After: 137 lbs
Kacey Lauchnor, 25, grew up in a family with suspect health habits. "If we ever ate a vegetable, it was covered in cheese," says the graphic designer from Herriman, Utah. Her eating habits continued throughout college and after her wedding, and by 2012, 5'6" Kacey clocked in at 232 pounds. "I knew I was getting fat," she says. "But I still thought, I'm not that fat."
Here's how Kacey was able to accomplish her weight-loss goals:
• Write down the plan. "Willpower doesn't happen in the moment. Always make food decisions—like what you'll eat for lunch—ahead of time so you're not tempted in the moment."
• Learn what full is. "As I started to focus on eating more slowly, I began to naturally notice when I felt like stopping."
• Find exercise you enjoy. "If your workout feels like suffering, try something else."