New Year, New You in 2016

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


After suffering joint pains and frequent heartburn, the 38-year-old began making a change. "It wasn't until 2005 I was noticing I was having chest pains too. That's when I really started realizing, This is really bad." McConkey began eating healthier and attending fitness classes, which led to her dropping more than 300 lbs. "For me, Zumba was like a light bulb went off," she says. "When I took my first class, I weighed 320 lbs. at the time and I was grinning from ear to ear. I couldn't believe this is exercise."