We all know that losing weight is not an easy task. But, not only your health and body will be grateful to you once you do it, your looks and mood will improve just as well. Shedding a few pounds will remove some of that extra roundness from the cheeks and will give you a more defined and prominent jawline. And even though your symmetry won’t change that much as that is genetics, it might make you consider yourself more attractive, if that’s what you want.
Losing excess weight can transform your face dramatically, and these people in this list compiled by Bored Panda, are a hard proof for that.
Looks like it’s time to hit the gym, my friends. So stay motivated, the result will be worth the struggles.
- 1. This guy who lost 110 Lbs in 7 years
- 2. This guy who went from 260 Lbs to 190 Lbs
- 3. This girl who lost 70 Lbs
- 4. This girl who lost 82 Lbs in 4 Years
- 5. This girl who lost 120 Lbs naturally
- 6. This guy who lost an excessive amount of weight
- 7. This girl who lost 105 Lbs in a little over a year
- 8. This girl who lost 165 Lbs in 18 months
- 9. This woman who lost 55 pounds and started treatment for RA
- 10. This woman who used to weigh 320 Lbs and now weighs 120 Lbs
- 11. This guy who lost 46 Lbs
- 12. This girl who decided it’s time for a change
- 13. This girl who lost 49 Lbs in 6 months
- 14. What losing almost 200 Lbs does to your face
- 15. This guy who lost 130 Lbs
- 16. This guy who lost 130 Lbs in 2 years
- 17. This girl who lost 140 Lbs
- 18. This girl who lost 95 Lbs in 18 months
- 19. This guy who lost 175 Lbs in 2.5 years
- 20. This girl who went from 230 Lbs to 140 Lbs
- About the author
- Losing Kilos with Keto
- Tackling Weight Loss with Love
- Getting Stronger Every Day
- Attacking Fat, One Rep at a Time
- Banish That Baby Weight
- Love Your Body, Love Yourself
- #Gains Sometimes Aren’t As Impressive As Losses
- It’s Not a Diet; It’s a Lifestyle Choice
- Transforming Mind and Body
- Turning Body Confidence Into a Business
- 200 Down, 20 to Go
- Gaining Healthy Weight Doesn’t Mean Losing Yourself
- Confidence Comes in All Forms
- Health for Every Body
- 4 Inspiring Weight Loss Stories, From Those Who Kept It Off
- Kelly Hogan, 122 pounds
- Dina Bigsworth, 110 pounds
- Lydia E., 40 pounds
- Donna Dube, 145 pounds
- These 8 Women Look Like They Lost Weight—but the Scale Didn’t Budge
- I lost 100 pounds in a year. My “weight loss secret” is really dumb.
- 1) My weight loss “secret” is so, so dumb
- 2) Okay, fine, here’s one secret: The weight loss succeeded because I found a way to be extreme in moderation
- 3) Obesity is a societal and environmental problem, not an individual one
- 4) That didn’t make my fatness feel like any less of a personal failure
- 5) A quick but vital sidebar: It’s so much easier to be a fat man than a fat woman
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- 6) I needed to lose weight, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to
- 7) I’m much more confident now that I’ve lost weight — but I wish I could have found a way to be comfortable in my skin even without the weight loss
- Weight Loss Motivation Pictures
- 25 Amazing Body Transformation Pictures
- 1. What an incredible 2 year weight loss transformation!
- 2. A 1 year amazing female transformation!
- 3. Less fat, more muscle and a fresh haircut
- 4. You wouldn’t even recognize her anymore!
- 5. This guy is looking shredded!
- 6. Whatever you’re doing, it’s working!
- 7. Incredible weight loss & muscle gain!
- 8. He was the man that never gave up!
- 9. She might need to buy some new clothes…
- 10. He lost weight and then packed on muscle!
- 11. Lighter, healthier and happier
- 12. Awesome progress!
- 13. The muscle was revealed underneath the fat!
- 14. Powerful weight loss transformation!
- 15. Did he lose the glasses as well as that 60lbs?
- 16. That’s awesome progress!
- 17. Aside from the tattoos, you wouldn’t recognize him!
- 18. A well deserved power pose right there!
- 19. This guy has insane muscle definition!
- 20. Another incredible transformation and reduction in BF%
- 21. “Thor, is that you?” Impressive as hell!
- 22. That’s a lot of vein action right there…
- 23. Wow, 111lb weight loss transformation!
- 24. She looks so much happier on the right!
- 25. From pot belly to shredded six pack!
- 10 motivational quotes to change the way you think about fitness
- 1. You can do it even if it takes some time
- 2. No more excuses
- 3. What you do is who you want to be
- 4. No pain no gain
- 5. Challenge is a step forward
- 6. Love yourself and respect your body
- 7. Make the first step today
- 8. Work for it
- 9. Are you a weight loss winner or weight loss loser?
- 10. Where do you want to go tomorrow?
