Sydney Pershing, 32, Miami
Now: 125 lbs, size 4-6
Before: 287 lbs, size 22-24
How she did it: Started biking, first just a few blocks at a time, eventually building up to longer rides. Sydney also started eating more vegetables and lean protein instead of pizza, and eventually lost 162 pounds.
Angie Filardo, 35, Verona, Wis.
Now: 128 lbs, size 4-6
Before: 368 lbs, size 26-28
How she did it: Cut calories and started exercising, rewarding herself along the way with a new handbag or workout gear for reaching mini targets, like walking 15 minutes each day
Ashli Johnson, 34, Cookeville, Tenn.
Now: 140 lbs, size 6-8
Before: 206 lbs, size 14
How she did it: Cut back on calories. Ashli switched to ordering kids' meals at the fast-food restaurants she loves and ate only a serving of her favorite snacks, so she could still enjoy her favorite foods. She also started exercising, and ran a 5K for the first time.
Doree Kalfen, 52, Deerfield, Ill.
Now: 126 lbs, size 4
Before: 230 lbs, size 20
How she did it: Started walking (and then running!) and eating six small meals a day full of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats
Petrita Red, 37, San Francisco
Now: 162 lbs, size 12
Before: 274 lbs, size 20
How she did it: Traded candy bars, fast food, and soda for veggies, and started jogging and kickboxing
Jen West, 31, Birmingham, Ala.
Now: 145 lbs, size 8
Before: 192 lbs, size 14
How she did it: Started a weight-loss blog and posted photos in a bikini every week to track her progress, upped her exercise, and adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan
Sarah Schallern, 34, Falls Church, Va.
Now: 155 lbs, size 10
Before: 300 lbs, size 28
How she did it: Joined Weight Watchers and started biking
Starla Wilkins, 35, Hoover, Ala.
Now: 146 lbs, size 10
Before: 176 lbs, size 14
How she did it: Started playing soccer and Wii Just Dance with her sons and adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan
Julia Gressick, 28, Madison, Wisc.
Now: 130 lbs, size 6
Before: 223 lbs, size 20
How she did it: Started exercising and using Nutrisystem to help her eat at regular meal times. Julia lost 38 pounds right off the bat, and then upped her exercise routine, finishing her first marathon 93 pounds lighter.
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