New Year, New You in 2014

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

YOULANDA MARSHALL, THEN: 292 LBS.

"I got tired of the yo-yo," the Houston native says of her failed attempts at dieting. "I looked at all these different options … I thought, Why not sidestep the surgery and learn to eat the right way?" So Marshall took action, working out at Curves and following Weight Watchers. "Before, I stayed home a lot. Now I don't mind going out – I can dance the Wobble!" she says.