How One Woman Shed 137 Lbs. With Strength Training and Simple Diet Changes

Ashley Javar, 38, 5'4", from Las Vegas Before: 287 lb., size 22/24 After: 150 lb., size 8 Total pounds lost: 137 lb. Total sizes lost: 7/8 From an early age, I always turned to food for comfort. Every day I would binge on one or two massive, mostly fried meals. Fast-forward to 2013; I was 24 and a mom, but otherwise not much had changed. I was still overweight. It hurt my knees to walk up the stairs of my house, I was often fatigued,… Read More »

 Forget Your BMI and Focus on This Measurement Instead

When it comes to determining whether a person is overweight, body mass index (BMI) is the most widely used measure out there. But doctors admit that BMI—a ratio of weight to height—is far from perfect. Now, a new study suggests there may be a better way to estimate the risks of health problems associated with excess weight. The new research, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that… Read More »

Woman Goes from Being Morbidly Obese to Dropping 130 Lbs. and Becoming a Personal Trainer

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Katie Hug began gaining weight after high school due the combination of her metabolism slowing down and taking prescription drugs for depression and anxiety. “I was put on different medications that made me feel more sluggish, and then all I wanted to do was eat,” Hug, now 34, tells PEOPLE. [brightcove:4928980912001 default] By 2012, Hug had reached 270 lbs. At her doctor’s office for a routine checkup, the… Read More »

Always Hungry? This One Ingredient May Be to Blame

Everyone knows that salty foods make you thirsty. But according to new research, when people increase their sodium intake long-term, they actually drink less water. And that’s not the study’s only surprising finding: High sodium levels also increase feelings of hunger, the authors say, which may suggest that high-salt diets contribute to weight gain. Experts say this counterintuitive discovery—that dietary salt boosts appetite but decreases thirst—upends more than 100 years of… Read More »

Leslie Jones Gets Sweaty in the Gym as She Keeps Up Her 40-Lb. Weight Loss: ‘Arms Arms Arms!’

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Leslie Jones‘ trainer is still pushing her to the limit! The Saturday Night Live star, 47, put in two tough workouts over the weekend with her trainer, Thaddeus Harvey. [brightcove:5315457854001 default] Jones shared photos and videos on Instagram from her sweaty time in the gym, which focused on “arms arms arms!” “Getting them arm yo!!!” she wrote, along with a video of her doing… Read More »

Bride Who Lost 113 Lbs. on Instagram Before Her Wedding: ‘I Don’t Want to Sugarcoat My Journey’

This article originally appeared on People.com.  After trying countless diets, Haley Smith finally found the motivation to stick to a plan when her boyfriend proposed in July 2015. Smith got serious about weight loss and decided to slim down before their wedding. “I really knew if I wanted to change, I needed to make realistic goals,” she tells PEOPLE’s Collector’s Edition Half Their Size: The Ultimate Get-Fit Guide [brightcove:5361870782001 default] At the… Read More »