It's easy to find an excuse for skipping a workout or cheating on your diet but ignore your health too much, and it will seriously deteriorate. However, that doesn't mean you can't get back into shape after a minor or a major slip up. My 600-lb Life is a reality TV series that focuses on morbidly obese people and their weight loss transformations. Some of the changes on the TLC show are so incredible, and you probably won't believe the before & after pictures show the same participants.

My 600-lb Life was meant to be a five-part miniseries involving four morbidly obese patients, but because of its popularity, new episodes were filmed. Each person who appears on the show weighs around 600 pounds (270 kg) at the beginning and tries to reach healthy numbers through controlled weight loss. The determined stars of the program have shredded more than 161, 424 pounds. Extreme weight loss is not only physically, but also mentally hard - changing detrimental habits proves strong will and determination. As corny as it sounds, nothing is impossible. Scroll down to collect your daily dose of motivation in these My 600-Lb Life before and after photos.

More info: TLC.com

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Christina Philips Was 708 Lbs, She Dropped To 183 Lbs

Christina Philips Was 708 Lbs, She Dropped To 183 Lbs

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Bored Birgit
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2 years ago

Now her pretty face is even prettier.

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Amber Rachdi Was 660 Lbs, She Dropped To 236 Pounds

Amber Rachdi Was 660 Lbs, She Dropped To 236 Pounds

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Bored Fox
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2 years ago

299.4 kg to 107 kg.

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Amber Rachdi Was 660 Lbs, She Dropped To 236 Lbs

Amber Rachdi Was 660 Lbs, She Dropped To 236 Lbs

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BusLady
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2 years ago

I love the "Bettie Page" look. She's very cute.

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#4

Marla Mccants Was 800 Lbs, She Dropped To 300 Lbs

Marla Mccants Was 800 Lbs, She Dropped To 300 Lbs

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Maci Wilcox
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2 years ago

Wow! She looks so much happier!

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#5

Donald Shelton Was 675 Lbs, He Dropped To 295 Lbs

Donald Shelton Was 675 Lbs, He Dropped To 295 Lbs

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Norma
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2 years ago

He looks SO much happier!

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#6

Melissa D. Morris Was 653 Lbs, She Dropped To 178 Lbs

Melissa D. Morris Was 653 Lbs, She Dropped To 178 Lbs

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Jhoa
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2 years ago

295kg to 80kg

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#7

Nikki Webster Was 649 Lbs, She Dropped To 236 Lbs

Nikki Webster Was 649 Lbs, She Dropped To 236 Lbs

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Sanne H.
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2 years ago

I love the increase of self esteem between these two pictures. I like her style of clothes, her haircut and her happy smile in the right one. Hope she is as happy as she looks!

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#8

Chuck Turner Was 693 Lbs, He Dropped To 433 Lbs

Chuck Turner Was 693 Lbs, He Dropped To 433 Lbs

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Bored Birgit
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2 years ago

Remember him from the show, he won back his wife and son.

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#9

Laura Perez Was 541 Lbs And She Dropped To 380 Lbs

Laura Perez Was 541 Lbs And She Dropped To 380 Lbs

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A Ghost
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2 years ago

I like her necklace quite a bit.

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#10

Bettie Jo Was 654 Lbs, She Dropped Around 200 Lbs

Bettie Jo Was 654 Lbs, She Dropped Around 200 Lbs

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Justin Dodson
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2 years ago

these are all so heartbreaking and lovely at the same time. My emotions are confused

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#11

Henry Foots Was 750 Lbs, He Dropped To 250 Lbs

Henry Foots Was 750 Lbs, He Dropped To 250 Lbs

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Tam-Tam
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2 years ago

I believe he has since passed away. So sad if this is accurate:-(

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#12

Paula Jones Wast 553 Lbs She Dropped To 269 Lbs

Paula Jones Wast 553 Lbs She Dropped To 269 Lbs

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

Loving the new hair.