- 1. Only I Can Change My Life, No One Can Do It For Me
- 2. Slow And Steady Wins The Race
- 3. The Struggle You Are In Today Is Developing The Strength You Need for Tomorrow
- 4. Food, Like Your Money, Should Be Working For You
- 5. The Road May Be Bumpy But Stay Committed To The Process
- 6. If You Are Tired Of Starting Over, Stop Giving Up
- 7. Be The Best Version Of You
- 8. Be Stronger Than Your Excuse
- 9. It’s Not A Diet, It’s A Lifestyle Change
- 10. Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will
- 11. Nothing Tastes As Good As Being Thin Feels
- 12. Will Is A Skill
- 13. Stressed Spelled Backwards Is Desserts. Coincidence? I think not!
- 14. An Active Mind Cannot Exist In An Inactive Body
- 15. Strive For Progress, Not Perfection
- 16. Success Is Never Certain, Failure Is Never Final
- 17. No Amount Of Security Is Worth The Suffering Of A Life Chained To A Routine That Has Killed Your Dreams
- 18. A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish
- 19. Success Is The Sum Of Small Efforts, Repeated Day In And Day Out
- 20. You Can’t Cross The Sea Merely By Standing And Staring At The Water
1. This guy who lost 110 Lbs in 7 years
2. This guy who went from 260 Lbs to 190 Lbs
3. This girl who lost 70 Lbs
4. This girl who lost 82 Lbs in 4 Years
5. This girl who lost 120 Lbs naturally
6. This guy who lost an excessive amount of weight
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7. This girl who lost 105 Lbs in a little over a year
8. This girl who lost 165 Lbs in 18 months
9. This woman who lost 55 pounds and started treatment for RA
10. This woman who used to weigh 320 Lbs and now weighs 120 Lbs
11. This guy who lost 46 Lbs
12. This girl who decided it’s time for a change
13. This girl who lost 49 Lbs in 6 months
14. What losing almost 200 Lbs does to your face
15. This guy who lost 130 Lbs
16. This guy who lost 130 Lbs in 2 years
17. This girl who lost 140 Lbs
18. This girl who lost 95 Lbs in 18 months
19. This guy who lost 175 Lbs in 2.5 years
20. This girl who went from 230 Lbs to 140 Lbs
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Losing Kilos with Keto
Jack has lost 158 pounds thanks to exercise and a ketogenic diet.
Tackling Weight Loss with Love
This couple worked together to lose weight and have collectively lost over 350 lbs together!
Getting Stronger Every Day
After overcoming severe anorexia, Amalie as become an advocate of health—both physical and mental. “I want to use this as an opportunity to say something important; You don’t have to look like me on the left to have an eating disorder…It is a mental illness with physical side effects, and everybody deserves help,” she said in this post.
Attacking Fat, One Rep at a Time
Zach used to suffer from food addiction and has lost 50% of his body weight by eating a cleaner diet and regularly exercising.
Banish That Baby Weight
This new mom recently lost 100 pounds in one year before having her baby and getting back on the fit wagon!
Love Your Body, Love Yourself
Megan has conquered anorexia now proudly flaunts her healthy curves on her body-positive account.
#Gains Sometimes Aren’t As Impressive As Losses
Kevin has lost 125 pounds by hitting the gym and staying committed to his workout routine.
It’s Not a Diet; It’s a Lifestyle Choice
Rachel has lost almost 100 pounds, and emphasizes that “It’s not a race.. it’s a lifestyle change. Find what’s sustainable. Find what works for YOU!”
Transforming Mind and Body
After being hospitalized for anorexia, Milly emphasizes her mental transformation just as much, if not more, than her physical transformation:
“Whilst weight gain is crucial, it’s not the most significant change you’ll get whilst recovering. The release of my mind into the wonders of the world from the cage it had been in for so long was the biggest change for me, colors started flooding back, joy and positivity came knocking and clarity came to join the party.”
Turning Body Confidence Into a Business
Tameika has lost nearly 100 pounds and has turned her healthy lifestyle into a business as a personal trainer.
200 Down, 20 to Go
Pancho has lost 218 pounds over about 2 years and aims to lose another 20 to reach his goal weight. He offers words of encouragement saying, “If I can do it, anyone can.”
Gaining Healthy Weight Doesn’t Mean Losing Yourself
Liv, who has overcome bulimia (pictured on the left), laughs looking back at her old photos saying, “My style hasn’t changed a bit!”
Confidence Comes in All Forms
Jovana has lost 135 pounds and says this is the first time she feels comfortable in a bikini. “It takes a lot of commitment, sacrifice and hard work. But living a healthy, happy and comfortable life will ALWAYS be worth it to me. I hope it is for you as well.”
Health for Every Body
A healthy lifestyle means something different to everyone. Find what makes you the most comfortable and confident, and use that as motivation to work toward your goals.
4 Inspiring Weight Loss Stories, From Those Who Kept It Off
In terms of weight loss, what works for some doesn’t work for others, which is why every weight loss story is different. Yet no matter what, determination and hard work are qualities you always see in an inspiring weight loss story—and it’s these kinds of stories that always motivate us.
