As a 25-year old who weighed about 300 pounds, Lucas was just tired of how he felt everyday.
He always ate junk food, and never exercised.
One day, however, Lucas decided to make a change in his lifestyle – he didn’t want to live like this anymore.
So, Lucas kept a food diary, documenting every single item he ate for the whole year.
“I lost 95 percent of the weight just through changing my diet,” said Lucas. He said, “I only ate 1,300 calories a day. I didn’t exercise at all until maybe seven or eight months in.”
As a result, Lucas had lost 100 pounds only by changing his diet.
Then, he decided to incorporate exercise as well. For the rest of the year, Lucas started to walk five miles everyday.
And, for a year, Lucas never stopped for anything. He diligently worked to accomplish his goal, and it worked.
By holiday season, Lucas had shed 130 pounds. Now, he was only a little over 170.
He literally looked like another person.
Throughout this amazing process, however, Lucas actually kept everything secret from his entire family.
Lucas said that he wanted to surprise them by the end of the year, and record the whole thing on video.
Since he kept this whole entire process secret, Lucas found comfort and support from an online community.
“Social media was amazing for my weight loss journey,” said Lucas, in an interview with TODAY.
When Lucas finally went to go see his family for the Holidays, he was a bit nervous.
Lucas didn’t know how his family would react.
Well, as you can see from the video, the family is clearly shocked by Lucas’ new look.
“All of the sudden, down the stairs he came,” said his father, Jeff.
He then added, Lucas “looked just fantastic. I was more stunned than anything else. But inside, I was just beaming. I was just… I was over the moon.”
His stepmother, Susan, was similarly awestruck by Lucas’ amazing transformation. “Just picturing it in my mind again, it brings back tears to my eyes again.”