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
THEN: 225 LBS.

For the food blogger, eating fried rice and ice cream from food trucks wasn’t just an indulgence – it was a job requirement. At 5 ft. 10 in. and 225 lbs., Feitel, 25, was resigned to being "a chubby guy," he says. "I just ate whatever I wanted." He also religiously avoided any form of exercise, which left him sluggish and sullen. “I was definitely angry and defensive," he admits.