We asked some weight-loss champions about what it took to cross the finish line, and what practices they’ve continued to maintain their weight loss for good. Here are a few inspiring weight loss stories that brought us to tears, and even motivated us to take charge of our own health for good. Remember, while some of these weight loss strategies worked for some, every single body is different. Make sure to consult your physician before making any significant changes for your health.
Kelly Hogan, 122 pounds
Courtesy of Kelly Hogan
Kelly Hogan once weighed 262 pounds and tried everything and anything to lose weight. That was until her doctor prescribed her a very low-carb diet (protein and some vegetables) that things started to turn around for Hogan. After adopting a zero-carb carnivore diet, she was able to finally lose weight and has maintained her weight loss at 140 pounds. The secret for her inspiring weight loss? Eating a diet higher in protein and fat has been sustainable (and satisfying) for her, which has been important in maintaining her weight loss. Since she is no longer eating carbs, her blood sugar doesn’t spike so her sugar cravings are gone for good.
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Dina Bigsworth, 110 pounds
Courtesy of Dina Bigsworth
Moving to Australia from Hawaii 10 years ago resulted in a lot of weight gain for Dina Bigsworth. She went from a highly active, outdoors lifestyle to a full-time homebody. After two years in Australia, she got pregnant and her weight gain just kept going up. Once she gave birth, Bigsworth stopped working and fell into a depression for several years. She found herself gaining even more weight and was easily prone to anger.
Then, a couple of years ago, when Bigsworth couldn’t find anything decent to wear to a party, she decided it was time to make a change. She started to experiment with different dietary approaches and found eating more low-carb foods (protein and vegetables) and counting out her calories and macros helped her finally lose weight. Her calorie distribution consists of 15 percent from carbs (exclusively from vegetables), 35 percent from protein and 50 percent from fat. Along with her eating formula, she likes to incorporate High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts into her weekly routine. Between these changes, Bigsworth was able to lose 110 pounds.
Lydia E., 40 pounds
Courtesy of Lydia E.
In her teenage years, Lydia was diagnosed with PCOS, and found out years later the excruciating pain during her periods was a result of endometriosis. Between her diagnosis and the loss of her grandmother, Lydia felt inspired to make a change in her life. So after 12 years of experimenting with many diets without seeing results, she found incorporating intermittent fasting into her diet helped with losing the extra weight she was managing. She fasts for 16 hours a day and opens her eating window for 8 hours. Before eating, she starts off her day with some sort of caffeinated beverage—such as coffee, tea, or an energy drink—and then sips on water with lemon for the remainder of the day. She also incorporated regular exercise into her routine and walks about 3 to 5 miles a day. By controlling her eating habits and creating new routines, Lydia was able to lose 40 pounds.
Donna Dube, 145 pounds
Courtesy of Donna Dube
Since working as a Nursing Director, Donna Dube has always known the negative impacts of living an unhealthy lifestyle. But it wasn’t until she took a closer look at a photo of herself that she reflected on her own unhealthy habits. Being a wife, mother, and grandmother, this 62-year-old woman knew she needed to make a change. After experimenting with different dieting practices, Dube knew counting calories wouldn’t be an effective method for losing weight. One day, she read about the benefits of fasting and was instantly hooked. Between her new fasting routine, setting weight loss goals, and joining some online support groups, Dube was finally able to lose the 145 pounds for good.
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These 8 Women Look Like They Lost Weight—but the Scale Didn’t Budge
When most people start a weight-loss plan, they typically have a goal weight in mind—and then do regular weigh-ins with the bathroom scale to track the rate at which the pounds peel off.
The crazy thing is, even though your clothes might fit better and you feel lighter, sometimes the scale will stubbornly stay put. It’s demoralizing, sure, but also a good reminder not to get too hung up on what the number says. Instead, nutritionists advise that you chart your diet progress by how much healthier you feel, any increase in your strength and endurance, and a change in body-fat composition ratio, among other measures.
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Don’t believe us that it’s possible to drop lbs without seeing that reflected on the scale? Take it from these 8 women, who posted dramatic before-and-after images on social media to explain what they learned when this happened to them.
“In both of these pictures I weighed 160 lbs, this is the difference over a year of CrossFit had on my body,” @kari.leigh said. “I gained a lot of strength and lost body fat. The best part was I felt incredible too! I stopped stressing about the scale so much and just focused on how I felt. It boosted my confidence and allowed me to get to know myself better.”
“The number on the scale is only one unit of measurement,” @fitness_cara captioned these photos of herself, both of which showed her at 127 lbs. “I recently stopped caring about the number and celebrating it, it is so freeing not letting this number control me!”
“Honestly I think the biggest factor is just time,” @em_wizzfit wrote. “Being kind to yourself, forgiving yourself, bit by bit slowly adds up. My confidence has never had anything to do with my weight or my body shape, but my perception of myself. what you need to work on.”
“So many women think the answer to looking or feeling their best is to lose weight,” @theblondefiless wrote. “While for some people this is certainly true, for others it may be best to pursue a body recomposition.”
