“Chumlee” Exposes a 150lbs Weight Loss Transformation

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Kathleen B. Simmons

“Pawn Star”, Chumlee Weighed 350lbs in 2019, Exposes a 150lbs Weight Loss Transformation

Who is Chumlee?

Austin Lee Russell was born on September 8, 1982, in Henderson, Nevada, famous as “Chumlee”, his stage name, he is an American businessman and reality television celebrity, best known for his facade on the television show Pawn Stars, in The History Channel.

Chumlee started working for the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop when he was 21, for five years before shooting for the first season of a reality series Pawn Stars on television on July 26, 2009.  He got the famous nickname “Chumlee” due to his bulky big face and flabby chin.


Let’s Check out, Chumlee From ‘Pawn Stars’ undertake  a voluntary method of Gastric Sleeve Surgery to Achieve His Massive Weight Loss

Pawn Stars‘ Chumlee has exposed the journey where he’s lost a total of 72kg/150lbs on voluntarily undertaking gastric sleeve surgery two years ago.


The 39-year-old reality star has been saying that he was tired of the stress and constant weight gain issues and was looking for a lifestyle that brought him in to stay healthy not just lose weight…

After a drastic weight gain up to 158kgs Chumlee made a firm decision in January 2019.

The Pawn Star went on to give an explanation regarding his weight gain that was attributed to a much higher fluctuation to about 100lbs after battling years together to achieve a steady healthy lifestyle

Accordingly, Chumlee underwent a surgical weight-loss process at “Blossom Bariatrics” in Las Vegas in February 2019.


Let’s know more about, Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

It’s a surgical method of dealing with obesity to lose weight which further yields good health in the future. It reduces the size of the stomach thereby altering the mode stomach and small intestine absorbs food.

This procedure makes it easier to lose weight.

  • Why did Chumlee consider going for this surgery?

Chulmee was obese and had problems losing weight; he tried hard by making dietary changes and doing more exercises, which unfortunately did not yield a good result.

As gastric bypass surgery was a very effective way to lose weight, it comes with some prerequisites to consider and a detailed discussion with doctors is expected

  • How did Chumlee prepare for the surgery?

Before undergoing the surgery he took up many tests needed to ensure that gastric bypass surgery is the right way for him to lose weight. His doctors provided a diet chart to follow and a few medicines in the days or weeks before surgery

  • What generally happens during Gastric Bypass surgery? Let’s see step by step
  • Gastric bypass surgery is conducted while under general anesthesia, a hospital stay of 3 to 15 days is advised.
  • The surgery is typically made through as a keyhole way, but sometimes an open operation is needed.
  • During the process, a clip is used to create a small pouch on the upper part of the stomach, ref picture below
  • The stomach bag is attached by stitching up to the lower end of the small intestine
  • As a result, food will bypass most of the stomach and the beginning part of the small intestine.
  • Hence less food will be absorbed into the body and a feeling of fullness kicks in  after eating only a small amount
  • How did Chumlee recover after the surgery?
  • After successful completion of gastric bypass surgery, Chumlee was on liquid food only, later transited to pureed food, and then solid food after a few weeks.
  • His dietician advised him to change the eating habit that would help him in losing weight.
  • A regular administration of supplements of vitamins and minerals

A few months later, to kick off, Chumlee took to Instagram with a photo of magnificent himself in a trim figure. Days later, he shared a Facebook update alongside before and after photos showing off his progress so far.


Chumlee stated “can u believe it, I’ve lost over 150lbs!!” he wrote at the time, “How many of you have fought the weight loss taboo as I did”. The Henderson, Nevada, native boy Chumlee is a fan-favorite celebrity on the show that details day-to-day business at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.

Wrapping Up

Your body is your ultimate treasure, it is a place we live in till our last breath, taking care of our body and soul is of utmost importance, following a strict dietary regime, and indulging in more physical activity will yield more weight loss, and helps to attain a stable weight.

Making changes which allows you person to attain a steady posture is an incising on the cake.

Gastric sleeve surgery is a prominent invasive surgical procedure that is done by “removing part of your stomach and joining the lasting segments together in the form of a new banana-sized stomach or sleeve,” according to WebMD. Also to mention the surgery involves surgical removal of the parts of the stomach which make a hormone that helps to boost appetite

Chumlee has been actively involved in a reality show on TV as a debutant, all thanks to his roots and expertise on pinball machines, sneakers, and video games.

Chumlee collective made a powerful significance on social media platforms about self-love and the importance of find love in the things that you do and eventually finding peace.

Having said that during slimming down, Chumlee mentioned that he’s paying attention on stay healthy with hygienic eating, exercising, and adjoining himself with a strong support system.

Chumlee has been actively sharing before and after photos of his weight loss journey to his fans on social media, the Pawn star came out vocal about his story and encouraged fans to do the same.

Be yourself even when others don’t understand,” he wrote. “We live in a time where people judge you from their beliefs” he stated that a person has to be judged on their morals and their beliefs, our personality is amazingly stunning, and do not let people strip that from us.

Live your life, be kind, spread love and live for yourself, is his ultimate message to his fans and followers.

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