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She lost 145 pounds -- could you?

<b>(CNN) —</b> One day, Kari Ianuale had had enough. The Nazareth, Pennsylvania, resident was embarrassed to discover that her size 24 pants no longer fit.<p>"I refused to go up yet another size," she said.<p>In July 2011, Ianuale officially began her weight loss journey, and what a journey it has been: In just …

Healthy restaurant choices: How to decode the menu - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Ronda Elsenbrook, is a registered dietitian at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the Houston chapter of the American Diabetes Association have partnered together to BEAT Diabetes in November.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- For many of us, eating out happens more often than we would like to …

Weight loss success: 'Teacher of the Year' loses 270 - CNN.com

Jeff Baxter, a language arts teacher from Kansas City, Kansas, lost 270 pounds after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>An 'A' for effort<p>An 'A' for effort<p>An 'A' for effort<p>An 'A' for effort<p>An 'A' for effort<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p><i>Editor's note: Do you have a weight-loss success story to share? Tell us how</i> …

6 ways to straighten out smartphone slump with yoga

As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and …

The 5 biggest breakfast myths - CNN.com

Munching in the morning doesn't have a direct effect on dropping pounds.<p><b>(Life by DailyBurn)</b> -- The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people. For some, it's grabbing a granola bar to nibble on during the morning commute; for others, it includes a big omelet with a …

Theater buff loses 121 pounds, nabs the leading role in his life

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two years ago, Dino Mazzetti hit the lowest point of his life.<p>The Lake Zurich, Illinois, middle school music teacher was hovering dangerously close to 300 pounds and was feeling horrible.<p>Pain radiated in every joint in his body because of his weight. "I could barely bend over to tie my own …

Orthorexia: When healthy eating becomes an obsession

<b>(<a href="http://dailyburn.com/life/?partner=cnn&mtype=5&sub_id=10062014_orthorexia&utm_source=cnn&utm_medium=cnn&utm_campaign=10062014_orthorexia&utm_content=10062014_orthorexia" target="_blank">LIfe by DailyBurn</a>) —</b> Three years ago, after suffering from chronic abdominal pain, digestive …

15 best superfoods for fall

Yoga poses to help you touch your toes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The inability to touch your toes is a common complaint -- and a popular excuse for avoiding yoga.<p>But you don't have to be as flexible as the performers in Cirque du Soleil to get started. In its simplest and most universal form, yoga is intended to help you feel and move better. So tying …

Weight loss winners

Weight-loss success: Power walker loses 150 pounds - CNN.com

In October 2011, Jen Corn began a life-altering "road trip," facing the reality she had denied for years -- her obesity. Corn started her journey at 311 pounds.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Leaving 'morbid obesity' in the dust<p>Leaving 'morbid obesity' in the dust<p>Leaving 'morbid obesity' in the dust<p>Leaving 'morbid …

Soda makers want to cut calories: But is diet really better?

Soda makers want to cut the number of calories you're drinking each year. The big three -- Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper -- have all pledged to reduce the number of beverage calories Americans are consuming by 20% over the next decade.<p>Their plan doesn't come as a big surprise; soda makers have been …

Hate running? 25 ways to learn to love it

<b>(<a href="http://dailyburn.com/life/?partner=cnn&mtype=5&sub_id=09222014_haterunning&utm_source=cnn&utm_medium=cnn&utm_campaign=09222014_haterunning&utm_content=09222014_haterunning" target="_blank">DailyBurn</a>) —</b> Running is boring. It's hard. It hurts. It's lonely. And it doesn't give you …

Should you eat before a workout? - CNN.com

<b>(Life by DailyBurn)</b> -- Anyone who makes fitness a priority has experienced that moment when a slight tummy rumble comes along just as you head out to the gym.<p>But do you grab a snack to get more out of your workout? Or skip the food to avoid stomach cramps and potentially "undo" everything you're …

Weight loss success: 'Sumo wrestler' to distance runner - CNN.com

Throughout his life, Yusuke Kirimoto was overweight. He is pictured here in December 2006 with his wife and daughter in their Westminster, Colorado, home.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Running off 102 pounds<p>Running off 102 pounds<p>Running off 102 pounds<p>Running off 102 pounds<p>Running off 102 pounds<p>Running off 102 pounds<p>1<p>2<p>…

