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Weight reduction is a high New 12 months’s decision each January — made extra intriguing this yr as new weight-loss medication may make the aim extra practical than ever for folks with weight problems.

In the event you’re searching for inspiration after weeks of vacation overeating, meet among the women and men who remodeled their our bodies — and their well being — in 2023.

Listed below are among the high TODAY.com weight-loss journeys from this yr and suggestions for weight-loss success in 2024 from members of Begin TODAY:

Strolling and weight loss plan adjustments helped her lose 114 kilos, treatment acid reflux disorder

Missy Gillenwater, 50, weighed 277 kilos when she started her strolling routine. Following physician’s orders, she additionally modified her weight loss plan after being identified with acid reflux disorder.

Gillenwater lower out fried and fatty meals, soda, tomato-based meals, pink meat, bread and pasta. She targeted on consuming contemporary greens and lighter meats, reminiscent of hen, salmon and turkey. She additionally walks 10 to 13 miles a day.

She’s misplaced 114 kilos, and now not has to take blood strain and acid reflux disorder drugs.

Gillenwater advises others to take photographs at each stage of the journey to maintain themselves motivated.

Girl says 100-pound weight reduction helped detect breast most cancers

It took a number of tries, however Tamara Loving, 45, lastly ended the cycle of weight acquire, loss and regain.

She joined WeightWatchers on and off for years, finally shedding 122 kilos and sustaining the load loss since 2016.

With a household historical past of breast most cancers, Loving had been present process common mammograms. She was identified with the illness in 2017.

“The docs have stated, ‘I believe your weight reduction saved your life.’ As a result of I don’t know if I nonetheless had been 260 kilos that something would have been present in that mammogram,” she tells TODAY.com.

She’s maintained her wholesome consuming and train habits, figuring out 5 days every week, and has been cancer-free.

Over time, Tamara Loving misplaced weight after which regained it earlier than efficiently shedding greater than 100 kilos in 2016.Courtesy Tamara Loving

Girl misplaced 96 kilos in 1 yr by strolling and cooking at dwelling

Melissa Paluch, 44, was annoyed when her weight reached 275 kilos. She had diabetes, hypertension, borderline excessive ldl cholesterol and sleep apnea.

Her physician beneficial consuming 1,300 to 1,400 energy a day, so Paluch started specializing in consuming much less at dinner.

She now plans her dinners for the week on Sunday nights, which helps her in the reduction of on takeout meals. She drinks 100 ounces of water a day and walks 3 miles every day.

She’s misplaced 96 kilos and improved her well being.

Paluch advises others to be affected person: “You didn’t put the load on in a single day, and also you’re not shedding it in a single day,” she says.

Melissa Paluch before and after her weight loss.
Melissa Paluch earlier than and after her weight reduction.Courtesy Melissa Paluch

Girl loses 123 kilos with new weight-loss drug: ‘I used to be shocked’

Docs name Zepbound the best weight-loss medicine at present in the marketplace. Accepted by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration in November, it comprises the identical energetic ingredient as Kind 2 diabetes remedy Mounjaro.

Alexis Mitchell took Mounjaro off-label for weight reduction when she reached 365 kilos, and developed non-alcoholic fatty liver illness and insulin resistance.

She misplaced 15 kilos within the first month and 123 kilos in a yr. “The load was simply falling off,” she instructed NBC Information.

Mitchell has skilled unintended effects, together with constipation, nausea and abdomen ache, however says she’s now not pre-diabetic and now not has fatty liver illness so the positives of the drug overshadow any negatives.

‘Strolling saved my life’

When Nick Bricker weighed 437 kilos, he wanted a rescue inhaler to assist him breathe, medication to manage acid reflux disorder and two medication to decrease his blood strain.

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he knew his well being issues meant he’d probably die if he obtained the virus, so he began utilizing a treadmill to get extra energetic and shed extra pounds.

Bricker, 52, began by strolling 10 minutes at a gradual tempo. After some time, when he may stroll for 20 to half-hour, he started strolling outside. His present minimal is 12,000 steps a day.

Nick Brickner weightloss
“I look again at older footage and I get indignant at myself. However the optimistic factor is that I did one thing about it,” Nick Bricker says.Courtesy Nick Brickner

He additionally modified his weight loss plan, eliminating bread, pizza, fried meals, potatoes, rice and sweets. As a substitute, he is consuming yogurt, peanut butter, smoothies, greens, lean proteins and salad.

Bricker now maintains his weight at 215 kilos.

“If I can do it, anyone can do it. My mindset for ten years was, ‘Tomorrow I’ll do it.’ However till as we speak is that tomorrow, it’ll by no means occur,” he tells TODAY.com.

Physician who misplaced 100 kilos shares suggestions for weight-loss success

Dr. Emi Hosoda, 53, struggled with extra weight within the years main as much as menopause. Youthful private trainers typically will inform ladies to simply eat much less and train extra, however they’re not seeing ladies of their 40s, 50s and 60s, she says.

Hosoda misplaced 100 kilos by listening to the sugar worth of meals quite than its energy and consuming a low-glycemic weight loss plan, which retains blood sugar even.

She will get up at 4 a.m. to train a minimal of three days every week — warming up on a stationary bike for about half-hour after which lifting weights for about an hour.

Emi Hosoda
Dr. Emi Hosoda weighed 235 kilos at her heaviest. She misplaced 100 kilos.Courtesy Emi Hosoda and Kandis Spurling

Amputation motivates man to lose 285 kilos with strolling, vegan weight loss plan

For Robert Jones, the breaking level got here when diabetes issues meant he needed to have a toe amputated.

“Once I obtained dwelling, I stated to myself, ‘I’m by no means going to lose one other physique half.’ That’s what modified my mindset. I don’t wish to get sick once more,” he tells TODAY.com.

At one level, Jones weighed 500 kilos, then obtained right down to 360 kilos, but it surely was nonetheless inflicting a variety of well being points for him.

He began following a vegan weight loss plan and eats three or 4 servings of greens a day, together with salads, beans, quinoa, lentils, rice, potatoes, yams, tofu and vegan meats. He additionally works out on the fitness center, lifting weights and doing cardio.

Robert Jones before and after
After a diabetes-related amputation, Robert Jones took management of his well being and misplaced half his physique weight with a vegan weight loss plan, strolling and power coaching. Courtesy Robert Jones

He is misplaced 285 kilos.

Begin with modest targets, Jones advises: “Making an attempt to lose 100 kilos is an excessive amount of. Begin small, then enhance each month or so, and also you’ll finally attain your long-term targets,” he says.

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