5 Weight Loss Success Stories with Before and After Photos to Motivate You Right Now
Sometimes you think that your fight against excess weight is already lost, don't you? It's too late, too hard, too long, and there are too many pounds to shed. There can be dozens of excuses, but a lot of people have worked their way up, even though at the beginning they had been thinking the same way as you. Read their amazing stories and realize that anything is possible for you.
Weight watchers and shedding 52 pounds in a year.
Chelsea Miller is from Buffalo, she's 23 years old and now she's earning her Master's degree at Canisius College. Her way to losing weight starts from ... a grammar lesson she gave to a second grade. When she offered her students to give examples of comparative and superlative adjectives, she heard innocent, but nonetheless offensive: "Miss Miller is the biggest!" This throwaway frustrated her so much, that immediately after school she went to a nearby fitness center, and running on elliptical she decided to make her lifestyle healthier and to find support from Weight Watchers. So she did since she fully realized that with her 214.2 pounds she couldn't be a role model for her students.
She lost 52 pounds, ran her first full marathon in May 2015 and learned how to get pleasure from being active, not from eating pizza.
Weight Watchers program helps her to effectively track both eating and physical activity while Sunday Warriors group gave Chelsea necessary psychological support. To change her lifestyle, she got used to have 4 or 5 small meals daily while exercising 6 days a week. She eats a lot of fruits and vegetables, runs 3-4 miles on a treadmill and performs weight training exercises. She lost 52 pounds, ran her first full marathon in May 2015 and learned how to get pleasure from being active, not from eating pizza. One of her favorite mottos is "Excuses are for people who don't want it bad enough."
Intensive training at a gym and 73 pounds lost
This time she started from 215 pounds and shed 73 of them.
Donesha Bolden is 33 years old and she lives in Atlanta. Once she got the experience of dropping 30 pounds due to Zumba classes, but then her life changed and she gained the weight back. This time she started from 215 pounds and shed 73 of them. Her wakeup call was a flyer of IFBB Pro's Boot Camp, but at first she did things half-way performing workouts without changing her lifestyle. She was able to achieve amazing progress only after letting her coach to take the most embarrassing photos of her. She started to think about weight loss in terms of health since her mother had died of cancer and several other close relatives had died of diseases related to obesity. She worked at the gym insanely and followed an individually designed eating plan.
After eight months of trainings she lost 41 pounds and was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. This gave her a strong motivation to reach the planned weight – 160 pounds. But she did even more and reached 142 pounds one and a half years after she had started her weight loss program. She does cardio and weights twice a day including Sundays, drinks a lot of water and eats veggies, fruit, chicken and fish. Her motto is "NO DAYS OFF!!!!"
Healthy lifestyle for losing 220 pounds
She reached 420 pounds, tried a starvation diet, had weight loss surgery and gained weight again and again.
Jennifer Nice, now a happy mother of two daughters (10 and 17 years old), managed to lose 220 pounds, although she had a rough ride reaching this success. As a child, she became the victim of sexual abuse and psychological problems added to her natural tendency to overweight. She had several miscarriages and her two sons died in their early childhood. Her then-husband couldn't or didn't want to understand and share her feelings, so she felt very lonely and comforted her pain with eating. She reached 420 pounds, tried a starvation diet, had weight loss surgery and gained weight again and again. After her divorce Jennifer decided this was enough – she had to change her life for her own sake.
She started to keep a food diary, ate high-protein diet of 1,200 calories with a lot of fruits, berries and vegetables, drank a 16 ounce bottle of water every few hours, went for intense walks daily and to cardio Kung Fu twice a week. She limited her bread consumption and almost gave up soda. Two years after the beginning of her fight against obesity she weighs 200 pounds and dream of reaching 180 pounds. Jennifer has found great support in her second husband and enjoys her new lifestyle. And she says about unhealthy foods: they are poison, period!
LCHF/Keto lifestyle and 53 pounds away just under a year
In just under a year she beat the target and moved further shedding 53 pounds instead of 48.
Meet Kat, who is a 24 years old Moroccan trying to lose extra pounds leading a healthier lifestyle. She realized that she had a problem with overweight when she couldn't put on her favorite denim shorts being on vacation in California. It struck her that she didn't care about her diet and paid little attention to the physical activity. Weighing 198 pounds she set a goal to reach 150 pounds making small steps – gaining 5 pounds on each step. In just under a year she beat the target and moved further shedding 53 pounds instead of 48.
The key to success was the decision to refuse keeping to a certain diet (this didn't help Kat much in her previous attempts to lose weight) in favor of changing her lifestyle completely. She decided to give up fast food, to control calories (no more than 1500 calories a day) using a tracker and to find a gym near her home to have no excuse for skipping it. She started jogging every evening and lost 30 pounds, but then noticed some hold–up in progress and moved to LCHF/Keto diet. Now she's going on with weight loss feeling better than ever. She says: "Today I am 25 years old and wearing a size 6 from old navy with even a little room to spare."
Running from 265 pounds
The stern resolve along with the support from the friend had the effect – in a year Jarrod dropped 83 pounds, now being very satisfied with this success.
Jarrod from New Zealand suffered from the lack of confidence due to his weight of 265 pounds. From time to time he tried to lose weight, but didn't exert himself much. Finally, he started losing weight with a friend, who had the same problem. The stern resolve along with the support from the friend had the effect – in a year Jarrod dropped 83 pounds, now being very satisfied with this success.
His biggest change was healthy and regular eating supported by running even though he never liked to perform physical exercises. But while losing weight, he began to enjoy them and even moved on – went to a gym for weight training. Now he continues to work on his body and says: "I know that anything I set out to achieve is possible, and that I never want to go back to the way things were before".