Looking for some inspiring weight loss success stories?
Here are 18 real weight loss stories and how they did it.
Want to learn more? Read on!
Women over 40 weight loss success stories
Can women over 40 lose weight? Yes, they can! And these success stories prove it.
Best of all, these are long-term weight loss success stories. In other words, the women who went through this transformation did so in a sustainable way that ensures they can keep up their lifestyle in the future (instead of seeing their weight yo-yo, which often happens with restrictive dieting habits).
That said, your body changes as you age, which can make weight loss after 40 more challenging. Muscle mass starts to decrease by around 3-8% per decade after the age of 30. (This rate accelerates after the age of 60.) A decrease in muscle mass leads to a progressive increase in fat mass and changes in body composition. In other words, your body changes as you age.
That’s why you need the right strategies for losing weight after age 40. These success stories show you how.
Norma – lost 20 lbs.
Norma is a busy tax lawyer in her 40s with two kids and who loves to travel and eat out. But because of long work days, she had a hard time with eating healthy. One day, looking at a picture of herself, it hit her that she didn’t like the way she looked. She didn’t feel good about herself.
That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Now, she knew that she didn’t want a quick fix or a fad diet. She wanted a lifestyle change. And when she heard about my program, Slim Down Transformation, she decided to join.
Today, halfway through the program, she has already lost 20 pounds.
What has it led to? Norma is shopping for new jeans because her old ones are too big. She feels slimmer and less bloated. And she’s noticed that her physical performance has improved when she works out.
The best part? Norma is sticking to her new, healthier lifestyle. Because she feels so good when implementing the program, she can’t wait to get back on it, even if she veers away from it at times.
That’s the beauty of making sustainable lifestyle changes; you can easily come back to them after a holiday, vacation or another time when your routine changes and you’ll be fine because you practice those healthy habits the majority of the time.
Louise – lost 13 lbs. in 10 weeks
My client, Louise, was stuck in a spiral of overeating. Louise is a busy 40+-year old UX expert who travels often and takes care of her children.
Due to her busy schedule, which requires her to travel up to five days a week, Louise ended up eating whatever she could quickly grab at the airport, such as cake and alcohol. She already felt like she was carrying too much weight, as she had gained some during her pregnancies over a decade earlier.
But after going through my program, Louise lost 13 pounds in just 10 weeks and stopped feeling like she could only wear frumpy dresses. What’s more, she got more energy, better skin, and got rid of her stomach problems.
Kelly – lost 15 lbs. in 8 weeks
Kelly, in her 40s, had never felt satisfied with her weight. She had been on restrictive diets that did help her lose a few pounds, but the pounds always came back. She felt bloated all the time.
But in just 8 weeks, after Kelly joined my program, she went on to lose 17 pounds and went down in clothing size.
She did it by cooking foods that are tasty and filling. Because they are so satisfying, she didn’t have the desire to snack on cookies and cakes.
Kelly didn’t even need to exercise much to achieve her results — during the course of the program, she did a few yoga sessions.
Tree – lost 20 pounds
Tree is in her 40s and works for a Fortune 500 company. As you can imagine, she’s extremely busy and does not have time to work out for hours or think about every crumb she’s going to eat.
At the same time, Tree didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin. She used food as an emotional outlet, which just led to more stress.
Tree lost a whopping 20 pounds and 8 inches off her waist after joining my program. She says she has more energy and has finally found the motivation to work out again. Plus, she did all of this without restricting herself and still enjoys chocolate cakes and other treats from time-to-time.
Pernia – lost 11 lbs. in 5 months
Dr. Pernia is an internal medicine physician with a certification in obesity management and a mom of two boys.
She had tried all the diets including intermittent fasting, low-carb diets, and paleo, but nothing worked long-term. She knew diets weren’t the best solution, but at the same time, she had put on 20 lbs. over the years and wanted to find a way to lose some of that weight. Because Dr. Pernia works in obesity management, she felt that she wasn’t practicing what she was preaching.
