Those who have tuned into My 600-lb Life know the TLC series features morbidly obese individuals as they seek to help of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan (aka Dr. Now) on a journey to completely transform their lives. While some of his patients end up losing hundreds of pounds with the help of bariatric surgery, others struggle to drop any significant amount of weight. Naturally, viewers have wondered: How is Isaac Martinez doing now?
Meet Isaac Martinez from 'My 600-lb Life.'
Isaac, who was 23 at the time of filming his episode of My 600-lb Life, is from Hutchins, Texas. He lives with his parents and siblings, and helps take care of his mother, who has cancer.
"Isaac helped raise his siblings after his mom suffered a debilitating stroke when he was 10," the synopsis for "Isaac's Journey" reads. "While learning to cook for his family, he began comfort-eating. Now to avoid eating himself to death, Isaac must learn to take care of himself for a change."
At the beginning of his My 600-lb Life episode, much of Isaac's day revolved around food — and he was so large that he was having difficulty performing simple tasks.
"My life has become such a struggle. Because of my size, everything is hard," he said. "And I'm so big now, even simple tasks like getting dressed can be a big chore for me, and I have to have help sometimes ... Every day it gets harder to move and harder to breathe."
At his initial weigh-in with Dr. Now, Isaac tipped the scales at 661 pounds. Dr. Now tasked him with dropping 80 pounds over the next two months — except he was only able to lose 40 pounds. Isaac was then supposed to drop 100 pounds more over the following two months. Frustratingly, he only lost 10 pounds at that follow-up appointment.
Dr. Now then helped set up Issac with a therapist (which seemed to help him), and he also set a goal for 80 pounds more in weight loss; Isaac lost 34 pounds that time.
After that, Dr. Now wanted Isaac to lose an additional 50 pounds, and he lost 39 pounds. Dr. Now finally approved him for weight loss surgery at that point, on the condition that he continued to stick with it and dropped 30 more pounds.
How is Isaac from 'My 600-lb Life' doing now?
By the end of Isaac's My 600-lb Life episode, Dr. Now acknowledged all the hard work he had put into dropping over 100 pounds.
"I am proud of Isaac for making the progress he has made over the past year," Dr. Now said. "He lost 122 pounds in total in that time. Even though it has taken him longer than it should have, I know it wasn't easy for him to do with his situation and home dynamic with everyone."
Dr. Now added, "So what I have seen from him at this point, I feel confident that he will meet this next goal so that we can move ahead with his weight loss surgery in a couple months. And that he's going to be able to do well in the long run."
Dr. Now also pointed out that Isaac still had a lot of work to do and that, ultimately, he needed to lose another 350 pounds to reach his goal weight.
"I'm very excited, and I know I can get to the next goal now," Isaac said on the show.
Frustratingly, the episode ended before viewers found out whether he was able to get the surgery and lose even more weight.
If you're curious about how Issac is doing now, his Facebook page is, unfortunately, private — aside from a cover photo from 2016. (We weren't able to find any other public social media accounts for him or his family members immediately following his episode of My 600-lb Life, either.) But we'll keep you posted with updates if this changes!
Watch new episodes of My 600-lb Life Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.