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When we look at before and after weight loss transformation photos of individuals, we usually are in awe of their stunning progress and wonder how they managed such a feat. Sometimes, we even want to know the secrets behind their weight loss in order to apply such tricks and tips to our own exercise and diet regimen. There is usually an endearingly courageous story of determination which stands behind each of these individuals, since such extreme weight loss usually involves arduous effort, long-term perseverance, resolute maintenance and rigid routines.

One such inspiring instagram user is Shandra Redwine, who started at 258 pounds. The weight loss and life coach eventually lost an amazing 93 pounds, and now is at a weight of 165 pounds. How did she do it? Redwine says that she lost the first 62 pounds by decreasing her intake to 1200 calories, and then eliminated all processed foods from her diet. Thus, by maintaining a nutritious and regular diet routine, she was able to lose the first 62 pounds healthily in a sustainable manner. She also reveals that lots of cardio definitely helped her throughout the journey, uplifting her confidence and cardiovascular system. The final jump that helped her lose another 30 pounds was a strict keto diet, where her food intake consisted of high-fat and low carb meals. This diet has provided an abundance of energy for Redwine towards her exercise routine, since the keto diet enables her body to adjust to using fat for energy. Check out her journey and transformation at her instagram, @losermentality.

#tbt 258 👉🏽 166. Pants size 20 👉🏽pants size 10. Eight pounds to goal...100 pounds gone!

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Another instagram user named Zach lost over 240 pounds in the last five years. When he was nineteen years old, he was diagnosed with hypertension at 463 lbs. From that moment, he decided to start his weight loss journey towards a long and healthy life. First, he started counting calories and went to the gym around two to three times a week. The workouts consisted of ten minutes of cardio on the stationary bike. Eventually, his workouts increased in time and frequency. He still monitors his caloric intake, since he feels that such monitoring is vital towards sustainable and efficient weight loss. His advice is to not give up and to remember that consistency over a long period time is the key to making long-term changes for your health. Visit his instagram at @zach_attacks_fat.

Considering the fact that I recently got a TON of new followers (hi, guys!😁) thanks to @jordanshrinks, I figured I'd take this #TransformationTuesday as an opportunity to re-introduce myself. ____ My name is Zach, I'm 24 years old and when I was 19 I decided that I was done being morbidly obese. I weighed in at 463lbs and was hypertensive, over the next two years I lost about 200lbs without having any type of surgery by monitoring my caloric intake and developing a more active lifestyle. Today I weighed in at 229.1, which means I have lost about 234lbs! __ Im not special, ANYONE can achieve their weightloss goals, it just takes time and dedication. Always making sure that the amount of "good days" out weighs the "bad days" and, never giving up. No excuses; get what you want! _ #attackfat #noexcuses #getwhatyouwant #obesetobeast #workforchange #looseskin #inspiration #progresspicture #fattofit #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #weightlosstransformation #fitness #gym #cardio #fitfam #fitspo #teambeast_underneath #health #beyondtheweak #liftheavy #eatclean #transformation #dedication #motivation #fitlife #fitnessaddict #gymlife

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#TransformationTuesday 463lbs↘️230lbs ____ For the most part, we all know what it takes to lose the weight but for whatever reason we actively choose to do the opposite. You have to change your mindset, you aren't a victim of obesity, you are a victim of your own choices. Quit lying to yourself, quit making excuses for yourself, and most importantly quit victimising yourself. The ONLY thing standing in the way of your success in weight loss is YOURSELF! No excuses; get what you want! __ Shouts to @torres_built for the shirts. Happy to be a part of the #torresbuiltcommunity "Get grande" 💪😁👍 _ #attackfat #noexcuses #getwhatyouwant #obesetobeast #workforchange #looseskin #inspiration #progresspicture #fattofit #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #weightlosstransformation #fitness #gym #cardio #fitfam #fitspo #bodybuilding #powerbuilding #teambeast_underneath #teamlosing #beyondtheweak #liftheavy #eatclean #transformation #dedication #motivation

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Some transformations are achieved with the collaboration and encouragement of a loved one, such as the case of instagram user, Lexi Reed. She lost an amazing 303 pounds in only 18 months! Reed had embarked on the weight loss journey with her husband, where they set up a 2016 New Year’s resolution to determinedly lose the weight once and for all. With no meal plan, surgery process, or personal trainer, she and her husband only had sheer motivation to push them through the workouts and diets day after day. One of the couple’s motivating factors were to be parents in the future, where they wanted to live a healthy and long life together. Moreover, the couple started integrating more home cooked meals into their schedule, in addition to hitting the gym around five to six times per week. She also incorporated regular Zumba classes into her routine. Check out her instagram at @fatgirlfedup.