Because of her busy lifestyle, she wasn’t eating healthy. She also doesn’t love cooking and didn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen in order to eat healthy, either.
After going through my program, Dr. Pernia completely changed her eating habits. She started planning her meals and preparing them. Suddenly, she started preparing quick lunches, which helped her feel full and satisfied the entire day.
After around five months, she had lost 11 pounds, including 3.5 inches off her waist. But she’s not done yet. Dr. Pernia will continue using the program to lose more weight in a sustainable way that works with her lifestyle.
Women over 50 weight loss success stories
How do you lose weight if you’re over 50? By the age of 50, you’ve lost 10% of your muscle mass.
To meet your body’s new needs, you need to know what strategies to use. Here’s how these women succeeded.
Carmen – lost 18 lbs.
Carmen is a working mom with ten kids, four of them still living at home. While she always ate healthily, she wasn’t really getting the result she wanted.
After having cared for her family for so long, Carmen finally felt that she needed to invest in herself.
And that’s when she decided to join my program. She’s now halfway through it and has already lost 18 pounds. Her energy levels are up and she has the energy to start two new hobbies- skating and biking.
All of this even though she hit 10 pounds and plateaud (weight loss plateaus are common). But thanks to accountability coaching, she was quickly back on track.
The biggest reason for her transformation? Eating healthier and a shift in her mindset. Carmen especially says that the accountability coaching she receives in my program is crucial because of the specific advice that helps her improve, something that was lacking from just having a friend try to support her.
Stephanie – lost 15 lbs.
Stephanie is in her 50s, has a grown-up daughter, volunteers in her community, and has a leadership role at her busy job.
She felt that she wasn’t prioritizing her health by constantly snacking on sugary foods and stress eating. She had also found out that she had pre-diabetes,high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
That’s when she decided to take better care of her health and so she joined my program. She learned how to control her sugar cravings and make a true lifestyle change.
Today, Stephanie has lost 15 pounds and 3 inches off her hips and waist. Most importantly, she’s no longer pre-diabetes and her cholesterol and blood pressure are back to normal levels.
As a result, Stephanie has so much more energy, allowing her to pursue her dream of obtaining a Master’s degree and PhD in leadership.
Patti – lost 54.5 lbs.
58-year old Patti has a family and an incredibly busy job. She was at a place in her life where she wanted to lose weight. Patti had become very sedentary because she was stuck working at home during the pandemic, which is one of the reasons she decided to invest in her health. She started with my free Slim Down Transformation workshop and realized it could be easy to make healthy changes.
Today, Patti has lost 54.5 lbs and 3 inches off her body in just 8 months. She’s also gone down four clothing sizes. And she says it feels like the weight is just falling off!
How? Patti uses specific metabolism-boosting meal plans to cook for herself and her family. In addition, she has weekly accountability check-ins. For the first six months, she wasn’t exercising but just focused on what she ate. Once she felt more energized, she added on exercise.
And Patti realized she thrived with a framework, coaching, and lifestyle changes, rather than a diet like Weight Watchers. With those types of diets, she would lose weight, but then that weight would come back on.
Now, she sees how her weight and inches are going down and loves to celebrate her successes with her family. An added bonus is that her entire family loves the foods she eats. And she doesn’t feel restricted at all!
The best part? She can play with her grandson without feeling tired or like she can’t be active with him.
Her energy levels are through the roof. Nowadays, she loves eating the right foods and feeling great as a result.
Pam – lost 33 lbs.
Pam, 58, is a retired teacher. She was morbidly obese and struggled with several health issues. As many of us women do, she put everyone else before her, which made her deprioritize her health. As a result, her health declined.
Pam had tried programs like Weight Watchers before, but nothing seemed to work.
That’s when she joined my program, which offered what she was looking for — a supportive community and individual support.
Pam initially lost 30 lbs. without any exercise. She went on to lose 3 more lbs. (33 lbs. overall), 4 inches off her waist and her hips and 2 inches off her bust.
Now that she has more energy, she’s started to exercise. Pam finally fits into new clothes, walks her dogs, feels more confident, and exercises daily.
