New Year, New You in 2014

Real-Life Weight-Loss Success

These real people shed hundreds of pounds with diet, exercise and perseverance. See how they did it!

NICK FEITEL
NOW: 159 LBS

After coming to work for Skinnygirl empire founder Bethenny Frankel, Feitel was encouraged to make small dietary changes that yielded big results. "Before I would have ice cream, and now dark chocolate almond bark is my most frequent dessert," says Feitel. "It’s not about deprivation. All I did was make those small adjustments." Now 66 lbs. lighter, Feitel, who also practices yoga daily, says, “I'm a lot more confident and outgoing."

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