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I do wonder though, what did you drink before switching over to water entirely? I had gastric bypass 21 months ago and have lost a total of 80 lbs. I am fortunately thin, but unfortunately not that healthy. Cardio for Belly and Butt Fat Loss. I learned proper exercise just from asking people in the gym and on social media. You can enter your weight-loss story here.

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Sadly, his sister passed away in June After his weight hit a plateau, he turned to intermittent fasting, which helped him shed the last 50 lbs. Now, he eats from only 12pm to 8pm every day. Outside of that window he allows himself black tea, black coffee and water.

He even began recommending his routine to patients. You should definitely talk to your own doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan. Bernard eventually signed up with a personal trainer at the gym, Bodies by Burgoon , and started training two to three times a week in weight lifting, pylometrics, boxing and more. She also revamped her diet , ditching her processed, carb-heavy meals for lean proteins, healthy fats and vegetables. A year later, she had dropped lbs.

She even became a trainer at the gym that helped her lose weight. It feels like a lifetime ago. If I can lose lbs. Rachel Saintfort had never let her weight be a source of stress.

However, she continued to gradually gain weight and reached her highest, lbs. Saintfort decided to try dieting, but nothing stuck. Then, in January , she got a wake up call. The case manager, 32, decided to cut out fast food and soda and started doing daily 3-mile walks around the lake in her town. She also started documenting her weight loss journey on her Instagram account, MsLbs , and set a goal to drop lbs.

Less than 12 months later, she reached her goal. As for life as an in-demand model and social media influencer: The Wisconsin native also struggled with health issues.

In her early teens she was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS and sleep apnea. Now down 84 lbs. As for her best advice to those struggling with their weight: Growing up, Kathleen Golding had always been overweight. She finally decided to make a change and turned to gastric bypass surgery, which she underwent in June Now, Golding says she is finally at peace with her body.

After a family hiking excursion proved too taxing for his lb. It was a hard-hitting moment. He entered a transformation challenge for motivation. Peterson, now lbs. Her real turning point, though, was when she realized she could no longer fit in the desks at her college, and had to put her education on hold.

She also began working out slowly, with short walks and swims. I can work anywhere. With a diet of six to eight chocolate bars a day, fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, Perdue was lbs. Perdue signed up for Optavia, a packaged meal plan, and learned how to eat balanced meals of a protein and three servings of vegetables.

That along with minute walks helped her lose lbs. I still remember the day that the switch flipped for me — July 19, — and I decided I was done living like this. The Medina, Ohio, resident says until that point she was drinking five or more cans of soda a day, eating large quantities of food and stopping at the drive-thru daily.

Spurred into action, Rachow says she started small, first cutting out soda and only eating food she cooked at home. After I had lost lbs. I became fascinated by fitness and seeing what new things I could accomplish with my body. I do things that I never dreamed were possible like running races, lifting heavy weights, and completing a sprint triathlon. A few weeks after his father-in-law was admitted to the hospital, Bauler, who weighed lbs.

He first focused on exercising and eventually made changes to his diet, sticking to 1, calories a day and smaller portion sizes for one year. Now the year-old runs everyday and has completed endurance competitions like Ironman and Ragnar. I like to join training groups and training clubs because of the friendships and accountability it creates.

It would be easy for me to blow off a mile run at 5: After reaching her highest weight of lbs. Powell was overweight as a child, eating a diet full of processed foods and little water and vegetables. In college, Powell says she dramatically gained more weight. Powell joined her local YMCA, gradually increasing her workouts until she was going 4 to 5 days a week for 60 to 90 minutes. She also changed her eating habits, replacing sugary sweets with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Within the first six months she lost lbs. Cloutier, 36, always felt like an outsider growing up. She weighed lbs. After her first pregnancy with her daughter in , Cloutier hit lbs.

As she worked to get back into a postpartum fitness routine, Cloutier discovered Zumba, and fell in love with group fitness classes. Three weeks after her first class, she became a certified trainer, and started teaching classes. By , the demand had gotten so large that she opened her own fitness studio, and now runs it along with her full-time job. Between her severe anxiety, depression and her weight — lbs.

Then at age 26, Bolden was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, and learned she would have trouble conceiving a child. And just a few years later, in Feb. Bolden started tracking everything she ate on MyFitnessPal, and took up swimming, hiking and weightlifting.

After three and a half years, she lost lbs. She also started a fitness blog and Instagram , and even won a bodybuilding competition.

She went from lbs. When her son was six months-old, the Richmond, Georgia resident became pregnant with her daughter and gained even more weight. I had trouble catching my breath; I had hip issues and a lot of body aches.

That excuse is now my motivation for everything I do. Weighing in at lbs. Gause was ready to make a change, and he immediately joined Live in Fitness, a residential weight loss community.

There, he completely revamped his diet plan to focus on lean proteins and vegetables, and started exercising. In , Samantha Call lost her father to heart disease. He was 48 years-old and struggled with obsesity. In early , Call found success with Atkins.

And after a year and a half got down to lbs. Call has maintained her weight loss for about seven years. Now, she cooks healthy meals at home vegetables home with her fiancé and devotes an hour before work to exercise. Says the Callis, Maine resident: Jason Cohen always struggled with his weight. At his highest, he hit nearly lbs. A big motivator to help him acheive and maintain his lbs. At over lbs. She also continues to share her weight loss journey on Instagram.

Along with her husband Myron, Hyman has now lost over lbs. Hyman, who works out with a trainer 3 to 4 times per week, is now a finalist in her sixth Isabody Challenge. Although she was happy and confident in her body, Jovana Borojevic was shocked when she finally stepped on a scale. The digital marketing strategist, now 24, immediately cut out starchy carbs, refined foods, sugar and most packaged food. In a month she dropped almost 20 lbs. Allie Ruby was determined to lose weight — and get her long-desired six-pack — after her poor college eating habits left her at lbs.

