Former Seattle Seahawks star Russell Okung is opening up about his 100-pound, weight-loss journey.
Okung, a two-time Pro Bowler who retired in 2020, weighed over 330 pounds while he was active in the NFL as an offensive tackle.
On Monday (June 5), the former NFL star revealed on Twitter that he lost over 100 pounds of body weight by fasting for 40 days with "nothing but water."
"The journey from being a 330+ lbs @NFL football player to 100+ lbs lighter - has been unreal! A new me, a new chapter," Okung tweeted. "The number one question I keep hearing is: 'How did you do it?' Answer: 'I fasted for 40 days with nothing but water. Yes, you read right!'"
Okung went on to explain the benefits of fasting outside of weight loss.
"The experience was so rich and rewarding that I would do it again...Fasting isn't just about weight loss. It's about regeneration, healing & self-discovery," he said. "In quieting my physical hunger, I unlocked mental clarity and spiritual revelation—a total reset."
"Fasting isn’t for everyone; I get that. But for me, it was a life-changer," Okung continued. "The benefits are profound. Clearer skin, better digestion, and improved mental focus; even my joint pain has decreased. My journey hasn't just been about shedding pounds but also about shedding old habits and ways of thinking. Fasting opened the door to a healthier, happier me. It gave me control back."
The former OT said he's never felt more "empowered."
"Whether you're considering fasting, or just looking to change your life, remember: The first day is always the hardest," Okung wrote Monday.