12/29/2015 12:43 EST | Updated 01/04/2016 11:59 EST

Weight Loss Success Stories: Incredible Transformations From 2015

All in all, these weight loss winners lost a combined total of 2,242 pounds.

Blake Morrow

It's that time of the year when everyone eats a little too much before vowing to lose weight once and for all.

To help you start your 2016 health goals, we're looking back at 24 incredible weight-loss stories we featured earlier this year. From a man who lost 175 pounds by playing video games to a woman who dropped 150 pounds and became a body builder, these real-life stories from everyday people will inspire you to stick to your goals in 2016.

Just check out these incredible before and after photos.

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All in all, these winners lost a combined total of 2,242 pounds. And whether the goal was to lose 30 pounds or 130 pounds, the formula to losing the weight remained the same: eat right and get active.

But that doesn't mean you have to go on a diet. The experts at Best Health Magazine say the majority of dieters return to their original weight, or gain more, because they have an unhealthy and unsustainable relationship with food.

To learn more about the health benefits of your favourite foods, or to discover healthy foods to add to your diet visit our Foods For Health section where we take a closer look at the hidden health benefits in international foods.