5 Inspiring Weight Loss Stories

Bikini Season

With spring break behind us and summer just around the corner, now is the annual “swimsuit diet” time for many.

If this makes you groan and want to reach for the sweatpants, you’re not alone.

A new study has found that even just imagining yourself trying on swimsuit in a dressing room is enough to make you depressed.

So what’s a discouraged dieter to do?

Well, check out some of these before-and-after photos of some women who have been there.

Everyone could use an extra dose of motivation, so read on!


caroline jhingory
Age: 28
Pounds Lost: 123
Weight-Loss Tip: “I find flattering and affordable exercise clothes at discount shops, like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Wearing something I feel good in—rather than an old college tee—inspires me to go to the gym.”


dana bland
Age: 40
Pounds Lost: 190
Weight-Loss Tip: “When dining out, I always ask if the chef can make my meal without butter or oil. Even healthy-sounding dishes can be bathed in grease.”


heidi axelrod
Age: 42
Pounds Lost: 50
Weight-Loss Tip: “Every Sunday I write down what I’m going to eat in my food journal. It makes grocery shopping easier and lets me pencil in ‘cheats,’ like a piece of cake when I know I’ll be attending a birthday party.”


mitchie sarmiento
Age: 31
Pounds Lost: 75
Weight-Loss Tip: “Eating five to six small meals—like cottage cheese with blueberries, and grilled fish with quinoa and steamed broccoli—seemed like so much food, but it worked out to fewer calories.”


tracy johnson
Age: 27
Pounds Lost: 40
Weight-Loss Tip: “Someone once told me that you should never do anything today that you can’t do for the rest of your life. So I didn’t starve myself or work out for three hours at a clip because I knew I couldn’t sustain that for very long.”


Read more weight loss tips (and see more inspiring before-and-after photos) by checking out the full list at Shape!

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