Thinspo Before and After

February 29, 2012

So you’re feeling fat and need some inspiration for weight loss? Thinspo is only an abbreviation for “thinsporation” which is means looking at pictures of skinny slender women to get inspired to lose weight. It’s become a cult around America to look at these photos and become motivated by the beauty of healthy women. The fact is being overweight is unhealthy and we all know it, being big is not beautiful and we know that when we look in all of today’s fashion magazines. Glossy magazines picture sexy women as being slender almost to the point of anorexic. If you are overweight no doubt your goal is to lose it and become thin again.

If you’ve put on weight recently you should try lose it as soon as possible otherwise you may need to have cosmetic or plastic surgery to have excess sagging skin removed. When we pack on a lot of fat we feel like failures and if we become morbidly obese that’s called an “Epic Fail”. So come on people there is only one thing to losing weight and that is “Burn more than you consume“, stick by it for three months and you will be surprised. You could make the consumption part easier with lap band surgery or a gastric bypass. If you have the money even consider liposuction, but only after you’ve tried to shed a few pounds on your own. We have added a perfect before and after photo below for you to judge which is sexier.

Before and after photos

Photo #1

In this example this girl put on a lot of weight in the after photo. Very sad really. Hopefully she will lose it one day and be back to a healthy weight again.

Why do we want to be thin?

There are many reasons why a person would seek to lose weight. The most important reason why we should seek to lose weight if we are obese is to get healthy so we don’t suffer from any complications that come with being overweight. This reason is usually not the first in our mind or convincing enough for us to take action. Statistics show being overweight increases your chance of many conditions and diseases like the different types of diabetes and increases the risk of death. Usually the main reason why we humans wish to lose weight is to look sexy and that’s how the term “thinsporation” was coined. Somehow looking at before and after pictures of people who have lost weight makes us think we can do the same too and look better. Don’t be fooled, losing weight is a hard long painstaking process that should be done the right way in order to avoid health issues. Looking good makes us feel good about ourselves and helps attract people’s attention.

Before using thinspo

Avoid starving yourself at all cost, this is the wrong way to lose weight and is very unhealthy for your body. Even though you may have seen pictures of prisoners of war who were almost starved to death and basically anorexic this is an extremely bad option. Be sure to drink lots of water and have a balanced diet getting plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try eating less than usual and aim for roughly 5 small meals a day. Exercise daily at least taking a 30 minute walk if you don’t do anything else, this will ultimately assist your blood circulation and increase your metabolism over time.

If you want to get serious about losing weight research exercising for weight loss online or even hire a personal trainer. Muscle weighs more than fat and is much harder to accumulate over time. If you’re out of shape a great thing to do is join some group exercises at a local club, that way you won’t be alone and your friends that you find will help you through your journey and push you to strive for better results every time while you’re having fun. One basic rule of thumb when eating is to only eat when you feel really hungry and only eat a small meal. Breakfast is very important and should not be missed even though you may not be a breakfast person.

Coping with depression of being overweight

Many people suffer from depression all over the world and aren’t even aware of it. Being overweight and feeling bad about yourself lowers self-esteem and confidence to do something about it because it’s a task that takes a long time and we just don’t feel we have it in us to go through. The trick is to not think about it and change your lifestyle because if you always do what you’ve been doing you’ll always be who you are. Do things that make you happy and be social as we are all social creatures. Anythings possible if you only try hard enough and stick to it. If you feel you just can’t shake the depression over time and need help you may see your local doctor to give you some medication aimed at anxiety and depression like Lexapro or Cymbalta. Hang around people who bring out the best in you at all times. If you don’t try than you’ve already failed. Perhaps even say to yourself when I manage to shake 10 pounds or kilos I’m going to eat my whole favorite pizza all by myself in one sitting, trust me when it comes down to that day you won’t ever by that pizza because you know you’ll just have to lose the weight again and that will make you even more motivated.

The morbidly obese after thinspo

If you are so overweight to the point where exercise is a problem, you may want to consider having a gastric bypass. A gastric bypass tightens your stomach so you feel fuller much more quickly and don’t end up overeating. It is clinically proven to help those who suffer from either obesity or morbid obesity. Liposuction will not help you because with the amount of food you are eating at the moment you will back to your normal weight within a few months if there is no change. The only positive with being very obese is that it is quite easy to lose weight quickly, but don’t make the mistake of losing it too quickly or you will end up developing unwanted unsightly sagging skin where you will have no other choice but cosmetic or plastic surgery to remove. If you are stuck at home the majority of you time then do your best to get out and get some sun, it will make you feel better as well as give you vitamin D.

