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Meet “The 650 Pound Virgin” on TLC

David Smith may have an ordinary name, but his story is quite extraordinary. This has to be the most amazing transformation I’ve ever seen.david smith 650 pound virgin

David, 32, once weighed 650 pounds. He was suicidal and lonely. But somehow, he found the will to take back his life, and lost an amazing 400 pounds in only 26 months. And he did it without surgery! If that’s not enough, he’s now a certified personal trainer.

Smith’s story was documented by TLC and aired as a special titled “The 650-pound Virgin” on July 12. He looks to his past as if it was someone else.

“It’s a different person,” Smith told Matt Lauer in an appearance on the Today Show. “It’s not me anymore.”

While he hasn’t totally beaten his shy bug, women look at David a whole lot differently.

“It’s like night and day. I’ve gone from being a laughingstock to having girls make googly eyes at me,” he said.

David’s transformation was aided by fitness and nutrition expert Chris Powell. He devised an approach called the STAX System. And what I liked about it is he didn’t make expectations unrealistic. He had David eat strictly healthy food one day, then allowed him to reward himself the next.

David’s weight problem began with deep-seeded emotional scars of sexual abuse as a kid, and bullying by others in his youth. His story of recovery is nothing short of amazing. Here it is, as told on the Today Show:

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July 20th, 2009

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Angela Johnson

David, your heart really touched me.If you are not already with someone i pray you will give me a chance. I'm genuine and sincere and would love to love you. Thank you for having such a pure and sweet heart, i really needed to see that out of a man. Watching your heart on tv was very healing to me. May God bless you either way. The blessing of getting to see your heart(not just that you lost weight) on tv will always be in the back of my heart and mind somewhere. Thanks for being a good guy please stay that way. Please write.

posted Jul 23rd, 2011 9:17 pm

Erika Williams

I am so happy that I flipped to the OWN channel....because as a child I was always the girl that was rejected, and always having problems with finding boyfriends, but I think that if I put myself to the test and have your story in the back of my mind, then I can lose some weight because I want to look god for my current boyfriend. Even though he loves me for me, when I look onthe mirror I see someone who will be able to lose weight and be more confident :)

posted Feb 18th, 2011 12:15 am


I was so inspired by this young man. I don't have that much to loose but it really showed me that by doing one little thing at a time that goals and weight loss can be achieved! You go David! You are awesome, and an inspiration!

posted Jul 3rd, 2010 7:41 pm


I just wanted to say as someone who suffers with anorexia, the opposite of what you suffer with, that i get exactly what you are going through and that no matter your size i would've seen right through that and loved you David. I too was teased for being the fat kid... i just took the other route... barely... i'm bulimarexic... i only eat to throw up and i can eat upwards of 15.000 calories EASILY daily!
all i want to say to you is that you're an inspiration! if you can do such a hard thing then maybe i still have hope 15 years later.
Thank you for sharing your story! Also, it's great that you got HEALTHY not that you lost weight cause you were always great! I hope that your story always stays with me.
Best wishes!

posted Jan 8th, 2010 7:01 pm


This story once again shows us - There is nothing that we can not do ! Your mind is your limit, if you want to do something stop making excuses and do it... Just do it... Put your Mind in to it, your eyes on the prize and 1, 2, 3 - GO...
Good job Mr Smith... Good Job..

posted Nov 30th, 2009 12:24 pm


David you look great!! Keep up the great work.Don't rush into a relationship,the right one will come to you.No need to be she you are HOT!!

posted Nov 29th, 2009 10:24 pm


You're story is very inspiring would love to contact you

posted Nov 1st, 2009 1:47 pm

Stacey George

I watched you last night on TLC and had different feelings. I was sad about what you went through in school. I am happy because you are now the person you dreamed to be. That is awesome! keep your head up! :-)

posted Oct 29th, 2009 9:26 am

jennifer biancamano

david i would love to meet you u can write me back ok

posted Oct 28th, 2009 9:13 pm

Ken Belsher

Good for you and what an incredible loss. Im very inspired.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. Truly amazing.

posted Sep 8th, 2009 11:53 am

Julie T

Amazing story! Really amazing. Good for him!

posted Jul 20th, 2009 9:02 pm


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