MANILA — Back in April 2016, Cyril Morales tipped the scales at 440 pounds. His waistline was at 60 inches, and his body fat percentage was over 60%.
At just 17 years old, “Bboy” already suffered from sleep apnea and had scary bouts of light headedness. He also needed to roll over every morning just to get out of bed. Two years later, he has lost half of that weight and has gone from obese to a gym “beast.”
In this two-part series, we explore his journey in hopes to inspire those battling the same to create their own success stories.
FROM OBESE TO A GYM BEAST
In a now viral Facebook post, Morales detailed how, as a child, people loved him for being on the heavy side. Apart from having been constantly praised as cute for his chubby cheeks, he was also often fed with anything he liked.
But things turned sour when he got bigger and older. He would get teased for being stout. His daily life activities became limited because of his size. He even needed special chairs in school.
Finally, he decided he needed to make a change. Today, at 220 pounds, Morales says he is still a work in progress. And the 6-foot teen admits that he will always be. But even so, his tremendous weight loss is already a cause for celebration and a source of inspiration.
I asked him 10 questions to find out more about his transformation from being obese to a “gym beast.”
1. What was your typical meal before you started your fitness journey?
“Oh boy, before I started my fitness journey? You could name it all. I’d eat all sorts of stuff but for sure, carbohydrates and sugar were always present. I would eat so many weird combinations, i.e. pasta with rice, bread and so much meat. I can eat a ton of fries in one sitting, three of the biggest servings from a popular brand. I would eat fast food almost every day. There was really no control.”
2. What is your typical meal now?
“Today, my typical meal involves meat, fat, and lots of vegetables or fiber. I don’t count calories as long as I’m eating the ‘right’ or food. I avoid processed food, and sugar in all forms as much as possible. I also drink black coffee which I drink with almost all my meals. I also take apple cider vinegar which aids my digestion. But I also did intermittent fasting, which for me, has really been effective.