She started weightlifting, which kept her in amazing shape but pushed her weight up again, this time with muscle instead of fat. Seeing the numbers creep back up the scale caused self-doubt. Jobity was always fit growing up, but when she was mistreated in a relationship, she turned to food to cope. I just kind of tuned out of the world, and food became my everything. By , Jobity had hit her highest weight of lbs.

Jobity decided to get healthy — mentally and physically. She started taking boot camp classes and sought counseling to deal with her emotional issues. What She Eats Now: Jobity cut out fried food and soda and eats a diet focused on fruits, vegetables and lean protein.

Her Best Weight Loss Tip: The mind is a powerful thing through the weight loss journey, more than anything else. A lot of weight loss is mental. Teeter had struggled with her weight her whole life, and found herself weighing over lbs. She began keeping a food diary and joined a gym. Teeter made healthy swaps for junk food and keeps track of her macronutrient intake. The Spokane, Washington-based health and weight loss strategy coach stays active with running, hiking and gym sessions.

After having her second child, she knew she wanted to make a change. I wanted to experience new things and felt my size was holding me back. Kavanagh decided she did not want to undergo weight loss surgery after seeing relatives who ended up gaining their weight back. Instead, she focused on finding workouts she actually enjoyed and tracking what she ate. For years, Helen Costa-Giles had no real motivation to lose some of her lb.

But in , her yearly checkup took a somber turn when the mom of two learned that she was on track to develop chronic health problems because of her size. Determined, she immediately threw out all processed and preservative-filled foods, and started eating a clean diet. In just six months, with no exercise, she dropped close to 90 lbs.

Costa-Giles then added weightlifting to her days, and fell in love. I kind of got obsessed because for the first time in my life, my body was actually doing what I asked it to do.

Costa-Giles now runs free exercise classes in her hometown of San Antonio at 4 a. Dustin LaJaunie has come along way from the lbs. The group is a safe place for people to share their stories and struggles and to motivate one another to lose the weight.

As with cardio intervals, strength intervals like these won't work if your reps aren't high-intensity. Continue alternating between the exercises for a set time -- 10 or 15 minutes, for example -- keeping track of how many total sets you can do.

In following sessions, try to beat your score by finishing more sets in that time or by finishing the same number of sets but with tougher weights. Density training sessions are great to add to the end of a traditional strength training workout, Jack says.

For a complete density training workout, he suggests performing multiple time blocks in the same session, using new exercise pairings for each. Other pairs he recommends include a goblet squat with a single-arm dumbbell row, a reverse lunge with pushups or pulldowns, deadlifts with dumbbell overhead presses or split squats with a rowing exercise.

Countdown workouts also use exercise pairs and are a motivating way to finish a workout, says Mike Wunsch, performance director at Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California. With each round of the exercise pair, the workout involves one fewer rep of each move -- moving from sets of six to five to four, and so forth, until the count reaches zero. That finish-line mentality can keep you going. As with density training, Wunsch recommends pairing opposing exercises for countdowns, but also suggests picking moves that have a rhythm.

Moves like the kettlebell swing, squat thrusts and pushups work well. Wunsch says stress-busting med ball slams and throws can add to the fun. Moves like these, he explains, can result in injury if your form falters while performing exercises at a fast pace. For the same reason, he also advises avoiding overhead-pressing moves like dumbbell thrusters. To try your own countdown, choose a pair of exercises from Wunsch's following list.

Start by performing six reps of the first exercise, then six of the other move. Return to the first exercise and perform five reps, then do five reps of the second exercise.

Continue alternating in this way until you reach zero. In each workout after that, add one rep to every exercise, Wunsch says. If one countdown isn't enough, choose a second pair from the list of exercises or create your own pair of opposing moves. To combat boredom and train faster and harder, Rooney designed a workout protocol around that's kept him lean: He calls this workout "the hurricane.

Each hurricane is broken into three groups of three exercises, called rounds. This design allows users to build muscle and keep their heart rates up throughout the workout, which usually lasts between 16 and 22 minutes. Like the storm after which they're named, hurricane workouts are categorized into five levels, each one an increased challenge.

If you're new to intense training, Rooney suggests starting with Category 1. Details on these workouts, including exercise descriptions, can be found on Rooney's website. Individuals who are more fit can start with Category 3 hurricanes, like this sample workout:.

Begin by warming up for the workout, then move to round 1. For all rounds in this workout, perform 1 set of each exercise, then move to the next exercise. Complete the entire round three times before moving to the next round. Run on a treadmill at Perform a kettlebell Turkish getup four times on each side of the body.

Repeat this sequence three times. Run on a treadmill at 11 mph and a 10 percent incline for 25 seconds. Perform 10 dips and 15 reps of the barbell rollout. Next perform 10 reps of the G. Then perform 20 reps of the knee grab. While interval training is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and fat, it's still tough to lose that pound with exercise alone.

To understand why, take a look at this calorie expenditure equation for men from the "Journal of Sports Sciences": Using that formula, a year-old man weighing lb. Now imagine the same man eats a delivered pepperoni pizza that night -- though certainly an odd choice for an exerciser looking to melt fat -- with each slice coming in at calories.

If he chooses to eat four slices instead of three, he'll probably finish the extra slice in about 45 seconds. To work that off, he'd have to perform intervals at the same pace for almost 45 minutes.

Women can calculate a similar scenario using the following equation: Video of the Day. Interval Training on a Stationary Bike. How to Get Smaller Thighs Quickly.

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