Half Their Size Candidates Reveal Their Worst Former Habits — from Eating Cartons of Ice Cream to Sleeping 15 Hours a Day

12/30/2015 at 12:38 PM ET

HTS Group Gabrielle Revere

Before they lost over 100 lbs. each, this year’s Half Their Size candidates had habits that were anything but healthy. From eating entire cartons of ice cream and whole blocks of cheese to snacking out of boredom and skipping workouts, here are some of the worst habits these weight-loss superstars had to give up to turn their lives around.

Austin ShifflettCourtesy Austin Shifflett; Gabrielle Revere

Austin Shifflett, 22
Lost 166 lbs.

“I’d snack on Combos, chips, candy – whatever was in the house – not because I was actually hungry, just out of boredom. I’d snack on stuff late, too, even at 11:30 p.m.”

Sarah Beasley Courtesy Sarah Beasley; Gabrielle Revere

Sarah Beasley, 27
Lost 120 lbs.

“All the comfort foods were my favorites: casseroles with cheese and butter, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese. It got worse when my husband [Michael, 29] deployed with the military. I stayed up late, all sad, and I’d eat a whole can of chocolate icing.”

Casey ForeakerCourtesy Casey Foreaker; Gabrielle Revere

Casey Foreaker, 36
Lost 105 lbs.

“I did not exercise at all – nothing. I would eat and hang out. Restaurants were my go-to and I would eat out all the time.”

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Half Their SizeGabrielle Revere

Angela MontanezCourtesy Angela Montanez; Gabrielle Revere

Angela Montanez, 35
Lost 117 lbs.

“I never thought any meal was bad, and I overate of course. I always thought feeling tired after your meals is normal — that’s not normal. Feeling like your stomach is stretched after you eat — that’s not normal. I know that’s not normal now.”

Heather PattersonCourtesy Heather Patterson; Gabrielle Revere

Heather Patterson, 43
Lost 127 lbs.

“I’d drink six Diet Dr Peppers each day. I’d sneak down at night and eat a whole block of cheese. I can remember getting a carton of ice cream, and I would finish it in one sitting and then lie to my kids about where it went the next day.”

Caitlyn Mannherz Courtesy Caitlyn Mannherz; Gabrielle Revere

Caitlyn Mannherz, 26
Lost 135 lbs.

“I slept 15 hours every day. I just didn’t want to wake up sometimes. I had been extremely depressed – I didn’t have a job, I was very overweight, I had failed out of college. Before I could transform the outside, I needed to get a new perspective.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Good for them! That’s very motivational. Food, with all of it’s preservatives can be just as addicting as any drug, so they are amazing people!!

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