Major weight loss transformations aren't just something you see on TV. Women with big goals are getting after it every day without a camera crew and crazy trainers—and they're keeping the weight off. Here's how some of the women from Women's Health weight loss success stories revamped their eating and exercise habits to lose over 150 pounds each.
Before: 388 After: 173
A Groupon for a boxing class inspired Desiree to give exercise a shot. After her first (super-hard) class, she signed up for a membership. She began taking group classes three to four times a week. She also began eating a diet consisting of 40 percent protein, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent carbs, and learned how to cook.
Though it was annoying to keep a close eye on what she was prepping for the week, she got the hang of it. That's when the weight started to come off quickly. When Desiree hit a plateau, she started taking classes five to six times a week and added strength training to her routine. Two years later, she hit 173 pounds.
Learn more about her journey here.
Before: 401 After: 204
While driving home from work one day, a light bulb went off in 22-year-old Annamarie's head. She decided she needed to get a gym membership and start working out. She began by walking each day and adding more distance until she reached three miles.
When it came to her eating habits, Annamarie swapped her 48-cans-a-week Diet Coke addiction for water and began grilling and baking lean protein and veggies. She also launched an Instagram account documenting her progress (@weightlosswithannamarie). Today she has more than 70,000 followers.
See the rest of her story here.
3. PAMELA BAUER
Before: 278 After: 127
Though she'd tried numerous carb-free diets, Pamela always ended up gaining back any weight she lost. But when she decided to get fit for good, she realized that whole grains, lean protein, and lots of veggies were all important parts of her diet. By adding 45 minutes of exercise (including two cardio days and three strength sessions) five days a week, she dropped 60 pounds in six months.
As she progressed, she increased her calorie intake to 1,800 calories a day, started working more protein into her diet, and began lifting heavier weights. Two years later, she hit 127 pounds.
Check out her whole story here.
To see the other women who have lost over 150 pounds, click here for the original story!