12:58 PM EDT 11/18/2014
Originally posted 11/11/2014 06:05PM
It seemed like a space-age promise: Wearing caffeine-infused undergarments would promote substantial weight loss around your middle.
Originally posted 11/08/2014 05:30PM
Blake Benge says she's tried every diet under the sun, but it wasn’t until she changed her outlook that she started to lose the weight.
"You name it, I tried it," the 19-year-old Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of her life spent on diets. "When I was out with my friends, I wanted to eat pizza with them and have popcorn at the movies. Then when I would come home, I would be back on a diet. It was always this flip-flop of being on a diet at home and then binge-eating when I got a little freedom."
Originally posted 11/04/2014 06:30PM
A Detroit-area couple who met in a support group for weight loss surgery patients exchanged wedding vows after losing a collective 380 pounds.
Originally posted 10/28/2014 07:40PM
After more than seven years of waist-training with a steel-boned corset, Kelly Lee Dekay shrunk her waist to a mere 16 inches.
Originally posted 10/11/2014 03:00PM
Chandra Maple was once an all-star athlete, but after a career-ending injury she felt broken both inside and out.
"Growing up, I was always the star on the basketball team, so when I had my knee injury and that was taken away from me, I kind of lost that," Maple tells PEOPLE of ending her sports career when she was just 15. "I didn't know what it was like to succeed anymore."
At 341 lbs., Maple knew it was time to take control of her life and applied to become a contestant on season 16 of The Biggest Loser.
Originally posted 09/27/2014 02:20PM
At 244 lbs., Andrea Wilamowski wasn't happy.
"I never realized how sad I looked," The Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of watching herself on the 16th season of the NBC reality weight-loss competition.
Wilamowski, 43, says she first started gaining weight in her early 20s while coping with an abusive marriage. Despite being happily remarried, she feels she spent her whole life focusing on other people rather than herself.
Originally posted 09/10/2014 09:00AM
Make sure there's a box of tissues handy!
Originally posted 03/10/2014 04:45PM
Mo'Nique made headlines last spring for shedding more than 80 pounds, and the Oscar winner says she has her family to thank for her continued dedication to diet and exercise.
Originally posted 02/22/2014 09:10AM
When Lee Jordan met up with his high school girlfriend, Beth Schwein, at a Starbucks in Herndon, Va., after more than 20 years apart, he was nervous.
He hadn't just lost some hair and gained a little weight – he was bald and he weighed 450 lbs.
He could only imagine what her reaction would be when she saw how much he'd changed from the 165-lb. boy with a full head of hair she'd fallen in love with.
"People look at you with sadness. Horror. Pity," Jordan, now 50, tells PEOPLE. "And this was the love of my life. I couldn't stomach her looking at me that way."
Originally posted 02/10/2014 07:00AM
In the wake of The Biggest Loser's controversial finale last Tuesday, on which winner Rachel Frederickson revealed she had lost a whopping 155 lbs. – including 45 lbs. in the past three months alone – questions have been raised about the NBC show's approach to weight loss.
PEOPLE asked experts in health, fitness and public relations to weigh in on how The Biggest Loser can be improved for future contestants.
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