“And this is why the scale should not be the main measurement of progress or health,” @shapebynat shared. “The scale does not differentiate between muscle, fat, water, and organs. I am the same weight between these two photos, but my body composition and health is a whole lot different.”
“Feeling healthy is THE number one measure of a healthy body, and I know that whats the mirror, and in my progress pics like this one, are 100% more accurate measure, and I’m so glad I’ve documented my whole weight loss journey,” @fat2fitdotie captioned her side-by-side photos.
“This is why you shouldn’t depend on the scales when you’re working out!” @laurapattison_fit shared. “I have so much more muscle definition now & look completely different, yet weigh the same. Our bodies are incredible!”
“In both photos, I weighed the exact same amount, 145 lbs,” said @jay.qwellinn. “It’s amazing what eating clean and some muscle definition can do for you.”
I lost 100 pounds in a year. My “weight loss secret” is really dumb.
A year ago, I weighed 285 pounds. Today I weigh 185, which is more or less optimal for my 6-foot frame. Losing 100 pounds has been maybe the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I feel better physically. I have newfound confidence in my ability to accomplish my goals. I’m more fun to be around, as the veiled bitterness that used to inflect interactions with my friends has evaporated. Indeed, all these fundamental feelings of self-loathing I’d been struggling with for as long as I could remember have disappeared. Basically, after convincing myself that I was a failure — a belief in which I saw my weight as both cause and effect — I’ve removed the limitations that I once placed on myself, and it’s because I lost 100 pounds.
I desperately wish that weren’t the case.
I say that because everything I’ve just written perpetuates our noxious, damaging cultural narrative on weight and obesity. Ours is a culture that simultaneously incentivizes people to gain weight and stigmatizes them when they do, and then offers the bullshit promise of instant weight loss through some miracle diet or incredible exercise secret.
Ours is a culture that incentivizes people to gain weight — and then stigmatizes them when they do
I’m no expert on weight loss. I wouldn’t even consider myself an expert on my own weight loss. But if nothing else, the experience of losing 100 pounds has given me plenty of time to reflect on what that kind of transformation means, and how I was miserable not so much because of my weight in and of itself but because how I thought about, how I understood my weight. That’s part of why weight loss can’t really be understood without context, both in terms of a person’s overall health and in terms of the larger society in which we live.
Here’s what I learned from losing so much weight — and from the life changes I’ve experienced as a result.
1) My weight loss “secret” is so, so dumb
Just so we’re completely clear about how unqualified I am to tell people how to lose weight, I’ll run down how I lost that 100 pounds. Basically, I just went to the gym, and I … walked. On a treadmill, uphill, at a brisk pace, for about an hour every day — and I do mean every day — from July to April. That’s more or less it! I started grad school in August, which meant I moved out of my parents’ house and away from their immaculately stocked refrigerator, and also meant the place where I worked all day was located more than a 10-foot walk from where I slept, which also helped, but that’s more or less it! That is not something I can monetize.
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You’ll notice I talked mostly about weight loss through exercise rather than diet, despite the fact that the current scientific thinking says that eating less is way, way more important than working out. The thing is, though, it was a lot easier for me to hop on a treadmill than to cut portions, at least at first. So I just ignored the (frequently contradictory) mountains of literature on the best way to lose weight and just focused on finding a way that worked for me. I’m usually not so blithely ignorant, but it worked pretty well here.
2) Okay, fine, here’s one secret: The weight loss succeeded because I found a way to be extreme in moderation
When people learn how much weight I’ve lost in the past year, they sometimes remark how hard it must have been. That’s a logical reaction, and it’s probably true of most extreme weight loss experiences, but honestly? It really wasn’t that hard. After all, if it had been hard, I probably would have just quit. The trick was finding a routine that I actually enjoyed doing and wanted to stick with.
More than that, I never would have lost 100 pounds if that’s what I had set out to do. Indeed, the weight loss only happened as soon as I had given up hope of losing weight at all. When I went back to the gym last July, my only real goal was to start feeling a little better about myself. If I had any weight-related goal at all, it was probably on the order of 5 to 10 pounds, and losing 20 would have made me ecstatic. Because I wasn’t putting pressure on myself to lose 100 pounds all at once — or in this case, at all — I sidestepped the biggest danger when it comes to weight loss: discouragement.
It definitely helped that I could do things like bring my tablet and watch Netflix in the gym, which I’m very aware implies access to a whole bunch of resources not everyone is going to have. As with everything, context matters, and I was fortunate enough to be able to arrange my circumstances in a way that was conducive to losing weight, despite — or, again, maybe because of — the fact that I didn’t set out to do that. Losing 100 pounds can’t have been some titanic act of individual will, as I’ve proven fairly conclusively over the first 26 years of my life that my willpower is mediocre at best. Instead, I managed to reshape my environment so that the result was weight loss, rather than continued obesity. Which leads quite neatly to a really fundamental point, the one thing I really want you to take away from all this.
