Corey Harrison, star of the reality TV show, "Pawn Stars," lost 192 pounds, thanks to bariatric weight loss surgery, People reported.
Harrison, who once tipped the scales at 402 pounds, now weighs 210 pounds after undergoing lap-band surgery in 2010. Corey, 31, said he had a wake-up call when his doctor prescribed preventative diabetes drugs four years ago. He decided at that moment to do something about his weight.
"I literally drove straight from the doctor to the lap band center and had the surgery almost immediately," Harrison recounted. "Back then, the surgery was too expensive for my bank account, so I had to pay with four credit cards, but it was something I had to do. I was not going to get diabetes!"
Corey said he lost 50 pounds in the first six weeks after getting the gastric band procedure, and has slimmed down even more since then, and has never felt better.
Harrison said the weight loss surgery jump-started his road to a healthier life, which now includes fat-blasting boxing workouts and a portion-controlled, high-protein diet. "I'm actually excited to go to the gym now," he said. "I box 12 rounds a day, five days a week," he said.
Corey's transformation inspired his "Pawn Stars" cast member, Austin "Chumlee" Russell, to lose weight. Austin recently lost 95 pounds through diet and exercise. "I started at 320 pounds and now I'm down to 225," said Russell.
Rosie O'Donnell and Graham Elliot Got Weight Loss Surgery
Harrison joins a growing list of celebrities getting bariatric surgery. Rosie O'Donnell has lost more than 50 pounds since getting gastric-sleeve surgery in August 2013.
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli got gastric-sleeve surgery in April 2012 and lost 106 pounds in less than a year. Similarly, celebrity chef Graham Elliot has lost 155 pounds since getting gastric sleeve in July 2013.
Bariatric surgery has soared in popularity, as more medical experts embrace the procedure for producing dramatic weight loss and for reversing diabetes and heart disease. But bariatric surgeons said they remain troubled by the negative stigma surrounding weight-loss surgery, insisting it's not the "easy way" out by any means.
"People lose sight of the fact that the patients aren't just obese, they're sick," bariatric surgeon Dr. Alan Wittgrove told CNN. "It's not as easy as just losing weight."