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Inspiring Before & After Weight Loss Photos

Weight gain and obesity are almost an epidemic in our society. And it’s not because we have all turned into gluttonous eating machines, but maintaining the weight is coded into our DNA. And with the unlimited supply of fast and processed foods, it is a slippery slope from a few excess pounds to obesity. The saddest part is, that those pounds come together with other health issues and weight loss is no picnic. In fact, you could argue it’s even harder to stay motivated during the cold time of the year. After all, the chances of people judging your bikini look are significantly lower.

This series of weight loss pictures proves that nothing is stronger than a determined mind. So turn on Eye Of The Tiger, turn away from that croissant, and scroll down to collect your daily dose of calorie-burning inspiration. Extreme weight loss is arduous work, but it is so, so worth it at the end!

#1 Buyi Zama

Age: 33Pounds Lost: 55

Weight-Loss Tip: "I used to think I hated skim milk. But after trying it in my cereal for just two weeks, I became a convert. It's crazy how quickly your taste buds can adapt."

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    #2 Amanda Fulfer

    Age: 39Pounds Lost: 180

    Weight-Loss Tip: “I was piling my plate high and finishing every bite—and then some,” she says. “So I signed up for a meal-delivery service for four months, which was long enough for me to learn portion control.”

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      #3 Amanda Wicker

      Age: 33Pounds Lost: 120

      Weight-Loss Tip: “I have a journal devoted to all the reasons I work out, like ‘It makes me feel strong and sexy.’ Reading through it motivates me whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym.”

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        #4 Andrea Williams

        Age: 33Pounds Lost: 50

        Weight-Loss Tip: “I need to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. So if I have to miss a workout at the gym, I walk in the park with my kids.”

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          #5 Brenda Willis

          Age: 52Pounds Lost: 140

          Weight-Loss Tip: “I wear a pedometer to make sure I hit my goal of between 10,000 and 11,000 steps a day. Just seeing it reminds me to walk as much as possible.”

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            #6 Brittany Shope

            Age: 23Pounds Lost: 65

            Weight-Loss Tip: “I don’t own many cookbooks, but I do read a lot of healthy-eating blogs, like missymaintains.com. They’re full of easy, free ideas.”

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              #7 Caroline Hannigan

              Age: 25Pounds Lost: 44

              Weight-Loss Tip: “I make a to-do list—including sets, reps, and weights—before going to the gym, and I stay there until I’ve checked everything off. It keeps me focused and helps me track my progress.”

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                #8 Caroline Jhingory

                Age: 28Pounds Lost: 123

                Weight-Loss Tip: “I find flattering and affordable exercise clothes at discount shops, like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Wearing something I feel good in—rather than an old college tee—inspires me to go to the gym.”

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                  #9 Cassie Snow

                  Age: 24Pounds Lost: 85

                  Weight-Loss Tip: “Every few months, my friend and I sign up for a half marathon in a city we’ve never been to before—like New Orleans or San Diego—and turn it into a mini vacation.”

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                    #10 Cindy Lentino

                    Age: 28Pounds Lost: 50

                    Weight-Loss Tip: “I realized that when I have sugar in the morning, I crave it all day. Now I satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner—usually with dark chocolate.”

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                      #11 Cyndy Barnes

                      Age: 38Pounds Lost: 50

                      Weight-Loss Tip: “I weigh myself on Sundays and track it in my planner. It helps motivate me—I don’t want to write a larger number than the week before!”

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                        #12 Dacia Mickens

                        Age: 30Pounds Lost: 45

                        Weight-Loss Tip: “I subscribe to e-newsletters from Jillian Michaels and Ellie Krieger. They give me ideas for freshening up my workouts and experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen.”

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                          #13 Dana Bland

                          Age: 40Pounds Lost: 190

                          Weight-Loss Tip: “When dining out, I always ask if the chef can make my meal without butter or oil. Even healthy-sounding dishes can be bathed in grease.”

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                            #14 Diane Carbonell

                            Age: 44Pounds Lost: 159

                            Weight-Loss Tip: “If I’m at a party and I’m tempted by a bunch of delicious-looking treats, I don’t try all of them. Instead, I take a nibble of one, rate it, and finish it only if it scores a 10.”

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                              #15 Eileen Kraeger

                              Age: 41Pounds Lost: 98

                              Weight-Loss Tip: “If I don’t feel like exercising, I call up one of my gym buddies and tell her why I’m not going to work out. She always helps me overcome my excuse.”

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                                #16 Elizabeth Byrd

                                Age: 31Pounds Lost: 40

                                Weight-Loss Tip: “On Sundays I buy a big party platter of precut veggies. Every morning I take a huge handful to work as a snack. It’s so easy!”

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                                  #17 Fallon Franklin

                                  Age: 29Pounds Lost: 72

                                  Weight-Loss Tip: “When my son was a newborn, I would hold him against my chest as I did crunches on a stability ball. It not only added resistance to my abs workout, it also kept him from fussing!”

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                                    #18 Gina Bardin

                                    Age: 38Pounds Lost: 76

                                    Weight-Loss Tip: “When things don’t go my way, my reaction is to turn to food. But I’ve learned to call a friend and vent instead of immediately heading to the fridge.”

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                                      #19 Heather Craig

                                      Age: 28Pounds Lost: 85

                                      Weight-Loss Tip: “Every morning I decide when I can fit in exercise—even if it’s just running up and down my stairs and doing crunches.”

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                                        #20 Heidi Axelrod

                                        Age: 42Pounds Lost: 50

                                        Weight-Loss Tip: “Every Sunday I write down what I’m going to eat in my food journal. It makes grocery shopping easier and lets me pencil in ‘cheats,’ like a piece of cake when I know I’ll be attending a birthday party.”

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