Richard quickly became Michael's biggest supporter, coaching him through a world record–setting weight loss of more than 700 pounds in 19 months. The extreme weight loss earned Michael a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the world's greatest dieters, losing the most amount of weight in the least amount of time.
Michael's battle didn't end there. As soon as he hit 198 pounds, he says he went out to celebrate. His victory meal? Four hot dogs and french fries with melted cheese. Over the next six years, Michael's weight ballooned back to almost 1,000 pounds.
In need of medical attention, Michael went to rehab, but the only way to get him out of the house was with a forklift. Over the next year and a half, Michael got down to 600 pounds. But as soon as he left rehab, the story repeated itself. Michael was carried out of his house once again and was brought to rehab for a second time.