Things to absolutely avoid when on the path of weight loss

Definitely avoid starving yourself at all costs, this is not the right way to lose weight. Avoid smoking as this makes you tired and depletes you of vital energy you should be using to exercise, it also clogs up your arteries with fat and reduces blood circulation throughout the body. Stay away from all junk food, Subway is fine as long as you don’t eat a whole 12 inch by yourself in one sitting with a large coke right afterwards. Stay clear of alcohol as well, this is because it is very fattening and is give priority when it comes to metabolizing it. Don’t waste your time with people who only bring you down, this will kill your mood, self-esteem and confidence; you want to stay around positive people as much as possible. Don’t stay on your bum all day watching television, take advantage of your free time by going for a walk around the neighborhood or going for a bike ride in your local area. Don’t make an exercise plan that you will fail in a few days because it’s too much of a change for you, start slowly and increase the workload periodically. One main thing to always steer clear of is sugar.


Usually to hire a life coach to get inspired will cost you a fortune. But this type of motivation won’t cost you a cent. Just an Internet connection, or even a magazine subscription and you’re set.


I think this new phenomenon may actually work. I’m a 28 year old “sexy but big” woman. I’ve been getting into this thinspo deal lately by looking at beautiful thin women on the net. I’m not a lesbian but whoa do they give you some incentive to work out. I haven’t always been big so I guess it’s a bonus because I know I can lose the weight. I feel sorry for people that try so hard and still look huge. In the past week I’ve been walking nearly three times. I haven’t started a mass diet yet but I’ve just cut out my biscuits and chocolate. I’m a chocoholic so that was really hard. I know if I push myself too hard to start with, I won’t stick to it. So my plan is to start off slow and gradually build up my stamina. Wish me luck!

Submitted by Abbey on March 22, 2012

YouTube video

This is a documentary YouTube video of a girl with an obsession for thinsporation.

More before and after photos

Photo #2

In the photo above the thing girl also put on a lot of weight in the after photo.

Photo #3

This is a backwards photo of a before and after weight loss picture from an article on “Women’s Day”.

Photo #4

A picture of a skinny man putting on weight in his after photo…

Photo #5

This man also put on a lot of weight within the space of half a year.

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Losing weight is tough. So often people try and fail — and try again. But 2018 introduced us to people who really understood that losing weight and being healthy involves a lifestyle change more than a fad diet. They’ve shared a lot about what being healthy means and we’ve been wowed by their transformations. Combined, they’ve lost a whopping 1,382 pounds.

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1. Kevin Gendreau

As Dr. Kevin Gendreau watched his sister die of cancer, he looked at himself. At the time, he was 300 pounds at 5 feet 9 inches tall. He realized his sister had no choice when it came to her health, but he did. He started intermittent fasting and eating lean protein, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy. In just 18 months, he lost 125 pounds.

“I am shocked it works. There is always a new diet but this is very medically sound, which is why I loved it,” he told TODAY.

Since losing 125 pounds, Kevin Gendreau has transformed his health. He no longer needs medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol and reversed his diabetes.Courtesy Kevin Gendreau

Gendreau, a primary care doctor, has maintained a weight of 175 pounds. About 25 percent of his practice is focused on weight loss. While he still fasts, he allows himself more “cheats” and relaxed his eating habits a bit. Losing weight has transformed more than his looks.

“I’ve learned so much about myself,” he said. “I’ve learned that when I put my mind to something and have a good enough reason I can achieve anything. I think my sister would be proud.”

2. Janielle Wright

After having her daughter, Janielle Wright failed to lose the baby weight. While she was overweight before her the birth of daughter, she felt that weighing 337 pounds at 5 feet 8 inches tall kept her from being the mother she wanted to be.

Wright started intermittent fasting, where she fasted for 16 hours and ate during eight hours. She also added 30-minute, high-intensity workouts to her routine. Since January, she has lost 105 pounds.

“I am happy and energized to play with my daughter,” she told TODAY. “I’ve learned that my faith in Christ, consistency and patience is key to a great weight-loss success.”

Next year, she hopes to lose 50 more pounds.

3. Guillermo Flores

Growing up, Guillermo Flores enjoyed comfort food during family celebrations. Soon, he was eating comfort and fast foods all the time, especially when he was stressed. At 5 feet 9 inches tall, he weighed 252 pounds. Then in his early 30s, his mom had a stroke and he started considering his health.

“I thought, ‘Do I really want to be in my 30s and on blood pressure medication?’” he told TODAY.

Flores began eating more vegetables, fruits and lean protein and counting his calories with the app, Lose It! In 18 months he lost 105 pounds.

