Derek has invested the necessary sweat equity into claiming his body back, but the slimmed-down security guard is going to need TLC’s “Skin Tight” doctors to take him across the finish line.
Using his own diet and exercise program, the motivated 34-year-old lost 200 pounds in just one year. After meeting his 12-month goal, the once 500-pound, severely depressed man shed another 30 lbs. You know what that means — especially on this cable series — tons of lose skin that will require plastic surgery.
“I was so big, I used to have to buy two shirts and sew them together so it would fit,” Derek recalls in a clip exclusively obtained by TheWrap ahead of tonight’s episode.
Now a svelt(er) 270-pounds, Derek wants to swap out his longtime security job for one at a real police department. He came close to trying that once before, but by his own admission, Derek chickened out of the physical exam, and instead (ironically) gorged on an entire bucket of chicken over the course of three hours while hiding out in a diner.
Thankfully, that was a turning point for the father of two boys. Watch the video above.
“Skin Tight” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on TLC.
Below is TLC’s own description for tonight’s episode.
Derek Wood from Ottawa Lake, Mich. was always a “big” kid. He had a large waistline from the time he was an adolescent to as recently as two years ago. He was so big that the commercial scale he once used at work maxed out at 550-lbs. Derek’s two sons were left paying for their dad’s battle with weight.
Everything changed for Derek on the day of his grandfather’s funeral. From that point on, he changed his entire way of being. He made better food choices and began using the hospital gym where he worked. A year later, he lost 230-lbs and with a newfound lease on life he met an amazing woman. But, Derek still struggles with pounds of excess skin that hangs over his belt at work and slows down his physical activity.