How Pasquale "Possible Pat" Brocco lost 300 pounds on the "Walmart diet"

Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram

Pasquale "Pat" Brocco took weight loss one step at a time, literally. 

Nicknamed "Fat Pat," Brocco weighed 605 pounds at age 28. In a last-ditch attempt to get healthier, the new dad began walking to a Walmart in his hometown of Avondale, Arizona, each time he was hungry, ABC News reported. 

"At 600 pounds, I couldn't even go to the gym," Brocco, now 31, told ABC News. "I didn't fit on the machines." 

Brocco wrote on his Instagram that he used to be a bodyguard for celebrities. He shared an Instagram photo with Kanye West sitting beside him. Brocco's Facebook page has a photo of him and Drake.

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Brocco decided to walk a mile to Walmart and a mile back, three times a day — a total of 6 miles a day. After two years of walks, Brocco had lost 200 pounds. 

Once he slimmed down, he began walking on a treadmill at an incline. Later, he graduated to using other gym equipment to continue his weight-loss journey. 

Brocco's nickname isn't "Fat Pat" anymore: It's "Possible Pat," which is also the handle of his Instagram account. 

"I abused [food] to the point of bringing myself close to death," Brocco wrote in a recent Instagram post showing his dramatic transformation.

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Possible Pat kept it real with his followers, posting a photo of the loose skin on his stomach — a common side effect of tremendous weight loss. 

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He started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for cosmetic surgery to remove his loose skin, and the internet pulled through: Brocco raised over $2,700. He got 30 pounds of extra skin removed on Monday, ABC News noted. Check out the photo below, posted on Thursday. 

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What's next for Brocco? He's spreading the health and fitness gospel, one Instagram, Twitter,  Snapchat and YouTube video at a time. 

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