Before and after pictures of man with 16 months nutrition and exercise changes and losing 180 lbs.

Amazing Before & After weight loss transformations

Sometimes the hardest part of making a big alter is getting motivated. Which is why we’ve found 22 seriously animating women who have lost anywhere from 84 to 206 pounds. Their weight-loss secret? Good old-fashioned healthy eating and exercising.

KIRSTEN HELLE, SAMMAMISH, WA

“At 25, I was named with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and prediabetes, but I figured that was the norm because my family has a story of heart disease. Then one day I was sitting on the couch watching my 2-year-old daughter play. I realized that if I continued down that path, she would follow in my footprints. Right then and there I decided to create a healthy new family legacy.”

weight loss 20 poundsMy Weight-Loss Secret: “I was too embarrassed to go to the gym, so I committed to walking three times a day for 10 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes I’d just walk in situ in front of the TV. After a year, I’d lost about 40 pounds through a combo of diet and exercise. Then I got pregnant with my son. I kept walking, and eight months after he was born, I’d lost 63 more pounds. I’ve kept off the weight for nine years, and today, I still walk about two miles, three days a week.”

What else helped: “If my plate looks barren, it’s hard for me to feel full. Now I always make sure to cover it with vegetables so it’s piled high with nutrient food.”

VANESSA HERRON, THOUSAND OAKS, CA

“A doctor’s visit in February 2014 was my wakeup call in. I was 242 pounds, prediabetic, and my blood pressure was sky-high. I knew it was dangerous, and I had to focus on getting healthy. The problem: I’m a working mom of four kids ranging in age from 14 to 22, so I have limited time.”

TALLENA JOHNSON weight loTALLENA JOHNSON, FREMONT, MA

“When I was really heavy, I felt like people were staring at me, so I didn’t go into stores or restaurants by myself. I’d walk with my head down and avert eye contact. My mom had a heart attack at age 41, when I was 19, and that was never far from my brain. On my 39th birthday in 2012, I hit 250 pounds and thought, I’m going to die if I don’t do something. So I set a finish to get under 200 pounds by age 40.”

DINA SKEELSDINA SKEELS, NORMANDY PARK, WA

“Facebook spurred my translation four years ago. I was 240 pounds and saw a photo of myself at a friend’s wedding. My arms looked tremendous. I was so embarrassed that I untagged myself and set my brain to making changes.”