Before: 212 lbs
After: 140 lbs
As a teen Liz Pultar, a 27-year-old administrative assistant from Damascus, Maryland, loved junk food and loathed exercise. By the time she graduated from college, she'd packed 212 pounds onto her 5'9" frame. Revamping her unhealthy diet and taking up running helped her lose more than 70 pounds.
At 13, Liz was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Medication helped control her metabolism, but eating fast-food lunches, daily ice-cream cones, and pasta "snacks" tacked on 35 pounds. She gained another 30 during college.
In 2006, Liz got an office job and couldn't find pants and blouses that fit. "I wanted to be comfortable," she says.
Liz cut her normally huge portions in half and lost almost six pounds in one week. Encouraged, she switched to whole-grain pasta and low-fat dairy, and ate more green veggies like zucchini and broccoli. She also began taking long walks. Four months later, she was down three clothing sizes and finally had the motivation to start running. In December 2007, she buttoned up a pair of size 8 jeans. "I cried in the fitting room and then did a happy dance," she says.
Last summer, Liz ran an 8-K. "I love to run, and I never thought I'd be able to," she says. "I have a new life."
Bust a rut. "I bought a weighted Hula Hoop when I got bored with my workouts. It's amazing for your abs."
Go slow. "You're more likely to stick with small, gradual changes to your diet."
Get your fill. "Focus on eating more fruits and veggies, because their fiber satisfies you for longer."
Healthy Weight Loss Success Story: Liz Pultar
"I Can Wear Anything I Want!"
Image: Chris Usher
Before: 212 lbs