After trying and failing to lose weight several times, Shane Cole finally found the healthy eating and workout plan that clicked for him, resulting in a 140-pound weight loss.
Angel Diaz says he was motivated to lose weight so he wouldn't "miss out on the lives of my two kids and leave my wife to raise them alone."
At his heaviest, Dustin Hall weighed 534 pounds and realized that his weight was robbing him of the life he wanted to live.
After suffering heart palpitations and being diagnosed as pre-diabetic at 25, Mike Castaneda was motivated to take control of his health. He has lost 331 pounds.
Rebecca Nicholson decided to lose weight after becoming a nurse. "How could I preach exercise and healthy eating, while I was eating myself into an early grave?" she says.
Evrim Sölemez struggled with her weight growing up, but after she broke down crying while trying to find a dress that would fit her for a friend's birthday party, she decided to do something about it.
Michael Bayerle shares he was "shocked" when the scale read 355 pounds. "I knew something had to change," he says.
"Food was how I dealt with every emotion, whether happy, sad, anxious, angry or scared," says Hannah Legg. After reaching 300 pounds, she decided to get healthy and lose the excess weight.
Johanna Halosz and her husband excitedly poured through photos after their dream vacation in Hawaii, but Halosz became so upset over how she looked. "I remember crying when I saw the pictures," she says.
"Being told that I could have a heart attack at only 27 was the turning point for me," says Misty Pierce.
Nate Merdell's back, knees and ankles were in constant pain because of the excess weight he was carrying. "And the only medication that was going to work was diet and exercise," he says.
She lost her first 60 pounds over six months by eating healthier foods and walking — at first, at night and in secret because she feared being made fun of.
Pamment says the support he received while posting about his weight-loss journey on social media was "overwhelming."
After a series of panic attacks and reaching more than 400 pounds at his highest weight, Walt Howington started exercising and eating a healthier diet. It changed his life.
Kimberly Thompson's turning point with her weight started when she began to struggle to fit into her favorite shirt and 3XL tops were getting tight on her.
After struggling with depression and being overweight, Neil James transformed his body and his life by working out daily and following the keto diet. "Keto changed my life," he says.
After struggling with obesity for most of her adult life, Stani Magnuson finally found a way of healthy living that worked for her.
Here are some lessons you can learn from people who lost a significant amount weight and successfully kept it off.
Jesse Cooper ditched the daily fast food and soda for healthy meals and started hitting the gym regularly. "My life has changed completely," he says.
After gaining 80 pounds during his sophomore year alone, which took a toll on his self-esteem, student Jacky Hao decided to make significant changes to his eating and exercise habits.
Shimmy Godwin Mekbeb says running and dramatically changing his diet helped him lose 131 pounds — and his "dad bod."
Eden SanBoeuf stayed motivated by focusing on what she wanted to be: happier and healthier — and one day a mom.
Nicholas La Monaco's weight-loss journey was not only physical, but also emotional. "I learned that the path to a better life lay in my attitude and choices, not my body," he says.
"I wasn’t successful at losing weight until I approached weight loss with a more gradual mindset and stopped looking for it to happen quickly," 29-year-old Cassie Ann says.
Craig Musci is 53, 5’9” tall, and currently weighs 219 pounds. In 2015, after gaining a significant amount of weight and suffering serious health problems, he committed to a healthier lifestyle for the sake of his future. This is the story of his weight-loss journey.