Get inspired by these real women who lost weight and kept it off, and learn their most effective diet tips and exercise advice.
By Allison Baker, Megan Bingham and Caren Oppenheim
Name: Meghan Cook
Home: Rome City, Indiana
Previous Weight: 220 pounds
Current Weight: 133 pounds
Pounds Lost: 87 pounds
How I Lost It
I dusted off my running shoes. I love working up a sweat on the treadmill. By slowly increasing my endurance, I have completed two 5Ks with my oldest son. Now my husband is even running—he's my motivator when I don't feel like doing it.
I kissed carbs goodbye. On the Atkins plan, my diet is made up of lean meats—like salmon and chicken—and hearty vegetables. While I'm avoiding refined carbohydrates, I always keep a fresh salad on hand. On busy days, it's great to have everything chopped and ready to go without cooking.
I do double duty. I used to spend my boys' basketball and football practice watching from the sidelines. Now I head to the gym to get in my own workout: 30 minutes of cardio and strength training twice a week.