Chuck Gross lost over half his body weight. Everyone wants to know how.

I know how he did it. I know how everyone, barring surgical removal of a giant cyst or a limb, loses weight.

They sustain a caloric deficit.

There are many paths to achieving such a deficit. Some are better than others. But in the end, it all boils down to that deficit.

But “How” people lose weight is not the right question.

The right question is: “Why?”

And by asking that question we begin to understand one of the most fascinating phenomenons behind major lifestyle change. With Chuck, the “why” involved getting hit in the head with a baseball bat.

It all began in 2008 in a Bourbon Street pub in New Orleans called the Boondock Saint. A strange man sat at the end of the bar who Chuck ended up talking to for a time. Long story short, the man said something to Chuck, who at the time weighed over 400 pounds, about seeing fear in his eyes. Taken aback, it abruptly ended the conversation.

But the wheels were set in motion. Three months later, Chuck Gross would be dead.

“It’s obvious what he was talking about,” Chuck told me. “During those three months the conversation was eating away both subconsciously and consciously. A lot of the things that you bury when you’re that heavy you ignore because they’re constant: the back pain, the aching feet, always being out of breath … Before, they were facts of life, but after that meeting I became more aware of them.”

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