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: Livonia, Michigan
Age: 39, mom of two
Pounds Lost: 30 pounds
Weight Wake-Up Call: I saw the most dreadful photo of myself wearing 2XL sweatpants.
How I Lost It: I've always wanted to work out with a trainer, but getting to the gym and paying for it seemed out of reach. Then I found Wello.com, a website that arranges live workouts via webcam with personal trainers for about $20 per session. The appointments were a huge part of making me stick with it. I knew there was someone waiting for me! I also followed the Fast Metabolism Diet, an eating plan that alternates carbs, proteins and healthy fats on different days of the week. In six months I was slimmer.
Favorite Workout Move: Sit-ups with legs in the air while you reach for your toes. They really work your abs.
Go-to Healthy Dish: A sweet-potato hash (shredded sweet potatoes sauteed in coconut oil) topped with two scrambled eggs. Besides being delicious, it starts off my day with protein, a vegetable and healthy fat.
Fun Thing I Can Do Now: Go water skiing! I hadn't done it since I was a teenager.
Stay-Motivated Mantra: It's all about choices—like opting to get up early and work out or deciding to chop vegetables instead of reaching for a bag of chips.