Meet Noel Mason, a 43-year-old Harrisonburg, Va., native who lost 195 pounds on Nutrisystem!

Originally weighing in at 410 pounds, Noel says his life was “a nightmare” and credits his family’s constant worry that he would pass away in his sleep for inspiring him to lose the excess weight!

“All aspects of my life are much better… that is no exaggeration,” he told ‘Closer,’ of his life now.

Read on to see how Noel successfully lost 195 pounds!

  • What was your life like before the weight loss?

My life was unbearable, both mentally and physically. I was in terrible health and even at risk of death. I was very depressed all the time because of my appearance. It was a nightmare.

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Noel ‘before.’ (Photo Courtesy of Noel Mason // Nutrisystem)

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Noel ‘after.’ (Photo Courtesy of Noel Mason // Nutrisystem)

  • Was there a specific event or moment that triggered your weight loss?

I took a sleep apnea test and found out how dangerous my condition was (I could easily stop breathing completely while sleeping because of my weight and not wake up.) This was a wake-up call. I did not want my weight to continue to hurt my family as they knew the dangers and worried about me every night. I decided I had to do something.

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  • How did you get started with your weight loss journey?

I started slowly with the exercise and built up and followed the Nutrisystem plan. It was not exactly easy, but now that I look back it was so rewarding. It made the effort worth every second.

  • How does it feel now that you’ve lost the weight?

I feel great now, as you can expect. All aspects of my life are much better… that is no exaggeration.