In an era where celebrities regularly boast on social media about losing two pounds, a man who loses 270 pounds is earning both admiration and a few jeers. Meet Matt Diaz, who has now shed so much excess fat that he bravely and boldly stripped down to reveal his need for skin surgery in a plea for funding help as well as positive body image, reported the Huffington Post.
And Diaz has several messages to share, including his desire to be honest about how he lost the weight. Matt emphasizes that he isn’t trying to sell his rapidly growing group of fans and friends any diet pills or fitness “miracles.” Instead, Diaz is candid in confessing how and why he won his weight loss war, and why he now wants help so much that he’s willing to endure potential embarrassment by stripping down to reveal the impossible-to-banish signs that he once weighed 495 pounds.
At 22, Matt feels that he has his life ahead of him. But as he revealed in his video, he feels that he can’t achieve everything he desires because of his excess skin.
“I lost 270 pounds in the last six years. When I was 16 years old, I weighed about 495 pounds at my heaviest weight. I’m a big advocate for body positivity, but I’ve never shown what my excess skin really looks like… I’ve never done this before ever, and I’m really, really scared.”
Matt succeeded in taking off the pounds by using three weight loss resources, he revealed. He chose lap-band surgery, for which he qualified due to his obesity. In addition, the young Brooklyn resident carefully and methodically improved his diet and began an exercise program.
But that excess skin, revealing his past, won’t be banished as successfully as that bulge.
“Whenever I sleep with someone new, whenever I’m at somewhere — at the beach or something — and I’m supposed to take my shirt off, I can’t,” added Diaz.
In addition to the video, Matt has used his Tumblr page to document his weight loss journey.
Now, after posting his video and sharing his feelings, Matt has accomplished more than received the funding that he sought, he told ABC News.
“I was so self-conscious, and my faith in humanity has never been stronger after [the video] went up. The kindness was incredible and the sheer amount of donations in such a short amount of time was just mind-blowing. I’ve never seen so many people give just to help one guy feel a little better about himself.”
And the world can expect to hear more from Matt, added the 22-year-old.
“As long as people are looking, I’m going to continue to write and talk about the importance of being who you are,” added Diaz.
Has his message been heard? Matt just wrote the answer on his Tumblr page.
“Matt reached his GoFundMe goal in five hours.”
As for that message about positive body image and anti-bullying, Diaz has a celebrity champion of those beliefs. As the Inquisitr reported, actress Jessica Alba, co-founder of The Honest Company, is adamant in her belief that beauty comes from within, and that’s the message that she’s teaching her daughters.
While Haven is only 3-years-old, Honor is now six, and Jessica believes that it’s never too soon to begin positive body image lessons.
“I want my girls to know that beauty is being kind…beauty is helping people…beauty is humility,” Alba said.
[Image Via Matt Diaz Tumblr]