m really just passionate about helping people achieve their dream body, but also helping people open up to their dream mental state, their dream life. Fitness is a big part of that, so I love to share my weight loss… Being body positive, to me, is more about accepting that you are that weight, and loving your body, but also accepting that you can change that weight.”
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