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WPB man loses 300 pounds

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It's hard to imagine someone weighing 566 pounds, but that's what 22-year-old Bill Hall tipped the scales at; until, he decided to do something about it.

Bill tried out for the TV show "The Biggest Loser" but didn't make it. So, he decided to take matters in his own hands.

At 566 pounds, he could barely walk up the stairs without gasping for breath. "When I was 566 pounds, I was miserable. Everyday, it was like waking up and doing the same thing over and over again. I was just tired of it."

We first met Bill two years ago when he was 20 and thought he'd be a prefect candidate for "The Biggest Loser," where contestants compete to see who can lose the most weight.

Bill wasn't chosen. "'The Biggest Loser' had a chance to get someone who would've been great for their show, but they chose to go their separate ways, so it's their loss."

Instead, Bill went to a weight loss facility in California, called "Well Spring Academy. "I went there in August of '09 and weighed 566 pound. And came back in August of 2010 weighing 280."

The management at "Vita Nova," where Bill lives, is a group home for young adults who have outgrown the state's foster care program. They paid for his year-long stay.

Jeff Demario is the CEO "But just to know that we extended his lifetime and his life expectancy is fantastic, and it makes us all feel really good that we followed through on our mission."

During his year away, Bill worked hard to lose the weight. "I was getting up at 5 in the morning to go swimming to get extra activities in. Working out at 9 at night when people were going to bed. I wanted it really bad. That's what I came here to do, and that's what i'm gonna do."

He also learned proper nutrition. "I eat about 2,000 calories a day and less than 20 fat grams."

Bill also hits the weights and gets a good cardiovascular workout daily. One of the ways Bill makes it happen is by playing basketball everyday. The idea is to get the metabolism up while getting the weight down.

Bill is now down to 272 pounds and focused on the future. The things that make you "you" could also play a role in how much you weigh.

New research found implusive people were the most likely to be overweight, while those who are highly neurotic and less conscientious tended to see their weight go up and down. The thinnest people were those who are conscientious.

Study authors hope the results can be used to develop more tailored treatments to lose weight.

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