13 People Who Lost 40+ Pounds Tell How They Changed Their Bodies

Real weight-loss stories that will motivate the hell outta you.

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they lost weight with major-but-doable lifestyle changes. We received a lot of stories from people who set out to lose weight for a variety of reasons — some for health reasons, others who wanted to accomplish specific life goals, and others who wanted to change their appearance or fit into their favorite clothes again. And all of them crushed it.

Get into strength training to feel powerful AF.

Get into strength training to feel powerful AF.

“I do strength training three times a week. I started with mostly bodyweight exercises (lunges, squats, and push-ups) and now use a lot of free weights. Strength transformed my body. Suddenly I had… muscles, and I've lost inches all over and my clothes fit better. I also just love being strong and being able to lift things. Not losing my breath when I go up stairs is amazing. Being stronger feels amazing — I can do things I never did before and always want to challenge myself.”

—Yasmin Castro, 29 (lost 100 pounds over two years)

Courtesy Yasmin Castro

Start moving and stay accountable by finding a group workout to participate in.

Start moving and stay accountable by finding a group workout to participate in.

“In the summer of 2012, I moved to a new city and some of my new co-workers invited me to join them on a weekly Saturday morning run. They were inviting, not intimidating, and so supportive. Those runs are what helped me stick with it. It was certainly hard, but that group included runners of all skill and experience levels. Not only was a group run a way to hold myself accountable, but it was also a lot of fun.

When I started out, I had chosen a two-mile loop, and it was my goal to conquer that loop. Starting out, I would run maybe 20% of it, and walk the rest. But each run I would challenge myself to run a little bit more, incrementally, until I could run the whole thing.”

—Andrew, 31 (lost 160 pounds over two and a half years)

Courtesy Andrew


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