According to NHANES, nearly one in three adults are overweight, and more than two in five have obesity. Furthermore, about one in 11 adults are severely obese. Losing weight — and keeping it off — is difficult for even the most motivated. Science shows that fad diets, detox teas, and other popular “lose weight quick” aids don’t work. Plus, they often leave you worse off than before. While there’s no easy way to lose weight, getting healthy and keeping the pounds off is possible. Just look at these 35 inspiring weight loss stories.
When Katie first started her weight loss journey, she was 280 pounds and had been told that she had angina, a pre-diagnosis for multiple sclerosis (MS), and PCOS. Doctors told her that she was in danger of a heart attack and would possibly have fertility issues if she didn’t do something quickly. So she did! Katie immediately began following the “80/20” rule, 80% clean eating and 20% “sweets, treats, and cheats.” She allowed herself one cheat day a week, which gradually lessened to only a few days a month.
However, she didn’t restrict herself; putting restrictions had hampered her weight loss in the past, so this time she focused on adding healthy foods and tracking her calories and macros. In addition to transforming how she ate, Katie also started working out, putting a lot of emphasis on cardio and weightlifting. She lost a whopping 150 pounds in just three years and even won the Transformation division of a World Beauty Fitness & Fashion bodybuilding competition.