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#13

Olivia Cruz Was 580 Lbs, She Dropped To 200 Lbs

Olivia Cruz Was 580 Lbs, She Dropped To 200 Lbs

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

What a contrast in these 2 pics! From needing a walker, to playing sports with her family. The child looks very proud of her.

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#14

Diana Was 601 Lbs She Dropped To 223 Lbs

Diana Was 601 Lbs She Dropped To 223 Lbs

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Carmen Elena
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2 years ago

Is that dr . Nowzaradan?

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#15

Zsalynn Whitworth Was 600 Lbs, She Dropped To 300 Lbs

Zsalynn Whitworth Was 600 Lbs, She Dropped To 300 Lbs

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C
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2 years ago

She weighs 300 pounds? Doesn't look like it. Unless all the extra skin adds up

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June Mccamey Was 600 Lbs, She Dropped To 370 Lbs

June Mccamey Was 600 Lbs, She Dropped To 370 Lbs

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BusLady
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2 years ago

370? She looks much smaller than that. A typo?

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Ashley Dunn-Bratcher Was 725 Lbs, She Dropped To 470 Lbs

Ashley Dunn-Bratcher Was 725 Lbs, She Dropped To 470 Lbs

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Bored Birgit
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2 years ago

So pretty and happy now.

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#18

Brittani Fulfer Was 605 Lbs, He Dropped To 400 Lbs

Brittani Fulfer Was 605 Lbs, He Dropped To 400 Lbs

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Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

he?

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#19

Charity Pierce Was 800 Lbs, She Dropped To 300 Lbs

Charity Pierce Was 800 Lbs, She Dropped To 300 Lbs

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Su Jol
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2 years ago

some of these are really confusing. Surely she's less than 500lb in that pic??

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#20

Tara Was 606 Lbs, She Dropped To 278 Lbs

Tara Was 606 Lbs, She Dropped To 278 Lbs

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Furious_Lover
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2 years ago

She’s making that progress!

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#21

Paula Was 533 Lbs, She Dropped To 379 Lbs

Paula Was 533 Lbs, She Dropped To 379 Lbs

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Allen John
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2 years ago

I maybe overstating, but it would be nice if govt would help in paying for their tummy tucks and other small procedures to get rid of the excess skin

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#22

Joe Wexler Was 792 Lbs, He Dropped To 374 Lbs

Joe Wexler Was 792 Lbs, He Dropped To 374 Lbs

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Nadine Ducca
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2 years ago

Joe's story was great. He continued losing weight, met a girl, fell in love, got married... I think they even had a baby by now.

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James Was 728 Lbs, He Dropped To 352 Lbs

James Was 728 Lbs, He Dropped To 352 Lbs

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BusLady
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2 years ago

He looks nervous (in the doctor's office.)

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Chay Guillroy Was 579 Lbs, Chay Dropped To 378 Lbs

Chay Guillroy Was 579 Lbs, Chay Dropped To 378 Lbs

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Nadine Ducca
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2 years ago

Poor Chay was dealing with morbid obesity and gender identity problems. So glad the former "he" now lives as a she. I think she calls herself "Dolores" if I remember well.

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Penny Saeger Was 494 Lbs, She Dropped To 454 Lbs

Penny Saeger Was 494 Lbs, She Dropped To 454 Lbs

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The Gumnut Flock
Community Member
2 years ago

i find it so sad that even though she has lost all of that weight, she still needs extra oxygen. Keep going Penny, you have the determination and resilience to push through and live a full and happy life

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

All that weight? According to the title, she only lost 40 pounds. Do you think that is going to make that much of a difference when someone's total weight is so massive? Of course it will help a little, but such a small weight loss is not going to solve the problem. Either that, or the title of the pic is wrong and she lost much more than what it says. Can't really tell with the close-up pictures.

