Get inspired by these real women who lost weight and kept it off, and learn their most effective diet tips and exercise advice.
By Melissa Johnson, Allison Baker, Megan Bingham and Caren Oppenheim
Home: Los Angeles
Age: 36, mom of one
Pounds Lost: 20 pounds
Weight Wake-Up Call: I saw pro boxer Manny Pacquiao step on a scale before a fight and realized I weighed as much as he did!
How I Lost It: My best friend asked me to do a POUND workout with her. It's a cardio class that uses weighted drumsticks. That session kicked my butt. Still, I couldn't stop smiling and was hooked. Eating six small meals a day, never skipping breakfast and logging workouts and snacks on the MyFitnessPal app also helped. In 10 months I was a new woman.
Favorite Workout Move: The back kick twist: It's an ab twist with alternating leg raises that works your entire core all at once.
Go-to Healthy Dish: Turkey meatloaf muffins: ground turkey mixed with seasonings and baked in a muffin tray, with veggies on the side.
Fun Thing I Can Do Now: I became a certified POUND instructor! I love seeing that I'm making a difference in my students' lives.
Stay-Motivated Mantra: Be an inspiration.