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The Inspiring Secrets of People Who Lost 50+ Pounds—and Kept It Off

Reader's Digest Logo By Lindsay Tigar of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 9: Kyle Kranz is a 29-year-old former athlete who lost 85 pounds after gaining weight steadily after suffering a bad injury because of a car accident in middle school. 'I was unable to play football and soccer like I previously had,' he says. Then a friend of his, who was starting to focus on his health a bit more, invited Kranz to join him during his freshmen year of high school. While in high school, he credits his weight loss to 75 percent dietary changes and 25 percent working out, which for him, consisted of mostly lifting weights, since the accident didn't allow him to run. But the greatest difference for Kranz came from curbing what he puts in his mouth every single day. 'You lose weight quickly when your diet changes from fast food, soda, and chips to meat and vegetables. I was the high schooler eating pre-portioned and pre-prepared—thanks for the help, Mom!—chicken breast and veggies for lunch. I also found out I actually enjoyed lifting weights, and put together a fairly respectable home gym in a spare bedroom,' he says. Though he eventually recovered and was able to become an endurance athlete, doing everything from swimming to cycling to running, Kranz maintains a caveman-like attitude toward nutrition. 'My favorite health advice is something I read from <a href='http://michaelpollan.com/'>Michael Pollan</a>, when he said, 'Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.' Eating real food and not processed junk was the biggest game changer for me,' he says. (Follow <a href='http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/how-to-lose-weight/'>these 40 fast, easy tips to lose weight</a>.)

Eat like a caveman

We've all resolved to drop a few pounds at some point. But for these people, who were obese or severely overweight, losing weight was a matter of life and death. Here's their must-read advice for successful weight loss.

Kyle Kranz is a 29-year-old former athlete who lost 85 pounds after gaining weight steadily after suffering a bad injury because of a car accident in middle school. 'I was unable to play football and soccer like I previously had,' he says. Then a friend of his, who was starting to focus on his health a bit more, invited Kranz to join him during his freshmen year of high school. While in high school, he credits his weight loss to 75 percent dietary changes and 25 percent working out, which for him, consisted of mostly lifting weights, since the accident didn't allow him to run. But the greatest difference for Kranz came from curbing what he puts in his mouth every single day. 'You lose weight quickly when your diet changes from fast food, soda, and chips to meat and vegetables. I was the high schooler eating pre-portioned and pre-prepared—thanks for the help, Mom!—chicken breast and veggies for lunch. I also found out I actually enjoyed lifting weights, and put together a fairly respectable home gym in a spare bedroom,' he says. Though he eventually recovered and was able to become an endurance athlete, doing everything from swimming to cycling to running, Kranz maintains a caveman-like attitude toward nutrition. 'My favorite health advice is something I read from Michael Pollan, when he said, 'Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.' Eating real food and not processed junk was the biggest game changer for me,' he says. (Follow these 40 fast, easy tips to lose weight.)
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