After Jay Ildaite's aunt died because of complications related to her weight, Ildaite was inspired to get healthier. Here's how Disney and Shia LaBeouf kept her motivated.
"I was heavier than my own dad," says Haley Barker. After hearing about actor Zachary Levi's simple meal prep for "Shazam," Barker thought, "I could do that."
In 2018, after two of Carla Carter's children announced they were getting married, she found her motivation to lose weight in time for both weddings.
Giovanni Enea, who struggled with his weight since childhood, followed a simple calories in, calories out eating plan to lose 130 pounds.
Jeremiah Peterson decided to get in shape after struggling to keep up with his kids on a hike. He followed the keto diet and started exercising daily, losing 104 pounds.
Hunter Croteau, who lost 175 pounds through weight-loss surgery, healthy eating and exercising, says you can't rely on motivation alone. "It is important to find a plan you are truly happy with," he says.
After struggling with being overweight since fifth grade and then being diagnosed with high blood pressure at 20 years old, Maggie Kane decided to make a change.
Seeing the photo of herself motivated Kaytlin Westlake to lose weight. "Right in that moment I decided enough was enough, and I was going to be making some big changes," she says.
How mom Jessica Mull got off the "continuous roller coaster" of dieting and found a sustainable way to lose excess weight.
"Dating was something I didn’t even try to do when I was obese," says Ryan Lensman, who has lost 180 pounds and now has a girlfriend.
After reaching his heaviest weight of more than 500 pounds, Zach Moore realized he needed to change his life in order to survive.
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.
After struggling with obesity for most of her adult life, Stani Magnuson finally found a way of healthy living that worked for her.