No matter if you’re trying to lose a small or big amount of weight, it’s always nice to have inspiration. An incentive that will make sure you lose that weight, is something or someone to support you, or perhaps someone else that has experienced weight loss with high amounts of success that you can look up to.
If you can’t find the motivation to shift the extra pounds, then these 9 successful weight loss stories may or may not change that and send you on the right track to a much healthier, slimmer body.
1. Alex Clary
Amount lost: 75 pounds in 15 months.
The way he did it: TBT (Tactical Bodybuilding Training)
Heart disease ran in Alex’s family, and after he got a scary warning from doctors, he finally decided it was time to make a change. “That was the trigger, I thought, ‘I’ve got to do something about this,’” he recalls. “It was like a switch flipped as soon as I changed my diet. That first week I lost a couple pounds, then a couple more the next week,” Clary says. “It was so exciting and there was nothing more motivating than actually experiencing that change.”
2. Chris Diggins
Amount lost: 61 pounds in 13 months
The way he did it: DB15, Inferno and Move!
Chris got himself to 250 pounds and he hated seeing himself in family photos. He had always struggled to find time for a workout, then he saw a commercial for Daily Burn on his Roku and was intrigued by the prospect.
“I decided to look through the app and saw that there were workouts that could be done in 10 and 15 minutes,” remembers Chris. “It was the beginning of the year and I decided it was time to make a change.”
“I tried not to set my goals too high,” he says. “I wanted to get to 200 pounds but I figured with doing only 15 minutes here and there, there was no way that could ever happen.”
He cut fast food from his diet and focused more on portion control, and that’s when the pounds began to drop.
3. Katarina Herrera
Amount lost: 71 pounds in 16 months
The way she did it: Cardio Sculpt, Inferno, TBT
Katarina’s weight became a problem when she gave birth to her son. “[It was] just me continuing to eat for two even though I wasn’t feeding two anymore,” she recalls. “And I’d say, ‘Oh, I’m just big because I had a baby!’” After her grandmother died, she decided it was high time for change. “I kept the clothes she bought me because I wanted to hold on to them, but they didn’t fit,” Herrera says.
“My ultimate goal was just to get to 145, but my short-term goal was to cut it down halfway to 165,” Katarina says. “I’d give myself many goals, just so I wouldn’t get discouraged. It’s all about feeling confident rather than what the scale says,” she notes.
4. Sean McKinley
Amount lost: 100 pounds in 15 months
The way he did it: True Beginner, Cardio Sculpt
McKinley was the quite high figure of 320 pounds, and when his daughter was 4 years old, he decided it was high time for change, as his weight was preventing him from being the dad he wanted to be.
“We were running outside trying to fly a kite and I realized I couldn’t run around very well,” McKinley, 31, says. “Just realizing I had gotten to the point that I couldn’t run with my daughter anymore was a wake-up call.”
“I slowly started incorporating more vegetables and fruit into my diet,” he says. “It was definitely a slow process.” Eventually, he found his grocery cart stocked with 90 percent produce. “A lot of people try to jump into it all at once and say they are going to do all this to see change quickly,” McKinley says. “For me, I did slow diet changes and also a slow exercise progression. I think that’s what allowed me to continue or I would have burned out and given up on myself a long time ago.”
5. Nancy Berry Idoni
Amount lost: 35 pounds in 16 months
The way she did it: Cardio Sculpt, Live to Fail, Black Fire
She struggled with disordered eating and weight gain for quite a long time, but she decided it was time to change when she met her now-second husband. She also wanted to be a healthy role model for her five children.
“I’ve found that cooking things by scratch takes a lot of time, but you get a lot of nutrients and it’s pretty cheap, so I buy a lot of dried beans, because it can go a long way,” she says. “We also use a lot of potatoes and rice, and I try to get things on sale and buy in multiple when I can”.
6. Dina Shingleton
Amount lost: 30 pounds in 10 months
The way she did it: True Beginner, Cardio Sculpt, Black Fire
Shingleton’s 183 pounds on her 5’3″ (161 cm) frame was starting to have a negative effect on her body.
“…I was having a year-and-a-half long bout of plantar fasciitis in the bottom of both of my feet,” she says. “It was miserable, every time I would get up, I was hobbling.” Even though her injury may have been unrelated to her weight, it prompted her to start eating clean and getting fit. “I started to focus on eating clean, whole foods…I eliminated anything white, sugar, flour—and most items with gluten in it,” she says. “And then I concentrated on adding more protein. I’d do a meal-replacing shake for breakfast.”
7. Kristen Bloom
Amount lost: 66 pounds in 16 months
The way she did it: Cardio Sculpt, Intelliburn, Live to Fail
After suffering from appendicitis, she decided to change her lifestyle “I said, ‘OK, this is such a miserable experience. Even though [appendicitis] isn’t a weight-related issue, someday there will be one,'” she says.
By staying positive, she managed to stick to her routine of measuring what she ate as well as her diligent exercise “While I’m exercising, I’m telling myself, ‘You can do that, you’re strong, you’re fast, you’re amazing,’ and then my body will follow,” Bloom says.
8. Randi Fields
Amount lost: 130 pounds in 12 months
The way she did it: True Beginner, Cardio Sculpt, Inferno, Black Fire
After giving birth to her first daughter and seeing a photo of herself on a cruise back in 2014, she got the necessary kick up the back to change her ways.
She always wrote down or took a picture of whatever she ate so she could keep track.
Secret to her success: Keeping a food journal. Fields had more than 100 pounds to lose—and she knew she needed a way to keep herself accountable. So whenever she ate something, she’d either write it down or take a picture of it. “That was very revealing,” she says. “You can say ‘I had a cup of macaroni and cheese,’ but, well, did you really have a cup or was it way more than that?”
9. Stacy Cole
Amount lost: 35 pounds in six months
The way she did it: Cardio Sculpt, Intelliburn, TBT, Inferno
All Stacy did was keep a positive attitude. “To be very honest, my diet hasn’t changed too much, but what I think has changed the most is my mindset. Because I’m not calling it ‘a diet,’” she says. Instead of doing a huge overhaul, she started making tiny tweaks to her meal plan. Rather than eating pasta, she’d make spiralized veggies. And instead of snacking on chips, she’ll grab an apple or some green beans. “I’m taking care of my body, I’m putting in good food,” Cole explains.