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From Chunk To Hunk - How One Person Lost Four Hundred Pounds

Updated on February 14, 2009

Former overweight, fat guy David Smith has gone from chunk to hunk.

After losing a whopping 29 stone (403 pounds) and having more than 30lbs of excess skin removed.

The 31-year-old used to tip the scales at 45 stone - the same as a brown bear or a young bison - and was dangerously close to eating himself to death. He said that he used to weigh 630 pounds and that he was so fat that he had to be weighed at a local garage on scales normally used for cars and trucks’

David, from Phoenix, Arizona, befriended local radio DJ and fitness instructor Chris Powell in 2003, in the nick of time who coached him through a grueling two year long exercise regime. He has now started dating and is waiting for the right girl to come forward

Chris says that in June of 2003, he was contacted by a ‘Good Morning Arizona’ viewer asking for help. His name was David Smith. He weighed 630 pounds and was given only about 4 more years left to live. At first, Chris just wanted to sit down and talk to him. Chris knew that he could change his body, but he needed to see if David was ready to make the change in his lifestyle. Within 10 minutes of talking to David, Chris knew that he would devote the next couple years of his life to changing David.

Basically Chris came to understand that David was never given a chance in life and had no one to teach him or no one to believe in him. So he drove out to his house every other day for a year and a half to work with him.

For the first month they focused on nutrition…because once you understand nutrition, you understand how to control the body. Chris taught him food combinations, meal timing, and how to portion foods to maximize results. To make sure that his program was successful, it had to be enjoyable and easy, Chris gave him cheat days every other day to look forward to, and began the phases of The Carb Cycle Solution - first resetting his metabolism, then moving through the phases to maximize weight loss. Whenever his weight loss plateaued, they would simply reset his metabolism and cycle him through the phases again, until he reached his goal weight.

As David lost weight, he began to turn his life around. No sooner he could fit into a car,  he got his driver’s license, received his GED, and got his first job. He began working at a gym and studying to become a personal trainer to ‘pay it forward’ to help others in need.  As he began spending more time at work, Chris needed to find a way to help him control his nutrition outside of the house. So he made a containerized system for him to carry, portion, and time his meals at work – and so the concept of the STAX Nutrition System was born.

Determined David managed to slim down to a healthy 16 stone thanks to the tough training but was left with unsightly flabby skin. That meant he had to endure four separate operations in just 12 months to remove all his previous bulk.

He also needed laser surgery on his eyes and some dental work to fix his teeth, which had destroyed by too much sweets and fizzy drinks.

Now the fatty turned fitty has got rid of his double chins, man boobs, and bursting gut and replaced them with bulging biceps, toned pecs and a flat stomach.

As a result, he has now become a FITNESS COACH himself and bagged himself his first girlfriend.

David says that he was written off by everyone, even myself, but all of a sudden he woke up from deep despair and  realized that feeling sorry about his life wasn’t going to solve his problems. So, he decided to change his existence and started exercising.

Now he is a completely different person, not just physically but mentally too.

David Today

He has now lost 401 pounds in 26 months and all of that naturally.

The first few months were really hard, and the training was really tough. He had struggled to walk five feet without becoming out of breath. He slowly got better until the flab was literally falling off me. But then after working so hard to lose weight, he was left with all this excess skin which made me look ridiculous. He had to undergo four operations in a year to get rid of it all. It's not the nicest thing going under the knife but it was something that had to be done. Then, his teeth began to rot because of all the sugar from sweets and the fizzy drinks I consumed and so he had to have his teeth capped at the dentists.

He has been called a lot of things lately, but it has all been positive for the first time in his life. He has even actually overheard girls say that he is kind of cute a couple of times. His skin is now gone and he feels like his life is finally ready to begin. Now since he has started dating for the first time, people take his photo because they think that he is hot rather than comically obese.

He says that he might be the oldest person in the world to be a virgin, or never been on a date, or never had a first kiss. He knows his perfect woman is out there somewhere and he has done all this for her and for their children, and their children's children.

