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How These Women Lost Half Their Body Weight

Two women made huge strides toward better health on the Today Show’s Joy Fit Club segment this morning—ditching more than 300 pounds combined. 24-year-old Meghan Castro of Los Angeles went from anxiety eater to badass runner, kickboxer and weight lifter. One of 12 kids, Castro reversed her 301-pound figure to a almost-half-that 155 pounds.

The second, Gina Canakis of Springfield, Penn., was the first of her family to graduate college, and she continued beyond the degree to work full-time, part-time and as a student pursuing a real estate license. After losing her father to obesity-related issues, Canakis reversed her nearly 300-pound frame by 50 inches total! Rediscovering her love for sports and exercise, Canakis hopes to inspire others through her journey through her new blog.

The Joy Fit Club is fitness expert Joy Bauer’s segment on the popular show, which celebrates individuals who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise. See the before and after transformations!

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