Get inspired by these DailyBurn success stories, which showcase real people who committed to fitness and saw results that were way beyond average.
If you need a little push to actually stick to your New Year’s resolution to shape up this year, look no further. These people lost weight in just about every way imaginable, overcoming a variety of obstacles along the way.
One man experienced extraordinary success slimming down post-college by exercising for as little as 15 minutes a day. And another built muscle definition within a few months — after not having touched weights in nearly a year. Need some extra motivation as you slog through slow treadmill miles? You’ll be touched by one woman’s story of how her wedding photos finally motivated her to slim down. These folks overcame injuries, made time in their busy lives, and committed to getting fit once and for all.
Bottom line: If they can do it, so can you. Find out what finally caused these six men and women to say goodbye to being overweight for good — and which programs worked for them.
6 Weight Loss Success Stories That Will Motivate You All Year
Lost weight working out just 15 minutes a day
Weight loss wake up call: Ryan was hired as a freshman orientation guide at his college — the first job that required him to dress up for work. He decided to go shopping for some khakis and was shocked when he tried on his first pair. The pants were a size 40 — which Ryan had been for years — and they were too small. He bought them anyway as motivation to help jumpstart his weight loss.
Secret to success: DailyBurn’s DB15 Challenge. “It was so addictive,” says Ryan. “And there was no excuse to skip a day — each workout was only about 15 minutes.” He adds, “I take it one day at a time. When I can put on new clothes that are a smaller size and look good in them, it’s the biggest confidence booster. And I have so much more confidence in myself now than I’ve ever had in my life.”
Shed 30 pounds after a car accident nearly paralyzed him
Weight loss wake up call: On May 16, 2011, while his wife and kids were safe at home, Will’s life was turned upside down. He got into a horrible automobile accident. At 40 years old, he was paralyzed. “I was rolled out to my car and instant devastation and depression set in,” he remembers. “I basically saw my life go downhill at that moment.” So Will planted himself in front of the TV and ate and ate and ate until he topped the scales at 318 pounds.
Luckily, Will’s wife had not given up hope. With two daughters who needed to be walked down the aisle by their father later in their lives, she began to look for a new neurosurgeon willing to meet her husband. After a long surgery and grueling physical therapy, Will began to get the feeling back in his legs and was eventually walking again. “They were saying it was a miracle,” he says. Will knew he now had to do something about his weight.
Secret to success: Modifications. “When I started doing True Beginner I had to use a chair to modify every move. Now it’s nice to have the chair, but I don’t need it. I can do push-ups and sit-ups and my strength is back.”
Dropped 80 pounds after her husband’s insurance was denied
Weight loss wake up call: The 23-year-old’s husband was denied life insurance on account of his weight. That was the moment Kacey knew she and her husband had to make a change. After several unsuccessful diet and exercise attempts, she weighed in at 232 pounds.
Secret to success: After committing to DailyBurn’s nutrition plan and beginning Cardio Sculpt, Kacey was down 18 pounds. She’d dropped two inches from both her waist and hips, and she and her husband were feeling more energized from the meal plan. Together, Kacey and her husband cleaned their pantry of all their favorite unhealthy foods, and began cooking homemade meals, consisting of nutritious whole foods like fruits, vegetables and chicken.
“I remember that moment when I was eating and felt that, ‘You’re full!’ signal for the first time,” says Kacey. “I’d never felt that before and it felt amazing to listen to my body.” In January, after finishing the three-month fitness program, Kacey weighed 198 pounds. She lost 32 pounds, 4.5 inches off her waist, and 5 inches off her hips and stomach. “It’s not about your willpower; it’s about a plan,” she says. “If you set yourself up with a good plan and make smart decisions prior to the moment when you need them the most, healthy choices will be easy.”
Lost 30 pounds, gained muscle — and got killer abs
Weight loss wake up call: After not having touched a weight for about 12 months, one of Josh’s volleyball teammates invited him to try a new DailyBurn weight training program, Live to Fail. The six-day-a-week “LTF” program focuses on building muscle and definition by lifting to failure. Josh was a bit reluctant to sign on at first; he wanted to sit back and just enjoy his summer. “I decided if I kept saying ‘I don’t know if I want to do it right now,’ I’d never do it,” says Josh. “So I said ‘OK, I’m in.’”
Secret to success: For Josh, the video format made a big difference. “It was much more helpful to see the moves done in front of you versus reading about how to do them, or looking at a picture in a book or magazine.” Josh committed to going all-in with the LTF nutrition program as well. Being from the South, the Mississippi-native knew it wouldn’t be easy to give up rich sauces and fried meals for clean, whole foods. He began cooking all of his own food, and because he was used to flavorful meals, Josh turned to spices and condiments like mustard, which tasted great and still kept him within his macros. He adds, “I put a Post-It note on my computer monitor, too, so I knew when to eat … Every two and a half to three hours I would have a meal.”
Her wedding photos were her weight loss wake up call
Weight loss wake up call: When her wedding photos arrived, Kayla got a stark wake-up call about her weight. “The photos were completely devastating to me,” Kayla says. She hated the way she looked on her wedding day, and in her dress. “I don’t have a single photo from that day out in my house. They are all shoved away.” But painful as it was, those photos motivated Kayla to finally step on a scale. It read 209 pounds.
Secret to success: One of the keys to Kayla’s slim-down: Scheduling her workouts at the same time every day — between 9 and 10 a.m. — even on weekends. “It gives me enough time to have breakfast, wait for the food to settle, and then do my work out,” Kayla says. “Then, afterwards, I have my protein shake and lunch.” Now, she says, “My waist is so much smaller; my butt is more lifted. I feel like if I wanted to sign up for a 5K tomorrow, I could do it.”
Overcame an old ankle injury to get fit again
Weight loss wake up call: Weighing in at 240 pounds in March 2012, Sharon connected with an old friend who was living actively despite personal health struggles. “I said to myself, ‘OK wait a minute, if she could get up every day during a difficult time in her life, I could get over my ankle injury,” says Sharon.
Secret to success: Sharon wanted to do more than just run; she knew other types of exercise had major benefits as well, such as resistance training to increase strength and calorie-burning potential. “I would go to gyms, but I always felt alone,” says Sharon. “Trainers weren’t able to modify moves so they would push me, but I wasn’t able to do what they wanted.” Sharon realized she needed to go back to basics and relearn the foundation of training from the beginning. That’s when she found DailyBurn’s True Beginner.
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