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9 Inspiring Weight Loss Stories

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The man who lost 183 pounds after doctors warned him he’d die by 30

At 383 pounds, Ryan Clarke, a 24-year-old Nova Scotian, was depressed, anxious, and experiencing chest pains and other health issues. His doctor told him that if something didn’t give, he’d be dead by 30. With a second kid on the way, it was time for a change. “He just woke up that one day and said ‘enough is enough,’” Ryan’s wife, Alyssa Clarke, explained.

Ryan made the transformation in just ten months, but it was by no means easy. He maintains his weight loss wth an hour of cardio in the morning before heading to school for his paralegal studies. In the evening, he does an hour and a half of weight training. He’s overhauled his food and even his group of friends, choosing instead to surround himself with people who keep him motivated. Alyssa says it’s these people, especially his new friends at the gym, who keep him going.

Now, Ryan wants to inspire others to make a change for the better through his Facebook and Instagram pages. Everyone is different, but he wants people to know nothing is impossible. (Source)

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The man who lost 300 pounds in just 15 months through yoga

The man who lost 300 pounds in just 15 months through yoga

At his heaviest, Jared Mollenkopf weighed 490 stone and had resigned himself to being fat all his life. However, just after he turned 40, he decided to make a change.

In just 15 months, Jared, who works for the Utah Symphony, lost a staggering 21 stone (300 pounds) and is now enjoying a brand new lease on life. He went from being unable to get down on the floor to performing complex yoga moves, thanks to DDP Yoga. In the video below, he shares his miraculous weight loss journey.

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The mom who once ate 5,000 calories worth of chocolate a day and became a bodybuilder

The mom who once ate 5,000 calories worth of chocolate a day and became a bodybuilder

A mother-of-two who once ate 5,000 calories worth of chocolate a day has transformed from obese to bodybuilder—after fat-shaming herself by posting a video of her “massive” belly online and inviting people to make comments.

The unusual method worked. Nathalia Teixeira has gone from 266 pounds (a UK size 18) to 150 pounds a UK( size eight). The 29-year-old said she ate an “insane amount of junk food,” and ballooned to a US size 22 by May 2012. After being uncomfortable and disgusted with herself, she got a personal trainer to kick her into action with an intensive routine and soon began competing in bodybuilding competitions.

Now the Ph.D. psychology student wears a US size four and weighs 11 stone. Just 12% of that is body fat.

Nathalia, who hails from Brazil but now lives in New York City, said she has a lot of stretch marks, but they do not bother her, as they are part of her story. (Source)

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The Italian man who lost 101 pounds by eating pizza every day

The Italian man who lost 101 pounds by eating pizza every day

You can lose weight by eating pizza every day—for real. Just ask Pasquale Cozzolino, an Italian chef who claims to have lost 101 pounds in seven months.

Cozzolino moved from Italy to America and fell in love with junk food that wasn’t as readily available in his home country as it is in the U.S. Four years later, he had gained a lot of weight. At his heaviest, Cozzolino—who stands 6-feet-6inches tall—was 370 pounds. His doctor warned him that he could have a heart attack. He decided to make a change and cut his caloric intake to 2,700 calories a day with a homemade Margherita pizza he made for lunch every day.

He supplements his pizza with a big breakfast and a small dinner: multigrain cereal with fruit, orange juice, and coffee for breakfast, and a small salad with protein paired with a glass of wine for dinner.

The key secret behind Cozzolino’s miracle diet? Natural foods, he said. (Source)

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The army wife who surprised her husband with her 96 pound weight loss on his return from Afghanistan

The army wife who surprised her husband with her 96 pound weight loss on his return from Afghanistan

Misty Shaffer struggled with her weight all her life. When her husband was deployed to Afghanistan for a year, the Leland, NC woman decided to use his absence to commit herself to losing weight so she could surprise him when he came home.

In the year that Army Spc. Larry Shaffer was gone, Misty changed the way she ate. She switched to whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats. She drank more water and controlled her portion sizes. Shaffer was a size 20 and tipped the scales at 250 pounds when she started. A year after, she weighed 154 pounds.

When Larry got off the plane, he was stunned by his wife’s appearance. She was standing behind friends and family who had gathered to welcome him home, and when the crowd parted, he got his first look at his newly slender wife.

In the year that the Shaffers were apart, the couple would Skype, and Misty would send her husband pictures of their daughter and herself, but she made sure that the images only showed her from the neck up. Her friends and family helped keep the secret, too. (Source)

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The man who lost 400 pounds with help from the bodybuilders he used to make fun of

The man who lost 400 pounds with help from the bodybuilders he used to make fun of

A Michigan man who threw his weight around online lost more than 400 pounds, with help from the bodybuilders he used to troll.

Jesse Shand, 28, said he would target fitness buffs online from the safety of his mother’s home to feel better about his massive weight gain, which reached 700 pounds. After getting Shand to share a picture of himself, the weightlifters shared tips on how he could shed his weight.

“I said I was too fat to exercise, but they said I could just sit in my chair and flop around to lose weight,” Shand explained. “So that’s what I did – it was my first ever workout. By the time I was done, I was tired and sweaty, but it worked.”

Shand, who wants to drop 15 more pounds, is trying to raise funds for the $20,000 surgery to remove his flabby skin. (Source)

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The photographer who documented her 150 pound weight loss in a creative photo series

The photographer who documented her 150 pound weight loss in a creative photo series

Before and after weight-loss photos are nothing new, but photographer Blake Morrow and his subject, Beth Beard, have changed the game with their photo series “The Beth Project.”

Morrow photographed his longtime friend in different scenarios before her gastric bypass surgery in 2012 and two years later, after Beard, 41, had lost 150 lbs. He then Photoshopped the pictures so “before Beth” was interacting with “after Beth.”

With her theater background, Beard had no problem recreating the characters in the series—from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. (Source 1 | Source 2)

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The trainer who purposely gained 70 pounds to lose weight with a client

The trainer who purposely gained 70 pounds to lose weight with a client

To inspire his client to lose weight, a dedicated personal trainer gained 70 lbs in less than four months so that they could get in shape together.

To reach the desired weight, fitness expert Adonis Hill had to stop his exercise routine and take in 7,000 calories per day. The trainer surprised his client, Alissa Kane, who joined the show “Fit to Fat to Fit” as a last-ditch effort to lose some pounds.

Hill, 35, had overcome his own battle with depression and obesity. In his late twenties, his depression led him to put on weight through comfort eating, but before he reached 29, he was able to turn it around and lose 100 lbs. Kane, on the other hand, had been overweight most of her life. The trainer from Brooklyn figured that going through the weight loss journey together would best motivate his client.

Four months later, both Hill and Kane had reached their goals–with the trainer losing 57 pounds and his client shedding 58 pounds. (Source)

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The woman who lost over 100 pounds because she was unable to play with her son

The woman who lost over 100 pounds because she was unable to play with her son

A woman who said she couldn’t get up from the floor due to her excessive weight has shed more than seven stone. Jennifer Gillam, 28, used to weigh 250 pounds and was a size 22. With her weight affecting her ability to play with her two-year-old son, Taylor, she decided enough was enough. She embarked on a mission to shed the pounds by adopting a healthier diet, and nd even managed to inspire others to lose weight with the help of Weight Watchers.

Gillam added that Facebook also played a part in her weight loss transformation—she could see how big she used to be in photos and it would spur her on to lose even more weight. (Source)

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