Ultimately, the best part is that she is going through a lifestyle transformation. Her mindset is shifting, so it’s not just a “quick fix,” but these results will stick.
Vicky – lost 17 lbs. In 8 weeks
Vicky, a mom of two grown-up children, used to feel tired and sluggish after every workday. She’d snack on unhealthy foods and her weight kept creeping up. Vicky knew she had to do something, but no diets or weight-loss programs seemed to work.
And within the first 8 weeks, she had lost 17 pounds without any exercise. She also shed 7.5 inches off her body and went down from a size 16 to 12.
She also has so much more energy and instead of napping or snacking (like she used to), she takes walks. All without feeling like she’s restricting herself!
Women over 60 weight loss success stories
What are the best weight loss success stories of over 60-year olds? The thing is: people over 60 can lose weight just as well as younger people. This was shown in a study of obese patients over the age of 60 who used only lifestyle changes to lose weight.
Here’s how these women have implemented this in their own lives.
Pam – lost 100 lbs.
Pam, who’s in her 60s, used to be severely overweight. She’s a diabetic, which made losing weight all the harder as she couldn’t just eat anything.
But she decided to join my program. And within five months, she had lost 50 pounds and within seven months, 70 pounds. Today, Pam has lost 100 pounds. And all of this despite having to restrict what she ate.
Barbara – Lost 25 pounds in 3 months
When Barbara retired as a teacher, she felt that she could finally put herself first. That’s when she decided to join my program. Within three months, Barbara had lost 25 pounds and 11 inches off her body. Her overall health improved, too, as her blood work improved and she came down on many of her medications.
Not only that, but Barbara doesn’t follow a restrictive diet. Instead, she feels full and satisfied after every meal.
Laurie – lost 1.5 inches off her waist in just a few weeks
Laurie, in her 60s, had tried various diets, but nothing worked for her. That’s when she decided to join my program.
The result? She learned how to eat more real foods without restricting herself. Instead of feeling hungry after every meal and snacking to make up for it, Laurie now has a sustainable meal plan in place.
Ultimately, she feels so much healthier and lost her first 1.5 inches off her waist in just a few weeks. Laurie also feels so much more comfortable in a bathing suit than she used to so she’s started swimming in her backyard pool. She has more energy and, as a result, has started writing a book, one of her lifelong dreams.
Cindy – got rid of her sugar cravings
Cindy used to have some serious sugar cravings. She had tried tons of diets, but she just couldn’t seem to get rid of her cravings.
At 68, she saw a picture of herself five years earlier with skinny jeans, which she was no longer able to wear. Cindy finally decided to change things and join my program.
Within the first two weeks, she stopped craving sugar by balancing her foods and combining specific natural real foods that made her feel full and satisfied. Her family loves the food, too, and she can share family meals with them.
Vegan and vegetarian weight loss success stories
A well-balanced vegan or vegetarian weight loss plan helps ensure that you get all the important nutrients you need, while still promoting weight loss.
Here are some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan weight loss success stories.
Lauren – lost 6 lbs. in 21 days
Lauren is a vegan mom of 2 who lost 6 pounds and 10 inches off her body in just 21 days. Her family loved the meals she prepared for them and her vegan foods instantly became more flavorful. Especially foods like tofu, which are bland as such, can be made to taste much better — and healthier.
It’s a myth that vegans can eat as much as they want and still lose weight. Not all vegan-friendly foods (especially processed ones) are healthy, and some can even cause weight gain from being high in sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Lauren knew that and wanted to learn how to follow a vegan lifestyle without depriving herself while still losing weight.
As a result, she can fit clothes that she hasn’t been able to wear since before she had kids.
Poorvi – lost 16 lbs.
Poorvi is an Indian vegetarian with a 6-year old and a 2-year old and a demanding job. Additionally, she took care of her kids during a global pandemic — and still managed to lose 16 lbs and a foot of fat from her body (15 inches across her body). Her waist is around three inches down and even more from her lower body. Impressive!
