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    >>> tried everything to lose weight . scale doesn't seem to budge. whether you have 10 pounds or 100 pounds so lose, sometimes you need a little inspiration.

    >> heres some of the strategies to help kick start your diet. today joy powers.

    >> hey.

    >> good to see you.

    >> we all know that losing weight is tough. while most people know the basics, more vegetables, pull back on portions, i have found that it's the personal creative strategies that tend to really take people all the way to the finish line. so i'm honored to share with you guys five weight loss super heros and their unique tips and tricks. the hope is that viewers will use the tips and tricks and also get inspired to create their owns. these things work.

    >> let's look at the first case. this is sandra. 40 years old. she had a health scare.

    >> she gained a significant amount of weight with her pregnancy and had a heart attack after delivering. her baby is healthy and beautiful. but that's when she decided to make the commitment. she lost 63 pounds and she looks gorgeous.

    >> terrific.

    >> good for her.

    >> the perfect healthy role model for her family now.

    >> what was the secret?

    >> she is incredibly social. she is hopping from party to party and get there is and faced with the fattening spread so what she now does, her big tip is she brings a slim recipe or dish for the hostess. it's a win win . this is her low calorie layered taco dip. fat free cream cheese and beans and salsa and even the nondieters eat it. she has something to eat and the hostess praises her for the thoughtfulness.

    >> let's move on to caroline. a 32-year-old that had her moment when she got to college.

    >> at her heaviest she was 300 pounds. she lost literally half her body weight .

    >> oh my god.

    >> she is 150 pounds. is that unbelievable? that's what she lost and that's what she weighs.

    >> what's her tip?

    >> her biggest challenge was oversnacking. she was in and out of the refrigerator all the time. so she planted in the refrigerator a secret weapon . are you ready for her secret weapon . the big reveal, a pair of skinny jeans .

    >> in the fringe?

    >> in the fringe.

    >> that's a lot of fiber.

    >> so this was her visual reminder to not overeat. if you don't have the room for the skinny jeans a picture of a hot outfit or bathing suit.

    >> i keep my old i.d. picture. it's on my i.d. so remind me of where i was.

    >> as a reminder.

    >> very powerful.

    >> how about greg. he was up to 450 pounds.

    >> right. greg weighed in at his heaviest, he's 40 years old from hollywood, california. over 450 pounds. he lost 275 pounds.

    >> look at that? that's a different person.

    >> he is a handsome hunk. when he started dieting it was all about deprivation. he was focused on the things he was giving up. potato chips and ice cream and pizza and pass to so instead he turned it around. instead of focussing on what he was giving up for the diet he focused on what he was gaining from the diet and he created a scrapbook of all the things he was going to gain as he started getting healthier. this was his beginning. i'm going to tilt this up and. he has pictures of hot clothes he would be able to wear. all the different health attributes.

    >> yeah.

    >> absolutely. so i encourage people to cut things out whether it be a caribbean vacation or bicycle.

    >> your goals.

    >> as the old saying goes, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

    >> exactly. turns it into a positive.

    >> team work is important too. jen and keith worked together on this.

    >> right. each of them weighed over 280 pounds at their heaviest. together, they have lost 230 pounds collectively.

    >> spectacular.

    >> so how did they do it? they injected fun into their exercise regimen. regular workouts for torture so they hooped their way thin and they're hooping instructors now.

    >> i know this is going to go badly. i tried it with my daughter over the weekend.

    >> ready?

    >> okay.

    >> worked out well. i feel better already.

    >> if you keep it up for half an hour, you burn 200 calories per half an hour.

    >> 3 seconds we couldn't cut it.

    >> here i go.

    >> joy's got it.

TODAY recipes
updated 8/7/2013 11:54:42 AM ET 2013-08-07T15:54:42

Recipe: Sandra Arkenau's slimming taco dip

  • 2 eight-ounce packages of fat-free cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 sixteen ounce bottle of tomato salsa
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • Any other vegetables of choice

1. Whip together cream cheese and low-fat mayonnaise and layer on bottom of a bowl or dish

2. Layer black beans evenly on top of cream cheese layer.

3. Pour salsa on top of black beans.

4. Add green pepper and tomatoes (and any extra vegetables) on top.

5. Dig in with some baked tortilla chips and or crudité.

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