3) Obesity is a societal and environmental problem, not an individual one
The numbers are staggering: The latest data says that a third of all adults in the United States are obese, and another third are overweight. The obesity rate in particular has skyrocketed in the past half-century, so this is still very much a new problem. And the obesity epidemic doesn’t exist because more than 200 million individual people lack willpower, or love food too much, or are too lazy to exercise, or whatever other crap is routinely trotted out to explain why any one person is fat.
The country’s current struggle with weight is the culmination of a whole bunch of long-term trends: the easy access to lots of cheap but generally unhealthy food, the shift toward more sedentary lifestyles, a collective decline in leisure time and disposable income that leaves far fewer opportunities for people to find ways to eat properly or remain active, and a whole bunch more.
4) That didn’t make my fatness feel like any less of a personal failure
Of course, it’s one thing to be intellectually aware of the large-scale causes of obesity; it was quite another for me to actually believe my weight wasn’t fundamentally my fault. My work as a science writer meant I was more aware than most of the environmental drivers of obesity. Yet I somehow managed the intellectual gymnastics of believing that people in general were not individually responsible for their issues with weight while still fervently believing my obesity was my own total failure. After all, to do otherwise would have meant giving up control for my own choices.
The author before and after his weight loss. (Alasdair Wilkins)
Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to endure it if I spent every waking moment obsessing over how I had screwed up my life, so I went to great pains to distract myself from my own fatness. I constructed a life for myself in which my physical appearance just never, ever came up, as any reminder of how I looked took me right back to the core of my self-hatred. Pulling that off meant placing strict limits on what I considered myself capable of. I convinced myself that nobody could ever consider me attractive. At 26, I had never been in a relationship—I’d never even been kissed—and it was torture for me to even talk about the possibility of romance, because doing so necessarily meant thinking about how I must appear to others. More than that, it meant being honest with and accepting of myself, two things I was just not prepared to do.
I really doubt I would have had the luxury —the privilege, you might well say — of constructing a life in which my appearance was this studiously undiscussed topic if I weren’t a man. It was no healthy sort of way to live, but it sure beat the alternative of family, friends, and even strangers routinely pointing out I was fat. And that’s been a constant theme whenever I’ve discussed my experiences with women who have struggled with their weight. With the very best of motives, my mom would tirelessly deny I was fat even when I was 100 pounds overweight.
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One female friend — who has never even been overweight by any medical standard! — told me any trip home is an opportunity for her parents to cajole her to cut out junk food and start exercising. They argue that they are just telling a necessary truth that others would be too polite to say. And it’s not just loved ones: She told me how random men on the street comment on her “curvy” features, something that might theoretically be intended as a compliment, but all it does is reinforce the idea that she is judged at all times in terms of her appearance and, by extension, her weight.
More than that, there are some pretty clearly socially defined roles that fat men can slip into: the funny fat guy and the smart fat guy, for instance. I was fortunate enough to be both funny and smart, but as I was told by another female friend — who was fat throughout childhood before losing weight in high school — that wouldn’t necessarily have mattered if I were female, particularly during those formative teen years. As she put it to me, she found that to be fat and a girl is so often to be invisible, to be marginalized.
I convinced myself that nobody could ever consider me attractive
Now, these are just a couple personal stories, so it would be a mistake to generalize too much, and either way this isn’t really my story to tell. But it’s enough to make me fairly confident that another advantage I had, both while being fat and while losing weight was that as a man, I could live in a space largely free of judgments.
I can think of only two occasions in my entire life where I was made to feel self-conscious about my weight, and neither was particularly mean-spirited. Now, it isn’t that being bullied over one’s weight is an experience unique to women, as I suspect my experience is on the extreme end even for men. But I suspect such light treatment was only possible in the first place because I’m a man. I received less criticism at 100 pounds overweight in my entire life than a woman 10 pounds overweight does in, what, a month? A week? A day? Wherever we’re setting the line, I’m inclined to take the under.
6) I needed to lose weight, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to
There’s a robust medical consensus that obesity is associated with a whole lot of serious medical issues. There are health risks to being fat. But there are also health risks to making oneself miserable by going on unsustainably extreme diet and exercise regimens. This all gets much more complicated when we look again at society at large, how it systematically drives people toward gaining weight and then makes them feel like failures the moment they do so.
Maybe if we can build a society that looks upon weight in a healthier way — not to mention how obesity disproportionately affects historically marginalized groups, a colossal issue beyond my ability to reckon with here — then we could start having more nuanced conversations about an individual’s responsibility to their own weight. In the meantime, I’d argue there’s room for everyone to determine for themselves how best to balance the physical and mental aspects of their own weight. Maybe the healthiest life means losing weight, but that won’t necessarily always be the case.
7) I’m much more confident now that I’ve lost weight — but I wish I could have found a way to be comfortable in my skin even without the weight loss
I mentioned I had never been in a relationship, and that’s still true, though I’ve changed the way I view myself from “alone” to “single,” with an eye toward changing that further in the future. I have now been kissed, though: It happened on Martin Luther King weekend — our most romantic of holidays! — when, after two hours of cutting a proverbial rug in a New York dance bar, the 40-something friend of a friend kissed me good night. I don’t actually know if this had any romantic undertones, but it was on the lips and possibly open-mouthed, though I was so blindsided that I kept mine resolutely shut.
