As we all know, wake-up calls come in many forms.
For Stefan -- a New Yorker who was featured in People’s recent "Half Their Size" issue -- it came when he was 415 pounds and couldn’t make it down just two flights of stairs without getting winded.
"That's the point where I realized I needed to make a change," Stefan recalls.
"I had always really been a big guy," he explains. But when the post-college job hunt was more challenging than he expected, Stefan turned to food for comfort.
(Get his Simple Chicken Soup recipe here!)
And he's lost over 220 pounds! But it didn’t happen overnight.