Fitness guru Chris Powell, who has appeared in the magazine Cosmo said that David was basically dead inside but now he is really living life and inspiring millions of people - it is indescribable. You will see what an incredibly wonderful person he is, how he overcame his obstacles…and why he is my best friend.

Chris is like a brother to me. He never gave up on me. He has not only saved my life, he has taught me a lot about this new world. We go out on the weekends, see movies, and get a bite to eat, or just hang out. Our friendship has blossomed out of something so barren, that it is incredible how it has happened. We are two unlikely best friends - its so funny how life works. He made me feel like a human even when the outside world thought not.

Not only has my life changed, but I’ve inspired others as well…and hopefully many more to follow. It has been amazing watching the events of a path in the road that I would have never chosen. Chris always says that David has changed his life more than he changed mine. Either way, we are going to be best friends forever.

Throughout the process, we became the best of friends. It is now our vision to educate, motivate, and inspire anyone and everyone that the human body is an amazing machine that can be transformed through nutrition and exercise.

Now he hopes to inspire children and adults in Britain that there is a way back from obesity.  

How One Man Lost 400 Pounds Naturally

David The Chunk
David The Chunk
David Smith at his kitchen table at age 24 in 2002
David Smith at his kitchen table at age 24 in 2002
Smith as a teenager. He dropped out of high school when he was 17.
Smith as a teenager. He dropped out of high school when he was 17.
In July 2003, when David Smith met trainer Chris Powell for the first time.
In July 2003, when David Smith met trainer Chris Powell for the first time.
During 2004, when Smith was 27 years old, Powell took Smith to a club, his first time out socially in 4 years.
During 2004, when Smith was 27 years old, Powell took Smith to a club, his first time out socially in 4 years.
Smith was greeted like a rock star on his night out with Powell
Smith was greeted like a rock star on his night out with Powell
David Smith, Now and Then
David Smith, Now and Then
Smith And Powell Interview
Smith And Powell Interview
Snith holds up the blue shirt that he constantly used to wear
Snith holds up the blue shirt that he constantly used to wear
Smith, age 30, after his first skin surgery post weight loss
Smith, age 30, after his first skin surgery post weight loss
David with his weights - he has started body building to become a full time weight trainer
David with his weights - he has started body building to become a full time weight trainer
David The Hunk
David The Hunk


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      Krystal Roach 

      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      hello. i have seen you last thursday- feb 17 on channel 28 talking about yourself, including your amazing transformation. also, i've seen you on oprah once discussing the same thing. i'm so impressed on what you've accomplish despite of the risks. you've giving me the hope of changing yourself no matter the risks. someday, i will talk about my amazing transformation. i think you're special even though you're so different from me. i would like to converse with you as a friend: no strings attached by email, of course. if not, be well, but i hope you'll consider it. thank you.

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      6 years ago

      You look awesome

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      6 years ago

      You are AMAZING! so inspiring. I cant get over the fact you lost it naturally. 1 in million, a true star! Keep up the training. X

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      7 years ago

      You look amazing!!! Good work!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for your story!!! My daughter has hot the 400 mark on the doctor's office. I needed your life to show her there is a light for her,a future with a different ending.

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      8 years ago

      david is a hottie and a sweetheart.

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      8 years ago

      wow u r sexi now me n u shuld get together xxxxxx

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      9 years ago

      all i can say is well done on your huge weight loss n i justwish that i can lose some of my weight to.... im stuggling to lose a good few pounds and you have done so well.. hopefully i can hear from you soon n get some tips xxx charlene

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      9 years ago

      wow that is an inspiration to all big people you can do it !!!! amazing

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      9 years ago

      he's a hottie now

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      9 years ago

      I'm so proud of him for doing this. Such an inspiration. He is damn sexy :) <3

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      9 years ago from Central Texas

      What an incredible transformation! He should be an inspiration for so many people who look at themselves and think it's just too hard to lose those extra pounds. He's proof that it's never too much to tackle and it can be done!

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      Kelley Eidem 

      9 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Speechless! Truly speechless!

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      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Nice hub.

      Its meaning should be taken

      Thanks for sharing..


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      9 years ago

      sexy sexy sexy, great going! your an inspiration to a lot of other people


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