Man Loses 198 Pounds In One Year And Looks Like A Different Person

If you're among those of us who have felt the pounds pile on over the festive period, look no further and prepare to be inspired by none other than Vance Hinds.

Vance, the Assistant County and District Attorney for Ellis County, Texas, started his weight-loss journey on 19 November 2017, weighing in at 475 pounds. He began to document his progress on social media to make sure he stuck to his plans.

He got off to a shaky start when he gained three pounds but things only got better the more he went on.

The 52-year-old father of three was inspired after listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, where comedian Bert Kreischer discussed running a half-marathon and giving up alcohol for Sober October.

Vance Hinds started his weight loss journey weighing 475 pounds. Credit: DDP YOGA
Vance Hinds started his weight loss journey weighing 475 pounds. Credit: DDP YOGA

This wasn't the first time Vance has attempted to shed the stones - he told Waxahachie Daily Light: "Over my life, I've lost and gained hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. Normally, periodically, I start these paths, and I lose weight for a while, exercising on my own.

"But with my wife, it's just us two, and it's easy to talk yourself out of it. You do pretty good for a few weeks and a month, and then you start slacking off, and then you quit. I've done that over and over and over again."

So this time by posting his journey, Vance hoped people would hold him accountable and in time he had quite a following with people joining him for walks and watching his progress on social media.

Vance Hinds posted everything on social media so people would hold him accountable. Credit: DDP YOGA
Vance Hinds posted everything on social media so people would hold him accountable. Credit: DDP YOGA

Vance didn't only embark on the challenge for himself, but also for his wife and three children. He said: "Your kids make you better, kids make you want to do better.

"Not only am I doing it for myself, but I'm doing it for them too, to show them that they can do anything if they put their mind to it

"I don't know if I have a choice any more at the age of 52. I have to get this weight off of me.

Vance has shed the weight by incorporating DDP yoga into his workout plan. Credit: DDP YOGA
Vance has shed the weight by incorporating DDP yoga into his workout plan. Credit: DDP YOGA

"I just think if I have some extended sickness or injury that I'm going to get to the point that I'm not strong enough to move 462 pounds to be mobile.

"I don't think I have a choice. When I started this, I was damn near 500 pounds, close to a quarter ton, so I gotta get it off."

Vance started to work out and went on regular walks, then he incorporated DDP yoga into his routine, shortly followed by water aerobics and body pumps.

We wish him all the best for the future.

Featured Image Credit: DDP YOGA

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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