Weight loss success: Dance class saved my life - CNN.com

At her heaviest, Angela Baldwin was 350 pounds. Baldwin says she was overweight for her entire life.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Dancing off the pounds<p>Dancing off the pounds<p>Dancing off the pounds<p>Dancing off the pounds<p>Dancing off the pounds<p>Dancing off the pounds<p>Dancing off the pounds<p><i>Editor's note: Do you have a</i> …

Train your brain to crave healthy food - CNN.com

A superfood is easy to find in the grocery store, contains nutrients that are known to enhance longevity and has other health benefits that are backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies. Broccoli makes the list because it's one of nature's most nutrient-dense foods, with only 30 calories per cup. …

Meet CrossFit's Fittest Man on Earth

Picture it: A four-day competition, with two to four workouts a day that consist of running, swimming, muscle-ups, 345-pound squat cleans, handstand push-ups, rope climbs, double unders, handstand walks, 245-pound overhead squats and more, against 43 of the most in-shape competitors you know, all …

What they don't tell you about losing weight - CNN.com

At her heaviest in 2011, Shannon Britton weighed 486 pounds. This photo was taken 10 days before her gastric bypass surgery on November 23.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>I lost almost 270 pounds<p>I lost almost 270 pounds<p>I lost almost 270 pounds<p>I lost almost 270 pounds<p>I lost almost 270 pounds<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p><i>Editor's note: Shannon</i> …

Why ab workouts are a waste of time - CNN.com

Bad advice and outdated research could be putting a kink in your workout efforts. Here are some fitness myths that have proved to be just that.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. facts<p>Fitness: Myths vs. …

Weight-loss success: He lost 225 pounds - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Do you have a weight-loss success story to share? Tell us how you did it, and you could be featured in our weekly weight-loss story on CNN.com.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Throughout high school, Tevante Clark felt ashamed about being overweight.<p>It wasn't just his hefty size that depressed him, but the …

10 ways you're sabotaging your workout

If you've been working out for eight plus weeks and haven't started to reap the benefits yet, there's a good chance that one or more of these silent setbacks has found its way into your fitness regimen.<p>By being aware of bad habits and the effect they have, you can work to eliminate them from your …

6 ways to stop sciatic nerve pain with yoga - CNN.com

If your sciatica is lumbar-spine related, this pose can help by strengthening deep core muscles to stabilize your low back.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Modified boat with block<p>Bridge with knees together<p>Seated twist variation<p>Pigeon pushup<p>Modified pyramid<p>Supine with pillow under knees<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p>6<p><i>Editor's note: Dana Santas</i> …

Weight loss success: Retired teacher loses 200 pounds - CNN.com

At her heaviest, former teacher Kathleen Riser weighed 383 pounds and struggled to climb the stairs to reach her middle school classroom.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Focusing on her future<p>Focusing on her future<p>Focusing on her future<p>Focusing on her future<p>Focusing on her future<p>Focusing on her future<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p>6<p><i>Editor's</i> …

Need a new personal trainer? 10 signs you should switch - CNN.com

Form can make or break an exercise, and if your trainer isn't watching yours, he or she might as well not be there.<p><b>(LIfe by DailyBurn)</b> -- Choosing a personal trainer isn't as easy as walking into a gym and picking the first person you're introduced to who trains there.<p>A personal trainer needs to be …

No pain, no gain? 5 myths about DOMS - CNN.com

You will start to feel less sore as your body adapts to workouts and learns to distribute the workload more effectively.<p><b>(Life by DailyBurn )</b> -- You just crushed a really hard workout. You upped the load of your training, or you stepped out of your routine and tried a new activity. You feel great -- …

Fuel right! 9 triathlon nutrition rules

A solid nutrition strategy will help your body make the most out of all your hours swimming, biking and running.<p>We asked registered dietitian and multiple Ironman finisher Lauren Antonucci for her top nine rules for beginner triathletes looking to maximize their training. She shared advice she …

21 pounds of excess skin removed after weight loss

I am a CNN Fit Nation alumna. I completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 2013 with my Fit Nation teammates. But my journey to health really started more than two years ago.<p>My wake-up call came when I was unable to donate a kidney to my twin sister. Weighing 385 pounds, I wasn't fit even to be …

Weight loss success: 'Big Ben' loses 145 pounds - CNN.com

Ben Boukari has always been overweight. At his heaviest, he weighed 379 pounds and had a 52-inch waist. His focus wasn't on his health but his future in politics.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>'I lost an entire person but I don't miss him'<p>'I lost an entire person but I don't miss him'<p>'I lost an entire person but I …