Poorvi is happy that she can more easily buy jeans. She used to be fit before having kids, but afterward, it was a struggle to keep it up.
But after her second kid, she finally decided to do it. However, other things always came in the way. When the Covid-19 crisis hit, Poorvi lost 6 pounds from just the stress, but quickly gained back 8 pounds. That’s when she finally decided to take control of her own weight.
She found my program Slim Down Transformation and decided she wanted to lose weight badly enough.
Poorvi appreciated that the program is inclusive of vegetarians (and includes tasty food) and the fact that she was able to do it with a full-time job and kids.
She’s created a truly healthy and sustainable lifestyle for herself and feels full and satisfied the entire day (she can even eat her favorite treat, donuts). And something that’s priceless is that she feels a lot lighter and energetic and can keep up with her kids.
Rachel – lost 8 lbs.
Rachel, who at the time of going through my program was a working graduate student, had a busy lifestyle. In just one week, she was able to lose 8 lbs. — all with a vegetarian weight loss plan.
She even stopped craving sugar. Now, she has a much easier time saying no to sweets and as a result, she doesn’t have the same mood swings she used to have.
Anita – lost 5 lbs.
Anita is a 55-year old teacher and mom of two. She’s an Indian vegetarian and doesn’t eat foods like tofu and egg.
As Anita’s daughters were older and more independent, Anita finally felt like she was in a position to invest in herself. That’s when she joined my program.
And within the first four months, Anita had lost five pounds and kept going from there.
How long does it take for you to notice weight loss?
Now you know what some amazing weight loss success stories can look like.
Next, wonder what this can mean for you?
Here’s how fast you can lose weight and the steps you need to take to do it.
How much weight do you lose before you show?
If you’re wondering how much weight you need to lose for it to show, here’s what you need to know:
It depends on your body type.
However, what I’ve seen from my clients is that even a few pounds can make a big difference. Think about it: if you lose just a bit of fat off your belly, your jeans will fit better. And that shows.
How much weight can you realistically lose in a month?
Can you lose weight fast?
The thing is: you shouldn’t.
If you lose weight rapidly, you might lose muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat tissue and can help you lose weight, so you shouldn’t only go off the weight on the scale.
Plus, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, eating fewer than 800 calories a day can be harmful and can lead to dehydration, kidney infections, irregular periods, and sudden death.
A review of long-term studies found that one-third to two-thirds of people who lose weight on diets gain back more weight than they had lost. Researchers also concluded that there isn’t evidence that diets result in significant or lasting health improvements.
In addition, a study of the participants on ‘The Biggest Loser’, a show where participants compete to lose weight for a cash prize, found that most participants re-gained their weight due to a slowed metabolism. When your metabolism slows down, it makes it harder to lose weight and sustain it.
What is the most effective weight loss program?
So, how do you lose weight?
What I’ve found is that most of your weight loss is due to r food choices. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adults over the age of 67 boost muscle strength and metabolism by eating equal amounts of protein at all of their three meals. When metabolism and muscle mass increase, it can promote weight loss.
Another study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism indicates that you should reduce your intake of refined sugars and starches, eat more protein and whole foods, and exercise regularly in order to promote weight loss.
That leads us to the next point: exercise. A 12-week study in the Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry indicates that women who walked for 50-70 minutes a day, three days per week, for 12 weeks lost much more belly fat than people who didn’t maintain the same level of exercise.
Strength training is also incredibly important for your weight loss; another study of adults over 60 showed that those who combined strength training and aerobic exercise had the best weight loss results.
There are many other factors that play a role in weight loss. For example, a study found that sleep-deprived participants ended up eating more calories the next day, meaning that sleep deprivation might lead to weight gain or at least hinder weight loss.
Over to you!
There you have it! Now you know what weight loss success stories can look like.
All of these women followed a proven program, took consistent action, and saw the results, despite their age, dietary restrictions, and other circumstances.
Are you looking to live healthier and lose weight?
Let me know in the comments below!
Reviewed by: Diana Gariglio-Clelland (RD, BSc)