When Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted on E! in 2007, Rob Kardashian had the world at his feet. The handsome, healthy teenager was dating actress Adrienne Bailon at the time, and their relationship became the focus of some of the reality show’s earliest episodes, but they went their separate ways in 2009 after Bailon reportedly cheated on him. Kardashian refused to allow his heartbreak to send him into a downward spiral, but the same cannot be said of his next break-up. 

Kardashian went on to date pop sensation Rita Ora, though he later claimed she was unfaithful with “more than 20 dudes.” When Rob and Rita split in 2012, his weight started to become a major issue. He turned to junk food to help him cope, and as his weight ballooned, his self-esteem went in the other direction. Kardashian became a recluse, reportedly afraid to step out in public out of fear of being photographed.

In 2018, he finally managed to shed some pounds and get back within reach of his ideal weight, but how did he do it? From his dangerous binge-eating and struggles with depression to his dramatic turnaround, let’s take a closer look at Rob Kardashian’s dramatic weight loss transformation.

It all started with milkshakes

According to Rob Kardashian, his weight gain began when he started enjoying his sweet treats a little too much. By 2015, the reality star’s appearance was making headlines for all the wrong reasons, forcing him to take action and start working out. In a now deleted Instagram post (via Entertainment Tonight), he revealed that his problem worsened when he started consuming milkshakes at an alarming rate. His weight gain was so dramatic that he wound up trending on Twitter because of it.

“So I found out I was trending for being fat,” he tweeted (via People). “Thank you all it really made my day.” This was just one of a series of tweets that the former model sent out before deleting the whole rant. “No one will ever understand how much it hurts,” he later added. “I’m aware that I’m fat that def ain’t a surprise to me lol and my only therapy will be in the gym, anyways had to say something.”