I constructed a life for myself in which my physical appearance just never, ever came up
But still! Even if there were no further interest — and I’ll admit I’m still a novice at this sort of thing — people don’t generally kiss people they find unattractive. Once more, the temptation is to say this happened because of the weight I lost, that I was attractive because of my newly trimmed-down physique. But I don’t think that’s right: I was attractive because I had been fun to be around, because I had just spent two hours throwing caution to the wind and dancing — something I always refused to when I was fat — because I was just generally confident, not in some macho bullshit sense but just in the sense that I was comfortable in my own skin.
There’s no reason I couldn’t have been all those things at 285 pounds, other than the fact that my own self-loathing prevented me from doing so. The problem was never really my weight, but my own inability to deal with my weight. So sure, congratulate me on losing 100 pounds if you want — of course I enjoy all the compliments I get — but the really important thing here is a more general sense of wellness: physically, mentally, and everything else. And if that’s the case, let’s celebrate and encourage, not criticize and stigmatize, all those who don’t have to lose a ridiculous amount of weight just to reach that point.
Alasdair Wilkins is working on his master’s in science and medical journalism at the University of North Carolina. He has written for The AV Club and io9. Follow him on Twitter @AlasdairWilkins or email him here.
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It can be tough to stay motivated, especially when it comes to weight loss. Sometimes you’re putting in the effort, but you can’t quite see results yet.
Pretty de-motivating right?
We all want to have six pack abs, a low body fat percentage, and the muscle definition of a professional athlete. But getting the motivation to do so can be tough, and depressing when you don’t see any results.
So the question is, how do you get motivated to lose weight when you’re depressed from seeing zero results?
Weight Loss Motivation Pictures
Check this out; we’ve scoured the web looking for all the best body transformation pictures we could find. These before and after photos have been uploaded to the web by people from all over the world, and showcase amazing transformations!
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A great source of weight loss motivation is to show the transformations that other regular people have managed to pull off in the past.
25 Amazing Body Transformation Pictures
What you’re about to see is an incredible collection of body transformations, which are bound to motivate you to lose weight and start exercising.
Here are 25 amazing weight loss transformations:
1. What an incredible 2 year weight loss transformation!
2. A 1 year amazing female transformation!
3. Less fat, more muscle and a fresh haircut
4. You wouldn’t even recognize her anymore!
5. This guy is looking shredded!
6. Whatever you’re doing, it’s working!
7. Incredible weight loss & muscle gain!
8. He was the man that never gave up!
9. She might need to buy some new clothes…
10. He lost weight and then packed on muscle!
11. Lighter, healthier and happier
12. Awesome progress!
13. The muscle was revealed underneath the fat!
14. Powerful weight loss transformation!
15. Did he lose the glasses as well as that 60lbs?
16. That’s awesome progress!
17. Aside from the tattoos, you wouldn’t recognize him!
18. A well deserved power pose right there!
19. This guy has insane muscle definition!
20. Another incredible transformation and reduction in BF%
21. “Thor, is that you?” Impressive as hell!
22. That’s a lot of vein action right there…
23. Wow, 111lb weight loss transformation!
24. She looks so much happier on the right!
25. From pot belly to shredded six pack!
We don’t normally publish this type of article on Wealthy Gorilla. However, some of these weight loss transformations were too good to not show. We’re always looking for new ways to motivate people into further improving themselves, and we felt like this would be an awesome way of doing so.
The transformations above shouldn’t make you feel bad about yourself. They should show you that everyone is capable of amazing change, regardless of where your starting point is.
If you’re on a mission to lose weight, save this article, take a ‘before’ photo of yourself, and always come back to the article whenever you’re on the verge of giving up.
Anybody can transform their body!
If you’re looking for more articles on fitness, check out a few of the others we’ve published previously:
- The Top 100 Gym Motivation Videos
- The Top 10 Female Workout Motivation Videos
- 17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Belly Fat
- 14 Steps to Building Muscle Mass More Quickly
Which of these amazing body transformations stood out to you? Leave a comment below. If there’s any other ‘before and after’ weight loss pictures we should include, let us know!
10 motivational quotes to change the way you think about fitness
“Motivation is what gets you started and habit what gets you going” is a famous motivational quote (by Jim Ryun) that accurately describes the role of motivation in fitness. Without motivation you cannot get results even if you follow the perfect diet or the best fitness program in the World. I have gathered 10 of what I considered to be the best and most influential quotes. Read and share them with your friends and add your favorite quotes in the comments below. Enjoy!
1. You can do it even if it takes some time
Self-confidence and weight loss are two interrelated axes. When you have high self-confidence you can lose weight easier because you believe in yourself. On the other hand when you lose weight you gain self-confidence because of your achievement. While believe is your driving force, patience should be your guide. Weight loss will not happen overnight; it took some months or years for the weight to be accumulated and it won’t go overnight.