“As you lose more weight you mentally become more active and willing to try new things,” he said. “I am definitely where I want to be.”

In just 18 months Guillermo Flores went from wearing a 2XL to a size small.Courtesy Juan Alaniz Trending stories,celebrity news and all the best of TODAY.

4. Hannah Lester

Hannah Lester was always the “fat friend.” During college she relied on fast food for too many meals, and weighed 285 pounds. At her first job after college her colleagues began a weight-loss challenge and she joined. She started modestly: hoping to lose 35 pounds from January to May. She cut soda and fast food from her diet and started drinking more water. It worked. By March she lost 35 pounds. In three years, she lost 100 pounds and has maintained her weight loss since.

“I really can do something if I honestly set my mind to it,” she told TODAY.

Hannah Lester lost 100 pounds thanks to a weight-loss challenge at work.Courtesy of Hannah Lester

5. Hunter Hobbs

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“I definitely was surprised that so many people were inspired. That is crazy to see,” he told TODAY.

He credits his success to consistency.

“Honestly, I got into a habit every single day,” he said. “That really helped.”

6. Brittany May

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“I knew I would have to drop my stubbornness and be willing to tackle the bad habits, the sedentary lifestyle and the relationship with food,” she told TODAY.

Brittany May, before and after her weight loss.Brittany May, TODAY

Losing weight transformed her life. Once she couldn’t fit behind the steering wheel of the car or tie her own shoes. Now she enjoys life.

“I can drive a car. I can bend down and tie my shoe. I joined a gym for fun. Who would have thought? Every part of my life has changed,” she said.

7. Lexi Reed

After losing 312 pounds with diet and exercise and the support of her husband, Danny Reed, Lexi Reed felt great. But she had loads of excess skin, which caused crippling neck and jaw pain. On Halloween she underwent a “360-degree body lift,” the first of several surgeries to remove her extra skin. After weeks of recovery, Reed can finally see her transformed body. She shares her progress on Instagram, where she revealed she felt nervous about holiday temptations.

“I also have planned ahead so that I know what to expect and where to use my calories. Holidays come and go but our health and memories made with our families with last forever,” Reed shared.

8. Kirsten Pridham

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So she decided to track what she ate using the app Lose It! and trained for a 5K. She saw results. In a year, she lost 90 pounds and loves how she looks and feels.

By tracking what she ate and training for a marathon Kirsten Pridham lost 90 pounds in a year. Courtesy of Kirsten Pridham

“I realized what I wanted was to be happy and strong as opposed to wearing cute clothes,” she told TODAY. “It is a good balance.”

9. Kelly and Mike Magnarini

After struggling to become pregnant and trying IVF, Kelly Magnarini gained weight and her husband, Mike, gained right along with her. After having twins, they failed to lose the weight. But they were exhausted and disliked how they looked. Kelly weighed 219 pounds and Mike weighed 259 pounds. In March 2017, they focused on healthy eating habits and exercising at home. In less than a year Kelly lost 57 pounds and Mike lost 58.

“I definitely saw some changes pretty quickly,” Mike told TODAY.

In less than a year, Kelly lost 57 pounds and Mike lost 58 pounds. They say doing it together makes it easier.Courtesy of The Magnarini family

Since they last talked to TODAY, the couple underwent another round of IVF and Kelly got pregnant. But she lost the baby and gained 15 pounds, which she plans on losing.

“We’re back to focusing on ourselves and getting back to where we were,” Kelly said via text.

10. Irene Markulik and Nicole Betschman

At 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 234 pounds, Irene Markulik felt “so unhappy” with how she looked and felt. The mother of three committed to the 80-Day Obsession and lost 42 pounds.

“The physical changes are amazing and impressive, but the crazy thing is the mental mind shift,” she told TODAY. “I am really living now, not just going through the motions. I’m becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be and it’s just amazing.”

Nicole Betschman weighed 196 pounds at 5 feet 5 inches tall when she started the 80-Day Obsession. By the end, she lost 17.25 inches. She didn’t lose a ton of weight but loves how her transformation makes her look.

“We need to throw the scale out of our minds,” she told TODAY. “I’ve only lost about 10 pounds but I look like I’ve lost 30 to 40.”

For more inspiration, check out our My Weight-Loss Journey page. If you’re ready to start your own journey, sign up for our Start TODAY newsletter for extra support.

Sometimes the hardest part of the journey to any goal is keeping motivated. Whether you’re trying to get fitter, gunning for a promotion, or on a mission to finally stop using your floor as a closet, staying on track can be tough. When the goal line is looking fuzzy in the distance, it can be super inspiring to revel in other people’s successes and be reminded that, yes, like them, you can do this.

