Samantha King has admitted to trying every diet out there, and none of them have worked for her. She’s tried everything from slimming groups to meal replacements and the advice of professionals. At 35, she knew from a very young age that she was always heavier than the other kids and could never find stylish clothes in her size.
She’d started her first diet by the age of 15, but nothing had ever worked for her. Once she got married, she decided to sign up for Operation Transformation with her husband to provide her with the motivation she needed to lose weight. Unfortunately, once the program ended, she found herself losing motivation again. Eventually, she received approval for gastric band surgery scheduled for the summer. Hopefully, with this new change in her life, she’ll be able to keep the weight off for good.
Eight years ago, Simrun Chopra was going through a lot, both physically and mentally. She hadn’t even noticed the incremental bodyweight she’d been putting on or that it would significantly affect her health. Simrun had PCOS and a bad back, so that she couldn’t bear looking at herself in a mirror. This mom had to deal with a difficult pregnancy at the time, but when her son turned three months, everything changed.
Simrun got up one night to change his diaper and a debilitating pain shot through her entire body. This problem would repeatedly happen, making it challenging to take care of her baby. She decided to hire a personal trainer to help her get back on the right track. She also changed how she ate, and the weight started to melt off. Eventually, she lost about 55 pounds and felt her energy levels increase. She could now take care of her baby, and she noticed that her skin quality also improved.
During the pandemic, Quinton Aaron gained some weight, but things became serious after he contracted the respiratory illness that swept the world. Because it altered his sense of taste, he had trouble tasting anything at all, and chocolate was the only thing that tasted different to him, so he started to eat more of that. He was eating about two to three candy bars each day, and his body began to tell him that it wasn’t a good idea. Quinton had constant knee pain and high blood pressure but wanted to change for the better.
He’d lost weight on the keto diet before but found that he had much better results when he worked out in the gym. So he started using the 80/20 method, which is eating healthier foods 80% of the time and unhealthy foods 20% of the time. This reduction in his salt intake significantly improved his blood pressure, and he stopped his chocolate bar addiction to cold turkey. He dropped 100 pounds altogether but is still aiming to lose more in order to get below 400 pounds.
Judy Wilson had made it her mission to lose 200 pounds before turning 70 years old. At the age of 65, she already weighed a little over 431 pounds, so it seemed like the task would be impossible. Judy was already on two blood pressure medications as well as a machine to help her with her sleep apnea. After she became a mother, she’d started putting on the weight because she saw food as comfort. She then began “Queendom Bootcamp,” a local 21-day eating program that trained her on how to change her eating habits.
She added this to her daily routine and started an exercise routine to help her lose even more weight. It took only about four years for her to lose 200 pounds, and she has kept all of it off ever since. On the day Judy celebrated her 70th birthday, she no longer needed her blood pressure medication, nor did she have to use her sleep apnea machine anymore. Judy’s story proves that it’s never too late to start trying to lose weight.
Megan Christensen realized that she couldn’t keep up with her children when she weighed 351 pounds. This mom was constantly out of breath and in too much pain. Megan knew then that she needed to make some crucial changes in her life to be happy playing with them again. At only 37, Megan discovered that there wasn’t a lot she could do anymore, like climbing stairs or going on rides at amusements parks. So she started taking matters into her own hands and took a closer look at the food she was eating every day.
She narrowed down the calories she was eating every day and the kinds of food she was eating. By making small changes to those foods, she managed to lose 100 pounds in about six months. However, she knew she needed to keep the weight off. So Megan added exercise to her regimen as well. She also hired online fitness coaches to help her stay on track and started running 5Ks, 10ks, and half-marathons to keep her body busy. After only 15 months, she ended up losing 200 pounds.
Megan Birke had always struggled with her weight and noticed that she really started putting on the pounds when she first became pregnant, gaining about 60 pounds in the process. She yo-yo-ed in weight and then gained even more after her other two pregnancies. This mother found herself in constant pain, especially with her PCOS, and constantly felt fatigued.
She challenged herself to try and lose at least eight pounds in a month, or else she would elect for weight loss surgery. However, instead of losing just eight pounds in the first month, she lost twenty! If she could keep up this progress, she wouldn’t need the surgery at all. In fact, in the first six months of her change, she lost 100 pounds. She grew more confident, had more exercise to take care of her kids, and noticed that her pains and ailments no longer impeded her life.
Thirty-two-year-old Jarred Aslett started to re-examine his life after his engagement ended. Since he’d graduated, he’d been gaining weight to the point that he ended up weighing about 220 kilograms (almost 500 pounds). That’s a lot of weight to carry around and can have quite a detrimental effect on a person’s bones and organs. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he could no longer do what he enjoyed doing, like surfing and snowboarding. And because of that, he started drinking alcohol to help him cope with his feelings, which only added more weight.
However, after attending therapy, he realized he needed to change his habits and how he conducted his life. His journey started by working out with his brother at the gym for 90 minutes at a time. In only 50 months, he lost 220 pounds, almost half of the weight he once was. He hasn’t let up on his training either and has started snowboarding again like he used to.
Mike Pompeo, the former director of the CIA, faced many challenges throughout his career, but his weight continued to plague him the most. In 2021, he reached a whopping 300 pounds and realized that he had to do something to change his life. The next day, Mike woke up and took charge of his figure. He started by exercising almost every day and changing how he ate.
He even added a home area to his gym so that he could increase the intensity of his workouts and burn even more calories. Mike focused on working out for at least 30 minutes each day to start turning exercise into a good habit. In just six months, he ended up losing about 90 pounds. However, instead of congratulating him, most people who saw his pictures asked if he was sick or had some other health problem. It’s a shame that his hard work wasn’t more celebrated.
Lisa Laurion gained the motivation to lose weight after attending her own son’s wedding. Seeing pictures of herself while weighing 250 pounds, she didn’t like how she looked. So Lisa decided to start cutting many things out of her diet to begin her weight loss journey. The first thing she cut out of her diet was ice cream and coffee.
Then she joined the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Program, which helped her shed even more weight. Lisa then removed flour from her diet and measured her meals three times a day to ensure that she was eating the right portion. By the end of it all, she ended up losing almost 100 pounds, all at the age of 60! Of course, she has plans to keep the weight off forever due to her new lifestyle.
Martine had had enough of her weight after having her second child. She weighed roughly 225 pounds and attributed it to her bad eating habits while pregnant with her second child. She ate whatever she wanted, even getting up in the middle of the night to eat a bowl of cereal before going right back to bed. However, after her second child stopped breastfeeding, she realized that she could no longer blame her bad eating habits on being pregnant. She couldn’t play with her six-year-old either without losing her breath.
So she decided to take matters into her own hands. She used to be an active runner, too. However, Martine knew that she couldn’t use the same weight-loss tactics as before because of her age. Instead, she decided to put intermittent fasting to the test after seeing how well it worked for other people on social media. In a single year, she ended up losing about 80 pounds!