These Before-and-After Photos Prove How Useless the Scales Can Be When You’re Slimming Down

If you’re trying to lose weight, your bathroom scales may not be the best judge since they’re not capable of measuring just your body fat. In these 25 transformation photos, the women look like they’ve lost weight, but the scale numbers actually went up! So here’s a visual reminder to take progress pics and not to let the number on your scales rule you!

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I found this picture on the left and decided to recreate the pose to see the progress I've made. – The left picture was taken during spring break of my sophomore year of college. I weighed roughly 120 lbs, had minimal muscle because I was extremely inconsistent with exercise and mostly did cardio, I ate like shit – especially when I was drunk (like in this picture). I was still immature at the time and had few cares in the world other than drinking and partying. – Shortly after that spring break, I learned I was pregnant. I completely changed my mindset, starting caring about what I was putting into my body, and made a plan to keep myself healthy for the sake of my daughter and me. I stuck to my goal and started lifting weights and tracking macros shortly after having Isabelle (with medical clearance postpartum). – Fast forward to today, 2017. I have been lifting weights and tracking macros for roughly 3 years now. My body composition is completely different though I weigh EIGHT pounds more now, and caring for my daughter and my family is of utmost importance to me. I rarely drink, because it's not what I am concerned with anymore. I take care of my body, to show my daughter how to take care of hers. I am setting a role model for Isabelle to know what well-rounded health means, and that being strong is beautiful too. – Coaching inquiries: email me via my bio 👆🏽meeshbyer@gmail.com 📧 – #ifitfitsyourmotherhood #fitmom #mombod #bodytransformation #transformation

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✖️DISCIPLINE ➕ DETERMINATION ✖️ . . They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. It’s that habit of discipline and the determination of wanting to create a healthier life for myself that has been the backbone of my training the last two years. These past 7 weeks since starting the 12 week challenge I have been so proud of the discipline I have show when it comes to my workouts. Some days have been crazy busy and I’ve only had 45 minutes free and instead of saying I just don’t have time, I’ve got to the gym and smashed out a workout. I have not missed one single workout no matter how busy or crazy my day is and that all comes back to my determination + discipline 👌🏼 I look forward to training. Having recently been through an injury where I couldn’t train properly for months has made me appreciate what our bodies are capable of doing in full health. ✨ I saw that number go up again on the scale the other day but this just proves that we should all shout a massive F U to those numbers because the number on the scale don’t mean shit!!! #screwthescale . . . #bbg #bbgcommunity #bbgfam #bbgprogress #PWR #kelseywells #sweat #pwrbykelsey #100strong #bbgbabes #bbggirls #bbgover30 #bikinibodyguide #bikinibody #bbgstronger #bbgfamily #sweatwithkayla #kaylasarmy #kaylaitsines #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fitness #fitchick #fitties #thekaylamovement #strongnotskinny #anytimefitness

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So I’ve been working on my nutrition for the last 13 weeks, courtesy of @thipp59 and @keynutritionutah … no alterations to my workout routine, just really dialing in what I’m eating (for the first time in my life), and here’s how it shakes out so far: – down 4.2 lbs – gained 4.83 lbs of lean muscle – down 6% body fat And that’s EXACTLY why we shouldn’t care what the scale says. If weighing myself was the sole measure of my progress over the last 13 weeks, I would be SO discouraged! But the pictures tell a different story. My body has changed … my weight has not. So many lessons here. 1) Take pictures. 2) do NOT rely on weight gain/loss alone. 3) you can’t out train a crappy diet. 4) metabolism really does slow down with age, but you can combat this! 5) there’s always room for improvement. 6) no easy fixes … do the work! *Next time I take progress pics – gonna flex 💪🏼 * #progresspics #fitness #screwthescale #fitchick #fitspiration #coachlife #cantouttrainacrappydiet #keynutrition #NOTadiet #lifestyle #dothework #nutrition #fitnessmotivation

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#Repost @jules_bbg_ ・・・ Hi family! Sorry I have sucked so much at posting, it’s like I always say – just other aspects of life prioritizing🤗. Friends, family, boyfriend, fun food and drink outings, you get it. I am on week 68 of BBG. Whoa! I guess I can’t say I’m too surprised, my personality type totally gets addicted to routine. That’s why BBG saved my life though, it gave me routine that still embodied balance and diversity. . . I’ve actually been trying PWR from @kelseywells recently and LOVE it (kind of doubling up or alternating) — I’m on week 7!! I sadly don’t get sore from BBG anymore (just super sweaty!), but PWR has me aching the next days, just how I like it😈. . . Which other programs do you hotties recommend? I keep being so close to biting the bullet for @alexia_clark, just wish there were a trial! . . . . Hope you have the best week! #sweat #kayla #sweatwithkayla #gainingweightiscool #screwthescale #kaylatransformation #kaylasarmy #bbgfamily #bbggirl #bikinibodyguide #fitness #girlswholift #kaylaitsines #deathbykayla #bbgtransformation #strongnotskinny #fitfam #hiit #bbg #bbgprogress #bbgfam #thekaylamovement #bbgstronger #bbg #sweatsf #bbgcommunity #sweatwithkayla #bbgstronger #bbgprogress #pwr #pwrlft #pwrlift #pwrbabes

