In order to lose more than 700 pounds in 19 months, Michael says he compromised his health. "A good portion of the time I was sick in the hospital. I was in a coma for about six weeks," he says. 

Michael says daily exercise was the other thing that helped him shed pounds quickly. He did Richard Simmons' Sweatin' to the Oldies tapes, and at 450 pounds, he joined a gym where he would swim and do water aerobics. "I was 38 years old, and I was doing some serious dieting. It was the first time in my life doing serious exercising," he says. 


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