2. No more excuses
There are 100’s of excuses why you cannot start a diet or why you can’t go to the gym today. Excuses are for losers and opportunities for winners. Whenever you think of an excuse try to transform it to an opportunity to do something that will make your proud tomorrow.
3. What you do is who you want to be
There are two categories of people, those who want more and those who settle for less. When it comes to fitness if you don’t aim for more you will get less. The higher your goals the greater will be the benefit.
4. No pain no gain
Muhammad Ali once said: “I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count”. Do more and overcome your strength and abilities; give it all and you will be rewarded.
5. Challenge is a step forward
Whenever you are faced with an unusual situation you are in fact challenging yourself and abilities. To go from a couch potato to a fitness fanatic is a big challenge and a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle.
6. Love yourself and respect your body
To change your body you first have to accept it as it is. Start loving your body and its uniqueness and workout hard to improve and make it better.
7. Make the first step today
Pythagoras said: “The beginning is half the whole”. Once you make the first step everything else becomes easier; but it is important to make that step otherwise you cannot expect to finish something you did not start.
8. Work for it
Making the first step is important but to make it happen you’ve got to work for it and not just wish that it will happen magically. Magic wands do not exist in fitness and weight loss, you want results you have to work hard otherwise your wish will always stay a wish.
9. Are you a weight loss winner or weight loss loser?
It’s up to you to decide in which category of people who want to belong; to weight loss winners or weight loss losers. If you think about it, it’s really that simple: you make the decision – set the target and work towards your goals or you just declare defeat and forget about it.
10. Where do you want to go tomorrow?
What you do today will set your feelings for tomorrow. What is your choice? What feeling do you prefer, the feeling of satisfaction or the feeling of disappointment? It’s a decision you need to take today and not wait until tomorrow.
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20 Awesome Quotes That Will Motivate You To Lose Weight Charushila Biswas Hyderabd040-395603080 August 5, 2019
“Losing weight is not my thing.” Do you often say this to yourself or your friends? But deep down do you feel let-down by yourself? Well, I did too. We are too scared of stepping out of our comfort zones. I remember telling myself that it’s ok to be chubby, I love to eat, I will start exercising tomorrow. This attitude finally made me 30 pounds heavier and posed serious health risks. To motivate myself to workout and eat healthy every day, I started writing motivational quotes on post-it notes. I put them at every nook and corner of my home, and this trick really worked! Today I am fit, active, more productive, and positive. So, for those of you who find it tough to change the current lifestyle, these top 20 weight loss motivational quotes will really help you, and you can reach your target weight in no time. Let’s begin.
1. Only I Can Change My Life, No One Can Do It For Me
It’s true, isn’t it? You can blame your trainer, dietician, or even your family and friends for your weight gain. But at the end of the day, you have to take control of your life. If you do not adhere to the diet and exercise plan, even the best trainers and dieticians can do nothing about it. Learn to say “No” politely but firmly to your friends and family when they lure you into unhealthy habits. Tell yourself why losing weight is important for you. This will keep you motivated.
2. Slow And Steady Wins The Race
This adage holds true even in this fast moving age. If you want to lose weight and maintain it, you need to go slow. Don’t look for fad diets that have flooded the market. They are called fad for a reason. You will only lose water weight and gain more weight back as soon as you stop the diet. When you start slow, you tend to change your lifestyle gradually. You will lose weight slowly, but your weight loss will be healthy and sustainable.
3. The Struggle You Are In Today Is Developing The Strength You Need for Tomorrow
When you start working out or eating healthy, it will be difficult to adhere to it. Even doing 10 reps of jumping jacks may seem like a struggle. But as you keep doing it you will be ready for more complex challenges. You will build mental and physical strength for the upcoming obstacles. Obstacles that you can overcome if you sweat and struggle today.
4. Food, Like Your Money, Should Be Working For You
I firmly believe in this. If you are spending your money and time to achieve something, it better produce results. This is the smartest weight loss quote and will compel you to think whether you are making smart food choices or not. If you are spending more on unhealthy foods, then you will definitely gain weight. Try to spend your money wisely by eating green leafy veggies, nuts, fish, chicken breast, tofu, mushroom, lentils, sprouts, multigrain biscuits or bread, olive oil, rice bran oil, herbs, and fruits.
5. The Road May Be Bumpy But Stay Committed To The Process
Yes, everyone has those days when they give in to cravings, or they skip working out. Plus, initially you will be less inclined to eat healthy and your body will be sore due to exercising. But that’s OK. In fact, every once in a while you should eat 500 calories more than the calories prescribed in your diet chart. This prevents the metabolic rate from plateauing. You may not immediately learn the proper way to squat, you may not do 10 push-ups right away, or you may even get injured. But don’t let these reasons stop you. Keep learning by staying committed.
