His snacks: “Anything low-carb -- cheese, turkey, even cooked shrimp.”
How he stayed on track: “An app called Run Tracker let me see my progress. My family motivated me, too. I wanted to be healthy for them.”
Jessica Partain, jewelry designer, Charlottesville, VA
Lost 31 pounds
How she lost it: Partain took a high-tech approach. She went to an exercise lab to check her resting metabolic rate and used an online calculator to estimate how many calories she burned daily.
Then, she tracked the foods she ate in a journal, staying several hundred calories under that threshold every day.
“I also did activities that didn’t feel like exercise, like salsa dancing and hiking, and added effort to daily activities, like walking to errands.”
Her advice: “Instead of following restrictive rules, I ate the way I plan to eat the rest of my life. There’s no perfect way to lose weight and no good or bad foods, only what works best for you.”
Eli Sapharti, weight loss coach, Miami, FL
Lost 110 pounds
How he lost it: Walking 15 minutes each day and giving up sugary beverages. Then every 2 weeks, Sapharti added time and intensity to his walks.
“I started jogging just 10 seconds, but eventually I was running 5Ks, then 10Ks, then half-marathons.”
His snacks: “Rice cakes with sugar-free jelly, air popcorn, and grapes.”
How he stayed on track: “I didn’t focus on the weight I had to lose or how long it would take me, but the difference I saw in my body and how I felt.”
His advice: “Weight loss is about breaking down the seemingly impossible into small possibilities. Do something today to get a little healthier.”