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2012 Half Their Size Weight-Loss Winners

Find out how these regular people shed half their weight – nearly 700 total pounds! – without surgery or tricks

WENDY MCCONKEY, THEN: 449 LBS.

With a diet consisting mostly of fast food and junk food, the Tacoma, Wash., resident tipped the scales at nearly 500 lbs. "I'd shop from the men's Big & Tall catalog because a women's 6x was too small," McConkey tells PEOPLE of her limited clothing options.