Real life weight loss: How this inspiring fitness couple lost 220lbs in 14 months

Parents Jasmine and Jeremy lost 220lbs between them after they realised they were both on the path to obesity

Jasmine Parent, 30 and Jeremy Crawley, 27, on the treadmill
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Jasmine Parent, 30, completely changed her diet and lifestyle with her fiancé Jeremy Crawley, 27, after realising her physical and mental health was being affected by her weight. Jasmine has lost 125lbs, while Jeremy has lost 95lbs, 

"When I was younger, I was always a bigger kid," said Jasmine, in an interview with YouTube channel Truly. "When I had my first daughter, I was already 250lbs. I wanted to be emotionally present and interact with my girls... but I couldn't be the mom I wanted to be." Jasmine's mother worried about Jasmine's potential heart problems and stress on her joints, as she couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without pain in her knees. 

Watch Jasmine and Jeremy's stories below:

Jeremy was 333lbs just over a year ago, but has managed to lose over a third of his body weight, as Jasmine's realisation forced him to take stock too. 

"I was just appalled. I couldn't believe how big I'd gotten," he said. "It was time to change our lifestyles around completely."

 Wanting to set a better example for their two daughters, the couple have collectively lost 220lbs in under 14 months. The first thing to go was the takeouts, as Jasmine and Jeremy completely changed the way they ate, cutting out sugar, sodium and preparing meals in a healthier way. 

The old adage "abs are made in the kitchen" is spot on. To lose weight, you need to readjust what, when and how you eat. Swapping take-outs for home-cooked recipes with less saturated fat, salt, starch and sugar is a terrific idea and a great first step.

 It's easy to make simple food swaps: for example, cook your chicken in the best air fryer or the best health grill with a fraction of the added oil, rather than frying it in a pan. Instead of a mid-morning snack, opt for a shake including the best protein powder for weight loss, which can help fuel your muscles after yesterday's tough evening workout. 

Jasmine and Jeremy after their transformations

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It's easy to make simple food swaps: for example, cook your chicken in the best air fryer or the best health grill with a fraction of the added oil, rather than frying it in a pan. Instead of a mid-morning snack, opt for a shake including the best protein powder for weight loss, which can help fuel your muscles after yesterday's tough evening workout.

In addition, getting a workout partner like Jeremy and jasmine had with each other is amazing for accountability and keeping you on-track with your goals. One study found that compared to those without a partner, patients with a workout partner were over 100% more likely to lose a 'significant' amount of body weight within a year. Grab yourself a friend, get in the gym and fill that fridge with healthy stuff.

Matt Evans
Matt Evans

Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. 

Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.