What Happened To John And Lonnie Hambrick From My 600-Lb Life?

TLC's "My 600-lb Life" follows morbidly obese patients as they try to lose weight. For some, the program, run by Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, has been a huge success with astounding transformations. For others, the journey hasn't been so simple and patients can face all kinds of complications; they can still gain weight, even after the bariatric surgery, or there can be unexpected challenges after the operation.

For many viewers, the experience on "My 600-lb Life" is so intense and inspiring that they want to follow the stars even after their season is over. There's Jeanne Covey, who ended up pulling out of the journey during filming because of other complicating issues in her life at the time. Then there's JT, who joined the TLC show when he weighed 892 pounds, but has since gone private and fans can't find ways to get updates on his story. Fair enough.

We've also come to know and love John and Lonnie Hambrick, brothers who decided to take on Dr. Younan Nowzaradan's program. They started using food as a coping device when their father developed a drug addiction, according to Reality Titbit, then their mother had to work two jobs to sustain them, and John and Lonnie's grandparents became their primary caregivers. So as children, they used food as a way to manage the stresses of life. John and Lonnie had tremendous success on "My 600-lb Life" and lucky for us, they've given fans plenty of updates since they completed their time on TLC.

Lonnie Hambrick said he has 'nothing good to say' about the show now

John and Lonnie Hambrick joined Season 8 of TLC's "My 600-lb Life" together after years of a fractured relationship. The brothers drifted apart, The Cinemaholic notes, when Lonnie came out as gay when he was a teenager. Their conservative family, including John, struggled with this news and the brothers grew apart. So the fact that they decided to lose weight together was not only monumental for their health, it was also huge for their relationship and they were successful on both fronts. In one year, Lonnie lost 245 pounds and John lost 294 pounds. On top of that victory, they stayed close; in fact, Lonnie admitted that he and John speak almost everyday to hold each other accountable and connect.

While it sounds like their time on "My 600-lb Life" was a total home run, Lonnie has since opened up about his experience with Dr. Younan Nowzaradan and he doesn't have good things to say. On December 5, 2022, Lonnie posted a photo to Instagram of Dr. Now's book in a garbage can. "It's a shame that a show that actually helped me to find my way to this fabulous life, treated us so poorly..." Lonnie wrote. "I have nothing good to say about the show or their star Dr. Now," Lonnie later added. "These people are terrible and don't deserve any praise." When fans asked for more details, Lonnie was vague but did speak about "TV magic" and said things weren't accurately represented.

Lonnie and John are thriving and we love it

While Lonnie and John Hambrick have moved on from TLC's "My 600-lb Life," they haven't stopped what they started; both brothers are eating healthy and working hard on losing weight. Lonnie, who is the more active of the two on social media, shared a video of himself on December 7, 2022, with no shirt on, showing loose skin. "This is what it looks like after 352lbs lost and two skin reduction surgeries," he wrote in the caption. "I have a lot more to go but I'm sure sexy AF until I get there." Yes you are!

John posts less on social media, but based on his Facebook presence, we know that he continues to work out and stay active. On January 27, 2020, John wrote: "Well I had a great workout and loved every minute of it so looking forward to my 5k in June." When fans asked about the run, John said he was doing the Bubble Run at Texas Motor Speedway. Several fans asked in the comments section if John could post photos to share his progress, but he didn't respond and didn't follow up with any pics.

However, thanks to Lonnie's active Instagram presence, we got a lovely selfie of the two of them on November 4, 2022. "Brothers for life," Lonnie wrote in the caption and the two were looking radiant and healthy. What a success story!