#motivationmonday -392lbs 👇 with diet/exercise since 1/1/16. It's the small things like fitting into a booth with my husband @discoveringdanny without my stomach sitting on the table, not fitting, or requesting a table to avoid the embarassment. It's the small things like not feeling like a prisoner in my own body or like i'm just existing in my own life. The small things are the things that make me never want to go back to a 485lb life. Never forget how far you've come and enjoy all the non scale victories along the way. We may have lost 392lbs but we received a new healthy life. Don't wait until the New Year to change your life - start today! #weightloss #weightlossjourney #gym #motivation #fitnesssmotivation #fattofit #obesetobeast #fatgirlfedupdietbet #dietbet #fitfam #weightloss #diet #losingweight #weightlossjourney #fitfam #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #swolemates #fitfam #transformation #extremeweightloss #weightlosstransformation

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#facetofacefriday -392lbs 👇 since @discoveringdanny & I set a New Years Resolution 1/1/16. This picture from the night before we started our journey speaks to me. We had no idea exactly how we were going to lose the weight or if we would make it - but we were determined to try. We knew that together anything was possible. We weighed a combined total of 765lbs and we fedup with the life we were living. Together we started meal prepping, drinking water instead of soda, quit watching television and started moving more, going to the gym just 30 minutes five times a week, focusing on our future every day, setting goals - and day by day the weight took care of its self. Dont wait for New Years like we did - START TODAY! #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fit #fattofit #obesetobeast #beastmode #fitspo #diet #swolemate #resolution #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #beforeandafter #extremeweightloss #weightlosstransformation #gym #fitcouple #faceprogress #transformation #fitfam #health #diet #losingweight #gymlife #goals #transform

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Similarly, the instagram user, Richard, had underwent a weight loss transformation for his loved ones. Richard had always struggled with his weight, where he attempted numerous diets several times throughout his life. His weight loss transformation finally occured when he decided he didn’t want the life he was leading, and he wanted to live a long life with his wife and three children. He was originally 35 stone (490 pounds) and lost around 23 stone 7lbs (329 pounds). He decided to setup instagram as a food diary for himself, where he stuck to healthy calorie intakes and nutritious meals. His family’s support also contributed greatly to his weight loss success. He advises that anyone starting out should take a plunge and just go for the weight loss, while giving it their all and take each day as it comes. Check out his instagram at @paynes42.

#face2facefriday 39ST 11LBS VS 16ST 10LBS it’s all been worth it, never could I imagine walking in to jd sports fitting in to all the clothes I dreamed of wearing, fitting in to chairs with arms on, seatbelts fitting me, playing properly with the kids and not running out of steam after 2 mins, being the best husband and father I knew I could be, being obese is not only a physical strain but a mental one too, roll on the 7TH of December when I meet the plastic surgeon to go over what’s gonna happen to me and listen to his plan of action, I’m scared but excited at the same time, fingers crossed it all goes good 👍🏻 stick to the @slimmingworld plan it really does work, we all f**k up from time to time and find ourselves in the chocolate box stuffing our faces buts it’s all about getting back on it!!! never give up and you will succeed, good luck everyone and KEEP ON THE GRIND!!! 🚂💨💨💨 #slimmingworld #slimmingworlduk #foodporn #healthy #instafood #foodie #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #healthyfood #tasty #foodblogger #swmen #slimmingworldmen #slimmingworldjourney #weightlossmotivation #syns #grind #food #shredding #winning #lbs #paynetrain #keeponthegrind

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Interestingly, there are also instagram users who use the social media platform to encourage and propel their weight loss journey. One phenomenally successful example is the story of 21 year old Morgan Bartley, who says that sharing her journey on instagram was probably the number one thing that kept her accountable. From her highest weight of 300 pounds, she persevered throughout her weight loss journey to lose around 115 pounds. Bartley says that she had always struggled with her weight, where a series of health issues in her teenage years had caused her to gain a significant amount of weight. She had also struggled with a binge eating disorder due to her depression.

One of the questions I get asked the most is "how do you stay motivated?" or "I wish I had your motivation"... My response - you've got your own. Find it. I know that may sound harsh but honestly, at nearly 300lbs I wish I would've had someone to tell me to stop sitting around hating life and waiting for something to change. What I needed to do was simple: identify my WHY and focus on it vividly, constantly. We all have different purposes. Mine was enough to get me motivated to start my weight loss journey. But guess what- that motivation won't be there 100% of the time, and you know what happens then? You do shit that you don't want to do. You get uncomfortable, toughen up and know that those times when motivation is lacking and you are still fighting, are the times that set you apart and are the very reason that you will be successful. I can tell you from experience that this journey hasn't gotten easier, in fact I'd even go as far as to say that it's gotten harder at times. If there's one thing that I could share with you guys in hopes of it sticking with you, it's this: this journey won't get easier, but YOU will get stronger if you persevere. Stop waiting, start doing, because good things may come to those who wait, but only what's left from those who take action. #teamlosing

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At the beginning of her journey, Bartley decided to hire a personal trainer, where she worked out for three times a week for 30 minutes a day. After losing the sufficient amount of weight to qualify for a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, she was able to utilize the surgery as “a tool to lose weight” to form healthier habits. Then, she started documenting her weight loss journey on instagram as a method of accountability. She says that once she gained followers, she decided she wanted to become a good example for others in terms of changing for health instead of self-hatred. Take a look at her instagram journey at @morganlosing.


These transformations are no doubt amazing and truly inspiring. They prove that effort, consistency and resolution can go a long way. Many of these transformation results are achieved through long-term goals, where the weight loss is sustained through a changed lifestyle and diet, instead of a temporary fix. If you need ideas on how to jumpstart your weight loss journey, you could try integrating some of these tips and tricks one by one into your life, until you feel comfortable creating your very own weight-loss routine and guidelines. Remember that the effort you put into each step of the way will bring you closer and closer to your goals and dreams.

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