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Half Their Size – Canine Edition!

UpdatePosted 01/16/2015 07:10PM

How Dennis the Dachshund Shed 43 Lbs.

Originally posted 01/16/2015 12:40PM

These days Brooke Burton has a hard time keeping up with Dennis, her 6-year old Dachshund, who loves taking walks and chasing tennis balls. It's hard to believe that this rambunctious 13-lb. pooch is the same obese pet she discovered in 2013 at the home of an elderly relative.

"My great-uncle was a hoarder, and I went over there to help clean his house," Burton tells PEOPLE. "Then I saw this thing coming toward me like a slug. He would take a few steps and then have to rest."

Burton, 27, took Dennis – who weighed 56 lbs. thanks to a diet of fast food burgers, pizza and frozen dinners – back to her Columbus, Ohio, home, effectively saving his life.

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Teen Behind Crowdfunding Campaign for Skin Surgery Gets Pro Bono Offer

Teen Who Started Crowdfunding Campaign for Skin Surgery Gets Pro Bono Offer from Doctor

Originally posted 12/30/2014 09:10AM

It's been quite a week for Kaitlyn Smith.

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Half Their Size! These Weight-Loss Winners Share Their Journey with PEOPLE

These Real-Life Weight-Loss Winners Are Now Half Their Size

Originally posted 12/27/2014 07:30AM

Weight-loss inspiration never looked so good!

These real-life dieters tell PEOPLE how they dropped a total of 778 lbs. by changing their once unhealthy lifestyles.

"I knew I was bigger than other kids," says hairstylist Conner Rensch, 25, who shed 130 lbs. "I was bullied and would sneak food into the bathroom so people wouldn't see me eat."

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How One Man Went from Eating 8,000 Calories a Day to Losing 264 Lbs.

Half Their Size! How One Man Lost 264 Lbs. – the Healthy Way

Originally posted 12/25/2014 03:30PM

Mark Bryant's journey to losing more than half his size began with a simple Google search.

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Teen Turns to Crowdfunding for Skin Surgery After Losing 208 Lbs.

Teen Turns to Crowdfunding for Skin Surgery After Losing 208 Lbs.

Originally posted 12/24/2014 09:45PM

Growing up, Kaitlyn Smith was always bigger than her five siblings. "I was constantly going to the doctor and being put on workout plans," she tells PEOPLE. By sixth grade, the Portland, Tennessee, tween weighed 200 lbs.

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How One Mother Learned How to Shop – and Lost 186 Lbs. – on a Budget

How One Mother Learned How to Shop – and Lost 186 Lbs. – on a Budget

Originally posted 12/23/2014 09:15PM

In March 2013, Michelle Pierce was at a physical and mental low.

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Sneak Peek: PEOPLE and TLC Give a Fashion Makeover to a Weight-Loss Winner (VIDEO)

Sneak Peek: PEOPLE and TLC Give a Fashion Makeover to a Weight-Loss Winner (VIDEO)

Originally posted 12/23/2014 05:00PM

It didn't take long for Annabelle Goetke to learn that getting fit doesn't translate to instant fashion savvy.

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Forget the Gimmicks: Half Their Size Winners Share Their Weight-Loss Secrets (VIDEO)

Originally posted 12/23/2014 03:30PM

Forget the fancy diets and insane exercise plans.

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