CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With the greatest of ease, Vinson Smith makes a 100 pound dumbbell look like a child's toy.
The 27-year-old man has been developing his strength for the last nine years, while in the process of losing more than 250 pounds.
We met Smith Wednesday afternoon in fitness studio where he trains other people hoping to change their lives, too.
He's been big his whole life, but when Smith hit the 500-pound mark, he knew he had to change something.
"I woke up and I realized that if I ever wanted the American dream, if I ever wanted to be a business owner, a father, a husband, you don't see people walking around at 500 lbs doing those things," Smith said.
The process started by changing his diet and adding in a rigorous exercise routine. He's now down to 242-pounds and working as a personal trainer. He says though, most of the struggle he still faces is with food.
He describes himself as an emotional eater and wants to help others find their way to coping with those issues.
"Whether we were happy or sad, at weddings or at funerals, everything was centered around food and so I associated food with a feeling of pleasure," Smith said.
Right now, Smith spends most of his time with clients or working out himself. He says he's less than 20-pounds away from his target weight of 225.