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'I Changed the Way I Order At Restaurantsâ€"and Went From a Size 16 To a Size 4'

Name: JaLisa Maxwell
Age: 28
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Before Weight: 205 
After Weight: 140 

When JaLisa went to college, she ditched all physical activity and started drinking every weekend. "I ended up gaining around 30 pounds," she says in Take It All Off! Keep It All Off!a time-tested playbook packed with stories and secrets from Women's Health readers who dropped 20, 50, even 100 pounds!

Wake-Up Call: By January 2014, JaLisa noticed that simple things like climbing stairs and even walking had become painful. She stepped on a scale—her first time in two years—and was shocked when the arrow settled at 205 pounds.  

Success Secrets: She cut back on her bad habits, and began her days with a green smoothie and veggie omelet and emphasized lean proteins like fish at lunch and dinner. She also crafted a three-mile interval cardio circuit, which she did three days a week. After each run, she tacked on lunges, jumping jacks, and pushups. 

When eating out, she became a politely pushy patron. "Keep an eye out for what's put in your food," she says. "Don't be scared to be picky; tell them what you want." Ultimately, you are paying for a meal so you deserve to have it prepared to your satisfaction.

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She also packaged her snacks in plastic bags or containers so she can bring them to work with her and not have to visit the vending machine throughout the day.

By the time JaLisa's birthday rolled around 8 months later, she had shed 50 pounds. But she wasn't done yet. She wanted to build more muscle, which not only makes you look more sculpted and toned, but is known to rev your metabolism for hours after your last rep. "I started weight training with my husband," she says. She kept it up for seven months and dropped another 10 pounds.

By January 2015, she'd whittled away a total of 65 pounds, and she went from a size 16 to a size 4.

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