Season 7 of My 600-lb Life is the best one yet (don't @ me). Through their resilient tales of hardship and addiction, we've been able to watch as Octavia, Bri and Robin start on paths toward a healthier life. It's honestly empowering to watch this TLC show that documents mortally obese participants as they undergo weight-loss surgery and get their lives on track.
Tonight's episode will follow the story of Justin McSwain, who uprooted his life in South Carolina to visit Dr. Younan Nowzaradan in Houston. At close to 700 pounds, he struggles to fit into a rental car to make his way over to Dr. Now's office.
"This is not the car I requested," Justin says in a clip where he realizes that he can't fit into the driver's seat. "I really can't believe this, this is the last thing I need. I'm trying really hard not to spiral but I'm beyond my limit at this point."
But adopting a healthy lifestyle wasn't easy for Justin, who had a shockingly tragic first weigh-in. Initially hoping his weight would be "in the upper 500s or lower 600s at least," he was devastated when the time came for his weight to be taken at Dr. Now's.
When the scale showed 687.5 pounds, it was far from the goal weight Justin had in mind. "That number is shocking to see because I knew I was likely in the 600s, but I thought it was the low 600s," he says in a voiceover. "Getting help is even more urgent than I thought and it makes me worry that there's a greater chance [Dr. Now] may say he can't help me since I'm so big."
Where is Justin now?
Luckily, Dr. Now agreed to take on Justin's case and today the dog lover is posting photos and videos from Houston, where the celebrity vascular and bariatric surgeon works. Fans will be glad to know Justin is also pretty active on social media and has Facebook and Instagram accounts where he tracks his progress.
In addition to discovering his new city of Houston with his adorable corgi, Finn, Justin seems to be leading a very active lifestyle. Back in the summer, he wrote, "Progress takes work. It helps to have good people behind you."
Justin has also invested his time into charitable causes and is currently raising funds for the Houston NEDA Walk. Back in November, he gave back to the eating disorder association by marching for resources, care, and prevention for those in need.
"I am walking to help raise critical funds that support eating disorders prevention and support programs, advocacy efforts, and research initiatives," he wrote at the time. It seems like Dr. Now's popular low-fat, low-carb diet has been helping Justin lead his best life.
And Justin is now doing the most beautiful thing of all, using his positive mentality to give back to the community. Keep it up, Justin!
Watch his story on TLC's My 600-lb Life tonight at 8PM.