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SCREW THE SCALES 🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️ proof that just because you weigh more doesn’t mean you’ve got fatter (and also that I need a tan) September ⏩ Now I realise the pose isn’t exactly the same 🤷🏻‍♀️ I’ve been training more and I haven’t been eating any more than usual so where is this weight coming from? MUSCLE! 💪🏼💪🏼 Muscle weighs more than fat! So don’t be discouraged by the number on the scales 💁🏻 There are plenty of other ways to track progress 💪🏼 I generally don’t weigh myself I opt for tracking my progress through photos and how I feel in myself instead 🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . —————————————————————————————— #transformationtuesday #screwthescales #gainingweightiscool #muscle #musclegain #abs #girlswithabs #weightgain #fitfam #fitfamuk #instafit #fitstagram #gymshark #gymsharkwomen #seamless #flex #myproteinwomen #myprotein #myproteinuk

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Why are we so hung up on how much we weigh? It makes me so sad when I hear females obsessing over their weight, particular because that used to be me. Majority of my adult life I've weighed between 65-68kgs and for my height that’s definitely on the lower end of my healthy weight range. I used to avoid carbs, my diet was severely lacking in fibre, which ultimately lead to exacerbating my IBS, and all because I wanted to be ‘skinny’. We need to work together towards demolishing this ridiculous idea that a specific weight means we’re beautiful. Beautiful can be any weight. Don’t allow a number to define your happiness. You can look and feel good at any weight. If you like lifting weights, keep doing it. Do whatever makes you feel happy and strong. It’s been a difficult process, but I’m glad I’m at a stage where I don’t care that I weigh over 70kgs. I feel healthy and strong and that’s what’s important. I want the same for you. I want for you to feel good, regardless of what the damn scale says. It’s time to get rid of it. Track your progress by how you fit into your clothes or by pictures, but most importantly by how you FEEL. Remember, you ARE beautiful and you ARE enough, just as you are. #screwthescales #transformationtuesday

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#transformationtuesaday 10 weeks out from my first show vs 10 weeks out now!! – It is no secret that I went though a phase in my life where I was terrified of the scale. Having documented my progress with pictures has proven to be priceless… that is the way I have able to get over obsessing about the numbers on the scale. It has taken me years and having to change my mindset completely to get to this point. I have to thank my coach @shaneheugly, my teammates and all of the amazing support system that I am fortunate to have. – Despite my bad days and the mental roller coaster that competing can be I'm currently feeling stronger and noticing subtle consistent changes! – – – #transformation #thescalelies #motivation #inspiration #success #progress #progressnotperfection #fitness #fitmom #momswholift #workout #train #healthylife #npc #ifbb #teamheugly #10weeksout #roadtonationals

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Let's talk about WEIGHT. Why is weight important to us? If you stand in the store at the grocery store you'll likely see many cover stories about "how to lose 10 lbs in 10 days!" & "Lose 5 lbs FAST!" It's shoved down our throats starting at a very young age. Now I understand goal weights and motivation to see the numbers on the scale drop. But we should never focus on our weight MORE than we focus on achieving a healthy body composition. We are giving the scale too much power over us. By focusing on weight I am seeing many girls become disordered. They can be thin as a rail and complaining that they need to lose "weight". Or they can starve themselves thin and then regain weight QUICKLY. You can destroy your metabolism by doing that. As soon as you stop eating like a bird and exercising excessively you are left with a "skinny-fat" version of yourself that is void of any muscle. Remember muscle burns calories even while you're sleeping. That's why it's SO easy to gain back. How many times has this happened to you!? It happened to me. If you saw these two pics without the weights there you might guess this girl has lost weight between the two pics. But no, she put in some hard work to shape her body and cut body fat percentage and gained muscle and weight. Muscle is more dense, therefor taking up less inches pound for pound when compared to fat. Stop letting the scale dictate your success. Focus on creating an efficient MACHINE. That's how your body ends up with that beautiful shape that we refer to as "fit". Bravo to @healthyyy_living!!! She is a shining example that your "goal weight" is probably bullshit.

