By ALISA HRUSTIC
Jon Orton once weighed nearly 500 pounds—but now he competes as a blue belt!!
Jon was always conscious of his size. Even though he loved skateboarding and playing football as a teen, it didn’t work off his daily McDonald’s diet. By sixth grade, he weighed in at 230 pounds, and that number only continued to snowball in his high school years. He knew he was a heavy guy, and for most of his life, he tried to do something about it. Orton would work really hard, lose 60 to 70 pounds, then gain it all back, plus some. Four years ago, at just 36, the California resident hit his heaviest weight: 478 pounds, as he appears in the before picture above.
“I realize now it was because my mentality was wrong,” Orton says. “I was looking at a temporary solution to a permanent problem.”