In a recent episode of Brand New Me, Christopher Stanley shared the story of his staggering weight loss journey. "I'd been medically obese my entire life," he says. "I weighed 200 pounds by middle school. I was always the fat kid... I never learned healthy eating habits at all. Food was a coping mechanism."

In addition to overeating, Christopher also used drugs constantly. At his heaviest, he weighed 550 pounds. He began going to the gym and overhauling his diet—but good intentions only got him so far. "I'd have a few days of clean eating, then just stop," he says. "I would binge, and then I would just ignore it." He actually managed to lose more than 100 pounds, but then gained most of that weight back "immediately."

It was only after a breakup and losing his job that Christopher decided that the changes he needed to make to his lifestyle had to be permanent. He found a support group to help him address his drug problem, which in turn led to him confronting his issues with food. This was a pivotal step, he says, as it helped to give him the outlook he needed to keep going with his weight loss.

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