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Janet Allison
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2 years ago

I remember her episode. She only lost 40 pounds because she didn’t follow the doctors orders and stick to a strict diet. She lied about what she was eating and refused to get up and try to exercise. It’s actially a very sad/infuriating episode because she is completely delusional about the whole thing. She acts genuinely shocked when the doctor tells her she hadn’t lost weight even though the cameras documented her eating complete junk food and whining/refusing to exercise.

Bridgette Blumenthal
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2 years ago

494 to 454 isn't enough to be included in this list...

Laura Buchler
Community Member
2 years ago

I watched her show. She didn't do anything she was supposed to. Ate whatever she wanted and refused to ever try to get out of bed and move at all. And so sorry for herself it was sickening. She didn't want to change any of her habits. She wanted a magic cure without any effort on her part. Feel so sorry for her little boy!

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

I was suspecting that kind of behavior considering such poor results compared to the other participants.

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Sanne H.
Community Member
2 years ago

Keep up the good work, Penny! You didn't lose as much as the others in this topic yet, but if you really want it, I'm sure you can achieve it too!

Amanda Anderson
Community Member
2 years ago

She was my least favorite! She was given an opportunity of a lifetime that so many other people would take and use to their great benefit, but she squandered it and made lame excuses. She didn't want to put in any work and she relied on other people for absolutely everything.

Cindy Massaro
Community Member
2 years ago

I watched the show and she wouldn't listen to the doctor at all !

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Susan Alderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Isn't this the woman who was cooking fried crap from her bed just days after her surgery?

Cindy Massaro
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes she was.

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Angela Springer
Community Member
2 years ago

On your way! We support you 100% and can't wait to see you keep going!

Zsat's Me
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I felt badly for her son. She was quite delusional.

Tracey Duffield
Community Member
1 year ago

He wasted his time with you 😂

Tracy Stephens
Community Member
1 year ago

She was the one, who refused to change her eating habits, and kept lying to Dr. Now, so i'm pretty sure the 40 lbs was accurate. she was not dedicated, and played the victim saying she was doing everything she was supposed to do. But it wasn't the truth!

Patricia Begich
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the woman who declared she knew more about her dietary needs than the doctor. She frustrated the hell out of him.

Tinka Silberwolf
Community Member
2 years ago

40 lbs is a good start, keep going!

Robin Mack
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm confused. She only lost 40 pounds!

Coolleen
Community Member
2 years ago

One year after her surgery, she weighed in at 494.

Katie Fallon
Community Member
2 years ago

Yet more typos, me thinks. 40 pound weight loss is dramatic??

Camilla Carlström
Community Member
2 years ago

It's true... :(

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Amy Peters
Community Member
2 years ago

40 lbs...?

The Gumnut Flock
Community Member
2 years ago

She also probably struggled to lose the weight that she did because of the oxygen problem. But I’m amazed at what she achieved what she did. I don’t know if I could’ve done it

Jesse McCoy Antwi Adjei
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

TBH, not much of a loss if you ask me

Debra Gillanders
Community Member
2 years ago

40 lbs isn't enough to improve her breathing much at this weight.

Debra Gillanders
Community Member
2 years ago

40 lbs isn't enough to change her breathing... jus' sayin'

DAMIEN GARZA
Community Member
2 years ago

Lost 40 pounds

Luka Hamer
Community Member
2 years ago

I love how you're the positive voice in a sea of 'it's only 40 pounds' comments

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Lonely Dragon
Community Member
2 years ago

40 lbs? Not much of a transformation when you're that massive. Good start though, hopefully she keeps it up.

Kathy Thornton
Community Member
2 years ago

lots of typos throughout this article look at one above went from 494 to 454..doesn't make sense

Peggy Penguin
Community Member
2 years ago

Was 494lbs and lost 454lbs?? Soooo she weighs 40lbs now??

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

It seems she has not made much progress compared to others, is she physically disabled beyond the weight?

Penny Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s only 40 pounds!

Craig Douglas
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2 years ago

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Did she just go for a shite? 40lbs hahaha

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