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When I weighed 130 pounds, I wasn’t happy. When I weighed 145 pounds, I wasn’t happy. No matter what the scale said, I was never happy and although I have set a small weight loss goal for myself recently, I want to share these photos in hopes of showing some of you that the more muscle you have, the higher the scale may be! We as females pick ourselves apart daily and we cannot let ONE measure of progress determine our happiness! •• On the left I clearly did not care about my body. I thought it was cool to drink beer 3 nights a week and binge on processed foods. I hardly worked out and when I did it was cardio only! Apparently I also thought it was cool to have my boobs out. 🙄 Flash forward to now, I weigh 15 pounds more than I did back then and I’m way leaner. I have gained a ton of muscle and lost my boobs. 😂 But the most important thing is that I have learned to not let the number on the scale affect my happiness. I know that my body represents more than just a number. I know that there are SO many factors that go into what the scale reads each morning, and I hope that any of you out there who may be struggling with the number on the scale STOP basing your happiness off of it and STOP letting it run your life. Day 46/365. • • • #transformation #fuckthescale #weightlifter #girlswithmuscle #runner #runnerswholift #fitrunners #marathontraining #macrocounting #mentalgains #gainingweightiscool #lifestylecoach #youaremorethananumber #womenentrepreneurs #bestself #positivevibes #createyourlife #igniteyourfire #goals #exercise #wellness #confident #grow #learn #evolve #conquer #keepmovingforward #pushharder #therapy #changeyourlife

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A little post Christmas reminder that long term consistency trumps short term intensity 💪🏻 It’s tempting after all the Christmas feasting to restrict calories and smash out cardio but really that’s only a quick fix and it’s not sustainable or healthy. I used to do that every Christmas thinking I could burn off all that food, and sometimes I could maintain it for a few weeks, and then I’d ultimately end up bingeing because I was so deprived and exhausted. Instead of punishing yourself for a few extra meals enjoyed with family and friends, focus on getting back into a normal training routine and eating the right kinds of foods to fuel your body and your workouts. For me that involves lifting heavy weights 4 times a week, a little bit of cardio/conditioning every week and ensuring I’m eating the right balance of fats, protein and carbs. Ultimately what you do consistently throughout the year is going to have more of an influence on your fitness and your physique, than what you do for a couple weeks around Christmas.

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You know what the main difference is between these two photos? Besides the underwear 😏It's my confidence 💫 Most people look at a transformation photo and assume the person is more confident because of how they look in the after picture. But if you don't work on the inside, no matter how much weight you lose, you're still going to hate your body. I was constantly striving for a body that I did not have. As soon as I decided to create MY best body, that's when my mindset finally shifted. I used to pick on everything about myself, my hips were too wide, my knees were too big, my boobs were too small, my legs were too short, my shoulders were too broad. I'd break my body up into small little pieces that I could analyse and hate individually. Women will pick their bodies apart 😣 Exercising and growing my body, learning to appreciate the things about my body that I once hated has made me love myself again. I don't feel more confident in my body because I changed my body, I feel more confident because I finally accepted all the parts of my body that make me, ME ❤️❤️❤️

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PART 2:❗️THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE DOESNT TELL THE WHOLE STORY❗️🤷🏼‍♀️📈 . Barely a difference in scale weight between these two photos of me🤔But obviously a very significant difference in my BODY COMPOSITION💪🏼🔥. More muscle now & less fat. But still a similar scale weight⚖️. This is what I try to explain to clients! Don't be discouraged if the number on the scale doesn't say what you feel like it should- less weight is not necessarily better🤷🏼‍♀️your weight can go up, down, or stay the same but all of it can still mean you're making progress! Taking your measurements can be a huge help: because, for instance, perhaps your waist is getting smaller but your butt is getting more muscular🤷🏼‍♀️📈💪🏼 that may look the same on the scale but very different in real life. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ . ❗️2013: lost a bunch of weight and then gained it all back (+ some) because I didn't know BALANCE. I would over-restrict my calories Mon-Thurs and binge eat everything I could find Fri-Sun. I'd do tons of cardio when I went to the gym and barely lifted weights because I thought it would make me look "like a man"… . ❗️2017: I lift weights & track my macros👌🏼. I eat enough food every day of the week to keep me satisfied. No more binge eating & no more over restricting🙅🏼. I lift as much as I possibly can + do a little cardio to keep my body healthy😁! . The difference between these two photos is the difference between being unhappy/unhealthy & being happy/healthy. . 🙏🏼Let me help you reach your goals!📈 💪🏼Join my Summer Challenge by clicking the link in my bio! 📥Feel free to DM with questions💕 .

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