Losing weight is tough, but losing weight with millions of people watching is definitely twice as difficult. Yet, over the past six years we have been watching Pawn Stars favorites Corey and Chumlee not only slim down, but keep the weight off.
The lifelong best friends and co-stars on the History Channel’s top show have literally transformed themselves and have lost a combined 300 pounds. That is two whole people! Each reality star has lost their weight using a different method, but both are happy with the process and the final result. So, how did Corey and Chumlee lose their weight and do they have any tips to share?
Six years ago, when we were first introduced to Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison on Pawn Stars, he was just over 400 pounds. It was about a year after the show began that he had an epiphany. He explained to People that when his physician told him he needed to take preventative diabetes medication, he decided right there and then that he needed to a make a complete physical transformation–and he knew exactly how he would lose the weight.
“I literally drove straight from the doctor to the lap band center and had the surgery almost immediately.”
So determined, Corey literally did whatever he could to make this happen. He did not have the cash to pay for the surgery, so he divided up the cost of this elective procedure with four different credit cards. He was not going to get diabetes!
“Back then, the surgery was too expensive for my bank account, so I had to pay with four credit cards, but it was something I had to do – I was not going to get diabetes!”
Harrison lost the first 50 pounds within six weeks of the surgery and by the end of one year, another 100 pounds. Now that his stomach was smaller with the band, he physically could not eat as much food, only four ounces a meal, three times a day. While eating such a small amount is a challenge and commitment, he told the Las Vegas Review Journal “I would still support anyone getting the surgery.”
Corey quickly realized that what he had been eating was hurting his body and now knows he will never gain the weight back again.
“I could never go back to weighing as much as I did. It made me realize what I ate, how I ate and what I did to myself. It was a WOW moment.”
Between his home gym and the employee gym at the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn shop, Corey was able to get physically fit and has still kept the weight off. Fans continue to congratulate him on his weight loss success.
“When I meet fans, they are always congratulating me on the weight loss. They actually say, ‘You look just like that guy from Pawn Stars, but you are a lot skinnier and better looking than him.’ ” I say, ‘trust me, if I were going to pretend to be someone, it wouldn’t be that guy from Pawn Stars.’ “
Now that he has lost nearly 200 pounds, Corey is again able to participate in sports like snowboarding. Now bending over to give his best pal a smooch is a breeze! This is certainly something that “Big Hoss” could not do in the old days!
While Corey opted for lap band surgery, Chumlee decided to go the Paleo route. Avoiding refined carbohydrates including sugar and flour and other processed food and eating mostly meat and vegetables, Chumlee started to eat cleaner. Even on Pawn Stars, fans saw him sipping on green smoothies and working out, talking about his healthier habits with Rick and the “old man.”
“It was time for me to get healthy.”
Once he eliminated all processed foods, he began to slowly add these foods back in this diet. Now, he eats everything, but in moderation. Most importantly, Chumlee does not believe in dieting. He believes in good habits. A weekly cheat day and moderation has kept his weight off and feeling healthy for years now.
“I started at 320 lbs. and now I’m down to 225. When I first began, I eliminated all processed foods except mustard. Now, ‘everything in moderation’ is my motto.”
On social media fans are always asking Chumlee for dieting advice. He is always happy to talk about the methods of his success with advice such as “little changes” and the sensible “Don’t diet change your habits for ever.”
Although Corey has lost the weight, there is still something from his heavier days that has not left him: his handshake. Corey had spent so many years physically needing to shake hands with his elbow so high in order to avoid his stomach. Fans ask about the odd handshake and Chumlee explained why on Twitter.
Are you inspired by Chumlee and Corey’s weight loss?
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