Here at SELF we love to celebrate the successes of women who have decided to put their health and happiness first. Here we have gathered together some of our favorite stories from the last year showing how women, armed with determination, self-love, and motivating communities, set, reached, and often exceeded their goals to lead healthier, fitter, more satisfied lives. In these cases, weight loss was the intention, but by dedicating themselves to healthy habits each woman got so much more than that. Because that’s the thing: Weight loss isn’t just about hitting a certain number on the scale. As these women demonstrate, losing weight takes a lot of work, including eating and exercising in a way that works for your body, managing life’s stressors, engaging in healthy habits like getting enough sleep, and keeping a reality check on what’s sustainable and what’s not.

And an important note before we get into it: Healthy habits are for everyone—but weight loss isn’t. If you have a history of disordered eating, you should talk to your doctor before going after any weight-loss goals. Sometimes the healthiest habits you can adopt are to not think about your weight at all. It’s different for everyone, and deeply personal.

Even if your goals have nothing to do with weight whatsoever, seeing what people can accomplish when they set their minds to it can be a powerful boost if ever you feel your motivation flagging. Let the stories of these 12 total strangers inspire you to move toward that thing that will make you feel happy, healthy, and fulfilled.

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Weight loss success stories

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The NHS weight loss plan has been downloaded more than 3 million times.

and read on to find out why it’s such a hit from people who have successfully lost weight.

Lesley Trundle, from London

Weight lost: 14.5kg (32lbs)

“I have lost 2 stone and 4lbs. The weight loss plan has worked so well for me because I haven’t seen it as a diet, but as a healthy way of eating and feeling great. It’s unlike any other diet I have tried before. The weight loss forum has been brilliant – it’s kept me focused and motivated. I have reached the target weight that I set for myself of 9 stone and have managed to maintain it for the last couple of months, but next year I’d like to lose another 7lbs.”

Phil Reeves, from Liverpool

Weight lost: 15kg (33lbs)

“I’m more active and more energetic, meaning I’m out of breath less often. I also feel better about myself and more confident. The plan’s designed to help you form new healthier habits, and because of it I now routinely cycle to work. Bringing fruit and veg to work is now second nature. I’m now more aware of the calorie content in food and eat smaller portions.”

Read Phil’s story in full

Christine Schofield, from the Isle of Lewis

Weight lost: 8.2kg (18lbs)

“Following the death of my partner from cancer, I was determined to lose weight and get fitter, having previously only lost weight in the early 80s on the F-plan, prior to getting married. The NHS plan got me kickstarted to a slow but sustainable weight loss, and an exercise plan that’s changed my weight, shape and life for the better. It’s not a diet, but a change in life.”

Graham Gilligan, from London

Weight lost: 38.3kg (6st)

“The NHS weight loss plan isn’t about dieting, it’s about changing the way you live. It worked for me and I lost 6 stone (38.3kg) in 6 months.”

Alison Bisping, from Malmesbury

Weight lost: 9.5kg (21lbs)

“After 30 weeks following the NHS weight loss plan, I’ve lost 21lbs (I’ve had 3 weeks away and 2 weeks on crutches, hardly walking in that time), so I’m thrilled. I see it as a tool to re-educate me towards healthier eating, rather than previous diets I’ve tried (and I’ve tried most of them). Other diets seem so restrictive and ‘ban’ foods – I eventually fall off the wagon and go back to my old habits. I feel fitter, healthier and more energetic, and plan to make this way of eating my new way of life.”

Christine Vivier, from Edinburgh

Weight loss: 10kg (22lbs)

“Following the plan all the way through, losing weight and running 10km have all really boosted my self-belief. It feels like such an accomplishment.”

Read Christine’s story in full

Pauline Tessyman, 62, from Wallasey

Weight lost: 8.2kg (18lbs)

“The NHS 12-week weight loss plan has helped me establish a more healthy and realistic relationship with food. It isn’t a regime I’m on for the time being, but a lifelong, liveable, healthy change of approach that works. 18lbs lost since August says it all. There’s no you have been ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at class, no losing a few pounds 1 week, putting them back on again the next, just a sensible approach – and it’s free!”

Stephanie Higgins, from Manchester

Weight lost: 9.2kg (20lbs)

“During the 12 weeks, I lost 9.2kg (20lbs). I found the online forum to be a place for support and guidance from others doing the same thing. People on the forum seem genuinely interested in what you’re saying, as you’re all in the same boat. Seeing the weight come off and fitting into smaller clothes was perhaps the best motivator. Overall, sticking to the plan for 12 weeks has helped me develop new healthy habits.”

Read Stephanie’s story in full

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