California native John Glaude feels great—and he should. In the last two years, he’s lost 160 pounds through a combination of diet and exercise. Now a healthy 200 pounds, Glaude feels more energetic and self-confident, so long as he keeps his shirt on. He’s chronicled his weight-loss journey in a series of YouTube videos on his cleverly named channel, Obese to Beast. Glaude’s videos discuss everything from low-calorie Starbucks options to hitting (and overcoming) a weight-loss plateau.
But there was one topic he was too nervous to discuss until this week: loose skin. In a society that scorns even the slightest bit of cellulite, exposing your transformed body—extra skin and all—is a hugely courageous move. Even more impressive than Glaude’s courage is the message he’s spreading: He’s proud of the way he looks.
“I’m happy with where I’ve come and where I am now. I’m not walking around the beach with my shirt off, but this is who I am, and I’m proud of it.”