After reaching 355 pounds at 21 years old, Megan Ling didn't recognize herself in the mirror anymore. Through a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, she lost 160 pounds.
After struggling with her weight for years, Madi McKinnon had weight-loss surgery. "There are still some people out there who think that surgery is the 'easy way out' — it’s anything but," she says.
Nick Laustrup, who says his drinking and his weight became a problem after he was released from the military, lost 105 pounds
Vinodh Sivaneswaran, who is a doctor, weighed 300 pounds at his heaviest. "Being a doctor, I knew the health consequences to being morbidly obese," he says. This is his weight-loss journey.
After having three kids, Taylor Alexandra was 75 pounds overweight and was missing out on enjoying her life because she felt "embarrassed" about her body. Here's how she lost the weight.
Marissa Schillaci-Kayton's family inspired her to lose 100 pounds: "They deserve to live in a world where my health and well-being is not something they have to worry about," she says.
For Eric Hunnicutt, a trip to the doctor left him "frightened" after being classified as "morbidly obese." But it also motivated him to lose 135 pounds.
David Aishou, who struggled with his weight since elementary school, decided to get healthier because he didn't want to let down his mom.
By high school graduation, Corey Hyland weighed 400 pounds. She lost 240 pounds first through dropping beef, pork, and soda, and then by counting calories and exercising, but she still struggles with her body image.
After getting into an Ivy League-graduate school and receiving a promotion at work, Venn Hering decided it was time to focus on her next goal: getting into the best shape of her life.
After struggling with weight his whole life, Jerrod Ackerman decided to get in shape for his job at a private rescue company. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's inspiring posts helped him stay motivated.
Ali Shinn struggled with depression growing up and found comfort in food. After seeing a photo of herself in a bikini at 260 pounds, she decided to get healthier.
Kayla Tuers endured neglect as a child and was homeless at just 13 years old. After moving in with her boyfriend's family and having regular access to fast food, she struggled with overeating.
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.