Even after losing 270 pounds, Matt Diaz is still frustrated with his body image, but when he shared those insecurities online, his dream came true.
The Brooklyn resident, who began his weight loss journey at just 16 with a lap-band procedure, once weighed just shy of 500 pounds.
Today, he looks like an entirely different man. Earlier this week, however, Diaz filmed a shirtless video showing the problem he still struggles with: excess skin.
The body acceptance community Diaz found online had always bolstered his self-confidence, so he paid them back, sharing his real, vulnerable self.
Diaz told Upworthy he began feeling a little hypocritical, as if he was hiding behind his laptop screen.
I couldn't tell others that I wanted them to love themselves and keep myself hidden away and ashamed of my skin.
Hoping to save enough money for plastic surgery, the 22-year-old began a GoFundMe page.