12 Inspiring Stories From People Who Have Lost Excess Weight
We often promise ourselves to lose weight in time for the next summer season or some particular future date, or we plan to begin our diet next week or next month. But, all too often, such promises remain empty words.
Today, Bright Side presents to you 12 amazing real-life stories from people who managed to pull themselves together and say goodbye to the extra pounds. We believe that their persistence can inspire anyone to bring his or her body into shape!
Kate: minus 121 lbs in 9 months
As Kate herself admits, for a long time she didn’t regard excess weight as a serious problem. But, at some point, obesity began to affect her health.
She started by reducing her daily food intake and, in the first week, managed to lose about 18 lbs. With counting calories and daily exercise, she lost 121 lbs in 9 months. Nowadays, Kate is a true fitness fanatic, exercising for two hours every day. Recently, she has successfully completed her training to be a PE teacher.
This woman managed to lose 125 lbs in 12 years
This Australian woman has succeeded in losing 125 lbs. The basis of her method lies in lowering her sugar consumption and practicing Zumba exercises.
Vitali: minus 156 lbs in 3 years
Vitali has developed his own dietary and training system, based on balancing out nutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates). Keeping to a balanced and varied diet helped him to avoid cravings for sweets, pastries, and other harmful foods.
He also concentrated on cardio exercises. In addition, Vitali made sure to take at least 10,000 steps every day. Then, upon successfully reducing his weight to 220 lbs, he introduced bodybuilding exercises with free weights.
Rachel: minus 88 lbs in 9 months
"There is no magic bullet recipe for losing 88 lbs in a snap. You can only achieve such results through a simple daily routine: counting calories, healthy eating, and exercise. Before I realized this, I had tried lots of tricks. None of them worked.
By the way, I should warn you that weight loss is not a universal solution. You cannot just copy another person’s diet or exercise plan and expect to lose the pounds. Make sure to find a good personal trainer and nutritionist. And — work out, work out, work out! Every day, for a very long time!" says Rachel Graham.
Regina: minus 150 lbs in 3 years
Regina managed to lose 150 lbs. To do this, she started by gradually abandoning harmful products. Then she downloaded a fitness video and started exercising every day.
Later, she bought a gym membership and began to attend group sessions. She has also moved to proper nutrition. Her daily food intake consists of five meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a couple of quick bites in between.
Pasquale: minus 324 lbs in 3 years
When doctors started to give Pasquale alarming diagnoses, he decided to introduce radical changes in his life: giving up fast food and dairy products in favor of vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, and lean meat. What’s more, he decided that he had to "earn" his food — by walking for groceries before each meal.
Presently, Pasquale makes sure to walk at least 6 miles a day. He doesn’t buy ready-to-cook foods, choosing to prepare his own dishes. When he lost 198 lbs, he purchased a gym membership, adding treadmill and weightlifting exercises to walking and observing the right diet. A year later, he managed to lose another 132 lbs. Pasquale admits that he wants to be a good example for his son.
Jill: minus 196 lbs in 4 years
Jill says that before she decided to lose weight, she regularly skipped breakfast and ate lots of chips, chocolate, cheese, and other unhealthy treats. These days, she eats porridge and fruit, preferring salads and unpeeled potatoes to fast food.
She also conducts her own classes in a weight loss support group. “Right now, I’m training for a marathon,“ says Jill. ”I’ve got more energy than the sun!"
Clare: minus 33 lbs in 6 months
After six months of rigorous exercises, British TV presenter Clare Nasir managed to lose 33 lbs. Her weight-loss program included kickboxing, dumbbell workouts, push-ups, squats, and jogging.
Johnathon: minus 218 lbs in 3 years
After years of obesity, Johnathon chose a healthy diet, exercise, and workouts with a personal trainer. After he lost his first 75 lbs, he started dating, and the couple continued to lose weight together.
The pair began to go on joint cycling trips and make long hikes on foot. And, naturally, both said goodbye to fast food in favor of healthy products.
Melissa: minus 234 lbs in 3 years
In order to lose excess weight, Melissa joined an online training program. She also learned to eat in moderation and began to practice healthy eating habits. The girl abandoned fast food and started eating whole grain products instead of white bread and pasta.
After just three months, Melissa began workouts. She started with five-minute exercises and gradually increased the duration to an hour.
Jade: minus 99 lbs in 1 year
Jade has developed her own nutrition plan, replacing fast food with fruits and low-calorie snacks. What’s more, she has reduced her dinners to a minimum. This allowed Jade to decrease her caloric daily intake by half (from 3,000 to 1,500 calories). After a year of adhering to this weight-loss program, she managed to lose 99 lbs.
"I used to be so lazy. I traveled even the most minor of distances by transport — not in the least due to the fact that I used to feel shortness of breath when walking. Now I have tons of energy! I love to get up early, walk to the store and back, and do all the housework," says Jade.
Lindsey: minus 198 lbs in 2 years
In order to reduce her weight, Lindsey had to decrease her daily ration from 4,000 calories to 700, while engaging in intensive daily workouts. The results were not long in coming: after just a few months, she began to lose weight. And within two years, she managed to lose 198 lbs!
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