6. If You Are Tired Of Starting Over, Stop Giving Up
We have all done it. Tried different diets, joined new and better gyms, experimented with alternative methods of losing weight. But the main drawback is that we expect results too soon without staying 100% committed. And then again we start over with a new diet plan and a new gym. This process tires you out, robs you of your confidence, and is a demotivator. Identify your weak points, write them down, and strategize a solution. For example, if you have the habit of snacking frequently, better snack on healthy foods. If you can’t get up in the morning, go to the gym after work or school or workout at home.
7. Be The Best Version Of You
You know you can do much better than what you are doing now. The only person standing between you and your better version is you! Creepy but true. This quote helped me tremendously and I stopped holding my trainer, dietician or anyone else responsible for my weight gain. This quote will trigger the hormones that will help you become strong willed. You will be motivated to go an extra mile to reach your weight loss goals.
8. Be Stronger Than Your Excuse
We women can come up with countless excuses to escape workout and eating junk. Feeling tired, got my periods, just one more bite, ice cream to beat the blues! These are just a few excuses women use to get over their guilty feelings and justify their frequent slip-ups. C’mon, you are way stronger than these excuses. You have achieved so much; you manage everything, you take care of others. Now it is time to take care of yourself. Be strong, take a step forward.
9. It’s Not A Diet, It’s A Lifestyle Change
Many people ask me which diet I am following. But I do not follow any “diet plan.” I lead a healthy way of life. And that’s the best way to lose weight, live fit, stay young, and be more efficient. Incorporate healthy lifestyle gradually so that it’s a smooth transition. This will soon become a habit and transform into a healthy lifestyle over a period.
10. Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will
Anything good that can happen to us is just too good to be true. In fact, we are so critical of ourselves that we give up on our dreams too easily. Don’t let it happen for your weight loss. Yes, you deserve to look and feel your best. And believe me, you can achieve the body that you always wanted to. So what if you failed many times? Failures are stepping stones to success, learn from them and move forward.
11. Nothing Tastes As Good As Being Thin Feels
I totally agree with this. Being a foodie myself, it was not easy to stop myself from eating all kinds of foods. But once I started taking my weight loss goals seriously, and I lost weight I never felt so good about myself. To wear trendy clothes is one thing and to look good in them is another. Being thin doesn’t mean you have to be skin and bones, strive to be toned and shapely. You will feel light and be more comfortable with yourself.
12. Will Is A Skill
When it comes to losing weight your will power is most important. If it breaks too soon, you will not be able to lose weight. It is tough to endure pain and mental dissatisfaction, but that lasts only a few days. But then you have to train your brain to stay focused and determined. You will develop this skill gradually. It will take time but will give you results in all aspects of your life, not just weight loss.
13. Stressed Spelled Backwards Is Desserts. Coincidence? I think not!
Whenever we are stressed, we reach out for a cup of ice cream, chocolates, cakes, pastries and what not! Stress leads to emotional eating, and we tend to overeat, which ultimately leads to weight gain. When you workout and eat well you will kick the triggers of the stress out of the window. Be it stress at work or stress of not being able to lose weight, taking stress is not going to help you.
14. An Active Mind Cannot Exist In An Inactive Body
The more inactive you become the idler your mind gets. Or even if your mind stays active it will only work in a negative way. It will send you wrong signals of hunger and dissatisfaction. So, start incorporating at least an hour of physical activity into your daily routine.
15. Strive For Progress, Not Perfection
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you couldn’t adhere to your healthy routine today. Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance. Appreciate how much you have achieved and how far you have come. It is OK to skip the gym or have a hearty meal once in a while.
16. Success Is Never Certain, Failure Is Never Final
There you go! Just because you have failed to lose weight in the past doesn’t mean you can never lose weight. What’s important is for you to keep learning about your body and how your mind works. When you figure that out, you will not need a diet chart.
17. No Amount Of Security Is Worth The Suffering Of A Life Chained To A Routine That Has Killed Your Dreams
Ever dreamed of becoming a model, an actress, a dancer, or on finishing a marathon first? These skills need a fit and flexible body. The fear the that you have is the only reason why you have given up on your body. But let me tell you from my personal experience, it’s never too late to start taking a step towards a fit body.
18. A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish
If you just think that you have to shed pounds but do nothing about it, you are never going to lose weight. Always write down your goals and give yourself a deadline. Stock your refrigerator with healthy foods, throw out the unhealthy ones. Start getting physically active.
19. Success Is The Sum Of Small Efforts, Repeated Day In And Day Out
Losing weight is not easy. It requires dedication and effort. It does take time. Start by taking small steps that would one day count as a tremendous effort as a total. As the quote says, repeat your new and healthy habits day in and day out to attain success.
20. You Can’t Cross The Sea Merely By Standing And Staring At The Water
Probably the best motivational quote for weight loss. It correctly states that you cannot expect your body to change by itself. You have to take the plunge, swim, drown, and float again until you reach your destination.
Weight loss is not only about looking good, but it is also how you treat your body and soul. Take a step ahead, decide, plan, and then stick to the plan. I did it and I have achieved not only my weight loss goals, but I can also control my mind. It is tough but not impossible. Stay fit with these 20 motivational quotes for weight loss. Don’t give up!
All the best.
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Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.